LAANC Grid Clarification - Can I fly here?


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Hi all,

In the attachment you can see the blue polygon of my planned flight area (about 4NM from the airport). Skyward flight planning indicates that I am just outside of Class D airspace (Circle). I am just getting used to these LAANC grids and wanted to confirm that if I am outside of Class D airspace it is okay to fly without any FAA permission even though I am within the LAANC grid. Is this correct? Unfortunately Skyward is not offering on-demand authorization at this location as of today.

Thanks!

 

ClassD_LAANCGrid.pdf

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Can't begin to answer your question until you answer a few.  First off, I assume you're Part 107.  What airport?  I would need to look at a sectional for the area you want to fly in.  You indicated that the area is not live yet with LAANC so why are you looking at the grids?  Those grids are a guide for FAA contractors to use as they review airspace authorization requests.  If you were live with LAANC, they would be a guide for you as well to see in advance whether your request is likey to get approved.  You say you're outside of Class D but how is that airspace classified? Class E - Class E surface - Class G ? If you can give me the airport and what direction 4nm from the airport I can answer it quickly.

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OK, again, forget the grid.  Since you said you are just outside the class D airspace, the rest is Class G sitting just underneath Class E beginning at 700 agl.  But here's an interesting point.  Class D is in effect from 1500z until 0400z - other times it's Class G. So from sunrise until 1500z, you can fly right up to the airport.  For you, 1500z is 0800 local time (I think).  So knock yourself out in the early am!

 

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Thanks a lot. That is interesting that it changes throughout the day. The last concern I had for this area is the Selected Advisory nearby. I can avoid this area, but it would be nice to fly a small portion of it. It is a Special Use Airspace (Travis Airforce Base) to the NNE of my study area labeled with the following:

Special Use Airspace
A682 (TRAVIS AFB N, CA)
 
I am not sure if this is a Warning or Restricted area. Which website do you use to view sectional charts?
 
Thanks again for your help.
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The change of airspace classification at differing times of day is quite common, especially at small airports.  For those of us that are interested in flying UAV's this can be quite helpful.  So it pays to look at ALL the available data for a given area to look for these "opportunities".  I use Skyvector for sectionals and find it very useful.  Not sure about the Travis SUA.  Your airspace borders on a MOA that's associated with Travis but I can't find that specific A682.  FAA updates the SUA website daily and it can be found at https://sua.faa.gov/

That site can provide a wealth of information, some of which is surprising that it is public.  Anyway, off to my MH370 search updates.

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