FAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorization Program
FAA Expands Drone Airspace Authorisation Program. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding tests of an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorisation requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) drone operators nationwide.
Under the FAA’s Part 107 small drone rule, operators must secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility.
To facilitate those approvals, the agency deployed the prototype Low Altitude Authorisation and Notification Capability (LAANC) across several air traffic facilities last November. The main purpose to evaluate the feasibility of a fully automated solution enabled by data sharing.
Based on the prototype’s success, the agency will now conduct a nationwide beta test beginning April 30 that will deploy LAANC incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports.
The final deployment will begin on September 13.
Drone operators using LAANC can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This dramatically decreases the wait experienced using the manual authorization process and allows operators to quickly plan their flights. Air traffic controllers will be able to see where planned drone operations will take place.
Another step towards safely intragrating UAV/Drone operators in with manned aircraft.