Drone journalists just got some very good news. The FAA says that this year it will begin offering “instant authorization” for drone flights in controlled airspace. It will start what is called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, in select cities. By the end of the year, 50 cities will be included.
In an article for Forbes, Pepperdine professor Gregory McNeal, a leading voice in drone technology, said that the first big city airports that will provide instant approval will be Cincinnati, Phoenix, and Miami. A few mid-sized Class C airports, including Lincoln, Nebraska and San Jose, California, will also be in the first round trials. Most of the first instant approval sites will be the smallest Class E airports, including Norfolk (Virginia) Regional Airport, Mankato (Minnesota) Regional Airport and Mason City (Iowa) Municipal Airport.
Read the full article from Poynter: Drone journalists get very good news – instant waivers