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Jul 11, 2019 | FAA, News

Kittyhawk unveils the next generation of LAANC

Kittyhawk has just announced the completion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) onboarding process to offer the latest features of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). The San Francisco-based company can now offer LAANC 2.0 to its enterprise customers and mobile users platform-wide. What does this mean? According to its blog, with the addition of LAANC 2.0, the Kittyhawk application now has “The latest FAA data sources, rules and requirements packaged into one seamless workflow.”

Kittyhawk has listened to its customers and will now offer LAANC authorization from their desktop web application, on Android, and CrystalSky monitors that are compatible with DJI drones. The Android app will have the same features, user interface, and functionality of its iOS app. More importantly, the platform will now allow users to apply for auto-approval of LAANC authorizations up to 90 days in advance, regardless if you’re an enterprise customer or app user. Enterprise customers will be able to access advanced operations that require “Further Coordination.”

The FAA has recently expanded LAANC to 100+ airports bringing the overall total to 600. At the same time, some airports have decided to drop the program that allows remote pilots near real-time access to controlled airspace. Kittyhawk recently created the LAANC Locator to search through and identify airports so you’re always in compliance. A full list of participating airports can also be viewed here.

LAANC will become available to hobbyist pilots starting July 23rd. Anyone with question about LAANC, in general, is encouraged to submit questions and tune in to the FAA’s free webinar, “What is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)?,” on July 18th at 4:00 pm, Eastern Time.

Kittyhawk’s new version of LAANC is can be downloaded via the Google and iOS app stores.