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FAA Launches B4UFLY App on Android, For Planning Drone Flights

March 14, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Recently, the FAA started making everyone register their drones. With the increase in popularity of drones, it was something that was definitely needed. Drones, while mostly small, don’t really pose any real risk to commercially flown airplanes or helicopters, there is always that chance that something could happen. And the government isn’t taking any  chances. The Federal Aviation Administration wants all drone owners to register their drone with them  before flying. Now, in addition to that, they would like users to schedule their flights with their new app B4UFLY.

B4UFLY is definitely not a good looking app, but it serves its purpose. Within the app you can see what drones and other flying objects are currently in the air. This is to help your drone from crashing into another drone. Something that could be catastrophic for your drone. You can also plan your flight for your drone or model airplane through the app at your location. Including planning flights for right now and in the future. Additionally, if you are within 5 miles of an airport, the app will tell you that you must warn the airport operator and air traffic control of your flight. This is to be sure that it doesn’t interfere with flights inbound or taking off. Seeing as when they are within 5 miles of an airport they are likely fairly close to the ground. And near a busy airport like New York’s JFK, Beijing’s Capital Airport or any other busy airport, there’s always a line of planes coming in to land.

The app isn’t the best, but it does what it does pretty well. It’s not likely an app you’ll be using all that often however. If you do have a drone, it’s definitely recommended to obey the laws, as there here to protect you, your drone and other people that may be in the sky right now. The app is available for free on the Google Play Store, having come fresh out of beta. It’s been available on the Apple App Store for a few weeks already. So download B4UFLY, before you fly. Pretty catchy name there.