Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler

Santa Monica-based AirMap Inc., which develops flight management software for drones, appointed former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to its board June 3.

Wheeler's duties as a board member include helping AirMap navigate the increasing framework of regulations on autonomous aircraft and drones, the company said in a statement.

“The opening of the low-altitude airspace to high-scale flight operations offers so many new opportunities for both citizens and companies,” Wheeler said in a statement. “How governments integrate these new airspace entrants with their public interest responsibility will be an important new chapter in the relationship between innovative technologies and public policy,” he added.

Wheeler served as FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017 after being appointed by President Barack Obama. His experience includes tenure as a telecommunications executive; Turner has served as president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and chief executive of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.

“Tom's experience in fostering economic growth and societal benefits through technology innovations, public-private partnerships, and open-market regulations will be a great resource for our industry as it develops and matures,” AirMap Co-Founder Ben Marcus said in a statement.

Tech reporter Samson Amore can be reached at samore@labusinessjournal.com or (323) 556-8335. Follow him on Twitter @samsonamore.

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