Using the FAA's Automated Drone Waiver/Authorization System (LAANC)

Using the FAA's Automated Drone Waiver/Authorization System (LAANC)

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This video covers the basics of using the FAA’s LAANC system via the Airmap app. If you are looking to get an airspace authorization to fly your drone commercially within the airspace of an airport, this video will help walk you through the automated process for doing so.

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  1. Heli4213 on August 17, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    For DJI Drones and others do you have to do something to the drone to use this?? Another words if I was close to an airport now and my drone wouldn’t start because of airspace, once I apply for the LAANC for that area how does my drone know when to start because if you’re in a bad area the drone won’t even turn start up??
    I guess I’m not sure how that system talks to the drone so the drone will actually work?
    Thank you please help

  2. Matthew Hinman on August 17, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I highly recommend to any serious drone pilot that they drop AirMap in favor of another service like Kittyhawk or Skyward. AirMap and their cofounder Gregory McNeal are working behind the scenes against the drone industry by supporting the ULC’s Tort Law Relating to drones. Please stop supporting AirMap! Thanks!

  3. Delmarksman on August 17, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    AirMap is completely unreliable and lost their approval from the FAA last year, though they seem to be intermittently back up now.

    I have moved to two better formats for LAANC approvals: Aloft (Formerly Kittyhawk) and Airspace Link.
    Both are user friendly and offer a lot to the pilot that AirMap did not.

  4. Chip Davis on August 17, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Does the Skymap app you mention cost $175? That’s what comes up in a search of the apple store.

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