The FAA’s LAANC is officially live at four new major U.S. airports. This is great news for drone operators in the Washington, Baltimore, New Jersey, and Houston areas! Skyward users can now request airspace authorizations in these regions and receive a response in seconds.
In addition to nearly 600 airports, these four major airports brought LAANC online today:
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Houston William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)
All of these regions are live in Skyward. Requests can easily be sent from Skyward’s cloud app—just create an operation, set your maximum altitude, and click “Request LAANC.” And now, Skyward Business and Enterprise subscribers can submit LAANC requests in the field through Skyward’s InFlight mobile GCS, too.
A quick note: Dulles International and BWI International lie within the Washington, D.C. special flight rules area. While drone flights are usually permitted around these areas, be sure to follow the FAA’s special flight area rules.
Let’s take a quick look at each airport.
LAANC at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark Airport is one of the nation’s busiest, providing service to more than 46 million passengers last year. Its controlled airspace covers key areas of the greater New York area. Drone operators now have more access to the largest urban region in the United States.
LAANC at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
With an average of 74,000 passengers a day, BWI Marshall Airport is the busiest airport in the Washington-Baltimore area. Enabling such a large area opens up much more space for drone operations in downtown Baltimore and suburban Washington, D.C.
LAANC at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Dulles International is another major Washington, D.C. airport. LAANC will allow drones to fly in more of suburban D.C. and Virginia.
LAANC at Houston William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU)
Houston Hobby Airport is Houston’s second-largest airport, and its controlled airspace covers a significant portion of the city. LAANC will enable more drone operations in one of the largest cities in the U.S.
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