DJI Authorization Zones vs FAA Airspace Approval

DJI Authorization Zones vs FAA Airspace Approval

This video will explain the difference between DJI and FAA approval when flying your drone, what each DJI geo zone means, how to request and gain DJI approval, how to import your unlocking license into your drone, and how to submit a LAANC request.

00:00 Introduction
01:00 The difference between FAA approval and DJI approval
06:10 The types of DJI approval
09:20 How to get DJI approval
14:00 How to activate it in your drone
16:39 How to get FAA approval

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  1. Davey on May 20, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    So what confuses me if Kittyhawk or B4UFLY give you approval how does the DJI drone know?

  2. Can Fly WA on May 20, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Does the dji authorisation affect 3rd party apps.

  3. William Parmley on May 20, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Wow, confusing, and I haven’t seen this explained anywhere else. Thanks very much!

  4. Gabriel Sénécal on May 20, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Very well done and comprehensive.

  5. Julio Mayer on May 20, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Thats not right why do i need a drone company to give me approval on something the drone that i own they no longer own the drone they got my money i dont need them to tell me were and when i can fly

  6. That Guy on May 20, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    The FAA can give approval… but this doesn’t release you of liability… or DJI.

  7. Alex L. on May 20, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I wish i had known about this before i bought my dji drone if I knew that dji participated in this kind of anti user systems that deny control over your own hardware I would have probably gone with a different company, it would be one thing if it was just warnings or if it matched faa, but to disable functionality especially where it is perfectly legal to operate is not ok in my book.

  8. rnklanoue on May 20, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    IT WORKED!!! FINALLY!!! After countless YouTube videos, emails to Aloft, DJI etc, I finally got it working thanks to this vid!! Wooohooo! After ripping my hair out, how difficult would it of been to explain that the FAA has one set of restrictions and DJI has their own? Not a mention of it by ANYBODY. This video is the only one that I’ve managed to find that applies logic as to unlocking your drone if your geofenced. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH OTHER VIDEO!

  9. FlyingNewHites on May 20, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I just watched your video, very informative. On the last part you were in 0 grid. I had a job to inspect a roof I was in a 0 grid. So I went online to drone zone to get authorization, I received email stating it was LAANC authorization air port. He suggested me to use ALOFT or other type of app to get authorization. This was two days prior to my scheduled job. So I proceeded as directed and was approved! Thank you for all the training and information.

  10. Hawaii Drone Photography on May 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks Greg!

  11. imake.images Photographer on May 20, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Hi neighbor (I’m in Oro Valley). Thanks for this vid, very informative!

    I’m headed to Prescott tomorrow and want to fly there. I followed your instructions and am on DJI’s site right now trying to get unlocked. However, when it tells me to draw a circle around the area on the map, I only get the hand symbol that lets you pan around the map. The same thing happens when I try the Zone Unlocking option, it tells me to select a zone. But when I hover over the map I still can only pan around. What am I missing?

    Thanks again!
    BTW, I’m a student of yours and love your stuff! (and I’m not just kissing up 😉 )

    P.S. Can you recommend nice areas I can fly without DJI interfering?

  12. Gary Weldon on May 20, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Where is the big F in front of dji???

  13. Thomas Maughan on May 20, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Excellent presentation!

  14. Dory Abelman on May 20, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    This is the most informative drone approval video I’ve seen on youtube. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  15. Braden on May 20, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Makes you mad because DJI is not a governing authority. They should not get a say. Understandable if they want a confirmation number from the FAA to fly but they are just making it more difficult by adding a unnecessary layer that is not in line with our governing body.

  16. Skychaser on May 20, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Very good content. As an airplane pilot and heli pilot , my take on these restrictions are obviously not made to deter drone pilots but for our safety. Discerning a DJI drone and I am not talking about the big boys who still look awfully small from a 1000 ft away but the regular sizes ones are just about invisible at 1000 ft away on approach. A bird strike in the cockpit can easily lead to fatalities. Impacting a drone on a glide slope or high rate of closure is a death sentence for us . That is why so many restrictions are in place. As far as the FAA goes, they have their set of rules. As a pilot I have to also request permission for certain areas ahead of the flight planning. We too have to follow FAA rules or take the risk tompoes our privileges as pilots. I think that DJI realized the potential for very serious detrimental outcome resulting in a negligent drone piloting or shear ignorance on the part of a new drone pilot. DJI needs to protect themselves as much as possible. We airborne pilots are very greatful to the FAA as well as DJI to make sure that we do not end up with a drone entering the cockpit at 100 kts or more ! I think that drone flying is fantastic either professionally or as a hobby as long as we can all coexist in sharing the sky.
    One of the reasons that DJI has different standards than the FAA is that they want an extra barrier of safety most likely. Google on YouTube bird strike on airplanes. It will for sure make any drone pilot more aware of what could happen. DJI can identify the transmitter used to pilot that drone , so that DJI can provide law enforcement with the necessary information to conduct a thorough investigation should the need arise.
    Very helpful content . Well done .

  17. Joe Glenn on May 20, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Hello thank you for the video that was great. I just discovered your channel. I’m down in Phoenix near I 17 and Jomax in North Phoenix. If you ever want to fly let me know I’d be glad to run up to Prescott and get out of the heat. I’ve had in the back of my mind some thoughts about maybe moving there anyway. It’s hard to find people down here who want to fly but that might be just because it’s been so hot. Anyway feel free to reach out to me anytime thanks again

  18. Steve Judkins on May 20, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Greg, it looks like DJI has changed the interface since you first made this. Self-unlocking is renamed zone unlocking. It would be great to see a refresh of this video.

  19. Watice R on May 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    This makes so much sense now. I have been wondering for a long time why the FAA & DJI zones in class B is so different. Thank you for explaining it in plain english!

  20. Chris Parayno on May 20, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I hate the extra steps to fly in restricted areas with DJI

  21. Br Wa on May 20, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve found out the hard way that while DJI authorizations are for multiple days and can be downloaded to the drone, is say at night you remove and replace the battery in the drone it forgets the approval. I was in a remote area and if it wasn’t for weak cell, I wouldn’t have been able to fly the next day.

  22. Rich Dickason on May 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm


  23. BelFrost on May 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    can even fly around in my own backyard the line is right through half of it

  24. PNEUMATIC DRAGON STUDIOS LLC on May 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Imagine my surprise when you mention Prescott. I work on the PNF as a forestry technician. And, I’m going for my drone cert in 2 weeks.

  25. Charlie on May 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Unlock doesn’t seem to be supported via mobile device.

  26. void_Presence on May 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t quite get this, according to law, the FAA has the ONLY authority when it comes to American airspace.

  27. Tommy l on May 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    This video was so helpful, I wend to the coast yesterday and the DJI wound’t take off this explains why. I guess going forward I will have to do my homework before trying to just grab the drone and run right out the door on the fly.

  28. Raymond Isbill on May 20, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    DJI should not be able to limit my ability to fly. They have no legal authority in the United States. I’m rethinking my decision to buy from DJI. Not to mention the zone unlock doesn’t seem to work very well on a phone so I’d have to get out my laptop and do the unlocking.

  29. Leo Soto on May 20, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Hi…I have a Radio Master tx16s controller…… how do i send a fly request.

    thank you

  30. Jason Walker on May 20, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I have a contixo f22 drone can that with my drone

  31. Twirly Bird on May 20, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Great presentation, I can’t begin to thank Pilot Institute enough for everything I have learned and continue to learn. This is very useful.

  32. Sa on May 20, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Oh man. I went into Best Buy and looked at the drones. After the sales pitch, I bought the DJI Air2s. I paid a lot of money for this thing because of the self-protection and Return Home stuff. I went to Hawaii for two weeks, then I got home and decided to try out my drone. No one told me a damn thing about all this crap—all I wanted to do was fly around and take some nice photos. Now I’m hearing all this ridiculous crap about “Mission Planning”, “Authorization Zones”, FAA exams??? WTF??? Bummer.

  33. NO on May 20, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I found that if you accept liability within an enhanced warning zone, it saves the approval and you can import that to unlock authorization zones for that same airport

  34. Chase Mitchell on May 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    So can I fly my drone out of state or what do I have to get for I t

  35. Josh Moxey on May 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Dude, thank you so much. I was so damn confused with the self unlock as I live in an authorized zone near an airport. Got to finally fly from my house today and it was so cool! Thanks a ton 🙂

  36. Paul Vo on May 20, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Good video. Very Informative, especially on how to DJI approval.
    Question: Do I need to worry about DJI approval, if I only use Aloft / Kittyhawk to fly my DJI aircraft?

  37. Howard Day on May 20, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    I dont understand the colors. There is helipads at our hospitals and seems like the whole town is off limits.

  38. Jim Root on May 20, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    We were flying in a faa control area with faa approval. DJI made me answer all the “responsibility” questions. Then let me take off but would not let me return to the take off point. Thought I was going to loose the drone.

  39. speliotis on May 20, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    will definitely keep this video for reference…. Thank you Greg….

  40. xaquison on May 20, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you 🙏!!

  41. Michael Hogan on May 20, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    DJI should stop their approval system now that the FAA LAANC system seems to be working better than it did when DJI created their geofencing approval zones. FAA should be sole approval to fly.

  42. Technodrone313 on May 20, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Theres a few parks north of me that would be awesome for flying but its pretty close to a puddle jumper airport. the park is in a blu e authorization zone but i have a ton of other good parks within a few miles of me so im just not going to fly there to be safe.

  43. UnfortuNate on May 20, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    I was looking forward to getting a drone and have been doing a lot of research. However, I found out I live in a controlled airspace and I don’t want to go through doing this process every time I want to fly.

  44. Cousin Schultz on May 20, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    I’m waiting for my first drone to arrive and have watched several of your videos over the past few days. I feel like I’m going to be more prepared than other people I know that have owned a drone for years. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  45. Blazin Crab on May 20, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Fck DJI. I’m sick of their geo lock

  46. tom mills on May 20, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    What in the world gives DJI any say in the matter? I always understood the FAA was/is the ultimate authority in all aviation. And how the hell can DJI do anything at all?

  47. Cynthia Calip on May 20, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Ilium Almnm

  48. Andramota on May 20, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I can see Autel taking a lot more market share away from dji. They do not seem to have the same convoluted and nonsensical rules in place like dji does. Why can’t dji defer to the FAA approach to granting flying rights? If I already have FAA approval to fly in a certain area, why do I still need dji’s blessing to fly in the same area? So, with this extra level of frustrating red tape, dji is telling us that we are merely renting their drones, we do not own them?

  49. Cheydow on May 20, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    You’re telling me anytime I want to fly my dji drone at my own house, I have to get authorization. Cmon

  50. Papa Jack Price on May 20, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    How do I find the map or apps that show the flight altitude in the square boxes? I’m new and want to learn.. I’m in mesquite Nevada and we have a small airport without a tower and I see the air space but no squares with numbers

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