The FAA has expanded access to its system for authorizing flights of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) near airports to recreational operators. As of July 23, the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), a system previously available only to commercial operators, allows drone hobbyists to seek “near real-time” authorization to fly below 400 ft. in controlled airspace around airports. Through the LAANC system, operators request flight authorizations ...

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