Drone operators are probably aware that over in the US, there are various restrictions set in place by the FAA in which there are certain locations where they may or may not fly their drones. This makes sense, especially since flying drones near places like airports can be rather dangerous and disruptive.
However, the newbie drone operator might not necessarily be educated with the knowledge of where they may or may not fly, plus there are times when temporary restrictions are put into place, meaning that it can be tricky for drone owners to keep up. Thankfully, together with Kittyhawk, the FAA has created a new app called B4UFLY that will provide drone operators with real-time status updates on places they may or may not fly their drones.
According to Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office, “B4UFLY is a hallmark of our commitment to ensuring drones are safely integrated into the NAS. Our partnership on B4UFLY with Kittyhawk represents the kind of public-private partnership that is essential to advance this burgeoning industry. As the skies become more crowded and UAS operations become more complex, basic airspace situational awareness, especially for the newest of fliers, will be essential.”