Michigan-based Airspace Link, a unified airspace regulatory SaaS platform, has announced the launch of its AirHub for Pilots & Government platform, the company said.
The company announced it has raised a USD 4 million seed round led by Indicator Ventures with participation from 2048 Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, Matchstick Ventures, Detroit Venture Partners and Invest Detroit.
As a supplier of the FAA´s Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability (LAANC), pilots using Airspace Link may receive airspace authorization in near real-time. Additionally, data provided by state & local governments is integrated into the platform, allowing pilots to make informed decisions about local governance, scheduled events, or active emergency situations.
Part 107 (commercial) drone operations near airports last year could take up to 90 days to receive approval to fly at specific altitudes below 400 feet (using the FAA´s Drone Zone). More recently, Part 44809 (recreational) had no avenue to secure approval near airports (other than an excel spreadsheet identifying safe zones). With Airspace Link´s integration to the FAA and local government, drone pilots may receive approvals in seconds with the confidence that they´re working with a wider range of multi-jurisdictional data.
Airspace Link´s regulatory platform has identified 133 million citizens (across ~4,500 cities) residing under controlled airspace who are required to use Airspace Link´s platform (or similar) for approval to fly at specific altitudes. Drone operators are also required to check local drone ordinances where possible; but with close to 200 local government drone ordinances across the US (and growing), this effort can be a daunting chore.
Through the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Data Exchange, Airspace Link facilitates the sharing of airspace data between the FAA and the UAS industry. Pilot requests are checked against multiple airspace data sources, such as UAS Facility Maps, Special Use Airspace data, Airports and Airspace Classes, as well as Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). If approved, pilots may receive authorization in near-real time from Airspace Link.
Airspace Link, Inc. is a North American provider of FAA, State and Local Government drone management solutions. Headquartered in Detroit, MI, Airspace Link supports UAV regulatory systems and unlocks airspace for safer drone operation within the United States.