Important Updates to LAANC

Important Updates to LAANC

It has been three months since the first wave of LAANC, and the FAA is more than half-way done releasing automated authorizations nationwide. Today, more ATC facilities were enabled for digital authorizations through the AirMap for Drones app and our LAANC Deep-Linking partners. See the full list of LAANC-enabled facilities here.

You may notice some changes when you request LAANC. First, we’ve made changes to the AirMap for Drones mobile app to make it even easier for you to fly in controlled airspace with LAANC. We’ve unmerged grids for all FAA UAS Facility Maps. Moreover, each grid now shows the maximum allowable flying altitude for automatic authorization directly on the map.

The FAA has also made changes affecting LAANC. First, the FAA has suspended LAANC services at the following two airports due to complications with overlapping airspace boundaries:

  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
  • William P Hobby Airport (HOU)

The following sites will be turned on after September 2018:

  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
  • William P Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Second, some UAS Facility Map grids will be turned off in instances where grids overlap in LAANC-enabled airspaces. Grids that do not overlap will remain LAANC-enabled.

The FAA is working on solutions to resolve these inconsistencies and bring LAANC back to these areas promptly. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Need a LAANC refresher? Review our webinar on how to request authorization in U.S. controlled airspace directly from the AirMap for Drones mobile app.

As always, thank you for being a part of the AirMap community and for making it a priority to fly safely and responsibly.

 

By |2018-07-19T15:55:46+00:00July 19th, 2018|Blog, LAANC, News|
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