Federal Aviation Administration expands B4UFLY application for recreational drone users

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding its B4UFLY service to support more activities and help recreational drone users to fly safely. From 1 February 2024, FAA-approved companies will offer multiple ways to access B4UFLY and bring recreational flyers official airspace awareness.

The FAA’s B4UFLY service shows where recreational flyers can and cannot fly. Starting February 1, 2024, recreational flyers who only fly their drone for fun have more resources to choose from.

The FAA has approved four companies to provide B4UFLY services through desktop and mobile applications. B4UFLY provides situational awareness to recreational flyers and other drone users.

Key features of B4UFLY include:

  • Information about controlled airspace, special use airspace, critical infrastructure, airports, national parks and military training routes
  • Information about Temporary Flight Restrictions for special events.
  • A clear status indicator that informs the operator whether it is safe to fly or not.
    • For example, an indicator shows that flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, D.C. is prohibited.
  • Informative, interactive maps with filtering options.
  • The ability to check whether it is safe to fly in different locations by searching for a location or moving the location pin.
  • Links to other FAA drone resources.

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