Hang out in public spaces often enough these days and chances are that alongside kites and Frisbees, you’ll catch drones soaring through the air. Whether or not you’ve had the chance to pilot one of these unmanned aircraft systems, millions of hobbyist and commercial drone operators take to the skies across the country every day.
But how can you be sure that the airspace overhead is friendly? Turns out, ASU Online graduate student Egbert Oostburg has an app for that: SkyClub.io.
“SkyClub.io is a discovery app you can use like Waze,” Egbert explains. “Basically, you launch the SkyClub.io app before deciding where to fly because it helps you find the most popular spots and vetted areas. If you want to fly in your backyard or neighborhood, you can make sure it’s not in a no-fly zone.”
The Federal Aviation Administration recently reinstated the drone registry requirement. With civil penalties at $27,500 and criminal fines up to $250,000 for flying in the wrong place, the timing for a solution to help drone users navigate new laws and regulations is perfect.
Currently in beta, the app is focused on the San Diego area, where Egbert resides. He hopes to officially launch around Father’s Day, one of the primary buying times for drones, and eventually plans to scale nationwide.