Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that LAANC would be available for hobbyist drone pilots to gain access to controlled airspace. DJI followed with their own announcement, recommending the free Kittyhawk LAANC service for recreational pilots. There are two more options besides Kittyhawk’s service and they are UASideKick and Airmap. See below for DJI’s message.
Kittyhawk Stories July 23
Kittyhawk Stories February 27
Kittyhawk is on a roll the last few weeks. First, they announced their new Kittyhawk Dynamic Airspace platform, which brings all the data, enterprise drone operators need to know in one handy app. Now the company announces that they are developing the B4UFLY app in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A new B4UFLY app is on the horizon and scheduled to be released later this year. That’s great news!
Kittyhawk Stories February 19
Knowing when and where you can fly your drone is not always easy to determine. This is the case for hobbyists, but you can imagine that for enterprise drone operators with teams of drone pilots and fleets of drones this process becomes even more challenging. There are so many different aspects to take into consideration before you launch a number drones into the air. How close are you to airports, heliports, federal prisons, or other sensitive areas? Are there any TFRs in place that might prevent you from flying that day? What is the status of your LAANC authorizations? Especially for large commercial or enterprise drone operators it can be a challenge to stay on top of this and to manage the operations effectively. Well, this is where Kittyhawk’s new solution, Kittyhawk Dynamic Airspace comes in. Their operating system connects all the different data points and planned drone operations into a single system that provides a higher level of control and compliance for commercial drone operations. It also allows you to look at your locations, your annotations and any points of interest. You can read the company’s press release below.
Kittyhawk Stories January 14
Alphabet’s Wing tests new identification system for airborne drones
Drone identification (or remote ID) is the elephant in the room and needs to be resolved before large scale commercial drone operations will become possible. Alphabet’s Wing is currently testing a new identification system for airborne drones together with two other companies, AirMap Inc. and Kittyhawk. Contrary to DJI’s Aeroscope, this drone identification system uses different software application linked to a common web-based system.
Kittyhawk Stories October 3, 2018
Kittyhawk raises $3 million to expand drone operations for insurance companies
Kittyhawk raises $3 million to expand the company’s commercial drone operations for insurance inspections. The funding round was led by strategic investor Travelers, a home and property insurance company. After hurricane Matthew, a storm that killed 25 people in North and South Carolina and resulted in $10 billion worth of damage, Travelers began using Kittyhawk. Today the insurance company uses more than 600 insurance agents who are also FAA licensed drone pilots.