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Flying Drones Near Airports (Controlled Airspace) – Part 107

Under part 107, drone pilots planning to fly in controlled airspace must get permission from the FAA. You can submit requests for authorization to fly in controlled airspace near airports via these two systems:

  1. Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)
  2. DroneZone


LAANC automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations. Through applications developed by FAA Approved UAS Service Suppliers (USS) of LAANC, drone pilots can request an airspace authorization to fly in controlled airspace around airports.

When a drone pilot submits a request through a LAANC USS, the request is checked against multiple airspace data sources in the FAA UAS Data Exchange. If approved, pilots receive their authorization in near-real time. LAANC also provides FAA's Air Traffic visibility into where and when planned drone operations will take place.

LAANC is available at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports.

A full list of Approved UAS Service Suppliers is available here.

Important Limitations

  • LAANC only accepts airspace authorization requests that are fully compliant with Part 107.
  • Airspace authorizations granted through LAANC are valid for 12 hours.
  • LAANC authorizations cannot be combined with Part 107 waivers. For example, if you get permission to fly in Class D airspace through a LAANC application, and you already have a waiver to fly at night, you may not combine the permissions to fly in that Class D airspace at night. In order to fly in controlled airspace using your waiver, you must submit a request for an airspace authorization via the DroneZone.

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