Recent changes in the FAA law allows hobbyist drone pilots to obtain authorization to fly in controlled airspace, replacing the prior requirement of notifying nearby airports.  U.S. recreational drone pilots can now obtain near-instant authorization from the FAA to fly in controlled airspace near approximately 600 airports. This privilege was previously authorized for professional drone pilots only.

The LAANC (low altitude authorization and notification capability) system allows pilots to use either their drone controller, their smartphone, tablet, or desktop PC to submit a request to fly in controlled airspace, and often within minutes, the controlling body will be able to approve your flight or justifiably deny it.

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