The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to onboard new app developers that can help the government agency to provide Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services to drone operators. The FAA will open the application period for the same on May 2, 2022.
What is LAANC?
LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and the drone industry that enables the safe integration of drones into the US airspace. LAANC provides:
- Drone pilots with access to controlled airspace at or below 400 feet
- Awareness of where pilots can and cannot fly
- Air Traffic Professionals with visibility into where and when drones are operating
FAA approved UAS Service Suppliers for LAANC relay airspace information to the end users through desktop applications and mobile apps. But it’s worth highlighting that LAANC does not provide these Service Suppliers any authority to regulate the airspace or grant access without the FAA’s approval.