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Request to Operate in Controlled Airspace

Alert! FAA has streamlined the application process for part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations. All applications must now be submitted through FAA's DroneZone Portal. Before applying, review the step-by-step application process instructions. New applications will only be accepted through FAA's DroneZone Portal. Any previous applications submitted through the old web form are still being processed — do not resubmit waiver/authorization requests.

Does your FAA airspace authorization have an expiration date of September 30, 2018, AND you did not use the FAA's Drone Zone portal or the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program to obtain your authorization?

  • Authorizations that were granted outside the Drone Zone portal or LAANC will not be extended beyond February 1, 2019.
  • You must resubmit your authorization request via the Drone Zone portal or LAANC.

Drone Zone Portal Tips

The FAA will no longer issue wide-area and long-term authorizations if the request is made for a LAANC-enabled airport without an associated operational waiver under Part 107.205.

If you make a request under Part 107.41 in the Drone Zone and ask for a wide-area or long-term authorization without an associated operational waiver, you will be sent a denial notice stating that you must apply for a specific date and location that can be reasonably flown in one day. As an alternative, consider using the LAANC automated capability. The FAA's website has a list of airports where automated authorizations under LAANC are available.

LAANC Tips

The authorizations that used to take weeks are now approved in near real-time with LAANC. Your LAANC request will be processed almost instantaneously, as long as the request complies with the altitudes listed on the published Unmanned Aircraft System Facility Map (UASFM) for the airport of intended operations, and when there are no associated operational waivers under Part 107.205.

Go to the FAA's website for the list of airports where automatic authorizations are available under LAANC. If your drone operation is not consistent with the map, your request will need to be processed manually by the FAA facility that has jurisdiction over the airspace where the operations will occur.

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