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B4UFLY is the simple way for drone operators to check airspace and local advisories before taking flight. Stay compliant and contribute to safer national airspace by making yourself aware of advisories and restrictions in the airspace and local advisories around you.

With B4UFLY, you simply open the app and select where you want to fly to see the status of the airspace selected, as well as details regarding surrounding advisories. B4UFLY is provided through a partnership between the FAA and Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk). Learn more at https://aloft.ai/b4ufly/

We have also added new crowdsourcing functionality for people to contribute to our global advisory and compliance database. You can flag areas for review and submit new locations for addition to B4UFLY advisories from within the app, or you can also visit this page to submit areas for review at https://aloft.ai/b4ufly-data-submission-form/.

If you have a general question or comment about UAS or drones, please send us an email at UASHelp@faa.gov or call us at 844-FLY-MY-UA (359-6982) 8am – 4pm ET Monday – Friday.

What’s New

Version 10.4.2

Just a quick performance update, after our recent launch of Notify & Fly!

Since we released our crowdsourcing data initiative last year, we've received thousands of submissions from government agencies, but mostly it was fellow pilots sharing where they were going to be operating. With today's release of Notify & Fly, that functionality is more powerful and real-time with dynamic map layers.

Now all users -- recreational, commercial, and government / first responders -- can share your flight activity bringing new levels of safety and situational airspace to fellow pilots and airspace stakeholders. Just tap the new "N&F" button to securely and anonymously share where you'll be flying and we'll create an active flight volume that's immediately accessible for all users to see.

For more, read about the release of Notify & Fly on the Aloft blog -- https://www.aloft.ai/blog/aloft-launches-notify-fly-on-b4ufly/

Your feedback and questions are always welcome at b4ufly@aloft.ai.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

d2nkotate ,

Great but..

First time drone flyer and I must say this helps a lot where it’s safe to fly but I can’t seem to find a button to update your location. I have to close off the app in order to update the current location. Unless you know your location and can type in then there’s no way to update the location. If I’m wrong please let me know.

Developer Response ,

Hi, d2nkotate. When the app loads we'll set your pin at your current location, but you can tap, scroll, and search anywhere on the map. There's also a current location button that will appear if your pin is away from where you're located. Hope that helps. Please reach out any time for direct support at b4ufly@kittyhawk.io.

PhillyDude01 ,

Inaccurate

I was contemplating purchasing a drone but live less than 1 mile away from a moderately busy small airport. While scouring the FAA website and other official resources for any safety information I could find, the FAA site recommended installing and using this app. It seemed like exactly what I wanted until I tried it. Regardless of where I drop a pin, it says it’s safe to fly. I was initially happy it said it was safe to fly in my backyard but felt it may have been inaccurate because I can almost see the runway of the airport from my backyard. So I dropped a pin directly in the airport and the app said it was “good to go”. Dropped a pin directly on the airport runway. Same thing, “good to go”. Dropped a pin on the runway of Philadelphia International Airport. Yep, it said “good to go”. The only way I could get this app to finally say “prohibited from flying” was to drop a pin directly on the White House. Now I have to hope the Secret Service doesn’t come kicking down my door thanks to a stupid experiment with an app. This is a pretty useless app if trying to find areas to safely fly anywhere outside of Washington DC. And DC is likely only accurate because everyone knows you can’t fly over DC. Do not trust this app, especially if you live near an airport.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for leaving a review and providing feedback. While we use the latest data from the FAA (never more than 24 hours old), we’re continuing to look at ways that we can add situational awareness to local areas such as smaller airports, parks, and other areas of interest. If you can send more detail to b4ufly@kittyhawk.io that will help us address the issue as we continue to improve the application.

fuhtfx ,

There's no button to bring me back to my present location

I clicked on a different part of the map to see the conditions, then I was unable to click a button to bring me back to my present location. I read a previous commentWhere are you explain there is a button to bring you back to your present location. I am on an iPhone and there is no button to click that brings me back to my present location. There's only a blue dot showing my location. I can only click around that blue dot to get The black teardrop marker close to my present location. There is no button to bring me back to my present location.

Developer Response ,

Hi there. If you tap the search icon (magnifying glass) then you'll see a button for your current lat/long, as well as your recent searches. Just tap on your current location to return the pin to that spot. Here's a screenshot to help. https://share.getcloudapp.com/BluK19vY

If you still have questions, feel free to contact us directly -- support@aloft.ai

App Privacy

The developer, Federal Aviation Administration, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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