The Paris Air Show has attracted aviation enthusiasts from around the world since it began in 1909. This year, Secretary Chao and I were lucky enough to be among them.
As the eyes of the aviation world once again turned to Le Bourget, countless manufacturers were on hand to unveil their latest and greatest aircraft. It was fantastic to see so many American companies represented, with Boeing and Lockheed Martin making headlines for their most recent innovative jet designs.
But the Paris Air Show isn’t just about innovative technologies. It’s also a unique opportunity for international aviation leaders to come together and discuss the 21st Century challenges we face.
Make no mistake: the aviation industry is truly a global community. We collaborate, share information, and implement each other’s best practices. Our goal is simple: to ensure airline passengers experiences the same level of safety and service no matter where they fly.
Thanks to this shared commitment, aviation is the safest form of transportation in the world. But our work doesn’t stop there.
The United States is working closely with our international partners like ICAO to help reduce risks at every stage of flight, improve the efficiency of the global aviation network, and limit our industry’s impact on the environment. This includes making sure our air traffic control systems are harmonized with our counterparts in Europe, South America, and elsewhere.
There was one topic that was on everyone’s mind during this trip to Paris: unmanned aircraft. As drones become increasingly popular, nations around the world are grappling with how best to integrate them into the airspace. And there’s much we can learn from each other.
The United States is proud to be a member of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems, or JARUS. This group is working together on a single set of requirements for the certification and integration of drones, so that we can benefit from each other’s expertise and avoid duplicating our efforts.
I have no doubt that this partnership – along with the ideas exchanged at events like the Paris Air Show – will be invaluable to the FAA’s drone integration efforts moving forward.