FAA Looks to Dramatically Speed Up UAS Airspace Authorization

Citing safety concerns and an inundation of airspace requests, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to speed up authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas.

According to an Oct. 11 Federal Register notice, the FAA is looking to implement the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system, which would allow the agency to green-light “near-real-time authorizations for the vast majority of operations.” This includes “Class B, Class C or Class D airspace or within the lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport.”

A release date has not been specified. 

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