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FAA expands low-altitude drone tests

By Diana Grytsku ID: 522127369

The Federal Aviation Administration will expand its test of a near-real-time drone authorization processing system beginning next month, and will add more mapping providers to the effort, the agency’s acting administrator told a gathering of unmanned aircraft operators.

Acting Administrator Dan Elwell said at the agency’s 3rd Annual UAS Symposium that starting at the end of April, the FAA will expand Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability into a nationwide beta test.

That test will include 300 air traffic control centers across the country, which serve 500 airports. The test begins April 30, and will look at how the automated processing system data sharing functions will work.

The FAA launched a prototype low-altitude test last fall at eight regional air traffic control facilities, as it accelerated plans to…


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