Updated with a statement from the FAA and Airmap on 9/15.
Airmap no longer on FAA Approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers list
We were informed today that the company Airmap is no longer on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) UAS Service Suppliers list.
According to the FAA website, the information online was last updated on September 10, 2021 12:47:33 PM EDT. A previous version of the same list from August 13th, 2021 still showed Airmap as one of the approved LAANC suppliers.
When you try to use the LAANC authorization option in the Airmap app you get the following message:
FAA Controlled Airspace Authorization is not available at this time. Please try again soon.
We reached out to Airmap for an explanation, but have not yet received an answer. We also reached out to the FAA for additional information and will update this article as soon as we know more.
On 9/15 we received the following statement from the FAA:
AirMap is not approved to provide LAANC authorizations to drone operators at this time. The FAA validates new and existing companies every year. Occasionally, a company is temporarily not authorized during the re-validation process to provide these services that allow drones to safely operate at low altitudes where other traditional aircraft also operate.
We also received an answer from Airmap saying that:
LAANC Authorization is temporarily unavailable via the AirMap application. We anticipate a resolution to this issue before the end of this month. We will follow up with an announcement when LAANC Authorizations become available. Please follow the latest updates via the AirMap Status Page.
On the Airmap Status page, you can see that the outage started on 9/11/’21.
In one of the Facebook groups for commercial drone pilots, it was confirmed that LAANC requests through Airmap had not worked since yesterday.
Airmap is the same company that in the past has suggested taxing drone flights and apply take-off and landing fees.
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