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Drone Safety

Flying Your Drone Safely
Q&As
What is LAANC
Using Airhub Launch for Pilots
FAA Resources

Flying Your Drone Safely

Las Vegas supports the safe, respectful, and legal use of drones in our community for recreational and commercial operations.

To enable residents and businesses to FLY SAFE, Las Vegas provides live data on areas of potential risk, advisories for local events or emergencies, and other flight planning features in the AirHub® Launch for Pilots application.

Using AirHub® Launch for Pilots and following the regulations outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), drone pilots can obtain LAANC authorization as well as flying safer.

The interactive map below provides LAANC authorization, the most up-to-date local advisories, hazards and FAA charts.  For a full screen view, go to the  Airspace Link Interactive Map page. 


 

Using Airhub Launch for Pilots

Step 1: Create a Pilot Account Within Airhub® Launch

  • Register using a valid email address in the AirHub® Launch for Pilots application. Once registered, you’ll have access to the most up-to-date airspace information, be able to create new LAANC operation submissions, and receive near real-time automated approvals from participating air traffic facilities and airports nationwide.

Step 2: Create Your Operation

  • After logging in, locate where you will be operating your drone using either an address, a known location name, the geographic coordinates, or manually navigate using the interactive map.
  • Alternatively, you can also create an operation at your current location by clicking “Fly Now." This feature allows you to quickly create a flight by pre-populating your information and automatically creating a circular flight boundary of your current location.

Step 3: Define Operation Parameters 

  • The basics of an operation consist of an operation name, a start time (and duration), the operation altitude and the area you intend to fly. 

Step 4: Request Authorization From The FAA

  • The final step is to request authorization from the FAA (if necessary) by clicking “Save Operation.” Sometimes, the operation is divided up into multiple areas if you need to submit to different Air Traffic Control facilities – AirHub® Launch for Pilots will handle that too.

    FAA Resources

    Register Your Drone

    Follow the FAA guidelines regarding registering your drone.

    Certifications

    Follow the FAA guidelines regarding the certifications needed

    Know the rules

    Knowing the drone pilot rules of the sky is the best way to start your flight.

    Drone FAQs

    For questions or support in the region, email smarcus@lasvegasnevada.gov.

    Answers to your most frequently asked questions about drones:


    What is LAANC

    Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is a partnership between the FAA and private industry to safely integrate small drones into the national airspace. Flying within the national airspace is strictly regulated by the FAA. All FAA Certified Part 107 (commercial) and All FAA TRUST Certified (recreational) drone operators require FAA LAANC authorization before operating in controlled airspace. Drone operators can receive LAANC authorization for most operations in just a few seconds. Additionally, commercial pilots can request further coordination with the FAA for those operations that cannot be automatically approved by LAANC. LAANC is now available at over 541 air traffic facilities and 732 airports nationwide.

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