ConstructionEquipment.com reports that the FAA is testing automatic approvals for low altitude UAS operations at air traffic facilities covering 500 airports. "If your company uses drones to view, map or monitor construction projects, getting approval to operate your commercial drones in controlled airspace is about to become easier and safer. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it is expanding tests of an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. Under the FAA’s Part 107 small drone rule, pilots or operators planning to fly in controlled airspace under 400 ft. must receive an airspace authorization from the FAA. Until recently, this involved a 19-step manual application process."
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