|4 December 2016|

UK

A new app developed by Altitude Angel – in partnership with the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) – is now available to help drone pilots meet “their legal obligations” to keep the skies a safe place.

Launched onto the market yesterday (3 December) the Drone Assist app – powered by Altitude Angel – is available on Android and iOS for free. It has a number of important features including an interactive map of areas of airspace used by commercial air traffic – unsuitable for drone activity, and it pinpoints areas with privacy and safety restrictions on the ground.

Phil Binks, NATS drone lead, said: “With the number of drone incidents on the rise, it’s clear that many people are unaware of the rules as set by the Civil Aviation Authority or their legal obligations as pilots. Drone Assist is designed to help everyone abide by the rules, identify areas of controlled and restricted airspace, therefore helping them to enjoy flying whilst ensuring their safety and the safety of other airspace users.

“We’re delighted to have partnered with Altitude Angel to develop a tool that we hope will help improve drone safety in the UK and lead the way in international best practise.”

Richard Parker, founder and CEO of Altitude Angel added: “We are delighted to be working with NATS, and are proud that the UK is taking a global lead in addressing this issue as we work to keep our skies safe for all aerial citizens. Partnerships like this are an essential first-step to bringing together drone pilots and other stakeholders, all working towards greater airspace safety, and laying the foundation for a future where drones and manned aircraft can coexist without incident.”