At AUVSI XPONENTIAL’s keynote in Chicago, Acting Deputy Administrator Carl Burleson announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would make Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) available to an additional 109 contract towers. Currently LAANC is available at at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports.
LAANC launched to the public as a prototype system in November, 2017. Its purpose is to provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. Before LAANC, getting approval to operate in commercial airspace required a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) or Wide Area Authorization. The manual process of acquiring a COA approval can take up to ninety days.
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