LAANC Authorizations Requiring Further Coordination

Instant LAANC authorizations at or below the FAAs predefined altitudes are available for everyone on the Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk) platform. When requesting for higher altitudes, this requires submitting for “Further Coordination”, which involves a manual review and approval process by the FAA/ATC.

Further coordination is a complex and largely misunderstood feature with high instances of people thinking they should “call the tower” even though the FAA specifically states not to, for example.

That’s our goal and intent is to continue opening up more features and more airspace to all users.

FAA requests submitting these at least 48 hours in advance. After that, it is up to each airport for how quickly they go through their queue of requests. Usually, it’s a few days, but we’ve seen everything from a few hours, to a few weeks, to no response at all. You can plan these requests up to 90 days in advance, so it’s best to plan as far ahead as possible to give the FAA and ATC time to review and approve.