The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just released a schedule for nationwide expansion of the Low Altitude Airspace Notification Capability (LAANC) Program. This expansion will begin in April, with new regions coming online in subsequent months. Here is the schedule:

April 30: South Central USA
May 24: Western North USA
June 21: Western South USA
July 19: Eastern South USA
August 16: Eastern North USA
September 13: Central North USA

As a reminder, the LAANC is a program intended to grant near-real-time authorizations for the vast majority of operations taking place in controlled airspace. Until these changes roll out according to the schedule above, Part 107 pilots will have to continue utilizing the online portal to request airspace waivers, which take a minimum of 90 days.

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