AMA & UASidekick offer free LAANC flight planning software to members

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and UASidekick have teamed up to provide free recreational Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) flight planning to nearly 175,000 UAS hobbyists who are members of AMA.

AMA & UASidekick offer free LAANC flight planning software to members

AMA members will be able to file authorizations with the when flying in controlled airspace via a web portal and mobile application. Additional flight planning tools such as interactive maps, weather information, and flight logs are included.

“One of our top priorities is helping hobbyists comply with evolving regulations. We are proud to partner with , which has developed the leading technology to help recreational and commercial pilots secure necessary approvals from the FAA and plan safe flights. This cutting-edge technology will, hopefully, make the safe operation of UAS a little bit easier for our community,” said Chad Budreau, executive director of AMA.

In addition to access to free LAANC flight planning software, AMA members will be able to search for AMA flying sites, indicated by the AMA logo within the map, as well as all AMA-sanctioned events hosted by AMA chartered clubs. AMA members will also receive a significant discount for the full UASidekick functionality for commercial and organizational UAS pilots.

“At UASidekick, we have always been committed to the ‘Safer Skies’ mindset and working closely with industry professionals like AMA. We are confident that the hobbyist community will find immense value in the quick and easy access to the regulatory system that our software provides. Our goal is to provide streamlined authorization services and flight planning tools that make flying safer and less burdensome for AMA’s community,” said Nathan Ruff, CEO, and co-founder of UASidekick.

You can read more about the AMA & UASidekick partnership here.


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