Aviation has stagnated since the 1960s. A cross-country flight for Don Draper took less time than the same flight today. We have not experienced the transformative changes in aviation that are so common in information technology.

It’s not fair to lay all of the blame for this stagnation at the feet of the FAA—but it’s fair to place a good deal of it there. The agency is constantly thwarting commercialization of new technologies and innovative business models.

Here are five ways it has done so:

  1. Uber for small planes

  2. Supersonic flight

  3. Electric aircraft

  4. Autonomous passenger drones

  5. Modern air traffic control (this ought to be #1)

Quite the provocative list. And quite the hoorah for all things reauthorization.
The article is part of a e-zine collaboration between Arizona State, New America and Slate called Future Tense. More here.

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