How to file LAANC authorizations

https://youtu.be/gzwr6roE2Ek


How to Use Recreational LAANC Tutorial

https://youtu.be/gzwr6roE2Ek


Aloft Air Control Update v1.8: Release of Missions and Automated Flights Changes

Watch this video to learn more about the release of missions and automated flights changes in update v1.8 of Aloft Air Control.

https://youtu.be/7hdxwlwQ3oY
Read more about the Aloft Air Control platform at www.aloft.ai/air-control/.
Reach out to the Aloft team at support@aloft.ai.


How do I file LAANC for someone else?

In the Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk) platform, a UAS program manager can apply for a  LAANC authorization on behalf of the UAS operator in the field who will be flying the mission, even if those people are scattered across the country. This saves time for the operator, gives a program manager a lot more flexibility to assign missions, and makes it much easier to track LAANC authorizations across an organization.


Does LAANC unlock my DJI Geofence in a no-fly zone (NFZ)?

No. Even though we have authorization directly from the FAA, we still need to provide the drone with a DJI unlock code so the aircraft knows it’s okay to take off.

The first step for flying in controlled airspace is to receive our authorization. This can be through immediate LAANC approvals, further coordinated LAANC, or even an airspace authorization or waiver through the FAA's Dronezone.

You may also run into the DJI Geofence System in airspace that is not listed as controlled airspace by the FAA.

Once we have the authorization, we then have to tell the drone (specifically DJI hardware) that it's okay to fly. This is controlled through their Geofencing system, and you can receive an Unlock Code from DJI once you have authorization (done through their apps or their website). Based on their maps, if you're in a blue zone, you can request a "Self Unlock".

If you're in a red/restricted DJI zone, this will require a "Custom Unlock" through their website, and requires you to upload proof of your authorization. If you have an Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk) Enterprise account, you can easily download your LAANC authorization as a .PDF from the Air  Control web dashboard (Manage> Authorizations).

While it's currently a two-step process, we're working on making it a seamless experience where receiving authorization could also request this unlock code at the same time.


Can I file a NOTAM?

We currently do not support filing NOTAMS from within Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk).

You can check for NOTAMS via the Aloft Dynamic Airspace maps.

 


Can admins get alerts for new missions?

Yes! Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk) can notify you Admins and Chief PIlots when pilots create new missions.

This can be set up by going to Planning > Missions on the web dashboard. You’ll find notification settings in the upper right corner.

You will want to add the Admins that need to be alerted of new missions to this notification list.


Who can approve missions?

This is an account-related user permission setting. Please contact your account administrator.


Planning a new mission

Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk) Mission Planning

Within Aloft, the Mission is the central object that ties together all our individual flight activities. Checklists, risk assessments, documents, authorizations, documents, and more can be associated with the mission. Whether a request from management, legal department, insurance, or the FAA, this stores your flight records in a single system of record that you can reference at any moment for such audits.

Mission workflows within Aloft can be flexible! Whether you have Program Admins involved in the assignment of missions to internal teams and vendors, or your operators have the autonomy to go out on their own, there's a way to support that flow within Aloft. The following resources are generic workflows and best practices used and recommended by our team and client base.

Here are a few links that will help you piece together your very own mission planning workflow that supports your program's goals and helps your operators meet the expectation set in your Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):

.PDF Document Kittyhawk Workflow Documentation (Template)
YouTube Kittyhawk Mission Workflow Example (Web and iOS)


Why are my missions sitting as “Requested”?

To clarify, there is a difference between creating a mission and filing for LAANC authorization. The mission serves as a way to tie flight records from multiple pilots each conducting their own checklists, risk assessments, etc. The mission feature also supports the ability for Admins to monitor account activity and manually approve each flight. LAANC is a separate process to receive airspace authorization which you should receive approvals immediately - unless requesting for a high altitude than allowed. Below you can find a video for a breakdown of the LAANC process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlbRBN6u7ZU


How do I learn more about FAA airspace designations?

You can learn more about the different categories of Airspace via the FAA.

For more info specifically on Class E Airspace, please check here.