The aviation industry plays a critical role in the American economy, and this group recognizes its vast importance. The aviation sector transports 900 million passengers every year and is responsible for $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, nearly 12 million jobs, and represents 5.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, the industry’s $83 billion trade surplus is the largest trade surplus within the U.S. economy. Tying this all together is a complex infrastructure network of airports and air traffic control operated by, among many others, millions of highly skilled pilots, mechanics and other technicians, and air traffic controllers. The tremendous collaborative effort of industry and government over the decades, translated into the safest airspace in the world. But, while the U.S. had long been considered the gold standard in aviation technology and safety, America has begun to lose its edge and is falling behind its peers. Today, congestion and delays plague U.S. airports while high-altitude traffic is guided by inefficient and old point-to-point, ground-based radar technology; qualified workers needed to meet the global demands for air travel in the next 30 years have grown increasingly scarce; and new technologies are challenging airline safety and security.

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2009 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2009 Transportation Weekly Archive   January 2009 January 13, 2009 issue – CBO releases dismal new budget forecast; Stimulus bill...

Aviation Working Group

Eno’s Aviation Working Group is a standing advisory group on all matters relating to aviation policy. The group provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging contemporary aviation issues. The goal of the group  is to

(1) educate the public at large as well as policy makers as to the importance of the aviation industry to the U.S. economy;

(2) identify the roadblocks to progress, innovation, and modernization; and

(3) propose bold, pragmatic policy solutions to help tackle those challenges.

Focus Areas for Current Work:

UAS Integration: Research alternatives for certifying and integrating unmanned aerial systems  into the national airspace system and craft clear and actionable policy recommendations for a path forward

Workforce: Identify causes and solutions for workforce shortages across the industry to provide actionable recommendations for leaders

Policy Analysis: Provide analysis and recommendations to inform federal aviation policy related to funding and finance issues, air traffic control reform, and certification.

Member Organizations:

  • Airlines for America
  • Air Line Pilots Association
  • Airport Minority Advisory Council
  • American Airlines
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • International Air Transport Association
  • Japan International Transport Institute, USA (JITI)
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce