Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - or ‘drones’ - are rapidly growing in popularity, for both recreational and commercial uses. If you're interested in drones or flying drones in New Zealand, airshare is where you'll find everything you need to know.
Airshare was developed in collaboration with UAVNZ, the Civil Aviation Authority and Crown entity Callaghan Innovation. It's widely supported by the UAV community, with almost 1,000 registered users.
Airshare helps you understand your responsibilities when safely flying a UAV. It's home to:
Drones are taking off
Modern day drones are capable of things that would have been considered science fiction merely two years ago. Drone delivery services are now a reality, and are being trialled around the world for everything from online shopping to pizza delivery.
The real world applications of these clever little unmanned aerial systems stretch well beyond home deliveries. UAVs are proving increasingly valuable tools for the film and television industry, and are also a great way for both personal and professional users to showcase fabulous scenery and adventure activities. They can even follow you around like Lily.
Major investment in this technology means that countries are now quickly developing regulations to keep pace with the rapidly developing industry. You can stay up to date with these developments by following airshare news.
Need a drone?
Find a UAV operator to perform the work you need in airshare’s Marketplace directory. With over 425 companies it is the largest list of drone operators in New Zealand. The directory offers you a choice of operators across New Zealand for a range of services: aerial film and photography, real estate, surveying, events, construction, inspection of assets, and more.
The UAV industry in New Zealand
Airshare places New Zealand at the leading edge of the international UAV industry. The Regulator and industry body joined forces with Airways early, supporting the growth of the industry. Safety and regulation have been at the forefront of decision making – and consequently, New Zealand is now home to some leading innovative drone manufacturers and research organisations.
What’s the difference between the terms UAV, UAS, RPAS and drone?
These terms are used interchangeably. RPAS means a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System and is a term used by ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organisation) so is commonly used by Regulators such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). UAS means an unmanned aircraft system and is defined by the CAA as an aircraft and its associated elements which are operated with no pilot on board. The term Drone is also widely used.