The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on 6 March that it is expanding tests of an app-based system for automated approval of low-altitude unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flights.
Working with industry, the FAA in November 2017 deployed a prototype Low Altitude Authorisation and Notification Capability (LAANC) system at multiple air traffic control (ATC) facilities for test and evaluation.
Commencing on 30 April 2018, the FAA will carry out a nationwide beta test, covering almost 300 ATC sites that serve about 500 airports. The final deployment will begin on 13 September.
LAANC uses airspace data provided through UAS facility maps.
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