LAANC Authorization

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Use LAANC Authorization to request Authorization before you fly.


DroneDeploy is pleased to announce LAANC Authorization in partnership with Airbus UTM.



LAANC Authorization is available to all DroneDeploy users.

Use of the DroneDeploy LAANC intergration is recommended but not required. If you have a third-party provider you choose to receive Authorization from, you can quickly request the Authorization and fly in DroneDeploy.

DroneDeploy will never restrict where you can operate your drone. 


What is LAANC Authorization?

LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability that provides users the ability to:

  • Check airspace - explore restrictions in your project area.
  • Plan - and request authorization from the FAA up to 30 days before you fly.
  • View and edit upcoming authorizations for all of your projects in DroneDeploy.
  • Automatically Audit all LAANC authorizations and airspace restrictions on every flight.

What Kind of Authorizations Are Covered?

Airports, special use, national security, temporary flight restrictions, controlled airspace, special DC areas, stadiums, national parks, and other LAANC-authorized flights are all covered under LAANC Authorization.

LAANC Update
DroneDeploy recently updated the LAANC Authorization to reflect the FAA LAANC 5 Protocol. This means an increased resolution of the airspace map and support for night flight authorizations through LAANC.

How to get Access to the LAANC Integration

To access the integration, navigate to the LAANC Authorization section on the side panel while on the fly tab. Click on the LAANC Authorization section.

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From there, click on "Request LAANC."

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Once clicked on for the first time, the "Request LAANC" button will prompt you to create an account with Airbus UTM. 

Enter your full name and the best mobile number to reach you and accept the Terms and Conditions. Your account will be created.

Steps to Initiate LAANC Authorization

Step 1: You should plan your flight like usual in DroneDeploy. 

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Step 2 After you create your flight plan, you can just look for the LAANC dropdown on the left side panel.

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Step 4 Once you click on the arrow, you can read the briefing details provided by Airbus UTM to understand the current restrictions, if any. 

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Step 5: Click "View Airspace" to view the local airspace to see controlled or restricted boundaries. 

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Step 6: You can look at the local airspace by clicking on the map. 

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Step 7: you can go ahead and request LAANC approval. Once you exit the map view,

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Step 8 Once your Authorization is approved, you will see that approval on the LAANC dropdown. You can also go ahead and press on the edit in Airbus UTM.

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1. Do you know if this works on my desktop?
Yes - one of the benefits of LAANC with DroneDeploy is that it works on desktop and mobile devices.

2. Do I have to sign up with Airbus UTM?
Yes, each pilot must complete a one-time sign-up form. Please give your name and mobile number so that you can be contacted by the control tower if needed.

3. How can I update the operator information on my request?

If the operator's operator's contact information is greyed out and cannot be edited, please reach out to AirBus Support to clear this information, and then enter a new pilot name and phone number.

4. What is the difference between a no-fly zone (NFZ) and a LAANC area? 

NFZ, or DJI's No Fly Zones, are deemed unsafe or restricted areas. These areas are ones that the drone physically will only fly if you unlock the zone in the DJI app.

LAANC Authorization is more of a legal authorization. It has no ruling over whether or not the drone will fly, and it is only for legal Authorization to do so through the FAA.

So, in short:
LAANC = optional and has no dictation over drone flight
NFZ = not option, dictated by DJI, and can prevent the drone from flying

5. How do I unlock my drone in a no-fly zone (NFZ)?

No matter how you get your Authorization, you will want to follow our documentation to unlock the location from DJI's SDK. 





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