AUTOMATED AIRSPACE AUTHORIZATION HAS BEGUN

Composite image made from FAA facility map screen shot and AOPA file photo.

TWO FIRMS APPROVED TO HANDLE REQUESTS

The FAA has begun issuing airspace authorizations for drone flights near airports through a new, automated system that allows such operations to be approved without human intervention provided they comply with predefined limits established by air traffic controllers. Two companies were chosen to handle the first airspace requests from drone pilots as the system began testing in October at a handful of airports.