by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian Crosby
This June, the United States saw the launch of Wing’s free drone pilot app, OpenSky, helping drone operators of all kinds safely share the sky. Since then, the app has already seen tens of thousands of users, ranging from the likes of professional photographers to surveyors to hobby flyers, all using the app to learn where they can safely fly their drones and to request authorization to fly in controlled airspace.
Today, Wing announced two new updates to the app, made possible by a new version of the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification (LAANC) program. This new version of LAANC includes a number of improvements and refinements that make drone flyer apps like OpenSky more helpful for users.
The first of the two updates will open up new airspace that was previously unavailable to flyers. This will be done by refining the airspace grids used in the app. With smaller and more precise quarter-mile grid proportions, restrictions…