POLITICO Quotes Mark Aitken on Drone Airspace Integration
Akin Gump senior policy advisor Mark Aitken has been quoted in POLITICO Pro’s “Appropriators agitate for faster pace on drone airspace system.” The article reports that several provisions included in a House spending bill suggest that appropriators want to see more progress from the FAA when it comes to implementing plans for a drone air traffic management system. That would be a key step toward integrating drones into the national airspace.
One topic of concern to Aitken is “aerial ridesharing” operations, which he thinks also needs to be integrated into any traffic management system. “Having some initial feedback from DOT and the FAA as to how they’re going to approach this is absolutely critical at this juncture,” he said, “especially given the amount of private sector dollars that are being invested in the urban mobility landscape.”