Redesigned B4UFLY App Available Now

Today, the FAA in partnership with Kittyhawk relaunched its B4UFLY mobile application that allows recreational drone flyers know where they can and cannot fly in the national airspace system (NAS). The new B4UFLY app is now available to download for free at theApp Storefor iOS andGoogle Play storefor Android.

As we continue our efforts to safely integrate drones into the NAS, working with our industry partners to provide innovative technology is critical, said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell. The B4UFLY app is another tool the FAA can provide recreational drone flyers to help them fly safely and responsibly.

Some of the key features users can expect include:

  • A clear “status” indicator that informs the operator whether it is safe to fly or not. (For example, it shows flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, D.C. is prohibited.)
  • Informative, interactive maps with filtering options.
  • Information about controlled airspace, special use airspace, critical infrastructure, airports, national parks, military training routes and temporary flight restrictions.
  • A link to LAANC, the FAAs Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, to obtain authorization to fly in controlled airspace.
  • 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 and regulatory information.

The app provides situational awareness to recreational flyers and other drone users. It does not allow users to obtain airspace authorizations to fly in controlled airspace, which are only available through LAANC.

For more information, view B4UFLY.

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Sporty’s Pilot Training app adds four new Garmin avionics courses

Sporty’s Pilot Training app platform has become the go-to app for mobile aviation training, offering a growing collection of courses from Private Pilot prep to advanced avionics and aircraft transitions. In addition to high-quality HD video and animation content, the courses offer unparalleled flexibility by allowing you to access your courses on a wide range of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, web browser, AppleTV, RokuTV and Chromecast – all of which keep your progress seamlessly in sync.

In the last two years, Sporty’s Pilot Training app has grown from its initial offering of 6 aviation courses to 17 now. The newest additions come from a partnership between Sporty’s Pilot Shop and Garmin to offer several of Garmin’s new avionics eLearning courses on Sporty’s award-winning platform:

Garmin TXi Essentials Course

Garmin Aviation Weather Radar 2.0 Course

Garmin G5000 Essentials 2.0 Course

Garmin G5000 Plus Essentials 2.0 Course (Autothrottle Airplanes)

These courses use scenario-based video training to ensure you not only know how to operate all the features but how to best use them in all phases of VFR and IFR flying. They incorporate interactive exercises that allow you to take advantage of your mobile device’s touchscreen display to interact with the flight displays through a series of real-world scenarios as if you were actually loading an instrument approach or scanning an active weather system using the radar controls.

Garmin’s courses also include review quizzes to help reinforce keep learning points from the videos and interactive exercises:

After completing each course, you will receive a completion certificate, which is useful for your CFI during a checkout or insurance company as a aircraft owner. Here’s more on what’s covered in each course.

Garmin TXi Essentials Course

Garmin’s TXi series of touchscreen displays have quickly found a home in thousands of general aviation panels. With bright displays, easy-to-use menus, and powerful features, they are the new standard for retrofit glass cockpits. This interactive TXi Essentials eLearning course provides initial instruction on the fundamental operation of these highly-capable systems. Pilots who complete this course will be able to confidently complete standard tasks encountered during a flight, from preflight tests to in-flight navigation.

Garmin Aviation Weather Radar Course

An airborne weather radar can be a great tool to help detect and avoid adverse weather during flight. The Garmin Aviation Weather Radar eLearning course goes beyond the content of weather radar pilot’s guides to help you maximize the benefits of your weather radar system’s capabilities, regardless of brand or model. This course will introduce you to radar fundamentals, operational principles, industry-standard practices and operational considerations and techniques for all phases of flight. This course also addresses the features, functions and operation of three of Garmin’s airborne weather radars: GWX 70, GWX 75 and GWX 80, as well as reviews techniques employed for managing weather threats.

Garmin G5000 and G5000 Plus Courses

The Garmin G5000 flight deck is available in new corporate jet aircraft, like the Citation Longitude, and is also offered as an upgrade for existing turbine aircraft. The Garmin G5000 Essentials 2.0 course provides instruction on the fundamental operation of this advanced flight management system, enabling you to be better prepared for your initial flights.

This course goes beyond the Pilot’s Guide to help you maximize the benefits and capabilities of the system. The course will introduce you to the overall G5000 system, provide an understanding of the specific Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) that comprise the system, describe the pilot-aircraft interface and present a flight scenario that demonstrates use of the system during a typical flight.

As with all Sporty’s Pilot Training courses, access never expires and includes all online, mobile and TV platforms:

Download Sporty’s Pilot Training app for iPhone and iPad

Download Sporty’s Pilot Training app for Android

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Garmin Pilot app adds PDC, eAPIS and route optimization

Over the last 10 months, Garmin has made large strides in integrating functionality into its flagship Pilot app after purchasing the company last Fall. Earlier this year they tackled the number one requested feature by allowing pilots to create, file, amend and cancel flight plans using’s services right from the Garmin Pilot Trip Planning screen.

The next big update just hit the app store this week as part of Garmin’s new product introductions at Oshkosh, and this one is focused on bringing FltPlan’s premium features to the app. This includes Pre-Departure IFR Clearances (PDC), Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System (U.S. Customs eAPIS) and Optimized Routing functionality.

Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC)

The Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) system automatically delivers, via text and email, departure clearance information at over 70 of the busiest airports in North America, simplifying operations and reducing frequency congestion. PDCs are official text clearances issued for US IFR flight plans and include the filed route, the cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency, and any special instructions. A PDC replaces (and is the same as) receiving a verbal clearance from Clearance Delivery.

Pilots flying with Garmin Pilot and the PDC service can now access this clearance information right in the app. It will appear approximately 20 – 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time in the following locations:

1. At the top of the Trip Planning page for the flight

2. In the split-screen view on the Map Page

3. As a notification on the home screen of your iPad

Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System (eAPIS)

All pilots flying across the U.S. border in either direction are required to file a report using eAPIS, which stands for Electronic Advance Passenger Information System, to notify U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) of the name and details of each person entering or leaving the country. eApis requires the pilot to send a manifest to CBP at least 60 minutes prior to departure.

The conventional way to file this report is through the CBP eAPIS website, but the site is not the most user-friendly. Pilots also have the option to use a third-party service, like the one offered through, to file these manifests. In the latest update Garmin Pilot allows you to enter and upload passenger and crew manifests to Customs right from the app using your eAPIS subscription.

For flights departing from the U.S. to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, a message will appear on the Trip Planning page in Garmin Pilot to notify users that a manifest is requred. It’s then just a matter of tapping the eAPIS button, entering the crew/passenger information and selecting Submit to send the info to U.S. Customs. Once successfully submitted, a confirmation message will appear on the Trip Planning page.

Unlike the free flight plan filign service from, PDC and eAPIS are premium features that require an annual fee. You can learn more about these services here: PDC service eAPIS

Route Optimization

Pilots can take advantage of’s Preferred and Optimized Routes when planning a flight. This will display previously-cleared ATC routes along with the time en route and fuel burn for each proposed route based on the flight details. The routing will be sorted by shortest time en route and fuel burn, and show how many time the route has been issued to other pilots by ATC.

When entering flight data in the Trip Planning section of the app, press the View Routes button to see the options, and tap one to add it to your flight plan.

What else is new in Garmin Pilot 9.7

  • Moveable widgets on the map – When using the radial menu on the moving map, the widgets may be selected and moved around on the screen to see the map details hidden behind them

  • European VFR Data – New VFR navigation data is now available on Garmin’s data-driven maps for Europe, including airport traffic pattern, airport entry routing lines, en route holding patterns, FIS areas and frequencies, TMZ/RMZ airspace, nature conservtion areas, general purpose airspace and avoid overflying areas.

  • European IFR Autorouting Improvements – This feature has been enhanced to allow pilots to manually enter or edit a route in Garmin Piot for validation and filing via EuroControl.

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