US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced (12-May-2010) the members of a new committee on the future of the US aviation industry, which will hold its first meeting on 25-May-2010. The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee was formally established in Mar-2010 to provide information, advice and recommendations to the Secretary on ensuring the competitiveness of the US aviation industry and its capability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the US and global economy. The committee will focus on five areas: 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, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the Department of Transport, will chair the committee. Members from the US aviation industry include Director, Aviation Department, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Susan Baer; President and CEO, JetBlue Airways Corporation David Barger; Chairman, President and CEO, Republic Airways Bryan Bedford; President and CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Thella Bowens; Segment President, Nacelles and Interior Systems, Goodrich Corporation Cynthia Egnotovich; International President, Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Patricia Friend; Robert L. Lekites, President, UPS Airlines; Ana McAhron-Schulz, Director of Economic and Financial Analysis, Air Line Pilots Association; Chairman, President and CEO, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jack Pelton; Vice President, Business Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Nicole Piasecki; President and CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Raul Regalado; Chairman and President and CEO, UAL Corporation, Glenn Tilton. [more - DoT] [more - United Airlines]