LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability), or Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability Creation, is a service provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that enables the FAA to better monitor aircraft flying in controlled airspace.
LAANC is an outstanding piece of work that ties together almost all aspects of the drone industry (UAS data exchange).
The FAA is working with drone manufacturers to incorporate National Airspace System data into their programming and mapping, and is working with multiple partners to give drone pilots more freedom and flexibility.
When should I use LAANC?
LAANC is intended for both recreational and commercial use, and even hobbyists who are not Part 107 certified should use it when flying in controlled airspace.
LAANC authorization is primarily for flying in and around airports and areas of controlled airspace. Classes B, C, D, and E airspace all require FAA authorization before flying.
How do I apply to LAANC?
There are various applications for submitting airspace authorizations. Aloft, Airmap, Kittyhawk, Skyward, and many others, the process takes minutes and can be done 100% online.
How to ensure the success of LAANC application?
After downloading an app like Airmap, Kittyhawk or Skyward, create an account, submit a flight plan with location, radius and flight time, maximum altitude, maximum flight speed, whether it is part 107 or recreational flying, and possibly more .
Does LAANC cost money?
You'll learn what you need to know to receive authorization to fly your drone in controlled airspace—for FREE! LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.
Do drones under 250g need LAANC?
You can't, say, fly in restricted areas (such as in your own backyard near an airport without other permission) just because your drone is under 250g. To fly any drone in a restricted area, you'd need to seek permission from the FAA (the easiest way to do that is through LAANC).
Autel drones under 250g: Autel EVO Nano, Autel EVO Nano+.
How long does LAANC approval take?
In the United States, 726 airports participate in the LAANC program for immediate approval within the app. Flying a drone not near a planned airport requires a manual application process to fly, which can take weeks or months.
LAANC is also only available on the following flights: 400 feet during the day. If your flight is scheduled to fly at night or above 400 feet, you will need to apply for additional waivers and permits.
What are the benefits of Laanc?
It directly supports UAS integration into the national airspace. It provides access to controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations in approved altitudes.
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