FAA has started a nationwide beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), a system that will streamline its process of granting drone operators permission to fly near airports. The intent of the system is to reduce the lengthy wait times operators face when they apply for authorization through the agency’s website. FAA plans to roll out the LAANC system incrementally at 300 air traffic control facilities and 500 airports over the next six months. ...

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