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The aviation industry plays a critical role in the American economy, and this group recognizes its vast importance. The aviation sector transports 900 million passengers every year and is responsible for $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, nearly 12 million jobs, and represents 5.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, the industry’s $83 billion trade surplus is the largest trade surplus within the U.S. economy. Tying this all together is a complex infrastructure network of airports and air traffic control operated by, among many others, millions of highly skilled pilots, mechanics and other technicians, and air traffic controllers. The tremendous collaborative effort of industry and government over the decades, translated into the safest airspace in the world. But, while the U.S. had long been considered the gold standard in aviation technology and safety, America has begun to lose its edge and is falling behind its peers. Today, congestion and delays plague U.S. airports while high-altitude traffic is guided by inefficient and old point-to-point, ground-based radar technology; qualified workers needed to meet the global demands for air travel in the next 30 years have grown increasingly scarce; and new technologies are challenging airline safety and security.

Senate Hearing Brings Airlines, Payroll Support Program, Workforce into Focus

Every few years Congress brings together all the major airline CEOs to press them on major concerns and pet issues. The most recent...

Looking to the Skies: A Centennial Institute Session Recap

If there was one word to describe the state of the U.S. aviation industry in 2019, it was “soaring.” Airlines in the United States...

Senate Confirms Sullenberger to ICAO, Tees Up NMB Vote Next Week

The U.S. Senate on December 2 confirmed former airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger to be the U.S. Ambassador to the...

House Panel Grills FAA Chief Over Implementation of Congressional Directives

Yesterday, the House Aviation Subcommittee got an update from the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on the status of...

T&I Aviation Hearing Explores Air Rage Incidents

Unruly passenger incidents are not new to aviation, but the rates of verbal disputes, threats, and sometimes physical altercations with...

Eno Releases New Paper Aimed at Ensuring Long-Term Safety for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

How did flying become the safety way to travel? Despite speeds regularly over 500 miles per hour, heavy vehicles carrying hundreds of...

White House, Congress Push Plans for Reducing Emissions from Aviation

The Biden Administration yesterday announced a new initiative to develop sustainable aviation fuels. In an extensive fact sheet...

Guiding the New UAS Industry to Safety Excellence

The aviation industry and regulators are achieving many notable successes in creating effective policies to facilitate the integration...

Webinar: Guiding the New UAS Industry to Safety Excellence

The aviation industry and regulators are achieving many notable successes in creating effective policies to facilitate the integration...

Op-Ed: Incorporating Sustainability in Airport Planning

Airports are a critical part of the U.S. transportation infrastructure as they play a key role in the economy and in connecting...

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill: Airports and Ports/Waterways

There were many areas of infrastructure (to say nothing of non-physical "infrastructure") where the members of the bipartisan Senate...

Diversity in Aviation and Aerospace Industry Receives Attention in House Hearing

On Tuesday, July 20, the Subcommittee on Aviation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing entitled,...

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