Great news for commercial (or soon to be) drone operators, the FAA has a new program being developed, the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which will dramatically accelerate turn around time for requests to fly near 50 different airports around the United States. Historically, these requests could take up to a month, now with these improvements, we could see requests being returned in as little as 24 hours.
A new program by the Federal Aviation Administration called the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability will make things easier for commercial drone pilots operating near airports, according to Logan Adams, a licensed drone pilot in Jamestown.
The LAANC is being implemented in 50 airports around the United States this fall, including airports in Jamestown, Dickinson and Devils Lake in North Dakota and Aberdeen, S.D., in this region, according to a press release from the FAA.
“There are clients that want work done,” Adams said, referring to the demand for aerial video and photography. “This will make life a lot easier.”
Once operational, the LAANC will allow commercial drone pilots to make requests to operate in controlled airspace, usually within 5 miles of an airport, and receive notification from the FAA within 24 hours. When fully implemented, the capability will also allow drone hobbyists to notify officials when they want to fly within restricted airspace.