a.s.r. launches its FlySafe app for drones
a.s.r. is launching its FlySafe app (‘Vlieg Veilig app’), which tells you where you may and may not fly your drone. The app is only available for iPhones at present, but will later become available for Android as well.
The summer holidays are just around the corner and more and more people are taking with them not just their swimming costume, suntan oil and flip-flops but also their drone to take aerial holiday snaps and videos as well. Sales of drones have climbed sharply in recent years and have now reached over 100,000.
But flying a drone is not without its dangers, nor is it permissible to do it everywhere. As the popularity of drones has increased, so has the number of incidents involving them. Aerodromes and airports are not the only no-fly zones in the Netherlands; there are also other places where drones may not be flown or flown only below a limited height. For many users it is unclear where drones may and may not be flown. a.s.r.'s FlySafe app provides a solution; it indicates precisely where you may and may not fly your drone.
How does it work?
The app can be downloaded free of charge in the App Store. When you go fly your drone, the app shows you what restrictions and prohibitions, if any, apply to the area in question. Local weather conditions are also shown. The app also has a checklist that sets out five checks for flying drones legally and responsibly.
By using a timer in combination with a logbook, the pilot can keep track of where, when and for how long he has flown the drone. Afterwards, this data and the best photos of his flight can be shared on social media. And he can do all of this without having to worry whether he has broken the law.
Ber Onderwater, Non-Life customer relations manager at a.s.r.: ‘a.s.r. aims to provide practical help. After its DriveSafe app, designed to limit use of smartphones in vehicles, a.s.r. now wants its FlySafe app to help make drone flying safer. After all, flying a drone may be a lot of fun, but the consequences of an accident caused by incorrect use are incalculable.’