UK air traffic control service provider NATS announced that more than 10,000 registered users have signed up to use its recently launched app, named Drone Assist.

The application was launched ten weeks ago to help drone pilots comply with UK regulations.

NATS Drone lead Phil Binks said: “As drone sales continue to rise, so too do reports of near misses between drones and commercial aircraft in the UK.

“It is, therefore more important than ever for drone users to have the tools and information needed to operate safely, which is what Drone Assist aims to provide.

“We’re delighted that the app has been so well received and hope that its use helps to contribute to safer airspace with more responsible drone users.”

The company noted that most of the users reported positive feedback, with high levels of early engagement.

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Nearly three million airspace regions have been loaded onto user’s mobiles, which have recorded more than 70,000 ‘interactions’ with airspaces.

"It is more important than ever for drone users to have the tools and information needed to operate safely, which is what Drone Assist aims to provide."

This app provides an interactive map of airspace areas and warns drone pilots about ground-based hazards, such as power lines, schools or sports venues, that may be dangerous or pose privacy risk for the drone.

Drone Assist also has a ‘Fly Now’ feature that shares a user’s drone flight location with other app users and the wider drone community.

This flight location sharing feature is said to minimise the risk of drone-related incidents in the UK airspace.

Powered by Altitude Angel, Drone Assist is available for free and can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices.


Image: NATS drone safety app gets 10,000 users in ten weeks. Photo: courtesy of NATS.