Gregory Walden Discusses FAA Plans to Expedite Drone Airspace Approvals

March 19, 2018

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In a recent Corporate Counsel Business Journal special section on drones and autonomous vehicles, McGuireWoods partner and McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor Gregory Walden commented on the Federal Aviation Administration’s automated process called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.

This process will provide drone operators with expedited decisions on whether they can fly in controlled airspace near airports. Currently, drones may not fly in controlled airspace without authorization by Air Traffic Control, which can take months to confirm.

Describing the process prototype launched in 2017, Walden said, “The FAA provides airspace data to service suppliers that have developed an app to receive the request and grant or deny the request. Although there are now four service suppliers, other companies may apply to perform this role. The FAA will begin accepting applications in April.

His comments are included in the March/April edition of the magazine and online.