FAA Expands LAANC Drone Program
Kate O'Connor November 26, 20190
The FAA has announced two expansions to its Low Altitude Authorization
and Capability (LAANC) program, which automates the airspace
authorization application and approval process for drone operators.
The first adds four airports to the list of air traffic facilities
where LAANC is available. The new additions are Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Dulles International
Airport (IAD), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Newark Liberty
International Airport (EWR). LAANC is currently available at around
400 air traffic facilities covering approximately 600 airports.
The FAA has also approved seven more companies as Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (UAS) Service Suppliers. These suppliers provide access to
LAANC services in partnership with the FAA. With the inclusion of
Airspacelink, Avision, Botlink, Collins Aerospace, Drone Up, Simulyze
and Skygrid, there are now 21 FAA-approved UAS Service Suppliers.
LAANC is accessible to drone pilots operating under Part 107 or, as of
last July, under the exception for recreational flyers. According to
the FAA, there have been more than 170,000 approved authorizations
through LAANC since it began as a prototype in 2017.