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FAA Facility Maps - Continuous Updates and Authorization Capability

Back in May, we added FAA Facility Maps data to our online maps and to our APIs. There are now some 327 airports (comprised of 47,246 grid squares) in the FAA Facility Map data, all automatically updated in Altitude Angel for your benefit. The Facility Maps are a great way to prepare your online authorization request if you are a Part 107 drone pilot.

Why is this important?

If you’re a drone pilot in the U.S. and plan to fly your drone commercially within controlled airspace, you’d need to apply for a waiver to do so under the FAA’s Part 107 rules. This process is manual and can take up to – and including – 90 days. If you use the FAA Facility Map data before requesting a waiver from the FAA while adjusting your intended flight plans accordingly, you’re likely to reduce the amount of time it takes for the waiver to come through. That’s why it’s important that this data is updated regularly and easy to consume.

The FAA’s vision for this process is to move to a more automated authorization system through its LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability) project. This open system promises to enable Third Party Providers the ability to deliver these authorizations on your behalf more expediently – perhaps even instantly.

What’s the future of digital authorizations and permissions?

Altitude Angel is working with a number of organizations around the world to deliver a single, consolidated platform through which drone operators, developers and manufacturers can easily manage their authorizations centrally. For the US, this would mean connecting automatically with the LAANC system when it is operational and managing your authorizations. Elsewhere, other projects are unfolding which will enable similar processes to occur. Our goal is to provide a standardized interface for this to occur.

What can you do today?

Within the Altitude Angel platform, it’s possible to file flight reports already; in fact, we receive about 16,000 of them every month just within Europe. As digital authorizations for flight reporting evolves, we’ll automatically request any necessary waivers or permissions on your behalf, wherever you are.

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Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

In 2021 Altitude Angel won a prestigious Air Traffic Management (ATM) Magazine Award in the ‘UTM Service Suppliers’ category, which recognises pioneering technologies and procedures developed by UTM service suppliers to advance safety and complex operations, for its Pop-Up UTM platform.  Read more about the awards here.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.

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For further information please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR

+44 (0)118 391 3503

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