July 28, 2020
It’s been one year since Wing launched its OpenSky app in Australia, our contribution to an unmanned traffic management ecosystem that will enable everyone to safely access the sky.
The OpenSky app was the first drone safety app verified by the Australian aviation safety regulator CASA, through CASA’s new digital drone platform. It helps drone operators to easily identify where they can and cannot fly across Australia -- whether they are recreational drone flyers operating a single drone, or commercial operators managing an entire fleet.
In the past year, OpenSky has supported recreational and commercial drone flyers across Australia; enabling them to take flight with greater confidence. We love hearing their stories.
Recreational drone enthusiasts have used OpenSky to capture panoramic sunsets and landscapes, commercial operators have used the app to enhance their film and television work, and CASA-certified commercial drone pilots have used the app to survey and inspect agricultural and infrastructure projects.
In the last 12 months, drone operators in Australia have been using OpenSky to:
Recreational drone flyer and youth educator Breanna Landwehr uses OpenSky to deliver educational workshops to students. Aimed at inspiring career pathways in the technology sector, Breanna runs drone flight demonstrations as part of the program. While out in the field with students, Breanna provides them with a hands-on opportunity to experience how a drone pilot would run through their pre-flight safety checklist.
Award-winning geospatial mapping pilot and commercially-licenced drone operator Amy Steiger uses OpenSky to support work with her clients’ complex infrastructure and agricultural land projects. Amy and her team use OpenSky while scoping the requirements of a new project, to determine if they can conduct flight missions using a fleet of advanced-mapping aircraft.
We’re thankful for the community of drone flyers who use OpenSky, contribute their feedback, and share their stories with us, and we’d love to hear more. We’re encouraging drone flyers using the OpenSky app to plan their flights, to use #MyOpenSky and share their story.