The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is decommissioning its \u2018Can I Fly There?\u2019 drone safety app after two years.\nThe authority will instead create a platform for \u201cindustry and other developers\u201d to access safety information and offer their own apps.\n \nTo connect to the platform, which is being built by Wing Aviation LLC, developers will need to go through an approval process to ensure apps offer accurate information to pilots.\n \nNew apps will need to show airspace and emergency data as well as information on powerlines and national parks, CASA indicated. This information is sourced from is sourced from Airservices Australia.\n \nThe platform will also help developers integrate with CASA\u2019s proposed drone registration system, allow licenced operators to submit flight authorisation requests, automate approvals to operate within three NM of a controlled aerodrome, and provide the building blocks for a future RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) traffic management system.\n \nCASA said it was in the process of approving the first app to connect to the platform, which is expected to be live early next month.\n \n\u201cThe development of the platform is another first step in helping us to integrate drones into Australian airspace safely and efficiently,\u201d CASA said.\n \n\u201cWe understand that drone flyers need clear and consistent information about where they can operate their drone, and to allow app developers to innovate to keep pace with technological change,\u201d the authority added.\n \nThe\u2018Can I fly there?\u2019app, developed with drone software firm Drone Complier, was launched in May 2017 and displays the \u2018no-fly zones\u2019 around where a recreational user is intending to fly their sub 2kg UAV.\n \nIt did not go down well with users. The iPhone version scored 1.4 out of five stars from 325 ratings, and users rated the Android version 2.8 out of five from 338 ratings.\n \nThe app was not well received\nThroughout the app\u2019s five updates, users complained of bugs and lack of functionality and outages.\n\u201cGet it right! How hard can it be?\u201d said one exasperated reviewer. Others complained about the \u201cdraconian and Orwellian license agreement\u201d.\n \n\u201cA well-intended but classically bureaucratically hamstrung app,\u201d said another reviewer.\n \nTracking all drones\n \nFrom next month CASAintends to introduce mandatory RPA pilot registration and accreditation. The scheme will apply to all commercial RPA operators, and those flying drones weighing more than 250 grams recreationally.\n \nAccreditation will be free and awarded after an individual has completed an online course, which CASA described as \u201cbasically, watch a video and answer a quiz on the drone rules that apply to you\u201d.\n \nRegistration costs have yet to be decided, but will depend on whether drones are flown for fun or profit. For recreational pilots it is expected to be around $20.\n \nDrone fliers that breach regulations are a growing concern for CASA, which in March revealed it hadissued a total of 10,999 remote pilot licences and 1504 remotely piloted aircraft(RPA) operator certificates.\n \nInMay 2017the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee concluded an inquiry into regulatory requirements and safe use of drones. The committee determined that CASA \u201cshould be empowered to track all individual drones, starting with the registration of all drones, regardless of their size or intended use\u201d.\n \nInNovember last yearthe Governmentsupported the introduction of a mandatory accreditation and registration system for drones.