Aerospace States Association Hears About the
Future From JPDO
The Aerospace States Association held an open meeting on Capitol Hill on February 10, 2004. The
subject of the meeting was transformation of the air transportation system and how the Joint
Planning and Development Office will facilitate it.
Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta spoke and underscored the urgency to transform our nation's
air transportation system. He was followed by a panel made up of officials from participating
agencies, who all addressed the issue of transformation from their agencies' perspectives. They
included Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey and NASA Associate Administrator for
Aeronautics Dr. Victor Lebaqz. The panel was followed by the Director of the JPDO Mr. John Kern.
Representing the Department of Homeland Security was Mr. Paul Polski, and from the White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy Mr. Marty Phillips. Dr. Bruce Holmes of the JPDO Futures
Team also spoke.
Speaking to the issue of recognizing the institutional problems were former Congressman Robert
Walker who chaired the Commission on the Future of the US Aerospace Industry, and Mr. Mike Hudson
from the National Academy of Science. They laid the groundwork for the need to transform aviation as
well as the government agencies responsible.
The final panel of the morning was made up of members of the user community providing their needs
and views on transformation. The panel included: John Hayhurst from Boeing ATM, Jack Harrington from
Eclipse Aircraft, David Plavin from Airports Council International, Don Barber from Federal Express,
and Ed Bolen, representing the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Each panel spoke to the issue surrounding the need to change air transportation in the United
States. There was unanimous agreement that change was critical and the time to begin the change is
now. At the conclusion of the session, the members of ASA passed a resolution of support for the
effort, and offered whatever help it could in furthering the cause of transformation.