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

B                            MIA                     Miami International Airport

B                            PHX                    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

C                            ANC                    Anchorage International Airport

C                            GRB                   Green Bay- Austin Straubel Int’l Airport

C                            LNK                    Lincoln Airport

C                            RNO                   Reno- Tahoe International Airport

C                            SJC                    San Jose International Airport

D                           LHD                     Lake Hood Seaplane Base

D                           MRI                      Merrill Field

E                            ABR                    Aberdeen Regional Airport

E                            AMW                   Ames Municipal Airport

E                            ATY                     Watertown Regional Airport

E                            AXN                    Alexandria Municipal Airport

E                            BJI                      Bemìdji Regional Airport

E                            BKX                    Brookings Regional Airport

E                            BRD                    Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport

E                            CIU                     Chippewa County International Airport

E                            CMX                   Houghton County Memorial Airport

E                            DIK                     Dickinson Airport

E                            DVL                    Devils Lake Regional Airport

E                            EAR                   Kearney Regional Airport

E                            ELO                   Ely Municipal Airport

E                            ESC                   Delta County Airport

E                            FFM                   Fergus Falls Municipal Airport

E                            FOD                   Fort Dodge Regional Airport

E                            FRM                   Fairmont Municipal Airport

E                            HIB                     Range Regional Airport

E                            HON                   Huron Regional Airport

E                            HIS                     Hastings Municipal Airport

E                            IKV                     Ankeny Regional Airport

E                            IMT                     Ford Airport

E                            INL                      Falls International Airport

E                            IWD                    Gogebic- Iron County Airport

E                            JMS                    Jamestown Regional Airport

E                            MCW                  Mason City Municipal Airport

E                            MHE                   Mitchell Municipal Airport

E                            MKT                   Mankato Regional Airport

E                            OFK                   Norfolk Regional Airport

E                            OLU                   Columbus Airport

E                            OSC                   Wurtsmith Air Force Base

E                            OTG                   Worthington Municipal Airport

E                            PIR                     Pierre Regional Airport

E                            PLN                    Pellston Regional Airport