Current drone traffic control system cannot scale to manage the volume of forecasted traffic

There are dozens of videos on the Internet showing small, unmanned aircraft delivering medicine, packages, pizzas and tacos.

If you believe the hype, the skies may soon be crowded with these vehicles.

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration took a big step toward defining this future by enacting the rules and regulations known as Part 107.

The federal government’s potential role in drone aviation shouldn’t stop with Part 107. Instead, the government should seek opportunities to partner with private firms to develop novel drone traffic management systems and to test drone designs.

Through involvement in these areas, the government could help stimulate the development of drone aviation, as it did with civil aviation via the Air Commerce Act of 1926, while also establishing a framework for the protection of the public’s safety, privacy, hearing and environment.

Such an effort could also serve as a catalyst for modernization of the nation’s air traffic control system. Read more