First Meeting Scheduled For May 25 In Washington, DC
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the members
of a new committee on the future of the U.S. aviation industry,
which will hold its first meeting on May 25 in Washington.
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee was formally
established in March to provide information, advice, and
recommendations to the Secretary on ensuring the competitiveness of
the U.S. aviation industry and its capability to address the
evolving transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the
U.S. and global economy.
"Aviation is essential to our nation's economy and our ability
to compete in international commerce," Secretary LaHood
(below) said. "This committee, which represents a broad
cross-section of the aviation community, will begin the important
conversation about how to ensure the industry remains vital and
The committee will focus principally on five issue areas:
ensuring aviation safety, ensuring a world-class aviation
workforce, balancing the industry's competitiveness and viability,
securing stable funding for aviation systems, and addressing
environmental challenges and solutions.
The advisory committee grew out of a forum last November hosted
by Secretary LaHood on the future of the U.S. aviation industry,
during which he urged attendees to nominate potential committee
members. The members selected represent airlines, airports, labor,
manufacturers, environment, finance, academia, consumer interests,
and general aviation stakeholders. The committee will meet at
least four times over the next year, after which it will issue its
recommendations to the Secretary.
Susan Kurland (pictured, right), Assistant Secretary for
Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of
Transportation, will chair the committee.
The first meeting of the committee will take place on May 25,
beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. at DOT Headquarters,
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC. Meetings will be
open to the members of the general public who have registered to
attend in advance on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as
space is available. People wishing to register (FAAC@dot.gov) can send their name, title,
company or affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address
with the subject title "Registration".