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.
Request instant Airspace authorization through the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability system (LAANC)
Skyward.io (account setup required)
Aloft.ai (formerly Kittyhawk)
Check NOTAMS and Temporary Flight Restrictions
Temporary Flight Restrictions
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
Check for any state or local laws which may affect your flight operations.
Evaluate any hazards or risks prior to flight. If hazards or risks are identified, plan how you will manage them.
Select an alternative landing site in the event the existing location becomes inaccessible. (Take-offs are optional, landing are mandatory).
Conduct a safety briefing with all members of the flight crew.
Perform a preflight inspection of the sUAS (use a checklist, samples are provided below).
Complete a Flight Log