Getting LAANC Authorization In 0 AGL – Using Aloft and DJI Fly Safe

Getting LAANC Authorization In 0 AGL – Using Aloft and DJI Fly Safe

It’s the call we all dread. A client gets in touch for some drone work on their property. The catch is they’re really close to an Airport. It’s not just controlled airspace….it’s 0ft AGL.

Fortunately the tools have improved for these types of flights. I’ve been using ALOFT for my LAANC requests for quite a while. The submission process is straightforward and easy enough to use. It’s the waiting that is more difficult.

If you need to fly in a 0 AGL area, make sure to put in your request ahead of time. Authorization could take only a day or two, or it could take longer.

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8 Comments

  1. Justin Anderson on July 9, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Great info! Any chance you could talk us through how you got the authorization? 100% of my requests have been rejected with no explanation why.

  2. bnielsen44 on July 9, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Did I miss it? I thought I was going to see you request LAANC Authorization in 0 grid. If you did this prior with Aloft is it I just do it a few a days ahead of time? did you have to type in anything like you would be monitoring the radio frequency for incoming aircraft and avoid them something like that? I haven’t requested a 0 grid yet but am learning.

  3. John Pruden on July 9, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the helpful video Rich. Question- Is there any fee associated with flying in 0 AGL area? I use drone photos for my business and reached out to someone (out of state from me) and their quoted price was literally 20x what I normally pay my local photographer. At first, I thought maybe there is an expensive permit to obtain. But as I search online, I’m not seeing any evidence that there is an added cost associated with this. Any chance you can clarify this? Thanks!

  4. Aerial Drone Scan on July 9, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Rich, as always great info!

  5. TxArch DroneGuy on July 9, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Thx for the info, Rich

  6. EwKerman on July 9, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    You must need part 107 to LAANC in 0 AGL.

  7. DronesiViews LLC - Phoenix, Arizona Drone Services on July 9, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Wow. When I make a request from DJI with FAA authorization, they usually approve it and send the unlock codes to my controller within about 15 minutes.

  8. Gary Goss on July 9, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Great video, but could you go into more detail after you put in the request and also how you xfer the text Lancc approval into DJI Fly Safe. I end up usually waiting a couple of hours. Also I am using Airmap but I have B4UFLY. I am a new 107 pilot.

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