Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association congratulates Robert L. “Bob” Hoover on his selection as the recipient of the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. The Wright Trophy is annually awarded to a living American for “…significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.”
The Department of Transportation Inspector General’s report on issues surrounding the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system fails to state the obvious, that the infrastructure necessary to implement ADS-B is on time, on budget and on the job. It is imperative that to improve our air transportation system and to enhance safety for future generations, the aviation industry, operators and government must all do their part to make NextGen a success.
It’s been clear ever since the downturn in defense spending began that our industry would have to develop new approaches to protecting the national asset that is our defense industrial base. One such approach is to grow our industries’ markets overseas. In recent years, we’ve seen gratifying advances in U.S. sales abroad of civil-related aircraft, helicopters, satellites and launch vehicles. That said, I’m convinced we can do more on the civil side and there are ways for the U.S. to become even more competitive with defense-related exports, which in turn will bolster our nation’s national security, foreign policy and economic interests.