Los Angeles, CA—A leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, DJI was approved by the FAA to offer Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services for professional drone pilots.
After a rigorous test and validation of DJI’s technology capabilities, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its approval of DJI as a UAS Service Supplier. This allows DJI to offer its customers near-real-time authorization to fly in controlled airspace near airports.
“DJI has always led the industry in helping open America’s skies for productive small drone flights while keeping safety as the top priority. Offering LAANC capability to our customers is another example of our dedication to meeting their needs,” said Brendan Schulman, vice president of Policy & Legal Affairs, DJI. “Moreover, the LAANC system is a testament to the FAA’s global leadership in integrating drones into the airspace safely and efficiently, including in areas that are close to airports, using a technology solution that reflects the fast-paced development of the drone industry.”
The FAA established LAANC this year to help professional drone pilots operate within controlled airspace at approximately 500 airports. These are airports where commercial drone flights are generally prohibited without authorization.
Moreover, LAANC designates locations within that airspace that can be used safely up to approved altitudes. It also monitors temporary flight restrictions and other limits that could affect flights there. Pilots can use LAANC to review those limits, plan flights and file applications. LAANC processes those applications instantly as well as provides information about those flights to FAA Air Traffic. As a result, situational awareness is improved and aviation safety is enhanced.
“Before LAANC, using drones for productive work near many airports required detailed applications and up to months of waiting. Even when the benefits were clear and safety was prioritized. Now, LAANC allows easy drone use in more than 2,000 square miles near airports. This includes many populated areas that can benefit tremendously from drone operations,” said Brandon Montellato, DJI program manager, Enterprise Solutions. “More than 100,000 Part 107-certified drone pilots will now be able to perform valuable work—from inspections and surveys to filming and photography. And with near-instant approval.”
DJI and the FAA
DJI’s approval as a UAS Service Supplier is just the latest example of how DJI collaborates with the FAA as well as other national aviation authorities worldwide to enhance and improve safety.
Last year, DJI also worked with the FAA to develop a mandatory DJI Knowledge Quiz. Pilots must pass this quiz before taking their first flights with DJI drones. It has also expanded the program to the United Kingdom and Australia. In addition, DJI served on the FAA’s Remote Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee. It provided expertise on security and safety solutions.
As a UAS Service Supplier, DJI now has the ability to allow enterprise customers and other professional users to use their DJI accounts to seamlessly apply for LAANC approvals while planning their flights.