CASA approval for FlyFreely in Australia
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Today, Australia’s leading aviation authority verified software from Brisbane-based startup FlyFreely, which will help users see where drones can fly in the country. The Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) announced its approval to use five new drone safety apps, placing FlyFreely among just seven other companies that have received verification to date.
“This will make a big difference for our customers,” said FlyFreely founder Dr. David Cole. “Whether in the field or in the office, our customers can immediately determine where they can and cannot fly. Before that, they had to check several different data sources. “
Dr. Cole stated that FlyFreely customers could save up to 80 percent of their time in their planning processes. “We now offer a fully integrated end-to-end solution that meets all the requirements of the Part 101 Standard Guide and is verified by CASA,” he said. “Our software contains all the functions that are required for planning, approving, executing and coordinating processes. Our customers can now plan their missions and work with the certainty that they will not have any compliance problems. “
The FlyFreely team has been working with CASA on the verification process since the beginning of the year. “It’s a really big achievement for the whole team,” said Cole.
“They have put a tremendous amount of effort into keeping our customers seamless and developing other new features for our software. The next step for us is the automated airspace approval, which is planned for the beginning of 2022. “
This is the latest in a series of recent additions for FlyFreely, with the company recently expanding into New Zealand.
Dr. Cole said he was now in talks with Airways NZ, CASA’s counterpart in New Zealand, with the aim of connecting to his system in the months to come. FlyFreely will then attempt to connect with other traffic management system providers for unmanned aircraft systems around the world in 2022.
Read more about Australian drone laws, drone delivery in Australia and CASA’s plans for automated airspace approval.
Ian attended the Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now a contributor to DroneLife.
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