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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Eight Stages of the Commercial Drone Technology Evolution

There have been at least eight distinct levels of evolution within commercial drone technology, beginning with simply getting drones into the air reliably and culminating with complete industry- and application-specific solutions that enable organization-wide benefits. The early stages of this continuum were achieved years ago; the advanced stages are on the cutting edge and are in the process of being developed and tested today.

One: Affordable and Reliable Flight Control Systems

Two: Autonomy

Three: Reliable Data Collection

Four: Data Collection at Scale

Five: Data Management

Six: Machine Learning

Seven: Industry- and Application-Specific Analytics

Eight: Systems Integration

 

Written by Don Weigel at Unmanned Aerial Online

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This article is adapted from a blog post by Don Weigel, vice president of professional services at Airware. He previously served as Airware’s vice president of product and led the development and launch of the first release of the company’s Aerial Information Platform.