LAANC, which stands for Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, is an FAA data sharing program with private industry partners, intended to provide streamlined authorization for drone operation in controlled airspace near airports below approved altitudes.
Under current regulations, FAA authorization must be acquired prior to drone operation in controlled airspace. Through LAANC partners, such as Airmap, this authorization can be obtained in near-real time. LAANC works by enabling LAANC partners to check authorization requests against FAA UAS Data Exchange sources, quickly establishing if authorization is eligible, and then sending approval.
Some drone mapping software applications, like 3DF Zephyr, have direct integrations with LAANC partners, like Airmap, allowing drone pilots to receive authorization for flights directly within the flight controller software. This provides a seamless workflow for drone pilots seeking to fly in controlled airspace.