Tue, Nov 03, 2009
Testimony By AIA Before The House Committee on Transportation
and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee
The FAA should adopt the
recommendations in RTCA's Task Force Report and immediately
integrate them into FAA's NextGen Implementation Plan, said Neil
Planzer, vice president of Strategy for Air Traffic Management at
the Boeing Company. Planzer testified on behalf of AIA before the
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation
Subcommittee October 28.
"There is wide consensus from all stakeholders on the value of
NextGen to our aviation system, security, economy and environment,"
said Planzer. "That's good news, and sets the stage for moving
forward to accelerate implementation, end the delays and realize
NextGen's benefits now."
In the environmental area, benefits include more direct routes
and fewer delays, which will help achieve a 2 percent annual
reduction of emissions, a goal established by the International
Civil Aviation Organization earlier this month in Montreal.
Planzer highlighted the five priorities AIA has identified to
integrate the RTCA recommendations into the NextGen Implementation
- Clear performance metrics to establish accountability.
- Specific milestones to identify benefits for users.
- Policy and procedure alignment with technology
- Incentives for operators to equip aircraft.
- Accommodations for future developments, such as the integration
of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace
The AIA says the U.S. economy is fueled by a robust and reliable
air transportation system. Commercial aviation contributes $1.2
trillion to our national economy, including $380 billion in
earnings and 11.4 million jobs.
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