If you are a B4UFly user, we have some good news to bring. There has been an app update, with a new feature called ‘Notify and Fly’. You can get the B4UFly app on both Google Play Store and Apple. It is an FAA-approved app made in association with Aloft, an organization previously called Kittyhawk.
What to expect from the App Update
app update, featuring ‘Notify and Fly’. This feature allows other drone pilots to be aware that you are flying in that particular area.
Aloft claim that almost all drone pilots use this tool, regardless of you bring a commercial drone pilot or a hobbyist.
“Using Notify & Fly contributes to the overall safe integration of drones into the national airspace by increasing situational awareness, without sacrificing privacy,” Aloft Statement
Notify and Fly
The ‘Notify and Fly’ feature works under the following steps
- Complete the app update. It will allow you to get to the feature
- A pin drops to your current location (you must permit the app regarding location services)
- If you are in controlled airspace, you will see the ‘Get LAANC icon’ on your screen, which means that you have to authorize for LAANC. If you don’t see the icon, skip this step
- Navigate the main screen. You will see the ‘Notify and Fly’ icon
- Click on one of the options (commercial operator, recreational pilot, or first responder)
- Click on ‘File Flight’ to complete your submission
- After submission, you will see a light blue circle in the flight area.
Overview of the B4UFly app
Since its launch on 6th May 2015, FAA operates and monitors the B4UFly app. In 2019, Aloft took over the reins after the mega relaunch. Aloft’s app update provided a more user-friendly interface than the ongoing real-time airspace regulations.
“Time and again, we’ve seen a huge unmet need among the vast majority of safety-conscious drone pilots to proactively communicate their intentions on behalf of safer airspace. Notify & Fly is a major step forward to solving this problem.” Aloft Statement
Moreover, the app update is producing great news for potential customers. Now, the BF8Fly app is providing educational content, safety tips, and LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability). You require LAANC for the authorization in controlled airspaces.