At the beginning of this month, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Acting Deputy Administrator, Carl Burleson, announced that Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) would be made available to an additional 109 contract towers. The government agency has acted quickly since the news broke at AUVSI Exponential's keynote presentation.

The FAA has expanded LAANC to increase access for commercial drone pilots in controlled airspace. Still in beta, LAANC was introduced to the public in November, 2017. Applications such as Kittyhawk, AirMap, and Skyward give qualifying remote pilots approval in real-time to access controlled airspace. Without LAANC, the process of getting approval via a waiver could take up to 90 days.

Approximately 600 airports are now covered by the LAANC capability. The FAA also mentions that the list of facilities taking part in LAANC will change. Some airports will drop it altogether. The full list airports added today can be viewed here.

Some of the airports that were recently discontinued LAANC include the following:

  • Dallas Love Field (DAL)
  • Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)
  • Washington/Dulles Int. Airport (IAD)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

For a complete guide to LAANC rollout, as it happens, Skyward provides this comprehensive resource free of charge.