Taking Flight: The Economics of the Aviation Industry
On September 27, The Washington Post held a series of live conversations about the economics of the aviation industry. Leaders in government and aviation discussed the rising cost of jet fuel, energy policy, what’s next for aircraft and airports and other innovations that will transform the way we travel. With the September 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration approaching, you heard from a top FAA official, key members of Congress and experts who discussed the most important economic and policy issues affecting the aviation industry.
A View from the Administration
A discussion about the intersection of government policy and commercial aviation, including how FAA reauthorization and modernization of the country’s air transportation system will affect airlines and passengers.
On September 27, Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration, discussed the intersection of government policy and commercial aviation, including how FAA reauthorization and modernization of the country’s air transportation system will affect airlines and passengers.
Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration, discusses opportunities and risks he sees for the use of drones.
Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration, discusses proposals included in the FAA reauthorization bill, which passed in the House on September 26, 2018 and is now headed to the Senate.
Bailey Edwards, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration discusses how the FAA is developing standards for the reemergence of supersonic flight and the potential that this type of travel has to change the way consumers fly around the world.
Bailey Edwards
Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, Federal Aviation Administration
Bailey Edwards was appointed Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, at the Federal Aviation Administration in February 2018. In his role, Edwards is responsible for leading the FAA's policy efforts to improve the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system. His focus is on assisting with FAA's reauthorization efforts, improving the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System and advancing innovation-friendly policies related to the safe integration of new entrants, including commercial space and unmanned aircraft users.
Interviewed by Damian Paletta
Damian Paletta is a senior economics correspondent for The Washington Post.
A View from Capitol Hill
Leaders from Capitol Hill discuss public policy issues affecting the aviation industry and key items on the legislative agenda.
On September 27, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) discussed public policy issues affecting the aviation industry and key items on the legislative agenda.
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) discuss the recent House vote to create a “drone czar” at the Department of Homeland Security.
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) comments on the FAA Reauthorization Bill that passed in the House without his FAIR Fees provision that he says would reduce exorbitant airline fees for consumers.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), a former army helicopter pilot, urges both industry and government to find ways to incentivize more people to become trained pilots.
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)
Member, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) served 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in a special election in June 2013. Before being elected to Senate, Markey served as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. In the Senate, Markey is working toward passage of his key aviation security measures. He also introduced legislation to ensure consumers have a say in energy prices.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is a combat veteran and has represented the 715,000 citizens of the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania since 2013. He has served in uniform for 35 years, primarily as an Army Aviator, and currently at the rank of Brigadier General in the position of Assistant Adjutant General for the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Moderated by Jacqueline Alemany
Jacqueline Alemany is the anchor of the “Power Up” newsletter for The Washington Post.
Powering Our Skies
Experts explore the rising cost of jet fuel and the potential for new technologies and alternative fuels to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
On September 27, experts from the Advanced Biofuels Association, GE Aviation and Honeywell Aerospace explored the rising cost of jet fuel and the potential for new technologies and alternative fuels to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Kristin Slyker, Vice President of Connected Aircraft at Honeywell Aerospace discusses how "connected aircraft" uses data to improve flight experience and profitably for airlines.
Experts from Advanced Biofuels Association, GE Aviation and Honeywell Aerospace explore the environmental impacts of air travel and discuss ways to create more fuel efficient airplanes.
Experts from Advanced Biofuels Association, GE Aviation and Honeywell Aerospace discuss the importance of protecting consumer privacy as aviation technology continues to advance.
Michael McAdams
President, Advanced Biofuels Association
Over the last six years, Michael McAdams has been engaged in the formation of the Advanced Biofuels Association, representing more than 40 advanced biofuels production and feedstock companies. McAdams has more than 30 years of experience in government and public affairs in both the public and private sectors. He has also worked in both the federal legislative and regulatory areas with specific focuses on energy, fuels policy, climate change, air policy and tax.
Bill Brown
Commercial Engines Marketing Manager, GE Aviation
Bill Brown joined GE Aviation in 1980 as part of the Manufacturing Development Program with leadership assignments in manufacturing, quality and sourcing. He led GE Services Component Repair Program and GE's maintenance, repair and operations facilities. In 2000, Brown was appointed GE Aviation Marketing Operations Manager responsible for market analysis, forecasting and product pricing. He is currently the GE Aviation Marketing Manager for all commercial engines.
Kristin Slyker
Vice President, Connected Aircraft, Honeywell Aerospace
Kristin Slyker is the Vice President of Connected Aircraft for the Honeywell Aerospace business. Slyker has held leadership roles as the VP of Commercial Customer Operations in the Aerospace Integrated Supply chain, the VP of Program Management and Program Planning & Controls (PMO) for the Aerospace commercial businesses, and as Director of Program Management in the Business and General Aviation aftermarket business driving Retrofit, Modification, and Upgrade programs and catalog pricing.
Moderated by Lori Aratani
Lori Aratani is a transportation issues reporter for The Washington Post.
Innovations in Flight
Industry leaders explore how advances in technology, engineering and other innovative tools are poised to change the aviation industry.
On September 27, industry leaders from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Aerospace Industries Association and Inflight Internet Company Gogo, explored how advances in technology, engineering and other innovative tools are poised to change the aviation industry.
John Wade, President of Commercial Aviation at Gogo, a leading provider of inflight Internet connectivity, discusses how his company continues to innovate inflight internet and entertainment.
David Silver, Vice President of Civil Aviation at Aerospace Industries Association, describes how aviation technology and innovation is moving the industry forward in new ways.
Industry leaders from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Aerospace Industries Association and in-flight Internet company Gogo discuss how U.S. trade policies may impact aviation industry innovations moving forward.
John G. Clark
Vice President, Advanced Development Programs, Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
John G. Clark is the Vice President of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Unmanned Air System programs for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Development Programs (aka. Skunk Works®). In this role, he is responsible for the next generation of ISR and UAS platforms, the modernization and sustainment of existing aircraft including the U-2 as well as Battle Management and Command and Control Systems for special aircraft.
David Silver
Vice President, Civil Aviation, The Aerospace Industries Association
David Silver is the Vice President for Civil Aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Silver joined AIA with over 20 years of experience in aviation, most recently serving as the Director of Engineering & Regulatory Affairs for the Boeing Company in Washington D.C. where he worked extensively with both regulatory and legislative committee leadership. He also has an array of experience in working and collaborating with a variety of international organizations involved in certification and validation programs.
John Wade
President, Commercial Aviation, Gogo
John Wade is President of Gogo’s Commercial Aviation division. He has end-to-end responsibility for managing all aspects of the CA business, including product development, technology, sales, account management, quality, marketing and all aspects of product delivery. Wade joined Gogo in November 2008, and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since August 2016, a role in which he ran account management, program management, quality, production and logistics.
Moderated by Brian Fung
Brian Fung is a technology policy reporter for The Washington Post.
Content from Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Heather Wingate and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Cheryl Oldham discussed how Delta is training the next generation of pilots, engineers, aircraft maintenance technicians and other airline workers.
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