How to submit day and night LAANC requests in Aloft

How to submit day and night LAANC requests in Aloft

In this video, Greg shows you how to submit the following LAANC requests, using Aloft, formerly known as Kittyhawk (which is similar to AirMap, except better).
– Daytime LAANC request for recreational flyers and Part 107 pilots
– Night LAANC request, which is now available to BOTH recreational pilots and part 107 pilots (after this video was published),
– LAANC requests above the grid, also only available under part 107 (for example flying at 100 feet in a 50-ft grid.

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00:00 Introduction
00:41 Day and Night Time LAANC requests
07:11 LAANC requests higher than UAS Facility Map maximum grid altitude
11:18 Conclusion

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41 Comments

  1. Cargo Bike David on April 28, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks, Gret, to your course and continuing education I was granted by the FAA through the Drone Zone Portal, waiver application, the ability to fly in a zero grid area for MY FIRST COA! I had tried several times using LAANC/Aloft and denied each time. I live in the airspace just south of KOAK and within 5NM of KHWD with varying grids that are 400 right next to zero grids. My drone zone request was diligently attended by an FAA associate who followed up daily with questions about my LAANC requests. In the end, my request was modified (by him or someone) to encompass the parameters that I had originally requested and even granted a longer period of time and days to conduct the mission that I had hoped to conduct! One of the modifications required me to call the local ATC 15 minutes before operations and to report back when I had finished flying. the Tower was super cool and even said to ‘have fun’! I am proud to be legit, to be safe and to represent the Pilot Institute! – David

  2. Tony Fontillas on April 28, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you for providing this information. I tried Aloft and was confused at the process. I am going to try it again and see if it works.

  3. Pappy Christian on April 28, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    thx! great info – clear concise – on point!

  4. Aerial Northwest on April 28, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Excellent, Greg! Thank you, sir! T 🙂

  5. David Sobecki on April 28, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I have the Aloft on my iPhone and tablet. I never see the colored grids. Little help please. Yep I’m one of your students, 45% complete.

  6. Jeremiah Ulishney on April 28, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Are you able to setup an account as a recreational pilot and later when you get your part 107 use the same account?

  7. Harrison Gould on April 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    I’m getting ready to ‘learn/implement’ the LAANC authorization process. My question is, "How do I cancel a flight I was approved for?" Is this process clearly written on the Aloft App? Thanks so much.

  8. Chip Ferguson on April 28, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Great video Greg…concise yet very thorough.

  9. filmmaker58 on April 28, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for simple and complete instructional video. Excellent information.

  10. MattHeaven on April 28, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    So this is only on the base level (GND – X) of class B, C, or D?

    Just out of curiosity, will the FAA ever approve of an altitude above 400’ for shooting areas like Chicago or NYC, etc? (Not in class B, C, or D) for part 107

  11. racsyr on April 28, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I am that student Greg referred to who was getting rejected to fly in a 0 altitude grid – until I noted there was a hospital helipad nearby and I would notify the pilots when I was going to fly. In fact, I had been doing that even before LAANC even came about. The area in question is literally within hundreds of feet from the outside edge of the 5 mile airport radius but was in the flight path for the airport. My mission was to take construction progression photos of an apartment complex and I had to submit daily requests (usually about 3 weeks at a time) for a year and a half because I never knew what day I could go to get photos and what the weather would be. These requests were for 300′ and once I noted that I would communicate with the heliport pilots, my requests were approved – sometimes within several days but recently, the next day! I text the helipad pilots (they have a cell phone that they rotate to the pilot on duty) and I have to say, every time I fly and let them know when and where, they are very appreciative. So the process does work.

  12. Rob on April 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    The FAA has done a great job with LAANC and getting approval to fly in controlled airspace with Aloft is effortless. Now being able to conduct night flights and request flight operations above grid heights is a game changer. Going through drone zone for authorizations was a bit of a pain. Also its great to see more airports participating in LAANC, which is opening up a lot more operational areas for us. Finally after years of waiting, our local AFB is now a LAANC participant so flying in the back yard is going to be awesome.

  13. Jason Black on April 28, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Also, check DJI Flysafe too. If flying DJI.

  14. Ed Ruttledge on April 28, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for unlocking some of the FAA’s procedural mysteries.

  15. Doug Petersen on April 28, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Greg, thanks for the great information. Requesting above the grid altitude via ALOFT seems to take the place of the FAA DroneZone airspace waiver request process. This seems a lot easier. Any thoughts if one process is better than the other? Also, will this new ALOFT feature help with the DJI Unlocking GEO zones?

  16. Albuquerque Aerial Imagery on April 28, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Greg, I applied for a night flight the other day. I’m outside of any controlled airspace non gridded area. LAANC wouldnt give a approval.So is okay as a 107 to fly? I’ve done the refresher course. I have lighting that meets requirements. LAANC said I’m outside of controlled airspace. Just want to make sure. Lots of info out there.

  17. Chameleon Photography on April 28, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Where the heck is the button to request authorization?????

  18. Harlan Limpert on April 28, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Excellent explanation of how this app works. Thank you so much!

  19. iReviewFrozenDinners on April 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    One thing to note is that the Android version of the Aloft app doesn’t seem to let you push to manually select a starting point on the map yet. Kind of a minor annoying thing that’s keeping me on another app for LAANC requests at the moment. That and not being able to switch to a circle for the selected area, which is handy to keep where you have authorization to fly based on horizontal distance from the launch point. Thanks for all that you guys do, really appreciates ya.

  20. UnfortuNate on April 28, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    How long would you say this process takes on average?

  21. Chameleon Photography on April 28, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I want b4ufly back!!!!!!!

  22. Andrew Henriques on April 28, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Do you need LAANC approval, at night, in non controlled airspace as a Part 107 pilot?

  23. Trice Burgess on April 28, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Great video Greg! Just curious if there is a way to cancel the LAANC approval should something come up during your scheduled approval time? That way you clear out the air space for others to fly. Thanks!

  24. Giles Shine on April 28, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Great video. I just wish the airport causing the Class D airspace where I want to fly supported LAANC. 🙂

  25. Tim Rollins on April 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I passed my part 107 test weeks ago. I have not attempted LAANC approval yet. Would you advise against using using it for practice?

  26. Bill Bishop on April 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Great information Greg!!

  27. RGMG on April 28, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Greg for the overview. I’m currently waiting myself on an approval from FAA. Bit of a juggling act though trying to coordinate dates/times with clients when you don’t know what weather will be like….so trying to make requests within 2 week period. Crossing fingers. 😎

  28. Bernel Nery on April 28, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Is it me or am I missing something. I go the approval in FAA and ALOFT etc sent me the approval. This tutorial does not show how to enable this in DJI MAVIC MINI 2. I still have the restriction in my DJI FLY.

  29. Shawn Jordan on April 28, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the info Greg. As always your videos are very informative. I do have a question for you though… I know you said that night time flying is only available for part 107 flyers in controlled airspace…..
    What about if you are not in controlled airspace? Can recreational flyers fly at night?
    I purchased 2 of the Firehouse Arc V anti-collision lights for my drone already. I also purchased a Firehouse L.A.N.D. device as well (which flashes a light and beeps really loud if the drone is stationary for 4 minutes) which is to help in the recovery efforts should I crash my drone.
    But im just curious if recreational flyers are allowed to fly at night if they are not in controlled airspace?

  30. New Media on April 28, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Can you fly at night with TRUST in an class G airspace?

  31. Michael Mazor on April 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I can’t seem to get LAANC approval as a recreational flyer of the DJI Air 2s for battery park NYC? I have been told it’s okay but others have said no. Help…..

  32. WilzDezign Photography on April 28, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Great walk through for sure!

  33. Wasafisherman FPV on April 28, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Nice video with simple procedures well explained. Thanks for the help.

  34. Roman on April 28, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Very helpful. Had the Aloft app but wasn’t really sure how to use it. What happens if we request for approval in advance and bad weather causes the cancelation of the drone flight. Should we cancel the request in any way? So people don’t have to worry about us being somewhere we are not?

  35. Ken Love Photography on April 28, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for another great info packed video.

  36. Chuck Johnson 7 on April 28, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    That’s good, but I want to fly in a small area that is in Class D airspace, but the airspace color is Red and not Blue (it is under control of Naval Air Station Jax, with the airport ID of NIP). Although the map shows that I should be able to fly up to 150 feet, I first get a: "LAANC is not available for operations outside" just above where I select an altitude that I want to fly. Then after I select when I want to fly, etc., I get (under Step 3 of 4) "Pre-Check Failed" highlighted in Red, and at the bottom of this info page it says: "LAANC is inactive for the planned operation area. ,,, and that’s as far as it goes, except an option to ‘edit flight details.’

    Changing the altitude, time of day or night, or the month makes no difference.

    Suggestions on what’s the problem? Thanks Chuck (N.E. Florida)

  37. hgodtx on April 28, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Can I request to fly in controlled airspace during twilight hours as recreational?

  38. Jersey Shore Drone Services on April 28, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    When we submit a request to fly higher than the grid altitude that request will be reviewed by a real person, correct?
    If so, I’m thinking we shouldn’t burden that person with incorrect requests or some strategy like sending 10 requests for each of the next 10 days to see which one gets approved.
    We might irritate that person and/or give ourselves a bad reputation and have a more difficult time getting approved for this request and requests in the future.

  39. JNeuel on April 28, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    This seems kinda obvious I think but do you have to file a flight plan if you are flying in unrestricted airspace? And could you if you wanted to anyway?

  40. rhadiem on April 28, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Where in the 44809 recreational exception does it restrict night flying for rec pilots? I understand you’re telling about what LAANC *does*, but I’m curious if/where rec pilots are restricted in this.

  41. PJ _ D on April 28, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    1 minute in, you say recreational flyers can NOT fly at night. I have an email from you that says recreational flyers can fly at night. Which is it???????????????

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