What does LAANC stand for

What’s the difference between an airspace authorization, LAANC, and Drone Zone authorization? I thought they where all the same thing!

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This is a broader term that encompasses any approval granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for UAS operations in controlled airspace or other restricted areas. Airspace authorization can cover a wide range of activities, including commercial operations, recreational flights, research missions, and more.

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Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability


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Airspace authorization: Broad FAA permit for drones in controlled airspace

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LAANC stands for Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.

How it Works

LAANC automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations

Who can Use LAANC?

Drone pilots operating under Part 107 or recreational flying exceptions can use LAANC.

Availability and Approved Service Suppliers

LAANC is available at 726 airports

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What does LAANC Stands for?

Here is the breakdown of The Purpose and Benefits of LAANC:

  • Provides access to controlled airspace at or below 400 feet
  • Offers awareness of permissible flight areas
  • Gives Air Traffic Professionals insight into drone operations

How it Works:

  • Automates airspace authorization application and approval process
  • Pilots apply through FAA-approved UAS Service Suppliers (USS)
  • Requests are verified against various airspace data sources
  • Approval results are provided in near-real time

Who Can Use LAANC:

  • Available to drone pilots under Part 107 or recreational flying exceptions
  • Part 107 pilots need drone registration and a Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Recreational Flyers require drone registration and completion of the Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) before flying

Availability and Approved Service Suppliers:

  • Available at 726 airports
  • Approved UAS Service Suppliers include AirMatrix, Airspace Link, Aloft, AstraUTM, Wing, and more
  • Approved suppliers offer desktop and mobile applications for LAANC utilization
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Airspace authorization is crucial for safe drone operations in controlled areas.