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01-26-2016 11:21 PM  4 years ago
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Heli_Splatter

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FAA B4UFLY iPad/iPhone Computer Application
Has anyone else downloaded and explored the new FAA B4UFLY?

There are certainly a lot of helicopter landing areas. How does this affect the situation?
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01-26-2016 11:52 PM  4 years ago
CHiatt

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I've been beta testing this app. You're not exactly 'prohibited' from flying, but you must "notify" of your intentions to fly. Problem is, there's no info on who to notify. Most of these locations don't show in an AFD, where pilots usually find this info. Interesting...
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01-27-2016 12:45 AM  4 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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To get the FREE application for the iPad, I went to the App Store and searched for B4UFLY.... DLd, Installed and away you go.

As said in another thread, the Android version is still Beta. I did not try that version on my phone.
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01-27-2016 01:11 AM  4 years ago
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straight as an arrow
there's no info on who to notify.
as per #336(5); the airport operator and the ATC tower [if one located @ the airport]
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01-27-2016 01:13 AM  4 years ago
xcellgasman101

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Works Great ,,,, Nice little app to have, and use,,, Very informative, XGM/VGMJohn Crotts
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01-27-2016 01:21 AM  4 years ago
don s

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LOL, no ipad/iphone here, darn.E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.
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01-27-2016 02:38 AM  4 years ago
CHiatt

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Remix, understood. But unless you have an AFD you don't know who that is. App should contain link to info to be effective. Especially if not a 'real' airport.
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01-27-2016 03:25 AM  4 years ago
revmix

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have the cursor over the shaded area around the airport and click the left mouse key the airport name and a phone number pops up.
it's up to the r/c-er how to
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01-27-2016 12:21 PM  3 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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You can download a digital(PDF) Airport Facilities Directory A/FD from this web page.

http://www.thedigitalpilot.com/word...ds/digital-afd/

I have gone through the application and looked at my home location. The application is showing heli landing sites for closed businesses, and not showing where the life flights land and take off from in my neighborhood.

The hospital helipad is being shown as 4.5miles from my house, when it is really more like 10miles away.

I would say that there is a lot of deadwood data in the application and the database really needs a lot of work.

In an Urban environment, I see the application not allowing any RC aircraft to fly. If you use the application, find out it is restricted, and fly anyway, is that some sort of electronic path to prove you knew it was restricted? The famous DC SFRA is not even entered correctly into the app.

Lots of things wrong with the applications database.
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01-27-2016 04:29 PM  3 years ago
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Doesn't work unless you have have internet access at the flying site... Useless for me.Gettin old aint for sissies!
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01-27-2016 04:46 PM  3 years ago
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Doesn't work unless you have have internet access at the flying site... Useless for me.
Very good point and the airport database is out of date. One airport that showed up near me has been closed for years but is still listed as active.
Part 107.
The only ZERO flight hour certificate in the world.
It's like getting a driver's license without the driver's test.
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01-27-2016 05:04 PM  3 years ago
Mike0251

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I don't do govt vaccines and/or aps. LMAO Splat you and Rev ever think about opening a shoe store or maybe door to door sales?
or come to think about it, registration either
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01-27-2016 05:45 PM  3 years ago
TheMainShaft

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I believe this FAA app is an attempt to collect intelligence on "where" we are flying. I downloaded the App tried it then immediately deleted it when I found out you must allow it to send your location info to the FAA when you use it. If they really wanted to help, the app would allow you to enter a location manually to check out, suppling your own location should be optional, even then what value it is to send it to the FAA?

BEWARE!!
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01-27-2016 06:02 PM  3 years ago
xcellgasman101

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Really??? NOT, the app works as it should, it help you know if your safe to fly, or not,, Good luck,, XGM/VGMJohn Crotts
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01-28-2016 12:43 AM  3 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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The app needs to know where you are to search the database. I don't think that it is sending the information to "Enemy Headquarters". I don't know exactly what it is sending.

Your idea of being able to select the coordinates to check is a good one and will keep more aluminum foil on the shelves at the grocery store.

You can always tether your computer to your phone to get internet service. That is what the world does in remote spots, but not too remote.
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01-28-2016 02:04 AM  3 years ago
TheMainShaft

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From the FAA own FAQ on B4UFLY:

Q. How frequently does the FAA want me to send flight information via B4UFLY?
A. As frequently as you’d like! Once flight information is sent, the function will be disabled until you
move more than a half-mile away from the location where you last submitted flight information.
To get the flight information as accurately as possible, we encourage users to send flight information
from the location where they intend to fly.

Q. If I send flight information to the FAA using B4UFLY, can it be used against me in an enforcement
case?
A. The FAA can take enforcement action against anyone flying carelessly or recklessly, or endangering
the safety of the National Airspace System or people and property on the ground. More information is
available at: http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft.
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01-28-2016 12:12 PM  3 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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All things considered, I do not see the B4UFLY app doing much for me. I knew all the local restrictions before. I can see where the app could tattle on you and LEO could use it against you if you tried to say that you did not know!

I think that it is going to be very difficult to fly anywhere in an urban environment in the near future.

Next Time that I am downtown Washington DC, I am going to fire up this application and move around...I wonder what that will do!
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01-29-2016 02:03 AM  3 years ago
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You can always tether your computer to your phone to get internet service.
If I could do that I wouldn't have posted.
believe this FAA app is an attempt to collect intelligence on "where" we are flying
Really? Why do you care if they know where you fly. If they want to come to our flying site I'll be happy to buddy box with them.
Gettin old aint for sissies!
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01-29-2016 02:28 AM  3 years ago
xcellgasman101

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Next Time that I am downtown Washington DC, I am going to fire up this application and move around...I wonder what that will do!
NOTHING!! Nothing at all,,, Lol,, XGM/VGM
John Crotts
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01-29-2016 12:15 PM  3 years ago
TheMainShaft

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Why do you think the FAA wants to know where you fly? This may result in many club flying sites being closed. The FAA will check out every one of these "Location Reports" and if they find a RC club within 5 miles of their so called out of date "airport locations", they will take action. I for one will not help them.
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