The FAA, in partnership with Kittyhawk, has relaunched its B4UFLY mobile application that allows recreational drone flyers to know where they can and cannot fly in the national airspace system (NAS).
The new B4UFLY app is now available to download for free at the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.
FAA acting administrator, Dan Elwell, commented: “As we continue our efforts to safely integrate drones into the NAS, working with our industry partners to provide innovative technology is critical.”
Adding: “The B4UFLY app is another tool the FAA can provide recreational drone flyers to help them fly safely and responsibly.”
The FAA outlined features which include a clear ‘status’ indicator that informs the operator whether it is safe to fly or not.
It has informative and interactive maps with filtering options as well as a link to LAANC, the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, to obtain authorization to fly in controlled airspace.
It also offers the ability to check whether it is safe to fly in different locations by searching for a location or moving the location pin and has links to other FAA drone resources and regulatory information.
The FAA added 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.