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FAAC Subcommittees


Summary descriptions of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee subcommittees.

Aviation Safety

Ensuring safety in aviation
Future expected growth and increased complexity in the air transportation system creates new opportunities and challenges in the way the air transportation system manages safety.  The committee should examine policies and practices that take a proactive approach in ensuring the aviation system continues to achieve a high level of safety.

Competitiveness and Viability

Balancing the industry’s competitiveness and viability
A competitive airline industry is critical to our national economy.  Therefore, the committee should:
  • examine changes in the operating and competitive structures of the U.S. airline industry;
  • consider innovative strategies to open up new international markets and expand commercial opportunities in existing markets;
  • investigate strategies to encourage the development of cost-effective, cutting-edge technologies and equipment that are critical for a competitive industry coping with increasing economic and environmental challenges; and
  • examine the adequacy of current Federal programs to address the availability of intermodal transportation options and alternatives, small and rural community access to the aviation transportation system, the role of State and local governments in contributing to such access, and how the changing competitive structure of the U.S. airline industry is likely to transform travel habits of small and rural communities.


Addressing environmental challenges and finding solutions
The aviation industry faces increasing environmental and energy challenges that require integrated solutions and strategies, which allow continued growth and economic vitality of the aviation sector.  The committee should examine short-, medium-, and long-term steps and strategies that can be taken by aviation sector stakeholders and the Federal Government to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint and foster efficiency gains and sustainable energy in cost-beneficial ways.  It should also consider potential approaches to promote effective international action on these issues through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


Securing stable and sufficient funding for our aviation systems
The importance of the aviation system for the Nation’s economy requires state-of-the-art infrastructure. The committee should explore ways of augmenting funding systems to ensure the development, implementation, and maintenance of long term aviation investments.

Labor and World-Class Workforce

Ensuring a world-class workforce necessary for a robust aviation industry
In light of the changing socio-economic dynamics of the aviation industry, the committee should examine avenues for recruiting the best and brightest of our future workforce for careers in the aviation industry.

Last updated: Monday, February 23, 2015