Aviation Summit 2017

Feb. 27, 2017

The theme for the 16th annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Aviation Summit in Washington, D.C., is “technology, innovation and the future of aviation,” and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will use his time at the March 2 forum to highlight the value of business aviation to America’s economy and transportation system, and underscore the industry’s continuing commitment to continuing the progress being made for ATC modernization.

Bolen has repeatedly been among a group of industry leaders and experts from all sectors of the aviation industry who will speak at the annual, day-long event, a forum dedicated to discussing the industry’s latest challenges and innovations.

The meeting, which takes place as Congress continues debating reauthorization of funding and programs for the FAA, is expected to draw more than 800 attendees from Washington’s aviation-policy arena.

NBAA has long stated that a long-term, bipartisan plan for the FAA reauthorization should include targeted solutions to identified challenges for aviation system modernization. Additionally, the association supports continued congressional oversight for aviation decision-making; not the creation of a privatized ATC funded through new user fees – a concept that has been pushed by some large airlines as part of the FAA reauthorization debate.

“The focus needs to be on how the U.S. transforms its air transportation system, including the adoption of new technology, to allow everyone to participate,” Bolen noted, when discussing aviation system modernization and FAA reauthorization at the chamber’s 2015 summit. “We need to maintain a system that is fair, transparent and equitable. Even though there are some differences of opinion, we have a similar end game – to ensure our nation continues to have the best air traffic system in the world.”