As of today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expands LAANC to include recreational or hobbyist drone pilots. DroneDJ first reported on this in March 2019 and again on July 1, so for avid readers of our website, today’s announcement should come as no surprise. The FAA has selected three different technology providers that you can work with to request access to controlled airspace for your recreational drone flights. They are KittyHawk, UASideKick, and Airmap, and they all provide apps for your smartphone.
LAANC Stories July 23
LAANC Stories July 1
We knew it was coming and now we know when. The FAA announced that Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) would arrive sometime later this summer. However last week, during one of the FAA webinars it was made public that LAANC would be available to hobbyist drone pilots as of July 23rd.
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LAANC Stories March 1
In the past, hobbyist drone pilots who wanted to fly for fun had it really easy. With a simple notification, they were off and flying in controlled airspace willy nilly. If a drone pilot was within 5 miles of an airport, the aircraft would take off and operate normally. It wasn’t until the pilot was within 1.6 miles of the center of an airport, that the drone would not’ physically take off if you were flying a DJI drone. Now, hobbyist drone pilots will soon be required to use LAANC to fly their drones in controlled airspace.
LAANC Stories February 19
Knowing when and where you can fly your drone is not always easy to determine. This is the case for hobbyists, but you can imagine that for enterprise drone operators with teams of drone pilots and fleets of drones this process becomes even more challenging. There are so many different aspects to take into consideration before you launch a number drones into the air. How close are you to airports, heliports, federal prisons, or other sensitive areas? Are there any TFRs in place that might prevent you from flying that day? What is the status of your LAANC authorizations? Especially for large commercial or enterprise drone operators it can be a challenge to stay on top of this and to manage the operations effectively. Well, this is where Kittyhawk’s new solution, Kittyhawk Dynamic Airspace comes in. Their operating system connects all the different data points and planned drone operations into a single system that provides a higher level of control and compliance for commercial drone operations. It also allows you to look at your locations, your annotations and any points of interest. You can read the company’s press release below.
LAANC Stories October 2, 2018
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has been approved to offer Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services for professional drone pilots. After a rigorous test and validation of DJI’s technology capabilities, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday announced its approval of DJI as a UAS Service Supplier, allowing the company to offer its customers near-real-time authorization to fly in controlled airspace near airports.
LAANC Stories September 13, 2018
Last week during InterDrone, Dan Elwell, the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had stated that the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability or LAANC roll-out would be completed before the end of the month. Well, it seems that the FAA is ahead of schedule. As of today the Central North States have been activated. This is the last region to come on board. LAANC is now available for commercial drone operators nationwide. Allowing pilots to get near real-time approval for their flight plans. In the past, the approval or waiver process used to take weeks if not months. The availability of LAANC throughout the country represents a huge milestone in the development of commercial drone applications.