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U.S. CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL SUMMIT IN D.C.

Congressman Bill Shuster - "Getting government out of the way," a key to making sure the U.S. remains a world leader in aviation.  (Photo by Kim Stevens)

Congressman Bill Shuster – “Getting government out of the way,” a key to making sure the U.S. remains a world leader in aviation. (Photo by Kim Stevens)

   Gordon Bethune receives the Carol B. Hallett Award.  Photo by Kim Stevens


Gordon Bethune receives the Carol B. Hallett Award.
Photo by Kim Stevens

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its 14th Annual Aviation Summit on Tuesday attracting more than 700 guests and 30 chief executives, with discussions on a wide range of issues affecting the aviation industry. NASAO’s Kim Stevens attended the one-day event in downtown Washington D.C., which was heralded as the biggest summit yet.

Some key highlights included a keynote presentation by CongressmanBill Shuster, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a panel on FAA reauthorization. Shuster said they started reauthorization talks 15 months ago recognizing the importance of the FAA bill. He said that we can’t afford to settle for status quo and although safety is still a primary concern, it’s absolutely crucial to move forward with reform. Shuster said we have an historic opportunity to transform the FAA, which is a vast bureaucracy made up of 44,000 employees, and let the agency focus on what it does best.

Although the reauthorization panel discussed various aspects of the bill, a debate on PFCs ensued between Kevin Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International – North America andSharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, for Airlines for America, which took up much of the allotted time.

Other panel discussions included the topics of Open Skies, Manufacturing, ATC and Space. Gordon Bethune, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Continental Airlines, received the Carol B. Hallet Award.

Ed Bolen, NBAA, championed the interests of GA on a panel discussion on ATC.  Photo by Kim Stevens

Ed Bolen, NBAA, championed the interests of GA on a panel discussion on ATC.
Photo by Kim Stevens

 

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