Marion C. Blakey, President and Chief Executive Officer, AIA “The Heavens Are Our Sandbox”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Worldwide Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership
2nd Annual Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturing Summit
Orlando, Florida
Friday, Feb. 25, 2010

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

AIA Encouraged by Passage of Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill

Feb. 18, 2011

AIA supports the “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act” (S. 223) approved by the U.S. Senate Feb. 17.

“We’re very pleased that the Senate has passed this vital piece of legislation,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Civil aviation is a huge economic engine for our country, and programs like NextGen have a strong economic and environmental return on investment.”

The Senate bill addresses key AIA priorities such as environmental streamlining, third-party performance-based navigation procedure design, the establishment of NextGen performance metrics and aircraft equipage incentives. AIA…

AIA Supports FAA Reauthorization Act

Feb. 16, 2011

AIA supports the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 658) as introduced by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation Feb. 11.

“We’re very pleased with the Committee’s decision to address environmental streamlining, third-party performance-based navigation procedure design and the establishment of NextGen performance metrics,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “These policies will make our air transportation system more efficient and also protect the investment of the American taxpayer.”

Blakey’s testimony before the subcommittee Feb. 9 outlined a number of initiatives to improve FAA efficiency…

The future of NextGen

Feb. 15, 2011

The House and Senate have each declared passage of a new FAA Authorization bill a top legislative priority, very welcome news after more than three years of short-term extensions. Air transportation is a proven economic engine; passage of this bill is an investment in our nation’s economic recovery.

The U.S. air transportation system has been the world’s gold standard for more than half a century. But to remain so, we need to bring our system into the 21st Century. Air service demand will return to pre-recession levels, but along with the return of that…

NASA Budget Falls Short of Stated Goals

Feb. 14, 2011

We are disappointed with the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget for NASA of $18.7 billion, which represents a cut of $750 million from the authorized level and a major drop of more than $6.2 billion from the fiscal year 2011 request over the next four years.

In his State of the Union address, the president challenged this nation to embrace our “Sputnik” moment and win the future. Yet the administration’s request for NASA fails to recognize the return on investment – both now and in the future – that our nation’s space program provides…