Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Aloft – Introducing Notify & Fly: drone situational awareness at scale

New Flight Sharing Feature Available Now for B4UFLY iOS, Android and Web
Today we’re excited to announce the introduction of Notify & Fly for B4UFLY on iOS and Android. It’s the new simple and easy way to let other drone pilots know that you’re flying in the area. By anonymously submitting via the app, you’re letting the largest audience of other drone pilots know that you’re in the area too.

Whether you’re a hobbyist, a commercial pilot or saving lives as a first responder, using Notify & Fly contributes to the overall safe integration of drones into the national airspace by increasing situational awareness, without sacrificing privacy.

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People Already Want to Notify & Fly

Our work on B4UFLY over the last two years has informed our thinking into how drone pilots want to engage with the airspace and its many stakeholders. Since we relaunched the app in August of 2019, we’ve powered over 13 million searches of the airspace and now average 800K searches a month. We also see thousands of crowdsourced submissions a month, half of which are users looking to announce their flight intention. And in our initial Web-only test of the Notify & Fly feature, we received over 200 submissions in a limited testing period.

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.

How to Use Notify & Fly

To use it, you simply update the B4UFLY app on your phone. Navigate to the main map screen and you’ll see the Notify & Fly icon. From there you have the ability to choose whether or not you’re a commercial operator, recreational pilot or first responder.

We’d love your feedback. Notify & Fly will be a feature we both scale to the rest of our enterprise platform and that we iterate on. Get in touch with your feedback at [email protected]