We are the home of aviation and space, and few industries have advanced technology more than aerospace. At TechAmerica, we bring together the leaders in aviation and space to sit at the same table as those creating and benefiting from the industry’s advances.
Through the Aviation Subcommittee and the Space Enterprise Council, TechAmerica works to educate policymakers of the importance of private industry in advancing the nation’s technology community and what is needed to ensure that the industry continues to grow.
Chair: Ron Rhodes (OST) Vice Chairs: Gene Hayman (L3) and Felix Martinez (Deloitte)
The Aviation Subcommittee is an industry liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Members have backgrounds in marketing, Air Traffic Control and other FAA equipment procurement. Committee meetings feature key FAA staff, Hill committee staff, or Administration representatives discussing issues such as telecommunications programs, acquisition policies, budget matters, etc.
TechAmerica meets with FAA senior officials on a regular basis and is briefed by Congressional staff on pertinent issues to the industry.
A top priority for TechAmerica is to ensure that the Next Generation Air Transportation System “Next Gen”, the FAA program to modernize flight navigation through satellite based navigation, as there are great opportunities for the private sector in building out the system to contribute and partner with the government in this critical upgrade.
To continue to raise awareness of the importance of information technology to the aviation industry, we are in the process of creating an Aviation IT day on Capitol Hill.
Chair: Liam Weston (Ball Aerospace) Vice Chair: Earl Madison (Lockheed Martin)
The U.S. space marketplace (which includes commercial, civil, and national security) is a $289.8 billion annual global marketplace and a limitless source for technological advance. TechAmerica’s Space Enterprise Council leverages the expertise of the private sector space industry to encourage investment in space and help implement public policy that directly affects the commercial, civil, and national security sectors of the U.S. space industry. One of the primary directives of the Council is to ensuring that our nation’s warfighters have access to best in class U.S. space based applications.
When resiliency has been needed in our space systems, the Council has worked closely with the federal government to ensure the appropriate balance between legacy space systems and commercial capabilities.
Currently, the Council is working with policymakers to ensure the reauthorization of the 2010 NASA Authorization Act encourages American leadership in the space industry. The legislation is currently being drafted by Congress.