• FAA Expands LAANC Drone Program

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Wed Nov 27 05:36:06 2019

    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.

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