Access to Controlled Airspaces Advances Today

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today made it easier for drone pilots to quickly and safely access controlled airspace by adding 133 air traffic facilities to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. For those that do not know, LAANC is an automated application and approval system for drone pilots requesting to fly below 400 feet in controlled airspace.

LAANC is a collaboration between FAA and Industry. It directly supports UAS integration into the airspace.

As the FAA continues to modernize the national airspace to accommodate more users, the agency made LAANC accessible for 726 airports and 537 facilities, covering 81 percent of eligible airspace.

This expansion is based on feedback from the drone community. The service is accessible to all pilots who operate under the FAA’s small drone rule (PDF).

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