Low altitude authorisation available to US operators using Dronecloud

Drone software company Dronecloud says its software provides access to the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) free of charge in all subscription levels from 16 October 2019. The company’s Dronecloud platform helps drone operators manage all aspects of drone operation including client communications, resource management and flight planning. During the flight planning phase of the workflow, users can assess if LAANC is required then make a pre-flight request or make a real-time request for authorization when in the field. Dronecloud produces a record within the job and will automatically generate a regulation-compliant audit trail when a user or their client commissions work, guiding the user through a step by step process.

LAANC automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations. Through automated applications. The LAANC capability is available to pilots operating under the Small UAS Rule Part 107, OR under the exception for Recreational Flyers. Requests are checked against multiple airspace data sources in the FAA UAS Data Exchange such as UAS Facility Maps, Special Use Airspace data, Airports and Airspace Classes, as well as Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). If approved, pilots can receive their authorization in near-real-time.

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