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.


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


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.