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FAA Approves DJI To Authorize Customer Flights in Controlled Airspace

DJI has been given approval to offer Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services to professional drone operators.

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DJI Selected As LAANC Supplier

DJI has been given approval to offer Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services to professional drone operators. The announcement was made on Monday October 1st. This service will allow DJI to offer quick authorization to fly in controlled airspace.

“DJI has always led the industry in helping open America’s skies for productive small drone flights while keeping safety as the top priority, and offering LAANC capability to our customers is another example of our dedication to meeting their needs,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. “The LAANC system is a testament to the FAA’s global leadership in integrating drones into the airspace safely and efficiently, including in areas that are close to airports, using a technology solution that reflects the fast-paced development of the drone industry.”

LAANC is relatively new and was setup by the FAA allow commercial operations within controlled airspace near airports where drone flights are normally not allowed. The LAANC will assign areas within the restricted airspace that can be safely flown up to an approved altitude. The great thing about LAANC is that pilots can submit an application and near instantly receive approval and info about where they can safely fly.

“Before LAANC, using drones for productive work near many airports required detailed applications and up to months of waiting, even when the benefits were clear and safety was prioritized. Now, LAANC allows easy drone use in more than 2,000 square miles near airports, including many populated areas that can benefit tremendously from drone operations,” said Brandon Montellato, DJI Program Manager – Enterprise Solutions. “More than 100,000 Part 107-certified drone pilots will now be able to perform valuable work – from inspections and surveys to filming and photography – with near-instant approval.”

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Oct 02, 2018, 09:27 AM
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This is great news thank you!
Oct 02, 2018, 07:14 PM
VP of Policy & Legal at DJI
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You are welcome.
Oct 02, 2018, 08:40 PM
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yes, agreed, amazing and thanks!
Oct 02, 2018, 10:49 PM
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Oct 03, 2018, 03:02 AM
Hey Macarena
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Yep interesting for US operators.

In the U.K. the consultation is now closed but the proposed FINS that we all hope does not get implemented for commercial ops could also be integrated into this too, that would be a nice solution compared to having to use a separate app live on another device while flying.


Nice to see DJI working closely with government on these things.
Oct 03, 2018, 08:16 AM
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So you get a really fast response...it may be a negative response....but its really fast
Oct 07, 2018, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Mad_angler1
Yep interesting for US operators.

In the U.K. the consultation is now closed but the proposed FINS that we all hope does not get implemented for commercial ops could also be integrated into this too, that would be a nice solution compared to having to use a separate app live on another device while flying.


Nice to see DJI working closely with government on these things.
We have been working with the UK government as well, on its regulatory proposals.
Oct 07, 2018, 05:33 PM
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Just curious, how much does our government pay for each request submitted by a system access provider?
Oct 09, 2018, 08:18 PM
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I did not realize my question was one that could not or would not be answered. Why might that be?
Oct 10, 2018, 01:34 PM
Hey Macarena
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Originally Posted by bmschulman
We have been working with the UK government as well, on its regulatory proposals.


Thanks for the info Brendan, we will wait and see what the Uk Gov decides now the conciliation is closed.

Also extremely good seeing unlock requests being handled in under 3 minutes in some cases now, the machine is well oiled now it seems.


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