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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29 Comments

  1. Let’s Talk Apple on July 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

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

  2. Don Juan the GodSter. on July 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    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?

  3. racsyr on July 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    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?

  4. Highasakite on July 12, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    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.

  5. Penultimate Name on July 12, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    The FAA site shows LAANC as of 6/21. No additions for over a year? I’m sorry FAA. It is a terrible page. The website should allow one to click the header to sort. The sort is by ID. If I want to see at a glance the airports in my State. Good luck with that exercise. They offer a Pdf link but no csv link which would then allow the sorting of columns. Does Aloft offer a link to the airports associated with LAANC?

  6. Alejandro Mendoza on July 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    THANK YOUUUU (Y)

  7. WV Mountaineer on July 12, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    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.

  8. Eagle View HD on July 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    The Visualize it never works on my Ipad.

  9. Don Davis on July 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    awesome, thank you

  10. foudaddy atalla on July 12, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Very clear and concise. Thank you.

  11. Bill Meador on July 12, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Getting concerned again……………just when I thought using a drone for photography would be great. Just saw a video on YouTube that says even if I have LAANC approval to fly in a controlled airspace area, I now also have to have approval from DJI via some Geo Fence unlock code, and some of their fenced areas exceed the zones set by the FAA. So for example, if I want to use my Mavic Air 2 to do a sunset timelapse at a lake near here that has an FAA 200 foot controlled altitude because of an airport on the other side, even if I get LAANC approval I still have to get a code from DJI to unlock my craft so it will fly. Think a video on all this overlap and confusion would be very helpful!

  12. Adam Griffin on July 12, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    will LAANC be available in military airspace

  13. jonathan labrador on July 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    What does it mean when there are no grids?

  14. Tallguysrc on July 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    But if your airport does not use laanc then what!

  15. J E on July 12, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Excellent, thank you for all your help!

  16. Jet Martin on July 12, 2022 at 8:11 pm

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

  17. Mantis 09 on July 12, 2022 at 8:13 pm

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

  18. Don Davis on July 12, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    thankyou

  19. Chris Decker on July 12, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    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!

  20. Sarasota Experience on July 12, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Good job my friend

  21. Don Juan the GodSter. on July 12, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    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.

  22. Beloved Lion on July 12, 2022 at 8:19 pm

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

  23. Mark Kempton on July 12, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    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!

  24. George Pharmer on July 12, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Are you available for questions?

  25. Paul Vo on July 12, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Très bonnes informations et bons conseils 👍

  26. George E on July 12, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Very useful update and tutorial. Thanks!

  27. Tommy T on July 12, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    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 ?

  28. Kashif Khan on July 12, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome video. we just moved to an area where i am now in controlled airspace. so this Laanc approval can give you only 30minutes flight time ?

  29. Dennis Butterfield on July 12, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Good Stuff..

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