On June 21st, San Diego County went live with the FAA Beta test of LAANC for Drone Operators

Virtually all of San Diego County is within FAA Regulated Airspace. Until recently, anyone who lived within 5 miles of a controlled airport was precluded from obtaining aerial images of their property. Under the old system, advance approval was required by the FAA ninety days in advance, and the approval was usually denied. Under the new system known as LAANC (Low Altitude Advance Notification and Clearance), drone operators an apply for permission online and receive instant approval. The system matches an FAA grid to the operator’s request. Certain areas will still be restricted. The map below shows the permitted altitudes within the grid surrounding Palomar Airport.

 

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