Even as it adds to its list of “no-fly zones” for drone operators, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is taking steps to expand its Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system to include recreational flyers. This action – which begins today - will significantly increase the ability of drone pilots to gain access to controlled airspace nationwide.

LAANC provides air traffic professionals with visibility into where and when authorized drones are flying near airports and helps ensure that everyone can safely operate within the airspace. The expansion means the FAA has further increased drone pilots’ access to controlled airspace safely and efficiently.

LAANC capability is accessible to all pilots who operate under the FAA’s small drone rule (PDF)(Part 107).

For updates to LAANC capabilities, visit www.faa.gov/go/laanc.