How do I file LAANC for someone else?

Kittyhawk can support an Admin's or Chief Pilot requirement to file LAANC requests for Pilots in the field.


How do I file LAANC for a recreational flight?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHYhG1pkZ6g&feature=youtu.be

 


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.

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).

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. You can easily download your LAANC authorization as a .PDF from the Kittyhawk web dashboard (Planning > 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lW7IYQyVJY


How to file LAANC authorizations

iOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlbRBN6u7ZU&feature=youtu.be

Android

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dvskcc5DQQ&feature=youtu.be

Web

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yltFHatgpbE&feature=youtu.be


Can I file a NOTAM?

We currently do not support filing NOTAMS from within Kittyhawk.

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

 


Can admins get alerts for new missions?

Yes! 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.


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.


How to Use Recreational LAANC Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHYhG1pkZ6g&feature=youtu.be


What is Kittyhawk Dynamic Airspace™

  • Available only for United States

    Airspace advisories will be available ONLY for the United States

    Note: This does not mean users in other countries cannot open or use airspace. What it means is that, those users won’t be able to see airspace advisories and layers for their country

  • Same Airspace on ALL THREE Platforms

    three platforms

    • One UX for web, iOS, and Android
    • Consistent performance
    • Unified and real-time data
  • Map Layers

    Select Your Airspace

    • UAS Facility Maps & Controlled Airspaces
    • National Security & Special Use Airspaces
    • Upcoming & Live TFRs, Stadiums
    • Special Washington D.C. Airspace
    • Airports/ Aerodromes
    • National Park NFZs
    • LAANC-as-a-Layer™
  • Map Layers

    Controlled Airspace Legend

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    Areas within which air traffic control (ATC) service is provided in accordance with the airspace classification.

    Note: Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required permission/ authorization.

  • Map Layers

    Special Use Airspace Legend

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    Areas where drones and other aircraft are not permitted to fly without special permission.

  • Airspace Summary

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  • Airspace Advisories

    Airspace Advisories

  • Airspace Advisories

    This section displays the list of Airspace Advisories within 3 miles radius of the pin

    The list includes individual cards for EACH map layer type.

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  • Airspace Advisories

    Multi-colored Grid Maps & blue Advisory status indicate LAANC availability

  • Airspace Advisories

    LAANC-as-a-Layer™

    View your team’s upcoming and active authorizations live, as a layer.

  • Weather Advisories

    Weather Advisories

  • Pin Location

    Pin Location
    The map view and pin location will be defaulted based on the user’s current location unless…

    • The user decides to NOT share their current location with Kittyhawk (app or browser setting). The user will also be given option to manually select a location to drop the pin.
    • The user has activated location sharing, but the location can’t be determined (poor GPS signal on your mobile device)

    In both circumstances the map view will be defaulted to San Francisco and user will be prompted to select a location to drop the pin.

  • Changing the Pin Location

    You can change the pin location in two ways:

    • Pressing on the map to select the location
    • Typing the address for new pin location
      When a user selects “X” next to the current pin location, they will be prompted to enter the desired location in the search bar OR select a location from the “Recent Searched” list

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  • Changing the Map View

    The pin remains intact in its original position unless the user manually selects a new pin location

    What does this mean?

    If the user is wandering around the map, the pin and associated advisories DO NOT change with the map view.

    • The user will be prompted to search for a new location when the pin is out of map view.
    • The user will also be prompted to press on the map to select new location when the pin is not in the map view.

    Changing the Map View

    Changing the Map View

  • Improved Search

    Search Kittyhawk’s Dynamic Airspace by:

    • GPS LAT/LONG Coordinates
    • Business Name + City
    • Street Address
    • City, State
    • ICAO Airport Code (ex: KSFO)
    • Recent Searches
  • In Summary

    Kittyhawk Dynamic Airspace is

    • Unified airspace on all 3 platforms
    • Live, up-to-date, data direct from the FAA
    • Your LAANC authorizations on YOUR map
    • Improved search function

How do I log flights in Kittyhawk?

Don't worry about it - it's automatically logged for you

From the Go Fly view, we’ve brought in the core DJI UI library so most of the features and setting should look familiar. You can see the status of aircraft and receive a “ready to fly” when everything is good to go. The key addition that we’ve brought into the traditional view is an AirMap that shows your airspace layers and if you’re enabled displays live traffic (manned and in the future unmanned as well). If you’re flying on a commercial account as part of a team, we’ll also share real-time telemetry so that people back at headquarters can monitor operations as they happen. Go Fly view Flight Deck brings the core DJI Go UI into Kittyhawk, but there are still a few things to do in DJI Go, including things like:

  • Upgrade firmware
  • Calibration settings

We’ll be adding a ton of new features to our Flight Deck platform, so let us know what ideas or requests you have for us. For now, it’s seamless to go fly, interact with the airspace, and then once you land we’ll generate a super-detailed, second-by-second log.