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Instant Drone Authorizations Will Happen at 50 Airports this Fall

Is your city one of the lucky ones?

July 19, 2017

Last month, the FAA, AirMap, and a number of other collaborators revealed their new Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) that enables instant, automated airspace authorizations. While their anticipated roll-out date was this fall, many in the drone industry were skeptical about the quick turnaround.

But today, AirMap Co-founder Gregory McNeal announced the 50 airports that will be the first to receive the automated LAANC approval system this fall.

“Drone operators in Cincinnati, Miami, and Phoenix rejoice: you will be among the first to receive automated authorization to fly in controlled airspace, rather than enduring months-long wait times,” said McNeal in a post on Forbes.com.

While many of the airports are relatively small, the announcement is an exciting step forward in the development of a more flexible, responsive system of airspace authorizations. McNeal anticipates that the rest of the country’s airports will begin using the system in early 2018.

Below is the list of airports that will enable instant, automated airspace authorizations in fall 2017.
Airports Starting This Fall
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