20 NOVEMBER 2017
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The importance of building partnerships with stakeholders to continue advancing America’s global leadership on aviation was stressed last week by the head of the US Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta.
Speaking at the Aero Club in Washington DC, Huerta, whose tenure ends shortly after more than seven years at the agency, said aviation was standing on the cusp of the “next great age”.
Changes were coming fast and the industry had a “new need for speed,” he went on. “The skies will be home to multitudes of new users, flying in ways we can only imagine.
“The community can debate when drone taxis will enter service or how many people they will carry, but there’s no debate they’re on the horizon,” Huerta said, noting Uber’s announcement this month of a partnership with NASA on research into traffic systems for flying cars.
After he took over, the FAA had set out to foster a more constructive relationship with the aviation community, he went on, adding: “The result is the safest, largest, most complex and most efficient air transportation system the world has known."
However, “our aviation family is only going to keep expanding. Our table has to grow with it. We need to hear from a broad range of voices if we’re going to get things right.”
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