Before I fly a drone, I always make sure I am aware of all the FAA restrictions or requirements, in effect, at the location. Historically, this used to be more of a manual process, but thanks to a new smartphone app, B4UFLY, you can quickly check whenever and wherever you’d like to fly.
This limited beta test is expected to run for several months, after which the FAA plans to make B4UFLY available for the general public. The initial release is planned for iOS devices only, with an Android version to follow.
Key features of the B4UFLY app include:
- A clear “status” indicator that immediately informs the operator about their current or planned location. For example, it shows flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, DC 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
- Contact information for nearby airports
- Links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information.
While I think this is a great tool for drone pilots, I’m not sure the FAA should have spent $430,000 on it.