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  • Writer's pictureTyesha Ferron

Recreational Flyers Now Have Access to the LAANC System

Image Credit: The Federal Aviation Administration

In June, we posted an article breaking down what the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system is and how it works. To recap, LAANC is the first partnership under the FAA UAS Data Exchange, which they describe to be “an innovative, collaborative approach between government and private industry facilitating the sharing of airspace data between the two parties.” In other words, it bridges the gap between commercial pilots and airports by allowing drone companies to share and receive authorization information, ensuring that air traffic professionals are informed when drones are flying near airports.

Since its primary purpose is to function as a partnership that assists in integrating UAS into the National Airspace System, specifically by processing requests from pilots, the FAA works with drone businesses to make this system more efficient. Well-known businesses like AirMap, DJI, Kittyhawk, Project Wing, and Skyward have entered into an agreement with the FAA and have become approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers. Image Credit: Wix Stock Library

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Previously, LAANC services were exclusive to commercial UAV usage. As of July 23rd, 2019, the LAANC system now includes recreational flyers, expanding opportunities for safe drone operation. In an update to their web page, the FAA states, “The LAANC capability is available to pilots operating under the Small UAS Rule Part 107, OR under the exception for Recreational Flyers.”

Also on the LAANC web page, the FAA has provided an easy to read table of approved service suppliers. Currently, only three suppliers are approved for recreational flyers, but be sure to check back every now and again as the table will be updated as more partners are approved. The page was last updated on August 09, 2019.

Image Credit: The Federal Aviation Administration


I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture. Instagram: @tyesha.ferron

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