The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows Part 107-certified pilots to receive instant, legal authorization to operate drones in controlled airspace through the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. For more information, read this Propeller blog post on the benefits of the LAANC program.
Besides using LAANC to receive FAA authorization, you may also need to perform a DJI unlock to operate your hardware in controlled airspace.
The Aloft application (available on the web) makes acquiring a LAANC authorization straightforward.
Always check the airspace restrictions on your site before you leave the office.
Submit a request for authorization
1. Login or Sign up for your Aloft account, add your FAA Part 107, and verify your phone number.
2. Click on the map to place a marker in your mission area. Airspace restrictions and warnings will be shown on the right of the screen.
3. From this screen, under Create or request a new: click LAANC.
4. Fill out the information for:
- Who Will Fly?
- When and How Long?
- How High Will You Fly?
- Recreational or Commercial?
5. Under Location, adjust your flight boundary by clicking and dragging vertices or by clicking the grey dots to add more vertices. The draw menu can also be used to change the shape and boundary of your flight to a circle, square, or hexagon. You can also delete your flight boundary and start over.
6. Once the mission settings have been adjusted, click NEXT on the bottom right corner of the screen.
7. The Pre-Check Results will show up next. If the flight is at or under the flight ceiling, the flight will be eligible for auto-approval. Confirm the information and click NEXT.
8. Review your information and verify the Name, Phone Number, Part 107 Number, and Part 107 Issue Date are correct.
9. Click Agree and Submit.
10. You will receive an email and text with the details of your request.
I still can't do it!
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