American aviation has a bright future, according to award-winning author and commentator James Fallows. “There will always be an irresistible desire to fly,” he said.
Fallows made the comments during a discussion last week with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker at the monthly Washington Aero Club luncheon. The two covered a wide range of topics, including air traffic control, remotely piloted aircraft, the aviation infrastructure in China, and Fallows’ “American Futures” project.
The couple spent many years reporting in a similar style while living in China, and Fallows has extensively researched the Chinese aviation infrastructure. He said there’s only been “about an inch of liberalization of rules” thus far, and that “A China that could have a successful independent aerospace system is a China we don’t yet know.”
Mostly Fallows and Baker discussed their love of flight and all that aviation brings to society. Particularly while flying for American Futures, Fallows said he loves to watch the way settlements change with the landscape as you fly. “The process of swimming through the air still excites me,” he said.