Rally planned to protect NextGen

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A rally is being planned on Monday, Sept. 30, to discuss the upcoming challenges to the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System initiative in the face of cuts from sequestration.

According to the FAA’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request, sequestration could impact funding of the NextGen initiative by approximately 30% to 50%. This cut will have a significant impact on the progress of NextGen and the safety and efficiency of our nation’s skies, according to officials with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

That’s why AIA, in partnership with Exelis Inc., will bring together experts from a variety of industries to discuss NextGen’s successes and upcoming challenges, as detailed in a new AIA report on Monday. Copies of the report, which highlights the importance and cross-industry utilization of NextGen technology, will be provided to all event attendees.

Keynote speaker will be Marion Blakey, AIA president and a former FAA administrator.

Panel moderator will be Dr. Pam Drew, corporate vice president and president of Information Systems, Exelis Inc. On the panel will be Deron Lovaas, director, Federal Transportation Policy, Energy & Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; Michael McCormick, Executive Director and COO at Global Business Travel Association; Don Dillman, Managing Director of Flight Operations at Airlines for America; and Scott Rosenberg, Technical Pilot, B737, Alaska Airlines.

Panel discussion with representatives from a cross section of industry concerning today’s tangible benefits of the NextGen air transportation system.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Breakfast will be served.

For more information: AIA-Aerospace.org


  1. ben says

    The sequester is a reduction of the increase of funding. They still received more money than the previous year!!!


    “The FAA requested $15.172 billion for FY2013, but the Continuing Resolution – passed last fall – locked in funding levels of $16.668 billion. The FAA’s sequester hit will be just $669 million, which means their post-sequester funding level of $15.999 billion will still be above their original request.”

  2. John says

    Let’s see, Sequestration (meaning we don’t have the money) Safety and Efficiency of our Nations Skies, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) which is a group primarily to benefit through the sales of equipment and implementation of the program. Follow the money um….maybe we can put off the 2020 requirement for 12k in panel modifications that will be mandated by NextGen.

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