Trump promises big changes in aviation

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President Donald Trump talks with aviation executives. (White House Photo via Pool)

Airline and airport executives, including Alaska Air Group’s CEO, had their turn today to talk with President Donald Trump, who promised them lower taxes and fewer regulations as well as improvements in aviation infrastructure.

“We’re going to be announcing something … over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax, and developing our aviation infrastructure,” Trump told the group of more than a dozen industry leaders during the White House meeting.

The president also hinted that he wants to make big changes at the Federal Aviation Administration and the air traffic control system, relying in part on advice from his own pilot.

“I have a pilot who’s a real expert, and he said, ‘Sir, the equipment they’re putting on is just the wrong stuff,’” Trump said, according to a White House transcript of the meeting. “We’ll talk about that, because if we’re going to modernize our systems, we should be using the right equipment.”

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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