The FAA has partnered with Kittyhawk to redevelop the FAA's first mobile application so that flyers know whether it is safe to fly their drone. Although designed for recreational users, commercial drone fliers might also find the app useful for added situational awareness. The app does not allow users to obtain airspace authorizations to fly in controlled airspace; permission is only available through the FAA's Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC).

The new B4UFLY app is now available to download for free at the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

Key features include:

  • 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.
  • 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:

https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/b4ufly/