Airmap Automated Authorization | How To

Airmap allows you to quickly receive authorization from the FAA to fly in U.S. controlled airspace Class B, C, D and surface E.

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  1. JOSEPH FRIEDRICH on August 11, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Do you have a 2019 rules and regulations video?

  2. Willie Greenway on August 11, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Very Informative…Thank you…

  3. Douglas on August 11, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Getting a mavic mini soon and I am learning this stuff now.

  4. Carlos D. on August 11, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Great tutorial on Airmap.
    I have the current version of Airmap (version 2.5.3) on my iPhone and I was trying to emulate your request under the FAA 107 certification and I see some changes in the app screens. (some of it may be because you have the DJI drone linked to the app). However, if I choose the same location that you did (around the Hyatt Regency Dallas), when I get to the last screen there is a button to "Submit Flight" but I am not getting the message your screen is showing "Authorization Upon Submission".
    Not sure if I am doing something wrong or if that changed and would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you

  5. Matthew Hinman on August 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I don’t recommend AirMap since they have a track record of supporting anti-drone legislation in the past.

  6. Mack's Games on August 11, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I was able to complete the process fairly easily, however unlike your video and others like it, my text message authorization included a message to contact the ATC? Is there a reason why I might’ve received this message and others I’ve seen do this on YouTube have not? For full disclosure I contacted them and everything seemed OK, I was just curious.

  7. crayproductions1 on August 11, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I was flying that day filming trains with inspire 2 saw your drone wandered where you were. Now I see your video, go figure.

  8. fromdrone on August 11, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Hello. AIRMAP can use in UK just to check zone, but is it possible tu use AIRMAP if I would like get autorization in UK? Or it Works only in USA?

  9. dame stevens on August 11, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Quick question, I’m fairly new to droning and I’m thinking about getting a mavic air, what necessities do i need to buy for the best cinematic shots for a noob?

  10. Prater on August 11, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Great video, thanks for the walk through.

  11. Odie on August 11, 2020 at 9:59 am

    If my drone is less than 250 grams (Mavic Mini) do I need to get verified? and what do I say when it asks if I have a license (which I dont)

  12. Ben Pumpiner on August 11, 2020 at 10:00 am

    He doesn’t mention that if you fly DJI, you need to get the drone unlocked for that area from DJI “fly safe” before AirMap authorization…or you still can’t fly. Go to, tap “support”, tap “fly safe”, tap “restricted zone authorization” then you have to fill in your controller number along with the start date you want to fly. Then you will get a three day authorization. Make sure you’re logged into your DJI account first or you have to do it all over again. THEN, and only then, can you follow the instructions in the video for your FAA LAANC authorization through AirMap.

  13. Andrew Wiley on August 11, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Wonderful video and very informative as yours always are- I have a question for anyone—- I have not taken my part 107 test yet, once I pass and receive my 107 certification does that give me a better chance to get a flight plan approved? Anyone have any experience with this?

  14. MrWheatle on August 11, 2020 at 10:06 am

    This was so helpful! I use AirMap regularly but never quite understood how to get authorization unless a phone number was provided. Did you apply as a hobbyist?

  15. Vincent Munoz on August 11, 2020 at 10:08 am

    i think the same rules apply. because air manned aircraft will fly 100ft above a structure.

  16. Kenneth Morgan Sr. on August 11, 2020 at 10:09 am

    What is the US Part 107 Certification?

  17. Conor Whelan on August 11, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Great video. What phone and operating system did you use? I assume you closed down DJI GO 4 after starting props, then opened Airmap app to fly.?

  18. Steve Carpenter on August 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Very nice, Jeff! Thank you for showing the actual hands-on operations to perform the AirMap authorization. As for flight altitude, I’m sure it’s a hard ceiling level of 100′ where you were flying, thank you!

  19. Robert A on August 11, 2020 at 10:15 am

    What if you have just a mini (249 grams) and no pt 107 will you still get confirmed?

  20. Bruce Farmer on August 11, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Nice run through, thanks.

  21. Olin Winfrey on August 11, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Hey Jeff… just got the M2Pro and love it. After watching your video I feel a lot better about getting authorization for Atlanta. Wish me luck :).

  22. wesidefoos on August 11, 2020 at 10:16 am

    and dose this let your drone know it can take off?

  23. Todd McMahan on August 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for this very informative video! I did not realize that this was possible. I hope you enjoyed your stay in the Metroplex. Maybe next time you can come visit us in Fort Worth.

  24. Stephen Gill on August 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Hi Jeff as far as I know as a VFR pilot trained in the IFR if there is airspace above you the map will say that it starts at surface or so many feet above maybe 1500 or so.That being said if it is at surface you would be in controlled airspace and would need to be on radar and have a transponder and be flight planned for it.So I guess it would be a no in that case.

  25. Henderson Wong on August 11, 2020 at 10:18 am

    @ jeff is this airmap only able to use in US or it can it cater to south east asia?

  26. JC Lamus on August 11, 2020 at 10:18 am

    New to this as a hobbyist, and I have a question, if the drone is under 250 grams and used for recreational purposes only, won’t be flying over 200 feet, do I still have to request Authorization?

  27. theoakbridge on August 11, 2020 at 10:19 am

    I noticed you have a 107. Can I apply if I dont have a 107?

  28. Jonathan Skeele on August 11, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Does the airmap app need to me on the controller and connected to your drone to run the request for authorization or can you just run the app on the phone?

  29. Paul Emus on August 11, 2020 at 10:22 am

    I get the LAANC easily, but still hung up on unlocking NFZ with DJI. Have you had experience with DJI system. It seems quite convoluted.

  30. Ed Ruttledge on August 11, 2020 at 10:23 am

    This makes it look like the authorization comes in very quickly. This has NOT been my experience. Suggest the "submit" be multiple days prior to actual flight. Just saying.

  31. Heli4213 on August 11, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Yes I was looking on the AIRMAP app and yes there is different altitude’s 100 feet 200 feet etc.
    So yes the read on the air map I believe it’s completely restricted we can never fly in their.
    But the yellow my drawn to start up without an issue I guess??
    Or I guess you could say that sometimes EDJI app tells you your in air space you shouldn’t be and and you can take responsibility but I guess with air map you are legal then to fly in there so I shouldn’t have an issue starting the drone I guess?
    Add any more detail if you can but thank you for responding.

  32. Hector Rodriguez on August 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Do you know if you can connect Airmap to Mavic Mini? I have been trying with mine but is not working. Any idea or advice…. thanks

  33. Ray The Drone Guy on August 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Hey Jeff, great video i have a ? i always get the air map verification code or token but nothing else, am i ok to flight?

  34. Lucas Parker on August 11, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Hi Jeff. Thanks for the video. If we get the authorization from the airmap, do i need to perform the flight with airmap app or can i still fly with the dji app? Thanks

  35. Kent Irving on August 11, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Being a new recreational owner of a DJI Mavic Pro drone I have had a very difficult time finding information regarding notifications to Air Traffic Control regarding flights within their restricted air space. What I do find is geared way more to the commercial operator than the hobbyist.

    While your websites and videos talk a lot about LAANC  you have very little  or nothing on AirMaps D-NAS. With all the latest changes I believe an updated video is justified.

    I understand that Commercial pilots have a bigger stake in getting proper authorization, but the responsible recreational operators at least deserve some recognition because a non informed operator is more likely to give a bad name to all operators vs those that have obtained certificates. As being a widely view channel I would hope you would take a larger responsibility to keeping the recreational operators informed as to how properly give notifications of flight and how it will assist them in flying safely.

    While this may seem obvious to you that you have taken the recreational flyer into consideration, believe me, you need to do more.

  36. Lou Vaillancourt on August 11, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for the video Jeff. I just bought a Mavic 2 Pro and DJI won’t let me take off. I live near a small airport (Class D Airspace) that does not have automated authorizations. I got authorization online at FAA’s Dronezone in less than 24 hours. To also get authorization from DJI I had to go to their website and submit another application with a copy of my FAA approval. After submitting the application a message was displayed that they will respond within 5 days. The 5 day period has come and gone but DJI never responded. My question is when using the Airmap app, is there a way to fly with only manual FAA approval?

  37. Richard Dwyer on August 11, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I just got my Mavic Air 2 and live close to several airports. This video was invaluable in letting me know how to use airmap to get clearance. Thanks much, Jeff!

  38. John Vilardi on August 11, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Do you have to have a 107 Certification???

  39. Linas Muliolis, C21 Homestar on August 11, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Do the requests need to be input in Zulu time or local time?

  40. wesidefoos on August 11, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I have part 107 license have airmap unlocked and area and DJI app will not let me take off do you know why?

  41. Rolling with MJ on August 11, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Nice video Jeff, thanks for the info! Cheers!

  42. Barry Wilson on August 11, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Jeff, I noticed in your video you indicated in your Airmap Authorization that you were flying with anti-collision lights. I did not see the anti-collision lights on your DJI Mavic during your setup. What were you using for anti-collision lighting? I have to add high intensity strobes on my DJI Phantom 4 Pro to meet the requirement. I use rechargeable strobes attached to the legs of my drone (1 Red Port, 1 Green Starboard, and two white strobes). They help even during daylight conditions to maintain Visual Line of Sight as well.

    As far as I understand when in restricted Airspace with Part 107 you have to remain at or below the flight level authorized. When flying in unrestricted airspace with Part 107 you can exceed the building or tower within a cone of 400′ vertical and horizontal of the structure. So if your flying near a 500′ structure you can fly up to 900′ AGL as long as your remain withing 400′ of the structure. If you are flying for fun and the structure exceeds 400′ you have to fly around it while of course maintaining visual line of sight. Flying for fun you can never exceed the 400′ AGL unless in an emergency to avoid other aircraft (not the structure).

  43. Joey J on August 11, 2020 at 10:38 am

    @jeffgreene can a recreational pilot get the same authorization through air map or do you have to have your part 107?

  44. Nicholas Caputo on August 11, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Do you have to have a 107 Certification???

  45. tofuComputer on August 11, 2020 at 10:42 am

    How does the drone know its ok to fly?? (How do you get the drone to change from "Cannot takeoff" to "Ready to Go")?

  46. Jeff Greene on August 11, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Question: If you receive automated authorization to fly at max altitude of 100ft AGL, does that include 100ft above the ground, surface, or building below you as long as you are close to that building? Ex: Can I fly 100ft above a 4 story building? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for watching!

  47. Ted Bilodeau on August 11, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I’m attempting to fly in the same area and my app says ‘automated authorization coming soon at or below 100’. Any reason why you think this has changed since your flight was only a few months ago? My app version is 2.5.1

  48. App Code Pro on August 11, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Hi Jeff. Great video. Can you clarify how the authorization to fly is coming from the FAA and not just from the app? I am used to calling ATC and giving my certificate number and drone registration number to gain access. AirMap never asks for this information. Does my local ATC trust just my cell phone number for authorization?

  49. TheBigb1973 on August 11, 2020 at 10:47 am

    This video is NOT for hobbiest. It’s for 107! You should clarify that in your title.

  50. Heli4213 on August 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

    For DJI Drones and others do you have to do something to the drone to use this?? Another words if I was close to an airport now and my drone wouldn’t start because of airspace, once I apply for the LAANC for that area how does my drone know when to start because if you’re in a bad area the drone won’t even turn start up??
    I guess I’m not sure how that system talks to the drone so the drone will actually work?
    Thank you please help

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