In this blog post, we share step-by-step instructions for getting LAANC approval through the Kittyhawk LAANC App and the Skyward site.
In this blog post you will learn how to:
LAANC stands for “Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.” Using LAANC, you can get airspace authorization for bigger airports that are LAANC approved. For airports that are not yet approved for LAANC, you will have to procure a 107.41 wide area authorization to fly. According to industry speculations, all airports might become LAANC-equipped by September 2020.
To obtain your airspace authorization, you first need to learn how to read FAA LAANC Maps or UAS Facility Maps. This will enable you to determine which areas are LAANC approved and which are not. Go to FAA Visualize It to access UAS facility maps. Because this is a memory intensive website, you should access this from the desktop rather than mobile.
Once you zoom in on your desired location, you will see the area divided up into red and green grids. Green grids mean that an area is LAANC approved whereas red grids indicate it is not. A shaded red area depicts a base area. Note that you cannot receive permission to fly in this space.
Each red and green grid contains a number ranging from 0 to 400. That is the fly ceiling.
Note that you cannot get an automatic authorization in fly in a zero grid area. To fly in a zero grid area, you need to share your risk mitigation steps with the ATC. The ATC will review your application and decide whether to approve or disapprove. Another important consideration is that a zero grid request will automatically cancel out 24 hours before the flight date. So, remember to apply well in advance.
To expedite approval to fly in a zero grid area, we strongly recommend building a strong working relationship with your airport. Contacting the ATC beforehand will result in faster approval.
Remember – If you wish to fly in a red grid or a green grid at night, you have to apply for a 107.41 Wide Area Authorization.
Also, do not forget to check your UASFM maps for any recent changes. For instance, there might be a new TFR in place. It is also not unusual for the FAA to increase or lower the flying height.
Also, the introduction of DJI’s new geofencing system, GEO V2.0, means that you might have to unlock your DJI system before flying in controlled airspace. Click HERE for further instructions on this.
Once you figure out a LAANC area, you can apply for LAANC through one of the LAANC providers. As of now, you can apply for LAANC through KittyHawk or Skyward.
To obtain airspace authorization for airports that are not LAANC-approved, you need to apply for a 107.41 Area Wide Authorization. Check out this great instructional video for detailed step-by-step instructions.
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