Airspace Link, has announced the release of an API that enables developers to incorporate FAA LAANC approvals into their drone flight and mission planning applications. This development brings exciting news for drone operators, as it simplifies the process of accessing low-altitude airspace and promotes safer drone operations.
The AirHub API, developed by Detroit-based Airspace Link, empowers drone application developers to focus on their core products and services without the need to build specialized functions for airspace authorization. By integrating the API, developers can ensure compliance with FAA regulations while streamlining their workflow.
One of the key features of the AirHub API is the provision of real-time community advisories. While the FAA sets the rules and regulations for airspace in the United States, local communities often have additional information and advisories that can help drone operators plan their flights more effectively. AirHub Connect, the platform powered by AirHub API, allows communities to input local advisories, providing operators with valuable insights for safe and responsible drone operations.
The API also offers operational hazard and risk assessment capabilities. Using guidelines from the FAA and other standards bodies, developers can quantify potential hazards and associated risks within specific geographic boundaries. This information allows operators to make informed decisions about their flight plans, taking into account population density and ground-based risks.
Furthermore, the AirHub API provides logistics and planning tools for advanced use cases. Developers can leverage complex routing algorithms that consider diverse suitability surfaces constructed from numerous local and national datasets. These algorithms are customized to meet the specific requirements of operational parameters, offering efficient and optimized routes for drone flights.
Daniel Bradshaw, Co-founder and CTO of Airspace Link, expressed the benefits of the developer tools, stating,
"These tools will significantly streamline the airspace authorization process across the industry. Compliance will become that much easier across the drone ecosystem, enhancing safety and access for all."
Airspace Link's introduction of the AirHub API aligns with their mission to improve the safety and efficiency of drone operations while providing greater access to low-altitude airspace. The API will play a pivotal role in advancing the capabilities of drone applications and promoting responsible drone usage.
In a similar move, Aloft, another LAANC provider, has also opened its platform tools to third-party developers, fostering further collaboration and innovation within the drone industry.