DOT Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday 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," LaHood 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 competitive."
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.
Susan Kurland, DOT assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, will chair the committee. Airport representatives on the panel are Thella Bowens, president and CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; and Raul Regalado, president and CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.