Alphabet’s Wing introduces OpenSky platform in collaborative integration move

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Wing has introduced OpenSky, a family of software products that aim to give drone operators a greater access to the sky around them.

Following the release, the Alphabet company has said it hopes the OpenSky products will help users comply with rules and plan flights more safely and effectively.

Wing released the OpenSky app for use by drone flyers in Australia this month, the first in what will be a range of OpenSky products.

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When a drone flyer enters a location, the Australian OpenSky app provides a checklist covering a range of critical factors, including airspace restrictions, known hazardous situations, and proximity to airports and heliports.

OpenSky users in Australia will also be given alerts related to emergency response situations, nearby sporting events, or other situations that may impact available airspace.

The platform will also introduce accessibility capabilities such as ‘Voice Over’ and ‘Talk Back’ that can improve access for a broader range of flyers.

As part of the release, Wing detailed how the OpenSky development is informed by work with aviation regulators, and industry standards bodies like ASTM international.

Wing is currently developing tools for Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority to communicate with drone flyers and our Australian app is approved by CASA while, in the United States, Wing has participated in the FAA UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program, is an approved LAANC provider and has participated in NASA’s Technology Capability Levels 1–3.

In Switzerland, Wing is also a participant in the Federal Office of Civil Aviation’s (FOCA) U-Space Implementation Program.

The firm also described how its hope is that OpenSky will ultimately allow all aviation communities to fly with greater confidence, and in doing so, provide greater access to the sky.

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