As a drone pilot, where you can and cannot legally fly your aircraft can be confusing. Here is an interesting solution to the problem, the “Safe-to-Fly” app.
This app will be a way for people to share appropriate and legal sites they have found for flying, wherever they are in the world. Be it a large, unobstructed open area; easily accessible public right of way for taking off from; beautiful scenery in open airspace for taking stills and video of; or all of the above!
Who is writing this app? What company is behind it? You are. The software development for this app is being crowdsourced using the App Movement platform from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Think of App Movement like a Kickstarter for apps, except instead of contributing funds, you can contribute code. This is a great idea and I hope it picks up traction.
Drone enthusiasts are being urged to help design a new ‘safe-to-fly’ app idea, created for flyers to share their favourite sites all over the world. The creators are looking to crowdsource input and opinions to help them progress the idea, with the design stage set to start next month.
An increasing number of consumer multirotor aircraft, UAVs or drones are being bought and flown around the world. However, there is some confusion over how and where you can legally fly drones, with both manufacturers and airspace regulators keen to educate people on this issue. Users need to be aware of any prohibitions or local laws; in the UK, for example, you can’t fly over or within 150 metres of congested areas or within 50 metres of people, vehicles or structures of buildings not under your control with a camera drone.
Once it is built, the app will allow flyers to share appropriate and legal sites they have found for flying, wherever they are in the world. This will enable drone users to find easily accessible public right of ways for taking off from, beautiful scenery in open airspace and large, unobstructed areas perfect for flying.
About App Movement
‘App Movement’ turns computer programming on its head by allowing an idea or a ‘need’ to drive the development of an app rather than the other way around. And unlike most apps which gradually gather a groundswell of support after they are launched, App Movement needs the support first in order to get the project off the ground, much like the established crowdfunding platforms, such as Kick Starter.
Providing a step-by-step guide, the aim is that anyone with a good idea and the determination to drum up support for the project can get the app made and published on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
As a drone pilot, it’s your responsibility to know the laws that govern flying your aircraft. A great place to learn is at a drone college like Drone Universities. If you are a novice pilot, then you may be interested in our introductory course offering.