Automated Airspace Authorization at U.S. Airports Coming This Fall

Fifty airports are preparing to provide LAANC authorization this fall.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Miami International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, San Jose International, and Reno-Tahoe International, among others, are expected to offer automated authorization in controlled airspace before the end of the year, with the rest of the nation’s airports to follow in 2018.

Today, flights in controlled airspace, at certain times of day, or near sensitive locations require authorization from the FAA. Authorization requests are subject to long waiting periods of up to 90 days and labor-intensive manual approvals, which can delay or even prevent commercial operations from getting off the ground.

To address these challenges, the FAA has convened a small group of 12 companies, including AirMap, to determine how third party vendors can help the FAA provide automated authorization for safer and more efficient drone operations at scale.

This Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, will allow drone operators to apply for instant, digital approval to fly in U.S. controlled airspace using the same applications they use for flight planning and in-flight situational awareness.

LAANC began earlier this summer with the FAA’s release of UAS facility maps depicting specific areas and altitudes near more than 300 airports where drone operators can request airspace authorization more effectively and efficiently. Within 24 hours, these facility maps were available to commercial drone operators on the AirMap platform.

And now, 50 of the nation’s airports have been chosen to begin providing LAANC authorization by the end of the year, giving us a sneak peek at how Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) will work in the U.S. – and how AirMap is making UTM possible for the commercial drone industry at scale.

The complete list of the first 50 airports can be found below. Learn more about what LAANC means for the commercial drone industry in AirMap cofounder Greg McNeal’s recent article in Forbes.


BCVGCincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
BMIAMiami International Airport
BPHXPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
CANCAnchorage International Airport
CGRBGreen Bay- Austin Straubel Int’l Airport
CLNKLincoln Airport
CRNOReno- Tahoe International Airport
CSJCSan Jose International Airport
DLHDLake Hood Seaplane Base
DMRIMerrill Field
EABRAberdeen Regional Airport
EAMWAmes Municipal Airport
EATYWatertown Regional Airport
EAXNAlexandria Municipal Airport
EBJIBemìdji Regional Airport
EBKXBrookings Regional Airport
EBRDBrainerd Lakes Regional Airport
ECIUChippewa County International Airport
ECMXHoughton County Memorial Airport
EDIKDickinson Airport
EDVLDevils Lake Regional Airport
EEARKearney Regional Airport
EELOEly Municipal Airport
EESCDelta County Airport
EFFMFergus Falls Municipal Airport
EFODFort Dodge Regional Airport
EFRMFairmont Municipal Airport
EHIBRange Regional Airport
EHONHuron Regional Airport
EHSIHastings Municipal Airport
EIKVAnkeny Regional Airport
EIMTFord Airport
EINLFalls International Airport
EIWDGogebic- Iron County Airport
EJMSJamestown Regional Airport
EMCWMason City Municipal Airport
EMHEMitchell Municipal Airport
EMKTMankato Regional Airport
EOFKNorfolk Regional Airport
EOLUColumbus Airport
EOSCWurtsmith Air Force Base
EOTGWorthington Municipal Airport
EPIRPierre Regional Airport
EPLNPellston Regional Airport
ERHIRhinelander- Oneida County Airport
ERWFRedwood Falls Municipal
ESLBStorm Lake Airport
ESPWSpencer Municipal Airport
ETVFThief River Falls Regional Airport
EYKNChan Gurney Airport


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