The FAA’s LAANC (low altitude authorization and notification capability) is officially live at four new major U.S. airports. This facilitates UAS flights in restricted, airport airspace.
It is being implemented through the FAA UAS Data Exchange, an innovative, collaborative approach between government and private industry facilitating the sharing of airspace data between the two parties.
Through the UAS Data Exchange, the capability facilitates the sharing of airspace data between the FAA and companies approved by the FAA to provide LAANC services. The companies are known as UAS Service Suppliers – and the desktop applications and mobile apps to utilize the LAANC capability are provided by the UAS Service Suppliers (USS).
This is great news for drone operators in the Washington, Baltimore, New Jersey, and Houston areas! Skyward users can now request airspace authorizations in these regions and receive a response in seconds.
In addition to nearly 600 airports, these four major airports brought LAANC online today:
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Houston William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)
All of these regions are live in Skyward. Requests can easily be sent from Skyward’s cloud app—just create an operation, set your maximum altitude, and click “Request LAANC.” And now, Skyward Business and Enterprise subscribers can submit LAANC requests in the field through Skyward’s InFlight mobile GCS, too.
A quick note: Dulles International and BWI International lie within the Washington, D.C. special flight rules area. While drone flights are usually permitted around these areas, be sure to follow the FAA’s special flight area rules.
Let’s take a quick look at each airport.
LAANC at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark Airport is one of the nation’s busiest, providing service to more than 46 million passengers last year. Its controlled airspace covers key areas of the greater New York area. Drone operators now have more access to the largest urban region in the United States.
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