Taking Flight: The Economics of the Aviation Industry
2017 was a banner year for airline profits, with United States airlines and foreign carriers flying a record 965 million passengers on flights serving the U.S. But this year, rising fuel prices and other financial pressures could affect airlines’ bottom lines and how passengers travel.
On Thursday, September 27, The Washington Post will gather leaders in government and aviation to discuss the rising cost of jet fuel, energy policy, what’s next for aircraft and airports and other factors impacting the economics of the aviation industry.
This is the second Washington Post Live “Taking Flight” program presented by Delta Air Lines. The first event, held on June 7, 2018, focused on the aviation regulatory landscape. The third event, to be held on November 15, will cover the safety and security of commercial aviation.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Guests Include
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Heather Wingate
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
Heather Wingate serves as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines. Her responsibilities include managing Delta’s Federal and International government relations teams. She is responsible for developing and advocating Delta’s public policy positions with the White House, the Administration, and Congress. She also oversees Delta’s political engagement and relationships with think tanks, industry coalitions, and other public policy organizations.
More guests to be announced
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