July 23 hearing to examine state of aviation manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing July 23 to review the state of American aviation manufacturing, including economic health and challenges facing the industry.

In 2012, aviation generated roughly 5% of the nation’s gross domestic product, contributed $1.2 trillion dollars in economic activity, and supported 11.8 million jobs. Manufacturing is a key component of the aviation industry. The United States is home to several major aviation manufacturers, as well as half of the world’s major general aviation manufacturers for business jets.

After the recent severe economic downturn, economic indicators reflect that American aviation manufacturing is on the road to recovery. While signs of economic recovery are present, this industry faces a number of challenges in an increasingly competitive global market.

The hearing, “Domestic Aviation Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities,” is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

Witnesses expected to appear include:

  • Peggy Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dr. Gerald Dillingham, Director of Civil Aviation Issues, Government Accountability Office
  • Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Pete Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Joe Brown, President, Hartzell Propeller Inc.
  • Dave Cox, Lead Administrator, Air Washington Project

The hearing will be streamed live online.

For more information: Transport.house.gov

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