New App to Improve Drone Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with Kittyhawk to redevelop B4UFLY, the FAA’s first mobile application, to improve the user experience so that recreational drone operators know where they can and cannot 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.

Acting FAA Administrator, Dan Elwell, said, “We want to provide drone pilots with the best tools possible so they fly safely and responsibly”, adding, ” 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 in 2019.

Kittyhawk is an enterprise drone operations software company that has been an FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) UAS Service Supplier since October 2018.

The current B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

Key features of the current app include:

  • A clear “status” indicator that immediately informs the operator about the current or planned location. For example, it shows flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, D.C. is prohibited;
  • Information on the parameters that drive the status indicator;
  • A “Planner Mode” for future flights in different locations;
  • Informative, interactive maps with filtering options; and
  • Links to other FAA drone resources and regulatory information.