Wing’s free airspace authorization app for drone pilots launches in US

Alphabet’s drone-delivery subsidiary Wing has launched a free mobile and web app, OpenSky, to inform drone pilots, both recreational and commercial, when and where it is safe to fly in the United States. Drone flyers can use the OpenSky app to see information on airspace restrictions, pre-plan flights, and get airspace approvals. This app has been available in Australia since 2019.

Ensuring compliance with FAA airspace rules

Wing is one of the 16 companies that are currently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services. A LAANC approval is necessary if you are planning to fly your drone under 400 feet in controlled airspace around airports.

LAANC requests are checked against multiple airspace data sources in the FAA UAS Data Exchange, including UAS Facility Maps, Special Use Airspace data, Airports and Airspace Classes, as well as Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and Notices to…