What's new in AirShare 2.0?

If you've used the AirShare app before to check the airspace and log your drone flights, you'll certainly notice a few changes. AirShare 2.0 is an exciting release (available on both web and mobile), that has been designed and built from the ground up based on your feedback.
 

Here's the low down on some of the changes you'll see in the new apps -
 

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Faster time to takeoff
Flight planning is now dramatically easier with just a few easy clicks to submit your flight.

 

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More informed flight planning
Quick and easy access to airspace and landowner advisories and NOTAMs bring improved visibility and safety.

 

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Advanced Address Specific Search
Using the magnifying glass icon, you can search for a specific location where you wish to fly. The smart search feature includes exact addresses, as well as places of interest such as parks, beaches etc.

 

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Improved controlled airspace authorisation process
Only 30 minutes notice required to receive automatic provisional authorisations in most of controlled airspace. This includes areas more than 4km from the controlled aerodrome for flights up to 400 ft, and up to 200ft in areas within 4km of an aerodrome if you are not operating on an aircraft approach path or an area where air traffic is commonly routed.

 

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Weather Information
Wind and weather information is now available for your current flight areas.

 

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Improved accuracy
Manually draw in the area of your flight using the new free-draw feature (rather than a circle) for improved accuracy in flight planning.

 

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DJI Flight Controller Integration
The AirShare mobile app with DJI SDK integration enables drone operators to fly their DJI drones without having to toggle apps or switch between platforms.

 

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Marketplace Listings
The AirShare Marketplace functionality hasn’t changed.  For current Marketplace customers, we’ve added an extra button on the Marketplace information page (https://www.airshare.co.nz/list-airshare-marketplace) that allows you to edit your listing.

 

When flying in New Zealand, please be aware that there are many restricted spaces where drones are not permitted, or require special permission, such as New Zealand’s National Parks.

 

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FAQ's
 

Q. How do I use the free drawing feature?

  • On the mobile app, simply touch the polygon shape (next to the circle) and then draw the area using your fingertip. If you wish to edit the shape, just touch the polygon shape again to redraw your planned flight area. On the web app, simply click the first point of your shape, then the next point, and so on, and a line will appear to join the dots (no click and drag required).
     

Q. How do I terminate a flight once I’ve finished flying?

  • The terminate button is now labeled ‘end flight’. Clicking this button advises Air Traffic Control that you have landed and your flight is finished. All controlled airspace and you need to call the tower.
     

Q. What's going to happen to my historical flights?

  • When you log into AirShare, your historical flights will all be there. Email us on info@airshare.co.nz if you have any issues finding your historical data.
     

Q. What do the new status indicators mean eg. declared, pending etc?

  • Declared
    You’ll see this status if you’re flying outside of controlled airspace. You will still need to ensure you have permission from any people or property you are flying over and have checked that it’s not conservation land or a regional park (see the Department of Conservation website for more details).
     
  • Pending
    This status shows when you are planning to fly in controlled airspace and you are awaiting a response from Air Traffic Control.
     
  • Provisionally Authorised
    This status is where your flight has received provisional authorisation from air traffic control. You will need to call the air traffic control tower approximately 15 minutes before your flight to get the final go ahead.
     
  • Rejected
    If you receive this status, air traffic control have assessed your flight request and found that it may present too much risk to manned aircraft.
     
  • Flying
    This status is where you have activated your flight and are sharing your position with other airspace users.
     
  • Complete
    You will get this status once you have selected that you have finished flying. It will stop sharing your position with other airspace users and, if you are in controlled airspace, advise air traffic control that your drone is no longer in the air.


Q. How can I save as a favourite?

  • Now the process to log a flight is much quicker and easier, we have not retained this feature in AirShare 2.0. We know many of you have used this feature a lot in the past, so we’d be keen to work with you on a new way to do this in the future. Let us know by submitting your feedback at info@airshare.co.nz.
     

Q. How do I log in to the web app?

  • The login button is now called ‘Web App’. Once you click this, the web app will open in a new window.

 

Try the AirShare App beta release

It's here! The highly anticipated new beta versions of our AirShare web and mobile apps are now available in early release.

This beta release has already been tried and tested by a small group of our most frequent operators and here's what they're saying ...

"So...much...better!!! Man, within 30 seconds of going on I'd already used the NOTAM function that will impact an upcoming flight." - Jeff Brass, Think Photography

"Very impressed with the new interface, love the slick sliders and radius selection tools, easy address finding. Big improvement overall, loving it." - Jared Waddams, Helicam Pro


Some of the new features include:

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Faster time to takeoff
Flight planning is now dramatically easier with just a few easy clicks to submit your flight.

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Improved accuracy
Manually draw in the area of your flight for improved accuracy in flight planning.

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More informed flight planning
Quick and easy access to advisories and NOTAMs bring improved visibility and safety.

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Improved controlled airspace authorisation process

Only 30 minutes notice required to receive automatic provisional authorisations in most of controlled airspace.


You Choose

If you prefer to stay on the AirShare app that you're familiar with, you can absolutely keep using the existing app to log your flights. Both the existing AirShare app and the new beta release will both be available to download and use going forward. All your flight details will still be saved, no matter which option you log in with.


Instructions for iPhone customers

For iPhone customers, the button below will take you directly to TestFlight. TestFlight makes it easy to test beta versions of iOS apps and provide valuable feedback to developers before they release their apps on the App Store.

Instructions for Android customers

For Android customers, the button below will take you to an Android App Testing page, where you click on the 'Become A Tester' button and then follow the link to the Google Play Store to download. 


Let us Know

While we've ironed out most of the kinks, it's still a beta version, so we'd love to hear your feedback or answer any questions via our Contact Us form, or via the feedback feature in the app (under Settings > Feedback).


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FAQ's

Q. Why have the 4km aerodrome circles changed?

  • New aerodrome zones now display the distance from an aerodrome boundary rather than the centre (consistent with the CAA Part 101 rules).

Q. When do I receive automatic provisional approval from Air Traffic Control?

  • You’ll gain automatic provisional approval if you -

    • log your flight more than 30 mins in advance, and

    • are operating under the CAA Part 101 rules, and

    • are outside sensitive operating areas (sensitive areas include approach fans and above 200ft within 4km of an aerodrome).

Q. Why can’t I cancel a flight, amend a flight or save and retrieve my favourites?

  • These features are still available in our existing AirShare app and we’re working to make them available in the new beta release soon.

Q. When will the transmitting devices be available?

  • Our hardware engineers are working tirelessly to create the best drone tracking and monitoring experience for you. We anticipate an announcement in the coming months. If you’re interested in hearing more about our transmitting devices, please opt-in for updates here.

Q. Why am I unable to get authorisation through AirShare to operate near uncontrolled aerodromes?

  • AirShare provides provisional authorisations for operating in Airways NZ controlled airspace only. Uncontrolled aerodromes are managed independently and authorisations need to be sought directly from them. Their contact details can be found from the AirShare map page.

List on the AirShare Marketplace

Airshare MarketplaceThe Marketplace directory  here on airshare.co.nz is the place your business needs to appear to be found by your potential customers. You can add searchable content, information, video and images to your business listing across multiple categories, and your customers can easily review you right on your listing.

It's easy to list! Just complete the online AirShare registration process and maintain your listing with the same login you use to log your flights.

If you are not already registered on AirShare, do that step first, then carry on to set up your Marketplace listing.

If you are looking for a commercial drone operator, then the Marketplace is the perfect place for you to start.

You can search by locations around New Zealand, types of specialist expertise and you can see how many flights each operator has logged through the AirShare site.

How does the Marketplace work?

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Tell us about your business

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Choose your listing type

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Users 750,000 user sessions on the site since it launched in July 2014.

Desktop 80,000 new users spending an average of 3 minutes on the site per visit.

Graph Average of 11,500 visits per month to the site.

Premium
Standard

Premium listing type

$150+ GST per annum (includes 1 category)

Functionality:

  • Rich content - upload images and video footage to showcase your work
  • Upload a banner image of your choice
  • Upload your company logo
  • Write a description of your business (this content will be searchable using site search)
  • Provide a full list of company contact details including a “request a quote” form
  • Include links to your social media channels
  • Display a Google map of your business location
  • Edit your content as needed via your own login
  • Automated population of the number of your airshare flights
  • Display via checkboxes if you have a  Part 102 Certification, Aviation Liability Insurance or a UAVNZ membership
  • Displayed Customer Reviews
  • Top billing - Premium listings appear at top of category pages

Standard listing type

$50+ GST per annum (includes 1 category)

Functionality:

  • Text only display 
  • Provide a full list of company contact details including a “request a quote” form
  • Include links to your social media channels
  • Display a Google map of your business location
  • Write a description of your business (this content will be searchable using site search)
  • Edit your content as needed via your own login
  • Automated population of the number of your airshare flights
  • Display via checkboxes if you have a  Part 102 Certification, Aviation Liability Insurance or a UAVNZ membership
  • Displayed Customer Reviews
  • Standard listings appear below Premium listings in each category