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 new in August 2021, and only for Part 107 pilots at the moment
– 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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  1. Tony Fontillas on September 23, 2021 at 11:53 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.

  2. racsyr on September 23, 2021 at 11:54 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.

  3. Tim Rollins on September 23, 2021 at 11:55 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?

  4. Roman Sawycky on September 23, 2021 at 11:56 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?

  5. iReviewFrozenDinners on September 23, 2021 at 11:56 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.

  6. Salem Agency on September 24, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Excellent, Greg! Thank you, sir! T 🙂

  7. Chip Ferguson on September 24, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Great video Greg…concise yet very thorough.

  8. JNeuel on September 24, 2021 at 12:09 am

    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?

  9. Ken Love Photography on September 24, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for another great info packed video.

  10. RGMG on September 24, 2021 at 12:19 am

    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. 😎

  11. Doug Petersen on September 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    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?

  12. MattHeaven on September 24, 2021 at 12:31 am

    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

  13. Albuquerque Aerial Imagery on September 24, 2021 at 12:32 am

    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.

  14. Jason Black on September 24, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Also, check DJI Flysafe too. If flying DJI.

  15. Ed Ruttledge on September 24, 2021 at 12:34 am

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

  16. Shawn Jordan on September 24, 2021 at 12:37 am

    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?

  17. Bill Bishop on September 24, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Great information Greg!!

  18. WilzDezign Photography on September 24, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Great walk through for sure!

  19. Jersey Shore Drone Services on September 24, 2021 at 12:38 am

    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.

  20. Jeremiah Ulishney on September 24, 2021 at 12:42 am

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

  21. Giles Shine on September 24, 2021 at 12:43 am

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

  22. rhadiem on September 24, 2021 at 12:44 am

    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.

  23. Rob on September 24, 2021 at 12:44 am

    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.

  24. Trice Burgess on September 24, 2021 at 12:48 am

    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!

  25. Andrew Henriques on September 24, 2021 at 12:50 am

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

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