FAA has expanded the number of air traffic control (ATC) facilities covered by its Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), an automated system that allows commercial drone operators to request and obtain authorization to fly in the vicinity of airports. The agency added 109 contract towers operated by private companies to the LAANC system, bringing the number of participating ATC facilities to 400 towers, covering nearly 600 airports, FAA said May 23. Through the ...

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