Drone pilots are a pretty awesome community. Whether Drone Nation is volunteering after an emergency, or answering questions on forums, flyers from all around the world are reaching out to help each other figure out where to fly and sharing their experiences. Now, drone pilots can get airspace intelligence and connect with other pilots from an app.
Introducing Drone Buddy, an amazing iOS and Android app built for drone pilots. The airspace intelligence is impressive: it provides accurate wind, weather and planetary information. Drone Buddy also provides drone specific weather data includes solar activity (Kp), visibility, cloud cover, uv index, local sunrise, sunset time and wind gust. Drone Buddy integrates Safety-Critical no fly zones and temporary flight restriction maps through Airmap.
Truly international, pilots will definitely want to download Drone Buddy before traveling. Switch units between imperial and metric in setting, and get real-time feedback of airspace rules and conditions pertaining to your flight specifications, with national rule sets for 20 countries, including Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Drone Buddy Chat (only available in iOS now) lets drone pilots connect with other local drone pilots through the app: sharing good drone flying spots, asking questions or sharing the drone flying experience.
The Drone Buddy Pro upgrade offers more premium features, still at a reasonable price: such as
flying advisories and locations of nearby AMA flying clubs. Pilots can call ATC tower through the app with a single click. Pro Users also access exclusive drone news and stories.
Drone Buddy was developed by Mark Zhong, who is a mobile app developer from Queens, NY. After crashing his DJI phantom 2 in Jones Beach, Long Island back in 2014, he started building this app to benefit drone pilots, and save them from the same fate. Since launching in May of 2015, the Drone Buddy App has been downloaded over 200,000 times – with great ratings – and has become one of the must have apps for drone pilots.