LAANC Tutorial for Recreational Drone Pilots | Airmap or Kittyhawk?

LAANC Tutorial for Recreational Drone Pilots | Airmap or Kittyhawk?

Recreational drone pilots in the U.S. can now fly in restricted airspace by using the LAANC system. This video explains what LAANC is, shows you how to request authorization, and compares the 2 best service providers – Kittyhawk and AirMap.

It is exciting to see that hobbyists can now use this system. We are moving in the right direction!

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What is LAANC: 2:18
Airmap Tutorial: 4:06
Kittyhawk Tutorial: 6:31
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  1. Steve B on April 25, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Hello. I enjoy following your current updates about owning and flying a drone. I have a question since the U.S sent a spaceship to Mars and are now flying a drone there, is the FCC monitoring NASA and make sure we are not flying over populated Martian gatherings or homes? Who knows they may have there own rules about drone flying and they just might contact us about a violation that we did. I just had to say that and hope your amused about what I just said. Keep up your great work your doing for a lot of drone flyers. From A responsible drone flyer

  2. Dean Lonskey on April 25, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    I’m new to flying and I’ve had issues getting the authorization code to allow me to fly AFTER I filed a flight plan and was granted authorization. I was only able to get this the first time, using AIRMAP, but after that I’ve not received it and wasn’t able to fly my drone on the date and time I submitted my flight plan. I’ve had this issue with both apps. Any suggestions? Is there a setting on my smartphone I need to set to make this work? BTW, I’m flying a Mavic Air 2 with a Galaxy S9+ smartphone. Thx

  3. guess who on April 25, 2022 at 6:22 pm


  4. Steve Matadobra on April 25, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I am just seeing your videos (recently bought a drone) so my question may be dated however, if you get the you are good to fly in the B4you fly app, does it take into consideration state by state restrictions, national parks, state parks and national forests? Thank you very much!

  5. Sikhumbuzo Khalaza Nkomazana on April 25, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Russ, by way of introduction a new wannabee dronie but have learned a huge amount from your tutorials and for that I am very grateful.
    I live in the NW corner of Botswana on the upper edge of the Okavanvo Delta and very remote from true civilization and far from any DJI agent.
    My question to you simple…. I have a new Mavic 2 zoom and wonder if it is possible to replace the batteries of the controller if the future need arises?

  6. TNRonin on April 25, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Why not Minot???!!!

  7. belmaralex on April 25, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Hi! What is the definition of “flying over people”?

  8. Anthony Smith on April 25, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Tell me more about the cost for insurance when flying. Thanks

  9. metalskirmish on April 25, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Ok so lets say i have a drone with heating issues so i got 2 to spread the heat of multiple flights out across two chassis while i play the charging game with 6 batteries and 4 chargers. Do i need seperate LAANC’s for both drones, and new laanc’s every time i land and change batteries, or am i ok to keep going for the duration of my laanc

  10. Wait What on April 25, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    9:40 this isn’t the government getting out of the way and letting the private sector run things. That would be allowing the private sector to be in charge of the FAA rules and regulations themselves. This is an example of the government changing the rules to allow a private marketplace to be created, where the private sector can create their own services (the apps) to work with the government services which are the rules, regulations, and daily FAA operations. Also, usually private sectors require more funding to create things like this than public, because they add layers of profit motive to them. They underfund government programs so they suck on purpose, say "look the government can’t do anything right," then give them to private companies to make money off of it, because if it was public there would be no opportunity to squeeze money out of people for what is a public service. If the government needs to get out of the way then why is the FAA as a whole pretty great? You got fooled hahahahaha. Thanks for the intro info 👍

  11. T & B IOWA on April 25, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Question . If I fly outside of these controlled airspaces away from airports and fly under 400 feet AGL class G airspace do I need any approval? Example; I live on an farm in the country , no airport around, class G airspace, fly under 400 feet AGL, do I need any approval by anybody? Understand after Sept 2023 if over 250 grams I can only fly in FAA approved flying zones and must have a remote ID. Do not know if after Sept 2023 drones under 250 grams will be restricted as to where they can fly? I am also aware that if over 250 gram I must be registered. Thankyou for any help. Love your videos?

  12. Manuela Butuc on April 25, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not able to get LAANC authorization from AirMap anymore. They don’t appear on the FAA website either.
    I like to use the Airspacelink app for pilots

  13. Chasing it on April 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Awesome video!

  14. Prakhar jai kumar on April 25, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Russ, thank you for the information. Could you tell me some Tips to fly under different type of airspace (yellow/Controlled /class D etc)?

  15. Frank Grenon on April 25, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    As somebody who works for the government I have to tell you usually it’s not the people who work for the government that prevent the government from working, it’s usually the many voices of the country that conflict that make government ineffective.

  16. Letsgo Brandon FJB on April 25, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    After I get laanc autho with Kitty app I get the text message all is good. But when I go to my dji fly app the file isn’t there the unlock geo zone file that I transfer to the drone to let my drone know I’m autho in a zone. Why does it now show up

  17. ymratobor on April 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Kittyhawk now has altitude limits on the map… : ]

  18. Don Stamper on April 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Rules Stool. Uncomfortable !

  19. Daniel Gonzalez on April 25, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Question: if you already have a private pilot license, are you still required to obtain an FAA certification?

  20. Charles Nash on April 25, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Very informative.

  21. chris gro on April 25, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    I downloaded kitty hawk and got approved to fly and when I got to the take off screen and push the take off bottom and swipe right it says undefined error. As I said I was given permission but still couldn’t take off. Any idea what could be wrong?

  22. Michael T on April 25, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Hello, would it be prudent for a recreational flyer with a drone less than 250 grams to use airmap or kittyhawk? Also, would a Canadian recreational flyer need to be certified in the USA? Thx.

  23. Joshua Ravel on April 25, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I don’t know why but as a beginner I really feel this is the only channel I need to watch …. Russ you’re doing an amazing job at being such an amazing advisor and tutor for beginners like me… I had my drone for almost four months before I watched your channel and now I’m trying to fly everyday for a few minutes and I’m learning only … I mean only through your channel… I tried to watch some other channels but felt it was nothing but a waste of time.. long story short… I love the way you make things so simple to understand and not go all tech talk and confuse the viewers … thanks a ton!

  24. Joeteck on April 25, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Kittyhawk, needs to
    1. manage and make phone calls
    2. Have access to data / Files..


  25. David Daly on April 25, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I would just like to say thank you for this video. I have been trying to understand this approval process, and you broke it down to my dummy level.

  26. Kevin riser on April 25, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    i just got my Air 2..and i useB4UFLY app. It has a much higher rating then those other 2 plus, it’s put out by the FAA. I’d imagine they’d be more accurate lol.

  27. Fiatx192040 on April 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Russ how do I use Airmap from a laptop computer, I do not have a smart phone. Great explanation until I tried filing an application. I cannot tap on the air space to open a menu and proceed as you did on your phone. Some direction or a link would be great. Thanks. TonyK.

  28. Bill Meador on April 25, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Ok, got the process for Laanc and the apps to use for requesting, but just saw a thing on YouTube that says I also have to do some sort of Geo Fence unlocking through DJI to fly in restricted areas whether I have Laanc approval or not. What is that all about? For example, I have a lake near me, would like to fly above the eastern shore to shoot sunset photos/timelpases facing west. The B4UFly app says I’m in the clear, but near a restricted zone, so I would probably get a Laanc for the edge of the airport area that says I can go up to 200 ft. But the DJI Fly Safe Geo Map says that not only the airport area is fenced, but also the area I plan to fly outside of the B4UFly zone is fenced also! Are we not required to get both FAA and Dji approval to fly in certain areas?

  29. Bushido Photo, LLC on April 25, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    You should call it the thinking chair.

  30. Nick Vargas on April 25, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Do you need to plan a flight route if you’re in a uncontrolled fly area?

  31. Philip Smith on April 25, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    I’m baffled that a video such as this warrants thumbs down by some folks. Of course they have nothing to say constructively. Sad little people.

  32. Clinton Miller on April 25, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Have Question, on ALOFT app. It says DJI status turned off. Then it say add/ connect new DJI. It prompts me to “ DJI GO EMAIL ALSO PASSWORD. I Don’t what DJI GO EMAIL IS? Can u help me w/ this. Also you have a new sub in me. Great content and love the help thank you sir. New fan from N.J.

  33. Al Perez on April 25, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    The new apps instantly give you your gps location.

  34. sabresswords on April 25, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Hi, I jusy got my first drone. A dji mavic air 2. I’ve been reading about the new ID tag laws coming into effect. When I am in my drones settings, there is a setting to turn on ID transmission. Does this mean my drone is equipped with the necessary equipment for the ID tag laws?

  35. Tommie Parkman on April 25, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I tried using both apps today In Denver&aurora but it said laanc isn’t available in my area please help??

  36. drdedtru on April 25, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    has KittyHawk been taken over by Aloft?

  37. pzodman500 on April 25, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Excellent tutorial, clearly made sense. Thumbs up

  38. Leonardokite on April 25, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    This is probably the most important piece of information I have obtained for drone flying and keeping out of trouble, while at the same time being able to fly and places that before I really shouldn’t have been so to speak. Thank you so very much for this information. I will check out the apps and I’m sure nearly 2 years later that there much much better.

  39. jabtrade on April 25, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    I bought a Mavic Air II and I’ve been flying for about a month. I have Kittyhawk and I live in a 200ft restricted zone. No problems and i don’t expect any. Do the right thing and we’ll all have a good time and keep our good name of – Responsible! I request a LAANC before every flight and it’s approved immediately. I subscribed – You have outstanding information for us newbies!!

  40. Mark on April 25, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    A good video on the Aloft ap would be helpful. Explain the legend… sometimes the colors are so close I have to turn functions off and look at what was affected.

  41. Chris Oggerino on April 25, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Great info. But, how do you overcome the Mavic software once you get the approval code? Or any drone with geofencing?

  42. Stu Pendous on April 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    7:09 the area you drew out looks like its above a neighborhood how can you be approved or fly when you will be flying over people? I’m very new to this hobby.

  43. Sikhumbuzo Khalaza Nkomazana on April 25, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Would I personally be able/ permitted to replace the controller batteries

  44. boricuaaereo on April 25, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Good job! very well explained in a short time. 👍🏻

  45. Helen Cogan on April 25, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    NEW SUB….Thanks for your channel!!!

  46. Jonni Armani on April 25, 2022 at 7:08 pm


  47. jmurg on April 25, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Great job producing this video. Thank you for being a content creator and best of luck with the channel!

  48. Mark on April 25, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    😂 I think about the rules while on the stool all the time, cures my constipation.

  49. Irvin Deleon on April 25, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Understood, but how will the dji app know I have authorization?

  50. -AV8R- on April 25, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    It’s funny how in 2021 so many people still refer to all these new rules as “drone” rules, and consistently discuss them using terms specific to “drones” when the fact that is constantly ignored, is that ALL remote controlled aircraft are subject to these rules and regulations. You’re only helping to perpetuate the stigma around “drones” when you habitually single them out in discussions about all this regulatory over-reach.

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