Commercial drone operators can now request automated authorization to fly in controlled airspace near select US airports using the same AirMap iOS and Android applications they use today for flight planning and real-time situational awareness, AirMap said.
With the free AirMap app, any Part 107 operator can view LAANC-enabled airspace and apply for automated authorization.
Automated authorizations with AirMap are the result of collaboration with the FAA´s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative. Automated authorization is currently available at four initial sites: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Lincoln Airport (LNK), Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), and San Jose International Airport (SJC). More FAA facilities (listed here) are expected to offer LAANC authorization in the near future, with a larger nationwide beta initiative expected in 2018.
According to the FAA, automating the authorization process will significantly enhance safety for all those sharing the skies. “LAANC is expected to dramatically reduce the incidence of noncompliant operations. The FAA estimates a minimum of 30% reduction in noncompliant operations would result in 450 fewer safety reports over the next six months,” the FAA stated in a recent notice.
LAANC will also help drone businesses take off: time-sensitive requests that couldn´t be completed due to the 90-day waiting period can now be approved in seconds. Drone operators will be able to fly more missions in more airspace than ever before, creating more opportunities to contribute to the US drone economy, which is expected to generate 100,000 jobs and USD 82 billion in economic impact by 2025.
AirMap is the world´s airspace management platform for drones. Millions of drones, hundreds of drone manufacturers and developers, and hundreds of airspace managers and stakeholders rely on AirMap´s airspace intelligence and services to fly safely and communicate with others in low-altitude airspace. Learn more about AirMap at www.airmap.com.