To submit a digital request for authorization, complete the following steps:
Plan a Flight
Tip: Refer to How to Use the Mobile App to create a flight plan.
Confirm Flight Details
In the Advisories section of your flight plan, look for “Automated Authorization available at or below xxx ft." to confirm that the airspace is accepts digital authorization.
Next, in the Pre-Flight page, confirm the pilot's first name, last name and phone number. Missing information will delay the approval process.
Select “Next” to proceed to the Flight Briefing Stage.
Note the “Authorization & Validation” section of your Flight Plan Briefing. Based on the location details of your flight plan, you will see one of the following:
Authorized Upon Submission: The pilot has inputted all appropriate flight plan information to receive authorization. Pilot must SUBMIT FLIGHT to request authorization.
Manual Authorization Upon Submission: This confirms that the pilot has inputted all appropriate flight plan information, but that the flight plan exceeds the recommended flight altitude and requires review. In the event of a Manual Authorization Pending Submission status, submit your flight plan 72 hours ahead of time.
Rejected Upon Submission: This confirms that the flight plan exceeds maximum allowable flight altitudes, missing pilot information (First name, Last Name, Phone Number) or occurs within restricted airspace. Flight will be rejected upon submission.
Once your flight plan meets the requirements outlined for automated authorization requests, select “SUBMIT FLIGHT” and note the status of your authorization request.
Pending: If the Flight has been submitted with the appropriate values for flight feature fields required for LAANC but the flight has not yet been approved, a yellow pending icon will show.
Approved: After the Flight Plan has been submitted with the appropriate values for flight feature fields required for LAANC and has been approved, a green checkmark icon will show.
NOTE: AirMap recommends applying for authorization as soon as possible. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) works to approve flights within 30 days. Authorization from the FAA is not guaranteed. If no action is taken by the FAA before 12 hours of the flight planned, AirMap will reply with a cancellation of the flight as it no longer meets the flight requirements.
LAANC is a prototype digital authorization system meant to augment, not replace the FAA manual waiver-and-authorization process. The FAA expects the introduction of LAANC will alleviate much of the volume of requests for written airspace waivers received by the FAA. For airspace not covered by LAANC, to fly there, commercial operators will still have to submit a waiver. If commercial operators fly regularly/frequently in known controlled airspace locations, it may be beneficial to still file a written application for airspace authorization as it will enable more airspace access for longer periods of time. If commercial pilots currently have a waiver to fly in controlled airspace, there is no need to file an additional authorization via LAANC. The current list of waivers granted by the FAA can be found at: https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/waivers_granted/