Sending Office: Honorable Stephen Knight
Supporting organizations: Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT), Aurora Flight Sciences, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), General Aviation Manufacturers Association, General Electric Aviation, Gulfstream (a General
Dynamics company), the Small UAV Coalition, Society of Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), United States Advanced Ceramics Association (USACA), NASA Aerospace Support Team (NAST), Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
(HRMFFA), Hampton Federal Area Development Authority, Uber
Cosponsors: Knight, Kaptur, Joyce, Ryan (OH), Scott (VA), Stivers, Taylor
We invite you to cosponsor the Aeronautics Innovation Act on 2017. This bill provides a guiding architecture for the ‘Big A’ in NASA: Aeronautics. It secures the U.S. technological edge in aviation technology by driving forward unmanned aircraft system (UAS)
integration into the national airspace, developing new ultra-efficient propulsion methods, and encouraging the development of an exciting new type of air travel, “on-demand aviation,” that will revolutionize the way people move.
The aviation manufacturing industry is a $350 billion annual industry in the United States. It benefits the economy and national security in more ways than revenue alone: it directly provides 547,900 high-paying, high-skilled jobs to American workers and
indirectly supports millions more advanced STEM jobs in the manufacturing and research sectors.
Other countries have taken note of the tremendous benefits aircraft manufacturing provides and have joined in competing for the projected $8-10 trillion the global aircraft market will generate over the next two decades. Canada is now heavily subsidizing
Bombadier, European countries are subsidizing Airbus, and Chinese, Russian, and Brazilian companies are subsidizing the development of new jets to leapfrog the capabilities of U.S.-designed and -built aircraft.
The Aeronautics Innovation Act authorizes funding for a new series of X-planes at NASA that will secure the U.S. industry’s competitive edge and grow our aviation industrial base, ultimately placing high-skilled innovators in research and industrial hubs
in cities and towns across the country. These programs take on the high-risk research and testing necessary for U.S. industry to produce the next generation of supersonic, quieter and more efficient, and hybrid-electric aircraft that near-future regulatory
and competitive environments will demand. Without these programs, the U.S. runs the risk of being surpassed by other nations as the world’s most advanced and prolific aircraft exporter.
This legislation also offers funding stability to NASA’s UAS integration efforts to ensure the U.S. maintains the most advanced testing and integration environment. NASA’s aeronautical engineers and scientists have unique expertise that will enable the Federal
Aviation Administration to make rules for safer, higher capacity, and faster air operations to boost national productivity and efficiency. Their work plays a critical role in shaping a 21st century transportation system and provides a foundation for successful
industries to come.
To defend our position as the world’s leading air and economic power, we need to adequately fund technology investments with greater energy and consistency than our foreign adversaries and economic competitors. To this end, the Aeronautics Innovation Act
calls for funding support for NASA’s Aeronautics directorate that can be attained with correlative increases in NASA’s overall budget authority.
op-ed on the bill was published in GE Reports on August 9, 2017.
If you would like to become a cosponsor of the resolution or have questions, Adam Brooks in Rep. Knight’s office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or T.J. Lowdermilk in Rep. Kaptur’s office (TJ.Lowdermilk@mail.house.gov).
Steve Knight Marcy Kaptur
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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