Transforming America's Air Travel, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Space, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 11, 2015 [open pdf - 6MB]
This is the June 11, 2015 hearing "Transforming America's Air Travel," held before the Subcommittee on Space of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Brian Babin: "This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, also known as NACA. Founded in 1915 to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution, NACA was ultimately incorporated into NASA when Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. That same year, Congress also established the Federal Aviation Administration's predecessor, the Federal Aviation Agency. NACA's legacy of civilian aeronautics and aviation research and development is now carried out by NASA and FAA. The aeronautics research carried out by these agencies is vital to our nation's prosperity. Aviation accounts for $1.5 trillion in economic activity and a $78.3 billion positive trade balance. Civil and general aviation is responsible for 11.8 million jobs in the U.S. and generates 5.4 percent of our gross domestic product. Put simply, aviation is one of the pillars of our economy. And while we currently enjoy the benefits of our nation's early investments in aeronautics R&D [research and development], other nations are now attempting to challenge our leadership. This is particularly troubling when the largest growth sector is not here in the United States but in Asia. In order to maintain our leadership, we must strategically prioritize our government investments, provide a competitive environment for industry, and coordinate and clearly define public and private sector efforts to maximize efficiencies and minimize duplication that may crowd out investment." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jaiwon Shin, Dennis Filler, William Leber, R. John Hansman, and Greg Hyslop.
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