Unmanned Aircraft (UA) operations in controlled airspace requires authorization from the FAA. In the past, a blanket waiver was available at University Park and some other campus locations for those who had approved requests to fly. There is now a new, more streamlined option available to request approval to operate in the KUNV and other controlled airspace.
What is the new option?
The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) automates the application and approval process for airspace authorizations. Although LAANC has existed for a number of years, it was not available at all air traffic facilities. LAANC has been expanding and is now available at approximately 500 airports, including KUNV, as well as a number of airports that are close to other campus locations.
What does this mean?
The currently approved University Park airspace waiver will expire on September 30, 2019. Since KUNV is part of a LAANC participating facility, the option to apply for a blanket waiver no longer exists. As a result, each pilot will need to use LAANC to request to fly in controlled airspace. LAANC approvals are currently good for a 12-hour period, but any flight that occurs after that period will require a new request to be made. LAANC authorizations can be made up to 90 days in advance.
Where can I find more information?
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.