Muncie, Indiana—The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and UASidekick announced a new partnership today to disseminate free recreational Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) flight planning to nearly 175,000 UAS hobbyists who are members of AMA. The software allows pilots to file LAANC authorizations with the FAA when flying in controlled airspace via a web portal and mobile application. It includes additional flight planning tools such as interactive maps, weather information, and flight logs.
“One of our top priorities is helping hobbyists comply with evolving regulations. We are proud to partner with UASidekick, 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.
“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 cofounder of UASidekick.
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.
UASidekick and AMA will provide training webinars to help UAS pilots understand the airspace and flight restrictions, as well as informational webinars on the industry and changing regulations.