Remarks for National Aerospace Week Wings of Liberty Award
Excerpts From Prepared Remarks David F. Melcher, President & CEO Aerospace Industries Association, and Marillyn Hewson, Vice Chairman, AIA Board of Governors and CEO, President & Chairman of the Board, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Thursday, September 17, 2015
The world aviation sector is well on its way to meeting the planned fuel-efficiency targets set for 2020. Despite the Aviation Week Leading Edge column to the contrary (AW&ST Sept. 14-27, p. 19), ICCAIA, IATA, IBAC and GAMA agree that the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) fuel-efficiency goals are within reach and supported by the aviation industry’s strong record to date and commitments going forward.
Four industry groups wrote this collective statement on fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) is the global organization of aerospace industry associations. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 250 member airlines account for 83% of the world’s air traffic. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) represents and promotes business aviation industry. And the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is a group of 80 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics, components and related services.
AIA Director for Environmental Policy Leslie Riegle played an active role in drafting and editing the piece and coordinating among the four signatory organizations.
Appeared in the Sept. 14, 2015 edition of Defense News, on page 37. By John J. Hamre and David F. Melcher.
Shutting down Ex-Im would also threaten American national security interests. American aerospace and defense companies have relied on overseas markets, particularly commercial markets serviced by Ex-Im loans, to keep the defense industrial base healthy as U.S. defense spending has declined. Without Ex-Im, U.S. industrial production will decline, with fewer revenue and jobs throughout the aerospace and defense supply chain, leading to higher unit costs for the military systems our armed forces buy. The same dynamic occurred in the shipbuilding sector in the 1980s with devastating results that continue to be felt today.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association presented Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) with its prestigious Wings of Liberty Award September 17. The Senators were recognized for their leadership of the Senate Aerospace Caucus, which enables Senate members and staff to engage with industry and government leaders on a number of subjects related to maintaining U.S. leadership in national security technology, civil aviation and space research and exploration. They were also honored for their individual contributions to the health of America’s aerospace and defense industry.
When NextGen is fully implemented—hopefully by 2025—airline passengers will notice significant changes in the way they fly. With new tools aiding our pilots and air traffic controllers, those frustrating delays while taxiing to the runway will diminish, flights will be smoothly diverted around rough weather and routes will be more precise—saving time, fuel and money.