Altitude Angel, the world’s most trusted UTM (Unified Traffic Management) technology provider, is to release a new and improved version of the UK’s most popular flight planning tool, Drone Assist, bringing a host of new features which will give users an even greater understanding of the sky above them and access to it.
Already established as the flight planning app for professional and recreational drone pilots alike, the updated Drone Assist is the foundation stone on which the UK can build a £40billion drone economy, now features direct connection to Altitude Angel’s UTM platform, offering ‘one-tap flight authorisations’ at connected airports and facilities worldwide.
Over the coming months, this new Drone Assist will replace all the company’s existing apps and serve as an important initial gateway to a whole host of U-Space services offered by Altitude Angel and operated by its customers.
“All commercial drone operations start with a plan, and planning should start with Drone Assist, which is why we’ve invested so much in creating an app which can truly enable safe drone flight anywhere,” Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder, said.
The new version of Drone Assist, which begins rolling out from 22nd May for both iOS and Android, is the most extensive update since the app was first launched in 2016 and includes the first in a series of planned enhancements and exciting new features.
The suite of new features includes enhanced integrated flight planning, advanced flight plan drawing tools, and approval services – the ability to request access to fly digitally in airspace such as an airport FRZ, or land with access restrictions – through the app.
The new Drone Assist has been developed in conjunction with the drone community, which included a beta testing programme with over 400 active contributors. Drone Assist now allows users to plan their flight, detailing exactly where they will be flying using the advanced drawing tools using polygons or waypoints – and submit the plan to the app – with the flight then displayed not only on the app for all to see, but across all of Altitude Angel’s UTM platforms, including those used by airports and GA pilots – making other airspace users aware of their presence.