FAA Rolling Out Data Exchange Initiative in 2018

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have become an important resource in the field of forensic engineering. In the not-too-distant past, engineers had to decide whether to enter an area that could be potentially unsafe or rent equipment to examine obstructed angles. The use of a UAS removes the dynamic of potentially entering an unsafe area. The dilemma has been getting authorization from the FAA to fly UAS around airports and helipads.

In light of this, the FAA is rolling out a new collaborative effort between the FAA and private industry. The new approach is intended to facilitate the sharing of air space data between two parties. The agency will support multiple partnerships; the first is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC).

The LAANC directly supports the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the airspace. It provides access to controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations. Requests are checked against airspace data in the FAA UAS Data Exchange such as temporary flight restrictions. If the request is approved, drone pilots would receive authorization in near real time.

The roll-out of the Beta test will be done in six regional waves throughout 2018. By September 2018, LAANC will be available in almost 300 air traffic facilities which would cover approximately 500 airports.