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White House outlines ambitious drone goals

Joe Mont | October 31, 2017

The White House is officially on the drone bandwagon.

With an Oct. 25 statement informing us that “President Donald J. Trump is making American aviation great again,” the administration boasted that “our nation will move faster, fly higher, and soar proudly toward the next great chapter of American aviation.”

Beyond the hype and rhetoric, the White House announced plans for a new drone Integration Pilot Program “that will accelerate drone integration into the national airspace system.”

“With the increase in the number of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, America’s aviation pioneers need a regulatory framework that encourages innovation while ensuring airspace safety,” the statement said, adding that the current regulatory framework for aviation “is outdated, limiting the integration of drones into the national...

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