How to fly drones in controlled airspace through FAA's LAANC & Airspace Authorizations.

How to fly drones in controlled airspace through FAA's LAANC & Airspace Authorizations.

Wondering how to fly drones in controlled airspace? Drone pilots need to know how to get instant airspace authorizations through the LAANC portal of the FAA, with limited systems in place. This video goes over the different apps to get airspace approval. If an airport does not have LAANC capability for instant airspace authorization, how can a pilot obtain airspace authorizations? The answer is with a WAAS authorization through the FAADroneZone. This video showcases the process of acquiring approval from either system.

NOTE – This is an updated video

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00:00 – Agenda for today’s video
00:51 – What is LAANC?
01:38 – How to access UAS facility maps and determine LAANC and non-LAANC areas
04:55 – Can you fly in a zero feet grid?
05:30 – What do the green and red grids depict on the UAS facility map?
05:43 – How can you fly at night in a green or red grid?
07:07 – Turning on and off “Layers” on the UAS facility map
08:50 – Drone U recommended LAANC providers
12:36 – Do you need to unlock your DJI drone before flying close to the airport?
13:02 – How to get LAANC approval to fly in a “0” feet grid
16:36 – Should you regularly check the UAS facility maps for any updates?
18:02 – Paul joins us to explain how you can get Instantaneous Airspace Approval
18:18 – How to get Instantaneous Airspace or LAANC authorization using the Kittyhawk mobile application
22:43 – Can you use desktop for getting LAANC approval?
22:58 – Getting LAANC approval using
27:05 – Why does Paul prefer Kittyhawk over Skyward?
27:23 – How to obtain 107.41 wide area authorization for airports that are not LAANC approved
30:06 – Are DoD facilities eligible for LAANC approval
30:32 – Are areas with shared grids eligible for LAANC approval?
31:29 – How to apply for 107.41 wide area authorization using FAADroneZone
33:25 – How to fill in the “proposed location of operation” in the 107.41 application
34:21 – How to fill in the “proposed description for waiver” in the 107.41 application

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  1. nate pate on May 5, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Damn why does Paul lie all the time to make it seem like the only apps he uses are the ONLY APPS OUT THERE. Total Duschbag

  2. Arroyo D'Flint on May 5, 2021 at 2:11 am

    god i hate Spain… getting permission is like pulling your finger nails out . This would take weeks and loads of bullshite and then still get a NO NO.

  3. William Henry on May 5, 2021 at 2:11 am

    I noticed the app ask if you’re 107 certified. I am a hobbyist that does not have the 107 certification. Is the LAANC available to Hobbyist?

  4. Timothy Kelly on May 5, 2021 at 2:15 am

    ArcGis is NOT a web site. It’s ESRI ‘s GIS mapping software, a mainstay of the GIS industry.

  5. Michael Gerringer on May 5, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Super helpful, thanks so much Vic!

  6. nate pate on May 5, 2021 at 2:16 am

    I’m so glad I stopped here to listen to your opinion and believe me Paul was the only reason I wasn’t going to. Love Rob and I’m very sorry but Paul really puts a damper on your Chanel …..sorry Paul your a tool and I feel sorry for Rob

  7. KEN FISHER on May 5, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I have downloaded Kittyhawk app and registered, but I’m not getting the colour coded grids, so I’m wondering whether Kittyhawk works in the UK? Can you help thanks. -Ken

  8. Robert A on May 5, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Thank you for all the information very detailed video. I am thinking of getting into drones. I am considering a DJI Mini (249 grams) I don’t intend to fly near any airports although I may want to fly in a park as I live less than .5 miles from one. I do not have a pt 107 license. Where can I fly without permission and can I get permission without a pt. 107 license? Do I need to still request permission through LAANC? Thanx robert.

  9. Wandering Beegee on May 5, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Do national forests and other restricted area show up on Kitty Hawk?

  10. Elliot Lowndes on May 5, 2021 at 2:28 am

    When I download the app, why do I not have the option to select "Request LAANC authorization", and when I select "Create Mission" it just says coming soon…

  11. nate pate on May 5, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I mean now air maps is so much easier

  12. P Costello on May 5, 2021 at 2:36 am

    HELP! I’m a newbie with a new DJI Mavic Mini. Can some explain what exactly I can do with under 250 gram devices that heavier drones cannot? I went an got my drone FAA registered and have the ID now on my drone. So what can I not do under 250 grams? What can I do now that I have my drone registered?

  13. B Shores on May 5, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Great update and clarification! Thanks guys.

  14. tumbleweedfarm on May 5, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Wow! Most useful video I’ve seen from you all to date! Good info!

  15. Justin Hartley on May 5, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Very helpful info. Thank you!

  16. erv schleufer on May 5, 2021 at 2:50 am

    i just heard about this and am helping my grandson who i gave my drone to. i realize this for now is just 107 but have noticed something with the apps. i live on the NW side of town and there are 2 airports SW and SE of here and i am about a mile outside both of the 5 mile radius but my B4UFLY app shows i am within the 5 mile radius of 3 hospitals with helipads. so the LAANC system dont show the hospitals. since we are flying under 336 we are just going to keep doing it the way we have been and see whatever comes up down the road but i am still wondering why these apps like kittyhawk and airmap dont show the hospital helipads.

  17. Sean Tolan on May 5, 2021 at 2:57 am

    What if you are flying near a rural airport with no tower, and it is not in the LAANC system? I have a job coming up, but it is 4.7 miles from a tiny rural airport. I cannot see where there is any way to get LAANC approval, or if a waiver is even necessary unless the 5 mile rule applies even to tiny dirt strip airports. Visualize it shows nothing in the area.

  18. Mark Petersen on May 5, 2021 at 2:57 am

    Thanks for the great video. Once you get the authorization how do you unlock your drone?

  19. Dale Greer on May 5, 2021 at 2:58 am

    What about LAANC authorization in the 0 ft area near an airport? I want to bid on a job that’s about 1 mile west of Fort Worth Alliance (AFW), and is in D class airspace covered by LAANC, with 0 ft ceiling. The job description says "Airspace Waiver in-hand is a must for this hire", and they want it to be flown at 199′ AGL. But the FAA says don’t even try to use waivers for LAANC covered areas. What do? Actually last November I tried using Skyward for a golf course in 0 ft LAANC space just south of DFW airport, and never got a response, so I’m skeptical that this is even possible without some kind of inside knowledge.

  20. Dre Account on May 5, 2021 at 3:00 am

    I submitted the request and i got a message thats says "Issues Requesting LAANC: The following issues need to be resolved before a request can be made – pocPhoneNumber may not be null". What does that mean? Is there something I did wrong?

  21. jimmystate on May 5, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Is there a decent mobile app for getting instant access? Kittyhawk doesn’t work anymore for LAANC auth?! (i’m probably doing something wrong, seems like these UAS service suppliers keep changing things, like free membership to paid? Please comment if you see this

  22. LAKE PILOT on May 5, 2021 at 3:03 am

    i severely enjoyed this video, but i am wondering why airmap has much higher ratings than kittyhawk?

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