What is LAANC?

LAANC stands for the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. It's a partnership between the FAA and private industry (like Airspace Link) to safely integrate small drones into the national airspace. LAANC provides Recreational and Part 107 drone pilots awareness and the opportunity to receive automated approval to fly in controlled airspace (under 400'). AirHub™ for Pilots is a LAANC integrated application!

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What does LAANC mean for you?

How can I get access to LAANC?

It’s easy! Airspace Link supplies LAANC services by directly integrating them into our AirHub™ for Pilots app. Just create your pilot account, log in and get started!

I fly drones for fun. Do I need LAANC?

Yes! LAANC is a platform for all drone pilots to submit operations while flying in controlled airspace (under 400'). This requirement exists for both Recreational Flyers and Certified Remote Pilots flying under Part 107.

How are flights approved?

This depends on when and where you're flying. Your desired altitude + the operation location will affect the types of operations you may submit. In many cases you may qualify for an authorization in near real-time. Alternatively, your operation may require further coordination. This means a human will need to manually approve the operation before it's legal to fly You may request both authorization types up to 90 days in advance. In both cases, you can use our simple web planning tools to plan and submit your operation.

How do I know where it's safe to fly?

Answering this question is the core tenant of the LAANC capability. Through our application, you receive support in understanding where you may or may not operate a drone. This includes help in identifying flight risks, understanding limits on flight altitude and other advisories that may affect your planning.

What if I'm not in controlled airspace?

No matter where you fly in the United States, your altitude must remain below 400' above ground level and your drone must remain in visual line-of-sight at all times. Other community advisories may exist; we can help with that too.

How can you get started?

We're here to help. Getting started is easy and only takes a few moments of your time. Start to finish in four (4) simple steps.

Step 1: Create New Pilot Account

As an AirHub™ pilot, you'll see when and where you can receive automated approvals from participating Air Traffic locations. You'll need access to your email address to validate your account, but can be creating new LAANC submissions in just a few moments.

Step 2: Find Operation Location

After creating your account and logging in, locate the operation location using an address, a name, or perhaps just the geographic coordinates; or feel free to manually navigate using the map. The app will visualize FAA data as you navigate.

Step 3: Define Operation Parameters

The basics of an operation consist of a name, a start time (and duration), the pilot in command (who will be operating or supervising the drone), and the area you intend to fly. Don't worry, we'll help make sure you stay on track as you input your data.

Step 4: Request Authorization from FAA

The 4th and final step is to request authorization from the FAA (if necessary). We'll let you know if submission is not required. Sometimes the operation is divided up into multiple areas if we need to submit to different Air Traffic Control. We'll handle that too.

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TL;DR - Just The Facts

Our mission is to make you successful on your LAANC journey. As an FAA UAS Service Supplier for LAANC, Airspace Link can help you create and submit authorizations to operate drones in controlled airspace below 400′.

Learn more about operating drones  in controlled airspace, recreational flyer and certified remote pilots guidelines, or find out where LAANC is currently enabled. Operations in areas where LAANC is not ready may still use a manual process for flight authorization.

  • LAANC authorizations are required in controlled airspace for Recreational Flyers and Certified Remote Pilots flying under Part 107 (when enabled).
  • Sometimes authorization can be granted in near real-time, sometimes it takes human approval.
  • Pilots are still required to check NOTAMs, Temporary Flight Restrictions and weather conditions at time of flight.
  • You may need to use a manual process to apply for authorization in non LAANC areas.