Recreational Drone Pilots Can Now Receive Free LAANC Authorizations via Kittyhawk App

Recreational drone pilots in the US now have the ability to receive fast access to authorizations from the FAA to fly in controlled airspace near about 600 airports via the FAA's Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC identifies areas in controlled airspace so safe that automatic approvals can be issued.

“Drones have earned an admirable safety record around the world, and the FAA has recognized that they may be operated safely in certain areas near airports by both professional and recreational operators,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. “Opening the LAANC system to recreational drone pilots is an important step in the FAA’s efforts to safely integrate drones into American skies by providing innovative solutions to regulatory requirements.”

In order to receive LAANC authorizations, drone manufacturer DJI is recommending that pilots utilize the Kittyhawk app for iOS and Android devices. Users simply need to select recreational (Section 44809) LAANC authorization in the app. From there, the service will ask for all of the necessary information to complete the request, including the flight boundaries, altitude, time, and duration. Free approvals will then be confirmed in the app and via a follow up text message.

"Kittyhawk is a leading provider of flight planning and drone fleet management software," Schulman said. "It's the app I personally use when I want to check the airspace. We are glad to be able to refer DJI's many recreational users to Kittyhawk's easy-to-use tools to fly in compliance with the new requirements for recreational flights in controlled airspace."

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Source: DJI