The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY, the FAA’s mobile app that helps recreational drone operators learn where they can and can’t fly.
The current B4UFLY App will continue to be available to the public until the new app is deployed. The data reflected in the current app will continue to be updated regularly, but no new features will be added, the FAA notes.
“We want to provide drone pilots with the best tools possible so they fly safely and responsibly,” states Dan Elwell, acting FAA administrator. “As drone sales increase and our nation’s airspace becomes busier and more complex, it’s vital that we work smarter and partner with the private sector to develop innovative products that advance safety.”
The FAA and Kittyhawk plan to launch the new app sometime this year. Kittyhawk is an enterprise drone operations software company that has been an FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) service supplier since October.
The current B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.
The FAA’s first mobile app, B4UFLY was first announced at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Atlanta conference in 2015.