Drone Authorization Apps

If you’re a pilot or a manager, these drone authorization apps will help you stay compliant with the FAA and other regulations.

Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk)

Aloft provides easy-to-understand information for drone operators to check airspace before flying. This app is available through a partnership between the FAA and Aloft AI.

Download (Android): Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk): Drone & Airspace Mgmt

Download (iOS): Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk)

Official Website: https://www.aloft.ai


The world’s leading provider of aeronautical data, AirMap, is changing the way the world flies.

Download (Android): AirMap for Drones

Download (iOS): AirMap for Drones

Official Website: https://www.airmap.com


DroneUp is a mission planning application that allows drone pilots to receive notifications for available jobs in their area. DroneUp also provides liability insurance and secure chat through the app, so you can feel at ease about handling new missions with your skillset on display.

Download (Android): DroneUp

Download (iOS): DroneUp

Official Website: https://www.droneup.com

Google Earth

In order to find places to fly your drone, you’ll need to do a little research in your area. The first thing you’ll want to do is check your local government’s drone laws to get a better understanding of the rules and regulations. Once you’ve done that, there are some apps that can help you find places to fly that are safe. The best thing to do is look at Google Earth for some inspiration.

Use Google Earth to find the perfect spot for your drone to fly. It’s free and available for mobile devices and on desktop.

Download (Android): Google Earth

Download (iOS): Google Earth

Official Website: https://earth.google.com/web/

Google Maps

Find an awesome spot to pullover and fly your drone? Google Maps is still a great option if you want to save your favorite places to fly. Create an album of pins that you can display on your map when you decide you want to get out and get flying.

Download (Android): Google Maps – Navigate & Explore (Beta)

Download (iOS): Google Maps

Official Website: https://maps.google.com

Hover – Drone & UAV pilot app

The Hover app is your go-to app for drone pilots, providing maps, flight logs, weather data, and more. A great place to find everything you need for your flight in one easy-to-use app!

I moved this app down the list because the iOS edition doesn’t seem to load up.

Download (Android): Hover – Drone & UAV pilot app

Download (iOS): Hover – Drone & UAV pilot app

Official Website: https://www.hoverapp.io

B4UFly (Outdated)

The Aloft App is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Official Website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/