The FAA is currently in the first step of an Unmanned Traffic Management system, which supports air traffic control authorization requirements for UAS operations conducted under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (part 101e) and the Small UAS Rule (part 107).
UPDATE: SunPower Corp. of San Jose claimed in an Oct. 30 press release to be the first to use it, though social media posts by various parties suggested that more than a few had tried LAANC. (Source: AOPA post)
The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification System, or LAANC, will provide part 101 & 107 UAS operators a streamlined solution to enable real time automated notification and authorization. That will reduce the time from 90 days down to almost instant approval. Implementation began with 50 airports in the fall of 2017, and will expand over the next few years.
LAANC will also provide a means for drone hobbyists to notify air traffic control when they plan to fly within five miles of an airport, a requirement expressed by Congress in 2012 FAA reauthorization legislation.
NOTE: At this time LAANC does not appear to apply to Public (COA) Operations.
The Drone Professor has just added a brand new video course, Understanding LAANC for sUAS Operations (Drones). This video course is offered for a limited time at NO COST.
Here is more information from the FAA web site: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/uas_data_exchange/
We are participating in Beta testing of mobile apps for AirMap. Our thanks to AirMap for their assistance in creating this training video.
SkywardIO provides several LAANC resources HERE. Skyward tells how it work..and a demonstration video from Skyward hows how it works. The online version is available in limited areas and the feature will be added to the Skyward mobile app shortly.
Another vendor, Thales Group, has been approved by the FAA for participation in LAANC.
“Due to the pressing safety consideration of reducing safety reports due to non-compliant UAS operations, the FAA cannot wait the normal 90 days of public comment,” the agency stated in the Federal Register notice Oct. 11. “Therefore, FAA is requesting (Office of Management and Budget) approval of this collection of information 7 days after publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. Upon OMB approval of its Emergency clearance request, FAA will follow the normal clearance procedures for the information collection associated with LAANC.”
The FAA said LAANC will enable the agency to grant “near-real time authorizations for the vast majority of operations,” and called immediate implementation of LAANC “vital to the safety of the National Airspace System because it would (1) encourage compliance with 14 CFR 107.41 by speeding up the time to process authorization requests (2) reduce distraction of controllers working in the Tower, and (3) increase public access and capacity of the system to grant authorizations.”
The LAANC video is found here: Just look for and click on the “Free Preview” links.