FAA to Release B4UFLY App

New iOS app designed to inform UAS operators regarding flight locations.

In an effort to make drone operators more aware of where they can and cannot take their flying machines, the FAA is in the process of releasing an iOS app called B4UFLY. The app will tell its users whether there are any restrictions or requirements pertaining to UAS flights in the area of intended flight.

“While there are other apps that provide model aircraft enthusiasts with various types of data, we believe B4UFLY has the most user friendly interface and the most up-to-date information,” said FAA administrator Michael Huerta.

The app features a status indicator that quickly informs the user about the suitability of the current or planned location for UAS operations, an FAA press release said. B4UFLY also includes interactive maps, information regarding nearby airports, a planner mode and links to other FAA resources.

B4UFLY is expected to be released to 1,000 people this summer for a beta test stage that will run for several months before the app will be made available to the general public.

The app is an addition to the FAA’s recently released website, Know Before You Fly, designed to inform users of how to fly a UAS safely and responsibly.

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