Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx after being unanimously confirmed today by the United States Senate to succeed outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.
“Secretary Foxx brings substantial credentials and valuable local government experience to Washington as he assumes this important position at a critical time,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Sequestration and long-term financial constraints are substantial challenges to a U. S. aviation system that leads the world in technological innovation and aircraft manufacturing. As our economy recovers, we cannot be saddled with a decades-old air traffic control system. And as we face emerging global competitors, the FAA’s certification procedures must not hold back U. S. manufacturers in introducing new products to the world marketplace.”
Blakey added that these challenges are surmountable, and the aerospace industry looks forward to working with the new secretary. “We are eager to assist Secretary Foxx as he takes over the helm at DOT and puts together a transportation plan that balances today’s needs with tomorrow’s necessary investments. His experience overseeing the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will provide invaluable insights into the importance of our aviation system and the complexities of providing nationwide air traffic control services every day of the year, rain or shine.”
Blakey also offered praise for outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood. “Secretary LaHood has done an excellent job in challenging times. He has always considered the views of manufacturers in the aviation sector that provides so many jobs in this country, and so much to a positive U. S. trade balance. His 30 year tenure of government service, and the deep experience that goes with it, will be missed.”