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General aviation represented in new Transportation Department committee

May 14, 2010, 07:00 pm

How aviation should be guided in the country for the future will be the topic of thought for a new committee created by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Future Aviation Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting on May 25 and will be chaired by Susan Kurland, the assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the department. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said members of the committee will talk about how to keep the industry competitive and vital.

"Aviation is essential to our nation’s economy and our ability to compete in international commerce," LaHood said.

Some of the topics covered by the committee will include aviation safety, competitiveness, funding and the environment. It will meet at least four times in the coming year and will present its findings to LaHood. Members of the committee include representatives from airlines, manufacturers, academia andthe general aviation market.

The summits may provide members of the general aviation community put in their own opinion about the challenges that face their industry. It may also give industry members the chance to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation Air Transportation System, which will use satellites to help guide planes.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19778733-ADNFCR

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