The FAA UAS Data Exchange is an innovative, collaborative approach between government and private industry facilitating the sharing of airspace data between the two parties.
Under the FAA UAS Data Exchange umbrella, the agency will support multiple partnerships, the first of which is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.
What is LAANC?
LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, a collaboration between FAA and Industry. It directly supports UAS integration into the airspace.
It provides access to controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations below approved altitudes in controlled airspace.
How does it work?
LAANC automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations. Through automated applications developed by an FAA Approved UAS Service Suppliers (USS) pilots apply for an airspace authorization.
Requests are checked against airspace data in the FAA UAS Data Exchange such as temporary flight restrictions, NOTAMS and the UAS Facility Maps. 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.
When is LAANC coming to me?
The National Beta test of LAANC commenced on April 30, 2018 and will last throughout 2018. The beta seeks to test the capability nationwide; the results will inform future expansions of the capability.
LAANC will deploy in waves regionally. By September 2018, LAANC will be available at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports.
Wave 3 June 21, 2018
Western South USA
Wave 4 July 19, 2018
Eastern South USA
Wave 5 August 16, 2018
Eastern North USA
Wave 6 September 13, 2018
Central North USA
If you want to fly in controlled airspace near airports not offering LAANC, you can either use the manual process to apply for an authorization, or wait until the LAANC is available.
Approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers
The following companies have completed the technical steps required and entered into agreement with the FAA to provide LAANC Services:
This list will be updated as additional partners are approved.
Note: Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Federal Aviation Administration.
How does LAANC benefit me – The drone pilot?
Under the small UAS rule, pilots or operators planning to fly in controlled airspace under 400 ft. must receive an airspace authorization from the FAA.
LAANC dramatically decreases the wait time experienced with the manual authorization process and provides greater flexibility in operational planning.
Through LAANC pilots and drone companies can:
- Apply to receive a near real-time authorization for operations under 400 feet in controlled airspace around airports.
- Request to fly above the designated altitude ceiling in a UAS Facility Map, up to 400 feet. Applicants may apply up to 90 days in advance of a flight and the approval is coordinated manually through the FAA.
Note: If you are planning an operation in controlled airspace that requires a waiver AND an airspace authorization you must apply for both through the Drone Zone.