Today, drone operations in controlled airspace, at certain times of day, or near sensitive locations require authorization from the FAA.
Authorization requests are subject to long waiting periods of up to 90 days and labor-intensive manual approvals, which can delay or even prevent commercial operations from getting off the ground.
To address these challenges, the FAA has convened a small group of companies to determine how third-party vendors can help the FAA provide automated authorization for safer and more efficient drone operations at scale.
This Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, will allow drone operators to apply for instant, digital approval to fly in U.S. controlled airspace using the same applications they use for flight planning and in-flight situational awareness.
LAANC began earlier this summer with the FAA’s release of UAS facility maps depicting specific areas and altitudes near more than 300 airports where drone operators can request airspace authorization more effectively and efficiently.
And now, 50 U.S. airports have been chosen to begin providing LAANC authorization by the end of the year.
Class Code Airport
B CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport