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Kittyhawk launches B4UFLY desktop app for easier LAANC applications

Kittyhawk launches B4UFLY desktop app for easier LAANC applications

Ever since Kittyhawk took over the development and management of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) B4UFLY app we have seen a steady flow of improvements that added new features to the app and made it easier to use. Now, Kittyhawk introduces the B4UFLY desktop web app that will allow you to submit LAANC applications, pre-plan your flights, and more right from your desktop.

We recommend to all our readers to either use Kittyhawk’s B4UFLY or UASidekick, but to stay away from money-hungry Airmap.

Kittyhawk launches B4UFLY desktop app for easier LAANC applications

In a blog post, Kittyhawk explains all the new features and functionality that the new B4UFLY desktop app brings us.

Local Data Submissions and Advisory Flagging

Easily submit missing data for a location or flag an existing airspace advisory for review on the web just like you can on B4UFLY mobile. To submit new data for a location that you believe is missing an airspace advisory, first make sure the pin on the map is at the desired location you wish to submit. Then click the ‘Submit Data for This Location’ button at the top (highlighted in yellow in the graphic). You will automatically be led to the data submission form and the coordinates for this location will auto-populate. Fill out the rest of the required information and submit the form.

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To flag an existing advisory for review for inaccuracies, click the blue question mark in the advisory. A window will pop-up, then click the ‘Flag for Review’ button in red (highlighted in yellow in the graphic). You will automatically be led to the flag advisory form and the coordinates for this location along with other advisory information will auto-populate. Fill out the rest of the required information and submit the form.

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Pre-Flight Planning

B4UFLY web is a great tool for pre-flight planning and gaining airspace awareness before you begin your drone operations. Just as you can on the B4UFLY app, view the UAS facility map for controlled airspace and the permissible altitude for authorization. As you can see for the area of Brisbane, California in the graphic below, the permissible altitude for authorization is 200 feet. To apply for LAANC for this location, click the blue ‘Get LAANC’ button. A pop-up window will appear providing a link to download the Kittyhawk app or other USS provider options.

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Airspace Advisory Social Sharing

An exciting new feature of B4UFLY on the web is the ability to share airspace advisories on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and email. This new feature makes it easy for you to share an airspace advisory of interest directly with another pilot in your organization, a friend or family member, or anyone in your network. To share an airspace advisory, click on the blue share icon on the desired advisory (highlighted in yellow in the graphic). Then click on the social platform icon you would like to share the advisory to. A pop-up window will appear with the advisory link and information, you can also type in any additional text you would like to include in the post.

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This is just the beginning for B4UFLY web. We will continue to develop new features to aid the UAS community in improving airspace awareness and making drone operations safer and FAA-compliant. We encourage you to check out B4UFLY on the web today at b4ufly.kittyhawk.io. Happy flying! 

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  • I went to the website (https://b4ufly.kittyhawk.io/), located my flight aera. Then tried to use the “GET LAANC” button, which took me to (https://kittyhawk.io/). Once there, I logged in because I already have an account. Then it takes me to the completely useless LAANC page that just gives an error “Account Resources Not Found” in a little red popup. I am using Chrome browser on a windows 10 pc. I tried firefox and when I landed on (https://kittyhawk.io/), it was just an empty web page.

    If kittyhawk wants to compete with Airmap that have to up their game.