Understanding LAANC for Drones
*** UPDATED FOR 2019 *** NOW FOR HOBBY DRONES ***
This overview will provide the student with an introduction to the LAANC system.
LAANC (pronounced “Lance”) provides drone operators with a streamlined solution to enable real time automated notification and authorization for flying in restricted airspace. The system can reduce approval time from up to 90 days down to almost instant. LAANC also provides a means for drone hobbyists to receive approval to fly within five miles of an airport, which was a requirement expressed by Congress in 2012 FAA re-authorization legislation.
HOBBY/RECREATIONAL Drone Operators:
If you’re a recreational remote pilot you have two options for flying your sUAS in controlled airspace…
- You receive an airspace authorization for operations in controlled airspace through LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability), before you fly.
- You are flying at a recreational flyer fixed site that has a written agreement with the FAA. The FAA has posted a list of approved sites (MS Excel) and has depicted them as blue dots on a map. Each fixed site is limited to the altitude shown on this map, which varies by location
NOTE: AIRMAP has been suspended from providing LAANC services as of 9/11/21. The company says they will return.
Course length: 16 mins
More information is available on the FAA web site.