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Webinar Series – Airspace and Airspace Authorizations

On April 16, 2019, the FAA will kickoff off a FREE webinar series to help drone operators understand how to operate in the National Airspace System and successfully apply for an airspace authorization.

FAA experts will address:

  • Why airspace matters
  • How to read Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Facility Maps
  • What an airspace authorization is, when you need one, and how to get one
  • How public safety agencies can fly drones during emergencies

Each webinar is live! You will have the opportunity to interact with FAA experts and ask questions. Here's the format:

  • Webinar sessions are hosted in audio and visual format via Adobe Connect
  • You must download the Adobe Connect smartphone/tablet app or use the link provided in your registration confirmation email
  • You are encouraged to read the Adobe Connect How-To guide (PDF) ahead of the webinar
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and caps at 1,000 attendees
  • The registration period for each webinar opens two weeks prior to the event
  • Recordings of the webinars will be available on this page.
Register now

Webinar Information

April 16, 2019 4 P.M. ET

The air up there: airspace matters.

Registration is full. All webinars will be recorded and available on this page. Sign up to receive updates.

When you fly your drone, the airspace you are flying in is regulated by the FAA from the ground up. Do you wonder why that is and how it impacts you?

If so, this webinar is for you. We'll explain what airspace is, why it is regulated, and why it's important that all drone pilots understand how airspace is used.

April 18, 2019 4 P.M. ET

Deconstructing NOTAMs: How do they affect drone operations?

Register now! Additional slots for today's webinar are available until 2:00 P.M. ET.

FAA Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) are issued to pilots to provide time-critical safety information. As a drone pilot, it's your responsibility to read them before you plan an operation. There are many different types of NOTAMs, which can be confusing. In this webinar we'll deconstruct what a NOTAM is, the different types that are issued, and how to find them.

May 9, 2019 4 P.M. ET

Where am I? How to identify what airspace you are operating in.

Registration opens on April 25 at 9 A.M. ET.

Would you get into your car for a long trip and drive without checking Waze or Google Maps? Flying your drone without an understanding of where you are in the National Airspace System, is kind of like driving blind with no knowledge of potential hazards or requirements that could impact your journey.

In this webinar, we'll teach you how to identify what class of airspace you plan to fly in, and what it means for your operation.

May 23, 2019 4 P.M. ET

What is in Class E airspace and how do I operate in it?

Registration opens on May 9 at 9 A.M. ET.

We know that Class E airspace is challenging to understand so we are dedicating an entire webinar to this class.

Join us for this webinar where we will help you understand two areas of Class E airspace that are important to drone operators, and teach you what you need to do to ensure that you are flying in compliance with FAA regulations.

June 13, 2019 4 P.M. ET

Airspace authorizations: what they are and why do they matter?

Registration opens on May 30 at 9 A.M. ET.

Our nation's airspace is the most complex in the world. To ensure safe operations, most airspace areas around airports are "controlled" because air traffic control services are needed to handle the large volumes of aircraft in and around the airport.

A drone pilot must receive an airspace authorization, from the FAA prior to operating in most controlled airspace. If you're not sure what this means for you, or what we mean by airspace authorization, join our webinar to learn more.

June 27, 2019 4 P.M. ET

How to navigate UAS facility maps.

Registration opens on June 13 at 9 A.M. ET.

Join us as our FAA's experts explain everything you need to know about UAS Facility Maps. We'll demonstrate how to access them through our data visualization tool.

UAS Facility Maps show areas and altitudes in controlled airspace around airports where drone pilots can receive an authorization to fly below the maximum altitude depicted on the map and up to 400 feet.

July 18, 2019 4 P.M. ET

How to use FAA Drone Zone.

Registration opens on July 3 at 9 A.M. ET.

So, you've registered your drone, you're ready to fly and then realize that the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is not available where you intend to operate.

We'll show you how you can use the Drone Zone to apply for an airspace authorization and provide tips on what you should include to increase your possibility for approval.

August 1, 2019 4 P.M. ET

What is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)?

Registration opens on July 18 at 9 A.M. ET.

LAANC revolutionized the way the FAA manages airspace authorizations, enables drone pilots to have greater access to controlled airspace, and provides greater flexibility to operational planning.

Join this webinar to understand what the capability is, how it works, and how the FAA works with the drone community to provide operators with automated applications that enable more flights into the National Airspace System.

August 15, 2019 4 P.M. ET

How public safety agencies can fly drones during emergencies.

Registration opens on August 1 at 9 A.M. ET.

Calling all drone pilots who fly for a public safety agency, including law enforcement, fire, and emergency responders. This webinar is for you!

Join our FAA experts as they explain how you can expedite your application for an authorization or waiver under the Special Governmental Interest Process so you can fly during emergencies.

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