Discovery - First, start by understanding airspace in your flight area. Enter an address or landmark name into the search bar to recenter the map and display the area of interest, or interact with the map to discover information about other areas. Once you have located your area of interest, identify airspace concerns such as airports, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), Sensitive sites and other advisories in the area that may require your attention. Advisories displayed in the Advisory list details the actions required as well as areas to avoid. The better you understand your airspace, the safer you can fly.
Plan - Next, plan your flight and take into consideration the airspace advisories from the Discovery phase of your planning. Select the rules that apply to your flight under the “What’s your Mission?” drop down menu. During your planning phase, take into consideration factors such as “AirMap Recommendations” and “Required” rules. You can always review any required actions such as contacting Airport Operations as well as any restricted areas in your flight plan by selecting the “Advisories” tab. It is always recommended to verify the contact requirements of your flight by visiting the AirMap Operator Infographic.
Once you have a better understanding of your airspace environment, complete the contact requirements specific to your regulations, followed by creating a flight. Hold down on the screen to select the starting point of your flight. Adjust the area of flight in the “Flight Plan” window and move to the next step. In the “Preflight Checklist” window, set flight parameters such as Altitude, Aircraft type, Start time and review the “Rules of Flight Features” and move on to the next step by selecting “Next”. Review the “Flight Brief” page for a comprehensive review of your flight and press Submit.
(Tip: The more specific the flight parameters, the more detailed the advisories that are relevant to your flight)
Fly - Fly! Once you have submitted your flight details, start flying! It is always the responsibility of the operator to abide by local, state and federal regulations before flying. Ensure that you are maintaining situational awareness during your flight and always follow the FAA Safety Guidelines Knowbeforeyoufly.org.