Kittyhawk to Help FAA Revamp B4UFLY App

Drone pilots will soon have an easier time finding out how to safely and legally operate their UAS with the updated B4UFLY app. FAA

The FAA has partnered with Kittyhawk, a provider of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) UAS service, to redevelop the B4UFLY app, which helps operators of UAS stay out of trouble in terms of where they can and can't fly.

Kittyhawk has offered to modify the app at no cost to the FAA. The organization promises a simple, easy-to-use platform that provides situational awareness to recreational UAS pilots.

“We want to provide drone pilots with the best tools possible so they fly safely and responsibly,” said acting FAA administrator, Dan Elwell. “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.”

To continue to provide the public with information during the development process, the current B4UFLY app will continue to function; however, no new functions will be added. Kittyhawk and the FAA expect to launch the new app before the end of the year.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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