Why is the FAA lagging?

A big part of the answer has to do with changes in the rulemaking process that conservatives themselves have helped bring about.

Since at least the 1970s, right-leaning think tanks and the corporate lobbying community have been relentlessly propounding the message that regulation is suffocating the U.S. economy. Many on the left, worried about corporate influence on regulators, have also demanded more transparency. Prodded by these concerns, lawmakers and administrations in both parties have spent the last three-plus decades wrapping the FAA and other regulatory agencies in ever more procedural red tape.

Congress has compounded the problem by starving agencies for funds and whipsawing them with conflicting mandates. The result is a slower, more cumbersome regulatory process with countless veto points opponents can use to alter or kill regulations they don’t like. Which, for critics of regulation, was the whole point. Except now the process is hamstringing what ought to be a sprinting
American industry.

Hoisted on their (our?) own petard so to speak… This is a very thoughtful article that looks at the case of Airware and what they are able to do overseas, versus what they are allowed to do in the US. Also looks in detail at the forces that the FAA has to deal with.

From www.washingtonmonthly.com

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