LaHood, Babbitt To Hear Committee's Recommendations
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) will present
its recommendations to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at
its final meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at DOT headquarters in
Washington, DC. The meeting will begin at 0930 EST, with
discussions by FAAC's subcommittees and adoption of the
recommendations by the full committee. The full committee will then
issue its recommendations to the Secretary at approximately 1330.
Secretary LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt will
participate in the meeting's afternoon sessions, during which they
will receive the committee's recommendations.
The FAAC was created in April to provide information, advice, and
recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on
challenges facing the aviation industry. The recommendations 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.
The committee's focus has been 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 year 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.
“Aviation is essential to our nation’s economy and
our ability to compete in international commerce,” Secretary
LaHood said in forming the committee earlier this year. “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 competitive.”
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee was established 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.