The first release of the new AirShare app is now available for download, offering additional functionality to help drone users to fly safely.
Airways’ immediate priority is to ensure the safe passage of aircraft in and around controlled airspace. In the long term, our vision is to safely integrate drones and autonomous flying vehicles into the existing aviation system.
Our drone user hub AirShare has experienced significant growth over the past five years, with more than 11,000 drone users logging over 600 flights weekly.
AirShare is now operating as a subsidiary of Airways. The first release of the new AirShare drone user app was launched in March, gaining 2000 downloads in the first three weeks. Users can log on to see where they can fly, file a flight plan and more easily gain approvals. The app provides proximity and surveillance data that creates better situational awareness. Automated text alerts are sent for boundary infringements.
AirShare is one of the building blocks that will support safe UAV management for New Zealand. Airways is also looking to systems that will ensure aerodrome safety and a trial of drone detection technologies at Auckland Airport is ongoing. At the same time, we are working to support the development of national UAV infrastructure.
The AirShare app can be found in the Apple and Google Play app stores.