Safe to Fly or Can I fly There? - what is the difference?
Which drone safe to fly app should I use?
Wicked Copters was the first in Australia to put out an app to assist drone pilots in determining no fly zones as per legislation in order to fly safely.
Since then Ozrunways developed their Rwy Chk app (which is great) and CASA developed the "Can I fly here? "app for unlicenced and excluded RPA category pilots.
So, what's the difference?
Can I fly there? App: This app is for the hobbyist and excluded RPA category pilots governed by regulations CASR 101 and Advisory Circular AC101-10. These pilots are not able to obtain additional permissions, exemptions or approvals to fly outside their standard operating conditions.
Licensed operators can use this app as a quick check to see if any standard airspace restrictions are in place in their planned operational area, and, if so, drill down to see if their current permissions, approvals, etc enable them to fly there. If not, they can apply for the relevant approvals.
Rwy Chk App: This app (free provided you hold an OZ Rwy licence) is for assisting the licenced drone pilots and operators governed by regulations CASR 101 and Advisory Circular AC101-01. These pilots are able to obtain additional permissions, exemptions or approvals to fly outside their standard operating conditions, which means they could fly in areas depicted as no fly zones, including depending on time of day around Class D airports generally.
Safe to Fly App: This app was developed, in the time before the above two apps, for assisting the licenced drone pilots and operators governed by regulations CASR 101. Due to confusion between our app and the CASA app, we temporarily withdrew our app until it became clearer that the CASA app is for the hobbyist and excluded RPA category. We are looking at relaunching our free updated Safe to fly app soon for licenced drone pilots and operators.