FAA to Open New Application Period for UAS Traffic Management System
Friday, March 30, 2018 | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will open a new application period for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) providers to provide Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services.

The application period is open between April 16 and May 16.

LAANC is a public-private partnership between the FAA and industry to develop a UAS air traffic management system (UTM). LAANC automates a previously manual system to obtain an airspace authorization under Part 107, the small UAS rule. Companies approved to provide LAANC services and near real-time authorizations are called approved UAS service suppliers (USS).

Four companies so far have received USS status: AirMap, Project Wing, Rockwell Collins and Skyward.

The LAANC capability is in a test phase. Prospective applicants should expect changes to the application process and requirements. LAANC is not a standard government acquisition; there is no screening information request (SIR) or request for proposal (RFP) related to the request.

Find more information on LAANC and application instructions here.

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