FAA extends period for LAANC partner applications – but only opportunity this year

The on-boarding process to partner with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and become a UAS Service Supplier of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) has changed. All key dates have changed; the initial application period has expanded to increase participation. The new closing date for applicants is March 18, 2019. There will be only one application period in 2019. If applicants are unable to meet the application submission requirements they may apply in 2020.

The entire on-boarding process takes approximately ten months. Key dates:

  • January 7, 2019 – March 18, 2019 Application Period

USS onboarding application submission must include:

Completed USS Application package

Signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

  • March 19, 2019 – May 26, 2019 FAA Submission Review

FAA has 30 days to respond whether the applicant meets requirements to continue in the process.

During review, the FAA may ask applicants for additional information based on submitted materials

  • May 27, 2019 – August 16, 2019 Technical Interviews

FAA invites applicants that pass the review to demo & discuss their product.

If product meets the USS operating rules proceed to the formal onboarding phase

  • August 17, 2019 – October 21, 2019 Formal Onboarding

Applicants proceed to system integration with the LAANC Automation Platform in a staging environment

Applicants must demonstrate successful execution of validation scenarios to show compliance with the LAANC USS Operating rules

Applicants have two attempts to pass the compliance demonstrations/tests

MOA countersigned by FAA upon successful completion of all onboarding activities

Before applying respondents must read and understand the following documents:

How to Apply (PDF)

LAANC Concept of Operations (PDF)

USS Operating Rules (PDF)

Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (PDF)

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