How to Fly a Drone in Controlled Airspace Near an Airport INSTANTLY – LAANC and AIRMAP Instructions

Let’s face it, “THE MASSES ARE ASSES” could be reason enough for the FAA to BAN drones altogether, Instead, Flying a Drone in Controlled Airspace and Near an Airport INSTANTLY using LAANC and Airmap is finally possible because of the newly improved process from the FAA, upgrading the LAANC system to include Recreational Pilots Authorization! (Officially 7/23/2019) This is also a follow-up for “New FAA Rules for drone hobbyist pilots” video, don’t forget to check out the original vid discussing the new rules here: https://youtu.be/AWT8xxGXQmA. Taking the DJI Mavic Pro out has never been easier and I have to say, kudos to the FAA for enabling this to happen! Think about it, they could have pushed hard to make drones illegal anywhere near an airport and add to the untrue but sad stigma, that bad people buy drones, are malicious and only want to endanger the public. I am pleasantly surprised and pleased with the PR from the FAA spokespeople who randomly pop up on YouTube, Twitter and the like. These people talk about flying drones with their kids during their time off, drone pilots as fellow airspace consumers and responsible enough to share airspace with a 747 jetliner. A lot of education put out aims to guide those who simply don’t know certain things about piloting a drone under the premise that simply a lack of information can lead to accidents or injury, not only malicious intent. So hats off, for the moment, to the FAA for not being a dork. I love this hobby and proud to be a contributing member to the community. Flying in controlled airspace, legally mind you, not trying to hide in the bushes and feeling like some deviant, being happy to engage curious onlookers with education backed up with a part 107 licenses bearing the stamp of the FAA is not what I expected a year ago when I picked up my first drone. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things that feel like over-reach, but that being said there’s a lot that IS being done right AND it could be a lot worse. Good Flying! Captain Keith

A Sincere Thank You for stopping by Alien Drones channel!

============ NEW UPDATE 7/23/2019 ===========
Well, the FAA kept to their schedule! LAANC is now available for recreational pilots! Apparently Airmap, UA Sidekick and Kittyhawk are authorized by the FAA… I personally have used the Airmap and it does work pretty well. Good News! Good Flying!

============ NEW UPDATE 7/5/2019 ============
The FAA just announced the the LAANC authorization system will be available to recreational pilots beginning July 23rd, 2019! What does LAANC do? LAANC automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations in controlled airspace. Through automated applications developed by an FAA Approved UAS Service Suppliers (USS) pilots apply for an airspace authorization. This happens nearly real time! More information is available here: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/
I’ll do another update soon so stop back to the channel in the near future for more…

** Link to AIRMAP for LAANC Approval: https://app.airmap.io/geo?44.847369,-89.638431,14.138160z **

== References to original documentation ==
Original text of regulation: https://federalregister.gov/d/2019-10169
UAS Maps and Data System: https://udds-faa.opendata.arcgis.com
FAA LAANC System: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/
FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions site: https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html
Registering your drone: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/
Credit to FAA Website for some images and information regarding LAANC system!

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24 Comments

  1. Atwork Allday on April 17, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I finally found a video that helped understand everything about authorizations perfectly! Thank you! Will return for more videos!

  2. Bryant Murden on April 17, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Does anyone know if your drone is under 250 grams do u still have to register to fly in restricted air space

  3. miodice3 on April 17, 2021 at 1:29 am

    What are you supposed to do if a class D airport is not in LAANC yet and doesnt go through this auto approval? (Beverly Airport, MA) I called them, their staff told me they are instructed not to forward calls to ATC anymore but refer us back to FAA, ie, the approved https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/ applications that fascilitate LAANC approvals. Problem is, Beverly is not yet integrated with LAANC, so you can’t get to the ATC or Federal FAA approval? Such a run around!

  4. Tedd cuizon on April 17, 2021 at 1:30 am

    What if your drone isn’t registered because its below 250 grams?

  5. emptech on April 17, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I noticed that when you filled out the request, you checked that you were a 107 pilot, somehow I thought this would be for a recreational pilot. I do not have a part 107 license and would like to take some photos of a building, which is next to an airport. I only need to go 50 feet, but LAANC will not authorize me to fly, not even one inch off the ground. It is in E2 airspace, there is no control tower. I know others have received authorization to fly in this immediate area but why can’t I? If I had a part 107 license, would it make a difference? Jim

  6. WV Drone on April 17, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Sometimes I get the timer to come up but I don’t get a authorization code. Does these mean I’m approved or not approved? This system seems to be quite confusing. I don’t think the timer should start if your not approved.

  7. Jim Freeman on April 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    thank you excellent video…question have you used UASIDEKICK app? been using LAANC though AIRMAP
    Jim

  8. Gene Sizemore Photography on April 17, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Hi, I realize this video is a year old, but I was curious if Air Map is what unlocks your drone or if you filmed this before Mavic started using the geo fencing. I currently live in Washington DC, my house is just outside the inside circle of the SAFR area, and when I drive a few blocks towards DC, once I am in this SAFR space, my drone is locked down, the blades wont even start. I’ve been told that I can submit an approval to Mavic to unlock my drone for that flight period, but was curious if any apps exist that automates this.

    Sorry if you already have a video on this…i’ve been going back and watching all your videos now that im part 107 certified. Just trying to figure out how I will be able to (or if) do real estate videos in the DC area within the rules, and of course given Mavics geo fencing enforcement.

  9. DeusCriolo on April 17, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Thank you great info.

  10. Eagle Eye View Images on April 17, 2021 at 1:46 am

    My airmap stopped working, have you had same problem?

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  12. Kid Henderson on April 17, 2021 at 1:51 am

    My experience with the FAA and check where you plan to fly BEFORE you buy.

    Background:
    I am located 8.6 miles from an airport in the country. I own 52 plus acres.
    The airport has LAANC according to the maps and info from the FAA LAANC sites.
    I have a MINI 2 under .55Lbs (registration not required at this time) with the DJIFLY app. At this point I felt good since the app showed I could launch if I wanted too.
    HOWEVER, the more research I did and started using other recommended apps like AIRMAP and KITTYHAWK I found some MAJOR issues. I found out that I live in a "0" grid CLASS E airspace using the other apps along with the FAA UAS map which has a zero ceiling.
    I do not have or need a PART 107. I am flying as a hobbyist.
    I called and emailed the FAA hoping for a waiver etc. to at least fly at a ceiling of 100 feet or so.

    AS FAR AS THE APPS GO:
    -DJIFLY does not have the same restrictions/authorization requirements as the other apps. This app states fly with caution and I can launch if I wanted too.
    -The other two state I need LAANC. However the apps state "LAANC authorization is not possible" when I tried to authorize it denies authorization due to multiple reasons such as (SSI) SPECIAL SECURITY Instructions which is from the ground up 400 FEET AGL and AUTOMATIC LAANC APPROVALS not valid in CLASS E space.
    – I contacted AIRMAP since they did not have the MINI 2 listed in the authorization process. AIRMAP as of this writing now has been added due to my inquiry. I thought the denials were due to the drone not being listed.

    FAA results:
    – The FAA emails stated " You must be a Part 107 certificated remote pilot in order to be eligible to apply for a Part 107 waiver. to fly in this area. This was not guaranteed even if I do get my PART 107

    RESULTS: I cannot even fly one foot on my property with my drone. This is not complaining but explaining what could happen with using certain apps or not digging deep enough!!! Again bieng out in the country they could not explain why this grid has NO ceiling but going closer too the airport it goes up.

  13. Alien Drones on April 17, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Don’t miss "New FAA Rules for Drone Hobbyists" video Here: https://youtu.be/AWT8xxGXQmA. Good Flying!

  14. Keith's Place on April 17, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Hello I have adji mini 2 , live near a air force base outside of DC, I see that there is restricted air space around the air force base but what about areas where I see no restricted zones (no color codes).

  15. Genbox Official on April 17, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Hi, I live in a 30ft flying zone. I have a tiny whoop so it doesn’t weigh enough to register it so can I just fly in the 30ft zone?

  16. Israel Quezada 04 on April 17, 2021 at 2:00 am

    For recreational purposes what is needed to register drone.

  17. Alien Drones on April 17, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Okay, I realize most people don’t read the description section of a video so I’m going to post some of my comments from there to here. Thoughts? **Taking the DJI Mavic Pro out has never been easier and I have to say, kudos to the FAA for enabling this to happen! Think about it, they could have pushed hard to make drones illegal anywhere near an airport and add to the untrue but sad stigma, that bad people buy drones, are malicious and only want to endanger the public. Let’s face it, "the masses are asses" could have been an easy slogan and reason to ban drones altogether. Instead, I am pleasantly surprised and pleased with the recent PR from the FAA spokespeople who randomly pop up on YouTube, Twitter and the like. These people talk about flying drones with their kids during their time off, drone pilots as fellow airspace consumers and responsible enough to share airspace with a 747 jetliner. A lot of education put out aims to guide those who simply don’t know certain things about piloting a drone under the premise that simply a lack of information can lead to accidents or injury, not only malicious intent. So hats off, for the moment, to the FAA for not being a dork. I love this hobby and proud to be a contributing member to the community. Flying in controlled airspace, legally mind you, not trying to hide in the bushes and feeling like some deviant, being happy to engage curious onlookers with education backed up with a part 107 licenses bearing the stamp of the FAA is not what I expected a year ago when I picked up my first drone. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things that feel like over-reach, but that being said there’s a lot that IS being done right AND it could be a lot worse. Good Flying! Captain Keith 😎

  18. Alien Drones on April 17, 2021 at 2:03 am

    New info, but unfortunately not a GREAT help, but it’s something… Just received this from the FAA moments ago: "Upgrades to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) DroneZone now allow recreational flyers to request airspace authorizations in controlled airspace where the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is not available. Airspace authorizations can take up to 45 days to process and approve through the DroneZone. Recreational flyers may request to fly up to the designated altitude ceiling in an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Facility Map (UASFM) and only for daytime operations. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation’s airspace, expediting the time it takes for drone pilots to receive authorizations to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace."

    Okay, definitely bureaucratic, but better than nothin… Good Flying! 😎

  19. Dave Hein on April 17, 2021 at 2:09 am

    I actually tried this with Airmap last night (07/23/19) after seeing the news LAANC was available for recreational pilots. I input all my information to get authorization for a flight later in the day (about 5 hrs later) within Class D airspace near me. While I did everything the same as you in this video, and got a token back for contact verification, I never did get a response after that. Whether this was due to the system being overloaded on the first day of operation or the fact that my airport and many others may not yet be in the FAA’s approval system is unclear. I’ll keep trying however since my home is within Class D airspace (400 ft grid) and I often like to check/test my birds for firmware and software upgrades in the driveway before going on a project. It’s been a long wait for this but nice that we’re finally almost there.

  20. البداية الصحيحة The Right Start on April 17, 2021 at 2:10 am
  21. Steve Pridemore on April 17, 2021 at 2:13 am

    The owner of Airmap is an anti-drone activist. Don’t use the app.

  22. Drones of York on April 17, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Great job!

  23. Alien Drones on April 17, 2021 at 2:19 am

    **NEW**
    Well, the FAA kept to their schedule! LAANC is now available for recreational pilots! Apparently Airmap, UA Sidekick and Kittyhawk are authorized by the FAA… I personally have used the Airmap and it does work pretty well. Good News! Good Flying!

  24. Alien Drones on April 17, 2021 at 2:24 am

    So the airport I drove to is the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, WI, CWA. Fairly regular traffic in and out of there and one of the newer airports added to the LAANC system. It did actually work but had a bit of latency at times, but that being said the cell service was a bit sketchy in the park I was in so keep that in mind when trying to get authorized. Also, if you keep the cell service and internet turned on, sometimes you get a controller disconnection error which is discussed here: "DJI Mavic Pro Controller Fail" https://youtu.be/ihFH_4ogcRo. Kind of a catch-22 I guess. Anyway, Good Flying!

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