The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with Kittyhawk, has relaunched the B4UFLY mobile app, which allows recreational drone flyers to know where they can and cannot fly in national airspace.
The new B4UFLY app is now available to download for free at the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android. The agency announced in February that it would partner with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY, which is a few years old.
“As we continue our efforts to safely integrate drones into the NAS, working with our industry partners to provide innovative technology is critical,” says Dan Elwell, the FAA’s acting administrator. “The B4UFLY app is another tool the FAA can provide recreational drone flyers to help them fly safely and responsibly.”
According to the FAA, key features of the relaunched app include as follows:
- A clear “status” indicator that informs the operator whether it is safe to fly or not. (For example, it shows flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, D.C., is prohibited.)
- Informative, interactive maps with filtering options.
- Information about controlled airspace, special use airspace, critical infrastructure, airports, national parks, military training routes and temporary flight restrictions.
- A link to LAANC, the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, to obtain authorization to fly in controlled airspace.
- The ability to check whether it is safe to fly in different locations by searching for a location or moving the location pin.
- Links to other FAA drone resources and regulatory information.
The FAA points out that the app provides situational awareness to recreational flyers and other drone users. It does not allow users to obtain airspace authorizations to fly in controlled airspace, which are only available through LAANC.