Kittyhawk, a San Francisco-based provider of software for pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight drone operations management, is rolling out Flight Deck, bringing in-flight controls and functionality in real time to the Kittyhawk platform.
According to the company, Flight Deck provides real-time telemetry and airspace feedback for both manned and unmanned aircraft in the area; gives fleet managers real-time feedback of when, where and how a pilot is flying; enables immediate, automated, private and secure transfer of media and data from the drone to the Kittyhawk cloud for data access and processing; and integrates the Federal Aviation Administration’s newly released 3D grid map system.
Kittyhawk notes that Flight Deck removes the need for users to switch between apps during an operation and automates the task of logging flights. In addition, for chief pilots and fleet managers at headquarters, Flight Deck brings visibility and control to operations that are happening in real time, the company explains.
Thanks to Kittyhawk’s integration with AirMap, the new feature allows drone operators to improve their situational awareness by getting real-time traffic alerts; share their live telemetry with airports and others in the airspace; and understand and comply with airspace rules, requirements and temporary restrictions.
“The innovators at Kittyhawk understand the critical importance of real-time situational awareness and effortless decision-making about where it is safe to fly,” comments Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap. “We’re proud that the AirMap platform can contribute to this sophisticated, end-to-end tool for commercial drone operators and enterprise users.”
With more companies adopting drones into their workflows, there is a high demand for safe, scalable flight management and operations platforms, says Kittyhawk.
“Once a company starts operating at scale,” explains Jon Hegranes, CEO and co-founder of Kittyhawk, “they realize the importance of real-time data. What happened last month or last week is fine for a report, but real-time telemetry and coordination with current flights is a necessity for any serious commercial operator.”
Kittyhawk notes that the platform stores all data domestically – meaning sensitive media and telemetry information are not sent to any foreign companies or countries.
The newly released Flight Deck functionality is free and unlimited for anyone with a DJI drone, and Kittyhawk expects to release more features and partner with more companies soon.
“A core product theme at Kittyhawk is how we can help our customers foster a culture of safety,” says Josh Ziering, co-founder and chief pilot of Kittyhawk. “Flight Deck fundamentally changes how commercial drone operations function.”