Mission Planning


  1. Examine sectional charts for the proposed flight area to determine airspace classification and restrictions
    Find your 4 letter airport code
    SKYVECTOR Sectional Charts
    Visualize It-FAA Flight Planning website

    Special Use Airspace

    If the proposed flight is within Class B, C, D or E airspace, you will need prior authorization from ATC. 

  2. Check NOTAMS and Temporary Flight Restrictions 
    NOTAMS
    Temporary Flight Restrictions

  3. Check Weather to determine if conditions are favorable for flight and minimums have been met. (visibility 3SM, 500 ft. below clouds, 2000 ft. horizontal from clouds)
    https://www.aviationweather.gov
    www.1800WXBRIEF.com
    Gleim Aviation Weather
    METAR Decoder

  4. Check for any state or local laws which may affect your flight operations.

    Drone Laws 

  5. Evaluate any hazards or risks prior to flight. If hazards or risks are identified, plan how you will manage them.

  6. Select an alternative landing site in the event the existing location becomes inaccessible. (Take-offs are optional, landing are mandatory).

  7. Conduct a safety briefing with all members of the flight crew.

  8. Perform a preflight inspection of the sUAS (use a checklist, samples are provided below).

  9. Complete a Flight Log