Free drone flyer app by Wing, OpenSky simplifies airspace access

By Peak Public Affairs | June 29, 2021

Wing made its drone flyer app, OpenSky, available in the U. S. today for the first time. Available for free in the Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the OpenSky app makes it easy for drone flyers to abide by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airspace rules and regulations and request authorization to fly in controlled airspace in near real-time.

The OpenSky app brings a level of simplicity, familiarity and accuracy for drone operators across the U.S.  With OpenSky, recreational or commercial drone flyers can check FAA airspace information to see where they can and cannot fly, request permission from the FAA to fly in certain airspaces, and manage and log their flights and permissions to their pilot profile. 

The FAA approved Wing as a UAS Service Supplier of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). This allows OpenSky to provide near real-time authorizations for drone flyers wishing to operate in LAANC-enabled controlled airspaces, which includes areas surrounding hundreds of airports throughout the U.S. Without an FAA-approved LAANC application, such as OpenSky, drone flyers would need to request manual authorization to fly in controlled airspace, which could take weeks to obtain. The OpenSky app can enable authorizations in seconds for operations like emergency response, commercial surveys, or film and photography sessions. OpenSky has been available in Australia since 2019 for recreational and commercial drone pilots and received positive feedback from drone flyers in Australia and from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Why is a drone delivery company investing in an operator app? Because with nearly two million registered drones in the U.S. already, regulatory compliance of all drones will allow them to share the sky safely. Moreover, compliance will ultimately expand the uses and benefits of drones--among them emergency response, commercial inspections and contactless delivery--to more people. 

The OpenSky app is one of many tools that operators can use to participate in the airspace. Wing believes that an open airspace system will encourage a stream of innovations that will support diversity, attract users and grow the entire drone industry - benefiting everyone.