We are pleased to see the administration’s continued commitment to improving efficiency and safety and reducing the environmental impact of the National Aerospace System through the fiscal year 2012 President’s Budget Request.
In particular, the budget request proposes to fund the NextGen initiative at $1.24 billion, $200 million of which will come directly from the administration’s Infrastructure Initiative. Including NextGen avionics equipment in the administration’s $30 billion National Infrastructure Bank proposal could accelerate the benefits of NextGen. This will help address one of the larger challenges facing the full implementation of NextGen—establishing a sound business case for equipping airlines with upgraded avionics systems. Without the cockpit infrastructure component, there is no NextGen.
Furthermore, AIA appreciates the administration’s recognition of the important role aerospace manufacturers play in driving innovation and contributing positively to our nation’s trade balance. Funding for an additional 100 certification personnel will help avoid delays that could hamper international competitiveness and speed the deployment of new products meant to improve safety and make air travel safer and more efficient.