Quad Grid Update to LAANC

Quad Grid Graphic

The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is receiving an enhancement from the FAA called “Quad Grid,” which will enable model aircraft and drone pilots to operate in more low-level airspace than before.

If you are unfamiliar with LAANC, click here for a detailed look at all that it entails.

The FAA divides the airspace at approximately 750 Class B, C, D, and E airports into grids that are roughly 1 square mile. Each grid cell is given an operating altitude limit between 0 and 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) on the FAA UAS Facility Map. With Quad Grid, these grid cells will be split into quarters, making the new cells approximately ½ mile instead of 1 square mile, opening airspace for model aircraft and drone operations in hundreds of locations across the United States.

These new ½ mile grid cells will give model aircraft and drone operators more flexibility when flying near airport properties in controlled airspace. Areas that were previously restricted to 0 feet AGL on the FAA’s UAS Facility Map might now allow operations between 50 and 100 feet AGL, for example, if the airport facility deems such operations safe.

As a reminder, AMA members can sign up and use UASidekick’s map for free to check locations of airports and find nearby AMA chartered flying fields, as well as check for any NOTAMs that may be in the area.

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If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the Government Affairs department at (765) 287-1256 or amagov@modelaircraft.org.