The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is helping keep drone pilots out of restricted airspace and thus out of trouble with the feds via it’s new free app B4UFLY (Be For You FLY). The app pulls directly from publicly available data sources and packages the information in a user friendly and intuitive format. As a result, temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that have been published on the FAA TFR website (www.tfr.faa.gov) such as wildfires will warn pilots of additional restricted airspace in real time.
The B4UFLY app will allow you to plan future flights and to a send your flight information (anonymously) to the FAA. However, the FAA makes the point that it will take enforcement action against anyone flying carelessly or recklessly, or endangering the safety of the National Airspace System or people and property on the ground.
Key features of the B4UFLY 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
- Links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information
For more information visit FAA B4UFLY