Will Unmanned Air Traffic Control be Affected by Trump Presidency?


These days a great deal of buzz seems to be perpetually in motion surrounding U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump. Regardless of where you stand politically, one thing is clear; change is imminent. But will this change affect the emerging unmanned aviation industry, and if so, how? The President-elect is in favor of privatizing air traffic management, according to Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. Shuster claims Trump would like a private, non-profit corporation to take over the current system which is run by the Federal Aviation Administration.

This may bode well for companies such as AirMap who makes tracking, mapping, and geofencing software that is used in about 80 percent of commercial and consumer drones worldwide. With the FAA moving at what feels like a snail's pace to roll out viable regulations and solutions for the commercial UAV industry, privatization of air space management could catapult the industry into a entirely new dimension.

Regardless of Trump's intentions, one thing remains clear; a great deal of testing and coordination still needs to be conducted before an effective, comprehensive solution can be delivered to the marketplace. Air traffic management is too important to allow for a hasty solution to be implemented without addressing all the potential risks.

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