Thu, Dec 16, 2010
Panel Calls On FAA To Assist In Funding NextGen Equipment On
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) advisory panel
delivered its list of recommendations on how to address challenges
faced by the U.S. aviation industry to U.S. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday. Among the recommendations
presented by the committee are proposals that federal government
assist in funding NextGen equipage on aircraft, ensure greater
transparency for consumers in airline pricing, expand the sources
of safety data available to the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), and ensure that global airline alliances enhance the
viability and competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry.
The FAAC, created in April, presented 23 specific
recommendations to Secretary LaHood on how to ensure the strength,
competitiveness and safety of aviation. The committee's 19
members represented airlines, airports, labor, manufacturers,
environment, finance, academia, consumer interests, and general
"This committee has provided a valuable service to all members of
the aviation community with this blueprint for the industry,"
Secretary LaHood said. "As we move forward, these
recommendations will provide valuable guidance for making the
world's greatest aviation system even greater. I thank the
members of the committee for their hard work and dedication, and I
look forward to thoroughly reviewing the recommendations."
The committee focused 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.
Other specific recommendations include:
- Developing improved methods of predicting safety risks.
- Incorporating safety standards into planning for NextGen, the
FAA's overhaul of the national airspace system.
- Improving links between airports and other forms of
- Enhancing science and technology training for the future and
current aviation workforce.
- Ensuring that aircraft operators are able to realize the
benefits of NextGen as quickly as possible.
- Reducing aviation's impact on the environment through use of
sustainable fuels and improved aircraft technology, as well as
accelerating the use of NextGen equipment to promote greater
The Department of Transportation will now review the
recommendations and develop a plan for their implementation.
Members of the FAAC will be invited to attend periodic briefings to
update them on the progress in implementing their
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