Tools to Elevate Safety and Automate Compliance


Map Tile Service & Airspace APIs

Integrate authoritative map layers and airspace intelligence directly into your platform

LAANC Integration

Bring LAANC functionality directly into your applications, create airspace workflows, and connect user data.

Programmatic Applications

Flight Log & Notification Integration

Automatically sync flight data between your flight control system to Aloft, enabling your users to connect with their Aloft accounts for centralized fleet management.

Drone Operations

From fleet management to reporting to workflows, our APIs power real-time access to mission critical account information.

Data to Power Performance, Safety and Accuracy

Aloft airspace developer tools allow access and integration to FAA map layers, Aloft Geo portal data from authoritative agencies across the country and real-time UTM traffic activity all from our easy to use platforms.

FAA Maps

FAA Maps used in leading platforms like B4UFLY. Verified for completeness and always up to date. Components include:

  • UAS Facility Maps
  • SUA and NSUFR Restrictions
  • Airspace Classes
  • Airports and Schedules
  • TFRs
  • Aloft Geo Portal Data

    Aloft Geo Portal data is verified federal, state, county and city information related to drone operations, takeoff, and landing restrictions. This data set is unique to Aloft and provides critical data for safety, situational awareness, and compliance relevant to all drone flight. Learn more here.

    Real-time UTM Traffic Activity

    This dataset updates in real-time as new flights are registered in our system. Components of this layer include Active Flight Volumes for both controlled and uncontrolled airspace and Active Flight Authorizations.

    Security at the Core

    Aloft maintains the highest security posture in the industry.
    We’re SOC 2 Type II and ISO 27001 certified.

    Learn more about security at Aloft

    Get Started with a Demo

    Use the buttons below to access the Aloft Tile Server GitHub sample project, access more information on how to access a Mapbox token, and access the documentation for the the Aloft API and Tile Server. *Aloft API key provided separately.

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    Aloft Launches API Tools to Accelerate Ecosystem Growth

    The commercial drone ecosystem has a problem: walled gardens. There are numerous examples of this from all sides of the ecosystem. Whether it’s hardware companies keeping proprietary sets of data to limit flight capabilities or UTM ‘providers’ aggregating unofficial no-fly zones that exist only within their applications. The market has spoken clearly in the past decade in the commercial drone industry: The walled garden approach is doomed to fail. The only real way to foster innovation and adoption is to create a climate of collaboration. Just imagine if each major airline had their own airports. Or if your favorite airline was banned from flying over certain states. Chaos would rein and the entire ecosystem would suffer. This is what’s happening in the commercial drone industry.

    We believe that the biggest winners are going to be the ones who make data easily accessible to large and small stakeholders alike. Decision making data shouldn’t be hard to come by, hard to integrate, or expensive to acquire. That’s why we’ve been developing the Aloft Airspace API to make all of the excellent data in B4UFly available programmatically. This includes data for: Class Airspace, Airports, TFR’s, Stadiums, NSUFRs, DOD, and other restricted areas.

    We’ve been hearing a lot of great use cases people have been using the Aloft API to programmatically integrate high-quality airspace information into their applications and workflows. These deep integrations allow for better decision making, lower operational overhead, and increased automation. Fortune 500 companies can securely integrate this data into your custom applications. Drone hardware companies can natively tie in official airspace data to flight controls. However, it doesn’t take a team of developers and fancy enterprise software to see value from our API. You can use it right in everyday tools like Microsoft Office, Google Sheets or ESRI.

    Over the years, we’ve had to come up with creative solutions to help process large amounts of airspace data in various hostile formats. Now, with the Aloft Airspace API, you can add airspace as a native function like SUM() and have your spreadsheets seamlessly interact with our Airspace API.

    First, you’ll need to sign up for the API. It’s pay-as-you go and each request costs just $.01. You’ll need to input your credit card, subscribe to the pay as you go plan and make note of your API key.

    Click here for a step-by-step example using Google Sheets

    You can just clone this to your account or, if you’d like to do it by hand: click on Extensions and select Apps Scripts.

    In the editor, paste the contents from this Gist, with your key edited in. Then hit the floppy disk to save the code.

    That’s it!

    You now have two brand new functions to use inside of Google Sheets. Both take the same argument: Latitude and Longitude.

    To determine the airspace, you’ll go ahead and type =Airspace(Latitude,Longitude). This will return a color.

    Blue is controlled.

    Green is Good to Go.

    Yellow is proceed with caution because airports/stadiums/heliports are in the area.

    Red, naturally, is for TFR’s, DOD NSUFR, FRZ, and generally “NO GO” areas.

    Colors are great for quick information, but what if you want to research more about why it holds that designation? Simply go to any cell, and type =B4UFly(Latitude,Longitude) and you’ll get back a link to the B4UFly web interface for that location.

    Now, you can just drag and drop your way to airspace intelligence. This is great if you want to process large volumes of data right in Sheets or if you need to check the airspace data everyday for a large list of sites. No programming experience required.

    Now, you can just drag and drop your way to airspace intelligence. This is great if you want to process large volumes of data right in Sheets or if you need to check the airspace data everyday for a large list of sites. No programming experience required.

    If you want to get really fancy, you can style the spreadsheet visually for easy reference. From the top menu, select Format then Conditional Formatting.

    Then we’ll input which column the airspace information lives. In this example it’s D. Then set it to match the airspace color and what color it should make the cell. Then rinse and repeat for each of the four airspace colors.

    It’s all live now and available today. If you’re looking to add airspace intelligence to your enterprise workflow, your application, or want to know more about what programmatic options Aloft has available, get in touch.

    Watch the webinar below on-demand with Aloft CTO and Founder, Joshua Ziering to learn more about the Aloft Airspace API.