LAANC for hobbyists: Everything you need to know

LAANC for hobbyists: Everything you need to know

LAANC is now available for hobbyists or recreational pilots who are looking to get approval to fly their drones in control airspace.
In this video, Greg goes over the following questions:
– How to find what controlled airspace is
– How to find out if LAANC is available where I fly
– How to submit a LAANC request via Kittyhawk

How to find what controlled airspace is:
It is important to know the airspace surrounding where you are about to fly. Greg shows you how to use the UAS Facility Map (located here: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad and to get information out of it. With this tool, you will be able to find out is LAANC is available there or if you need to submit a request via the FAA Drone (https://faadronezone.faa.gov/).
When reading the Facility Map, remember that red airports are not part of LAANC while green airports are. LAANC will provide you with immediate approval (17 seconds in the video!) while the FAA DroneZone will take several days.

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25 Comments

  1. George Pharmer on April 29, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Are you available for questions?

  2. Don Davis on April 29, 2021 at 1:57 am

    awesome, thank you

  3. jonathan labrador on April 29, 2021 at 1:57 am

    What does it mean when there are no grids?

  4. Don Juan the GodSter. on April 29, 2021 at 2:05 am

    So you saying that if I’m doing a tower inspection I wont be able to flight 400ft. Above it? Is this a new thing?

  5. Chris Decker on April 29, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I still have many questions. How do you use this on–site once you have been approved? Do you use the Kittyhawk app to control the drone or does this unlock the DJI app? Do you have to enter or use the authorization code once you get on-site or will the Kittyhawk app automatically unlock the DJI app?? There are about a dozen recent LAANC tutorials on Youtube but none of them address the rest of the process. Please help if you can!

  6. Agent К on April 29, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Great info. Thank you! I’m glad you mentioned at the end that flying over 400 ft AGL even above towers or structures in prohibited. My question is what if there’s a 100ft hill? Is the top of that hill considered ground level even if you began the flight in the valley? In other words, your drone might say you are flying at 499 ft AGL.

  7. Don Davis on April 29, 2021 at 2:10 am

    thankyou

  8. Tallguysrc on April 29, 2021 at 2:13 am

    But if your airport does not use laanc then what!

  9. George E on April 29, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Very useful update and tutorial. Thanks!

  10. Highasakite on April 29, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Thank you for taking the time to explain just how simple (and NOT even scary) it is to quickly get authorization. You explained everything very well. One question, where YOU live outside of the grids do you need any authorization to fly up to 400 ft in your backyard? Thanks again! Ken.

  11. WV Drone on April 29, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Why does LAANC start a timer once you submit a flight even if you don’t get a confirmation text to you? This could make a pilot think he has conformation but really doesn’t. Seems like a flaw in the system. I think they should change it and make the pilot enter in the confirmation number once text before the timer will appear.

  12. Don Juan the GodSter. on April 29, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I have a Question that I believe you can help me on. As a hobbyists I’m about the the border of 5 mile ratio from kjfk, I used to get approval from airmap at 200ft. But now it keeps telling me I need ATC authorization, I understand that we not allowed to do so anymore so I’m confused. There is no laanc available here and it reads, aproval coming soon! Those that means they working on it? This been happening for the last 2 month only. I dont flight above the 200ft. Ceiling as showed on the app but I love doing things by the book. Can you provide any info on this.pls. also on kiddy hawk does not allow me to access the sumit flight option and on airmap the circle stays red.

  13. racsyr on April 29, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Great demo Greg. Quick question. If your requested flight area crosses over into another grid which has a lower ceiling, I assume you can only request and get instant authorization for an altitude at the lower of the 2 ceilings. Would that be correct?

  14. Let’s Talk Apple on April 29, 2021 at 2:22 am

    You deserve more subs. This is an extremely informative video. Well done

  15. J E on April 29, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Excellent, thank you for all your help!

  16. Jet Martin on April 29, 2021 at 2:32 am

    It doesn’t appear that you can create a LAANC request on the KittyHawk app on Android Devices. How lame is that?

  17. Paul Vo on April 29, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Très bonnes informations et bons conseils 👍

  18. tom tom on April 29, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Class G for hobbysists – 700feet or 400 feet? Can’t seem to find a definitive answer. All I could find was Class G – SFC-700 AGL / SFC-1200 AGL above the airport and for commercial use it is 400feet but nothing for hobbyists ? Does that mean we can goto 700 ?

  19. Adam Griffin on April 29, 2021 at 2:44 am

    will LAANC be available in military airspace

  20. foudaddy atalla on April 29, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Very clear and concise. Thank you.

  21. Beloved Lion on April 29, 2021 at 2:48 am

    What if LAANC says unavailable like on the Kittyhawk app for example?

  22. Mark Kempton on April 29, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. I had to do this once in July 2020 when the DJI app would not let me take off because I was in KBKL airspace. The app submitted the request for me. Is this the same as what you are documenting? Secondly, the park I was at is showing 0 feet on the FAA map. Why was I approved and the DJI app unlocked?
    Thanks! Great channel!

  23. Mantis 09 on April 29, 2021 at 2:51 am

    You did not mention if you can fly where you live! There is not grid there! What do you do?

  24. Alejandro Mendoza on April 29, 2021 at 2:51 am

    THANK YOUUUU (Y)

  25. Sarasota Experience on April 29, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Good job my friend

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