FAA process 50,000+ LAANC applications for UAVs

November 19, 2018  - By
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Photo: iStock.com/valio 84sl, via FAA

Photo: iStock.com/valio 84sl, via FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) nationwide deployment of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) has exceeded all of the program’s original objectives.

Since the program began with a prototype system in November 2017, LAANC has processed more than 50,000 applications from drone operators for authorization to fly in controlled airspace. The system now covers almost 300 air traffic facilities serving approximately 500 airports, providing near-instantaneous approvals and allowing operators to quickly plan their flights. View a list of the participating facilities.

LAANC helps support the safe integration of drones into the nation’s airspace. The system uses airspace data provided through temporary flight restrictions, Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) facility maps that show the maximum altitude ceiling around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107, the small drone rule for commercial and public agency operators.

LAANC Service Suppliers

The FAA has approved 14 LAANC service suppliers. Instructions on how to apply are provided by each supplier:

Aeronyde
Airbus
AirMap
AiRXOS
Altitude Angel
Converge
DJI
Harris Corporation
Kittyhawk
Project Wing (X, The Moonshot Factory)
Skyward
Thales Group
UASidekick
Unifly

Drone operators also can file for airspace authorizations using the FAA DroneZone, including for areas not covered by LAANC or when the operator holds a Part 107 waiver.

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