Mission Planning

  1. Examine sectional charts for the proposed flight area to determine airspace classification and restrictions
    Find your 4 letter airport code
    Sectional Chart Supplements
    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. Request instant Airspace authorization through the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability system (LAANC)

    Skyward.io (account setup required)
    Aloft.ai (formerly Kittyhawk)

    Emergency Waivers for Government Agencies

  3. Check NOTAMS and Temporary Flight Restrictions 
    Temporary Flight Restrictions

  4. 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)
    Gleim Aviation Weather
    METAR Decoder

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

    Drone Laws 

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

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

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

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

    Pre-flight Checklist

  10. Complete a Flight Log

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