Airmap vs Kittyhawk for Drone LAANC Approval: What If They Don't Agree?

The @Federal Aviation Administration works with two main companies when it comes to L.A.A.N.C. approvals for drone pilots in restricted airspace, Airmap and Kittyhawk (aka B4UFly). Both apps are very handy when needing to get approval through an app based system quickly. But what do you do when those two apps don’t agree? We ran into just that situation when preparing for a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains later this year.

What would you do?

14 Comments

  1. 1silvervespa on May 7, 2021 at 2:14 am

    You know that only the FAA has the last word ….. so what do you think .
    When someone there says I don’t know it’s simple you say to that person " Can I Speak To Your Supervisor " ? Because they all have someone above them .

  2. Glen Rairden on May 7, 2021 at 2:15 am

    If Airmap is an FAA endorsed LAANC tool and they approve you, fly. That’s your documentation. As long as you stay within the parameters of your documented flight plan you should be good good.

  3. DKK on May 7, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Use the one that supports your mission!

  4. Blake Love on May 7, 2021 at 2:23 am

    I get the same from Kittyhawk tells me I cant fly where I’m at but I can use Airmap and its just fine with it. Needless to say Kittyhawk went to the garbage bin.. I’ll use the one it lets me fly..

  5. 1silvervespa on May 7, 2021 at 2:26 am

    What is their Claim for not flying in a National park …. which your taxes pay for hummm . Land of the fee ah huh …. sure .

  6. Eric Hill on May 7, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Have you tried to manually check a sectional chart – just curious….

  7. Dark Nes21 on May 7, 2021 at 2:33 am

    Have you reached out to Kittyhawk or airmaps?

  8. Chainsaw FPV on May 7, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Good subject!

  9. M B_ on May 7, 2021 at 2:42 am

    I had this same issue just yesterday!

  10. anonymous on May 7, 2021 at 2:45 am

    tbh once geofencing garbage gets bad and you have to pay per flight take off. I’m going to move to a a DIY drone with everything unlocked and not licensed..
    For your issue with authorization. The only accurate site is DJI no fly zone’s website and you can pre-authorize your flight there just switch your mobile browser to desktop mode if you are on the road.
    I fly in the middle of nowhere on hikes i should need authorization ever because there is nothing/no one around me. I find flying in an urban area as pointless and these are the reasons why the governments are clamping on drone flying.

  11. Michael Siracuse on May 7, 2021 at 2:48 am

    I’m going with Kitty Hawk on this one. The issue is related to the prohibition of aircraft taking off within 10 miles of the park boundary. Not an FAA mandate but a state mandate because of noise & the 90’s helicopter tour industry. The FAA owns park overflight but TN owns the 10 mile buffer.

  12. Some stuff I thought you might like on May 7, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Airmap appears to be using Park Boundaries, including connecting Gov roads, which is why you had a boundary to the north. Kittyhawk is using FAA National Park boundary that matches the VFR Sectional, but the boundary looks to be further out on KH than is depicted on the sectional. In this case, go with Airmap and know where the boundary of the Park lies in case you are questioned.
    I verified this with ForeFlight software.

  13. 1silvervespa on May 7, 2021 at 2:52 am

    This must cost a Crapload of Taxes to operate …… wow.

  14. David Er on May 7, 2021 at 3:05 am

    That is an interesting situation. I was wondering about that since I started using these apps. I’m interested to see what happens. I’ll check back with you.

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