LAANC will not be impactful purely through speed. Vast amounts of airspace will become accessible across the National Airspace.
We’re all happy to see ~90-day wait times for authorizations come to an end once LAANC is rolled out across all major regions by the fall of 2018, but once we dug into the numbers, the true impact is even more exciting.
Question: What percent of controlled airspace has a zero foot ceiling?
Based on the latest UAS Facility Map (UASFM) data, a new feature we’ve recently integrated into our applications, only 16.95% of the airspace is not immediately accessible with LAANC. The other 87.05% has greater than a zero-foot ceiling. In essence, those broad 5-mile no-fly-zones are being whittled down to less than a mile per airport.
Extrapolating this across the ~500 LAANC airports around the country, this equates to more than 2,000 square miles of newly accessible airspace.