London, UK: Altitude Angel, the world’s leading unmanned traffic management (UTM) technology provider, today announced it has added Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) Exception of Recreational Flying/Section 44809 service in its products, meaning its U.S.-based recreational drone pilots can now join commercial pilots and use the company’s capabilities to access airspace at around 600 U.S. airports – free of charge.
Recreational pilots requesting Exception for Recreational Flying/Section 44809 can now gain LAANC approval through Altitude Angel’s DroneSafetyMap.com without any need to visit a third-party platform.
The ability to provide the LAANC recreational service follows the announcement Altitude Angel made in July of this year in which it reported being awarded the status of approved LAANC service supplier for Part 107 Near Real-Time Authorisation and Part 107 Further Coordination.
On the introduction of the LAANC recreational service, Simon Wynn-Mackenzie, Head of Products, said: “With over a million registered recreational drone pilots in the United States, we’re thrilled to be able to offer them the ability to request approvals to fly in restricted airspace via our user friendly portals.
“At Altitude Angel we have big plans for 2020 and the ability for both commercial and recreational drone pilots to request LAANC approvals either directly, or via third-party providers who use Altitude Angel’s API, will play a major part.”
Altitude Angel’s implementation of LAANC means recreational pilots as well as commercial operators can quickly check their ‘options’ before submitting a full authorisation request and make any adjustments in a streamlined process to maximise their chances of securing approval.
To make seeking LAANC approval as easy as possible, Altitude Angel has created a step-by-step ‘walk through’ guide for drone pilots which can be found here.
Altitude Angel was initially approved by the Federal Aviation Authority (F.A.A.) as a UAS Service Supplier (U.S.S.) of the LAANC in October 2018.