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Aviation Associations Respond To Election

Every four years, Washington responds to Presidential elections with a wave of welcoming statements from DC’s lobbyists to the January 21 occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is useful to compare and contrast what each of the aviation associations have to say— is it just a hello or do they let the President-elect know their top priorities.

Here are a few of the Hail to the NEW Chief.

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

Airlines for America Congratulates President-Elect Trump

The industry looks forward to collaborating with the Transition Team on modernizing our infrastructure of the skies to meet the needs of a growing U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2016 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump on his historic election as the 45th president of the United States. As noted in his acceptance speech and during his campaign, Trump’s $1 trillion plan to improve infrastructure is a first 100 days priority and recognized as a growth engine for creating high-paying, skilled jobs that move our economy forward.

“We look forward to working with the Transition Team on strengthening our infrastructure in the sky to meet the nation’s growing demands on the ground,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “The current U.S. Air Traffic Control (ATC)A service provided under appropriate authority to promote the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air…Continue Reading | Full Glossary system, while safe, is an inefficient relic of the 1940s. We’re eager to work with President-Elect Trump to transform it to reduce delays for the 2.2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo that fly every day, while accommodating future growth and demand for travel and shipping.”

The U.S. airline industry supports 10 million jobs and drives 5 percent of the total U.S. economy each day. It connects people and goods to the global economy in a way no other industry can.

“Our ability to create more jobs and help fuel economic growth is possible only if we’re operating within a National Airspace (NAS) infrastructure that is designed for the future,” Calio said.  “Our vision for a modernized NAS includes reforming the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system so that politics don’t impede hiring and training more air traffic controllers and equipping our facilities with technology used by more than 50 countries around the world. We want to see a reliable ATC funding model – funded by the system users, not political gamesmanship – so that we can plan for the long-term capital improvements the system needs to grow.”

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

NBAA Statement on Outcome of Nov. 8 Elections

Washington, DC, Nov. 9, 2016 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today offered the following statement regarding the outcome of the Nov. 8 elections:

“NBAA has always worked with elected officials in both political parties to advance policies that foster the growth of business aviation in the United States. In that spirit, we look forward to working with President-elect Trump, as well as those in his administration, and congressional representatives from both parties, to promote proposals that recognize the industry’s value and protect its interests.”

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

AIA Congratulates President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on the 2016 Election and important issues for President-elect Donald J. Trump as he works with the 115th Congress

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association offers its congratulations to President-elect Donald J. Trump and the 115th Congress. We look forward to the opportunity to work with the President-elect, the new Congress, their staffs and political appointees as they take office and address the many critical issues we face in the days ahead.

As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA led the way to inform the campaigns of our positions on issues essential to continued economic growth and progress. We met with Mr. Trump in June and informal advisers to Hillary for America in August to present our campaign position papers and explain in more detail the steps necessary to boost our economy, support high-technology jobs and ensure our national security.

As we move past the election into a transition period and the start of a unified Administration and Congress, we will continue to advocate strongly to our elected leaders to:

  • Repeal the budget caps that are harming national security
  • Expand trade and job opportunities by making the Export Import Bank whole
  • Enhance security cooperation with allied and partner nations
  • Develop smart regulations that increase industry’s ability to compete in the global marketplace
  • Bolster our nation’s investments in important civil aviation infrastructure, space exploration and research programs

The aerospace and defense industry is an important engine for the U.S. economy and looks forward to working together on the safety and security of our nation. 

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

NATCA Leadership Statement on the Presidential Election

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert issued the following joint statement on the results of the presidential election:

“We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on their victory.”

“Our National Airspace System (NAS) is the world’s safest and most efficient. It provides 11.8 million jobs and creates $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, contributing over five percent to the United States Gross Domestic Product. We look forward to working with the new Administration to secure a stable, predictable funding stream for the NAS. This will be essential to protecting the system and the workforce that safeguards it, while also implementing modernization efforts and providing air travelers the safety and professionalism they deserve.”

“We also look forward to working with the new Administration to further advance the tremendously successful collaborative relationship we’ve built with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation over the last eight years, which has yielded positive results for the American people.”

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

AAAE Statement on the Election

Alexandria, VA – American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli issued the following statement today regarding the election:

“President-elect Trump has called for major investments in our nation’s airports and other critical infrastructure. We look forward to working with his administration and the Congress to make those needed investments that will pay dividends for decades to come. If ever there was an election where the message of ‘local control’ found resonance, it was this one. We expect that a modernized Passenger Facility Charge will play a critical role in narrowing the infrastructure investment gap in this country and we look forward to Congress returning to the mindset that prevailed for generations that infrastructure investments should be differentiated from other spending and that ‘concrete knows no political affiliations.'”

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

Machinists Union Responds to Election of Donald Trump

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016 — Bob Martinez, International President of the nearly 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), released this statement on the election of Donald Trump:

“I want to sincerely thank the thousands of IAM members and working people who voted, volunteered and made a difference in this year’s election. To those who are saddened by the result, I offer my promise that your union’s commitment to fighting for you is unwavering.

“This puts to bed questions over the depth of Americans’ anxiety over the systematic destruction of good jobs, the loss of retirement security and a trade policy that benefits few at the expense of many. It’s something the IAM and the labor movement has been sounding alarms about for decades. This was not the result many thought was the best way forward, but we are Americans: We get up, dust ourselves off and keep working toward a better future together.

“As a labor union, we deal with those whom we disagree with every day at the bargaining table. We try to find common ground. That’s exactly what we intend to do in this new reality.

“There’s things we won’t compromise on: racism, sexism, common decency and respect. We will always stand up when people are mistreated. We will never give in to the politics of fear and division. We will continue to fight for better jobs, higher wages, secure pensions, health care, safe and healthy workplaces, and justice and dignity on the job.

“We hope to work with President-elect Trump on what he said were central tenants behind his campaign—restoring the American middle class and bringing work back to the United States. Working people, coming together in unions, must be a part of that vision for it to be successful.”

The IAM is among the nation’s largest and most diverse industrial trade unions, with nearly 600,000 members in aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, electronics and the federal sector. Visit goiam.org for more information about the IAM.

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

ARSA’s Fisher: Good Safety is Still Good Business Under Trump Administration

Daniel B. Fisher, ARSA’s vice president of legislative affairs, issued the following statement on the results of the U.S. federal election:

“On behalf of ARSA, its members and the global aviation maintenance community, congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump and those men and women elected to serve as part of the 115th Congress. We look forward working with them all on commonsense aviation policies that balance the need for safety and security while maintaining operational freedom for the small-medium-sized companies that dominate the industry. For maintenance providers, good safety is good business. We’re standing by to educate the new administration and Congress about repair stations’ contributions not only to the global aviation system, but also as job creators and economic centers in communities across the country.”

On Nov. 15, Fisher and Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein will host an online training session to dissect the election results and analyze their impact on the maintenance community. For more information on this special session, visit: arsa.org/voting-booth.

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

ACI-NA Congratulates President-Elect Trump and 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC  ̶  Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today congratulated Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th president of the United States of America and newly elected members of the 115th Congress.

“I congratulate President-Elect Trump on his election to be our next president.  I appreciate his recognition that improving infrastructure should be a top priority for the United States. A modernized infrastructure promotes economic growth and secures our position as leaders in the global marketplace. It is imperative that we address the more than $75 billion in airport infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand of passengers and keep our industry from falling behind.  U.S. airports alone contribute more than $1.1 trillion to the global economy and support nearly 10 million jobs.

“Airports stand ready to work with the new administration and the new Congress to modernize our nation’s airport infrastructure, provide effective security and enhance the overall travel experience.”

“We congratulate President-elect Trump and newly elected members of Congress and look forward to working with them to ensure that U.S. companies can compete, win and grow our economy to provide good jobs to U.S. workers; as well as preserve American leadership in national security,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokesman Paul Bergman said in a prepared statement.

Aviation Assocations Respond To Election

Boeing congratulates Trump but flies clear of Iranian and Ex-Im issues

Bergman declined to discuss how the Trump administration might affect the jet maker’s massive deal with Iran and the future of the Ex-Im Bank, a federal lending agency that helps Boeing export aircraft.

Trump has said he doesn’t support the Ex-Im Bank, which was created in 1934, and questioned its existence in an interview with the The National Review last summer.

“I don’t like it because I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s a one-way street also. It’s sort of a feather bedding for politicians and others, and a few companies. And these are companies that can do very well without it. So I don’t like it. I think it’s a lot of excess baggage. I think it’s unnecessary,” Trump told the magazine.

Chicago-based Boeing (NYSE: BA) received at least $5.4 billion in loan guarantees from the bank in fiscal year 2015, according to an analysis by George Mason University – Mercatus Center researcher Veronique de Rugy.

A second analysis by OpenTheBooks.com found that one-third of all Ex-Im Bank transactions since 2007 benefited Boeing, calling the federal lender “The Bank of Boeing.”

Trump has made positive comments about Boeing’s sale of 80 jets to Iran for up to $25 billion at list prices. He said the U.S. government should have required Iran to buy only Boeing jets before the U.S. released Iranian assets as part of a nuclear deal.

However, Boeing’s Iran deal is a sensitive issue among Republican lawmakers, who opposed the nuclear agreement and sale of new jets to a state they call a sponsor of international terrorism.

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Aviation industry expects Trump to improve airports, air-traffic control

President-elect Donald Trump voiced support for funding transportation projects during the campaign, so aviation officials said Wednesday they hope he will back improvements at airports and in the air-traffic control system.

Trump outlined his priorities for his first 100 days in office during a speech Oct. 22 in Gettysburg, Pa., where he lamented the country’s lack of spending on roads and bridges while doubling the national debt to $20 trillion during the Obama administration.

Trump proposed funding $1 trillion over the next decade on infrastructure through public-private partnerships and private investments from tax incentives, with his campaign specifically mentioning airports among the mix of projects.

“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,” Trump said early Wednesday in declaring victory in the campaign. “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”

Airports heard that message with an ear toward increasing in the cap on local taxes added to each airline ticket. Airport have long urged an increase in the cap to $8.50 from the current $4.50 set in 2000, to fund construction projects such as improving terminals or adding gates. But airlines have opposed the increase in so-called passenger facility charges, saying it would discourage travel.

Todd Hauptli, CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives, said Trump has called for major investments in airports and other infrastructure.

“We look forward to working with his administration and the Congress to make those needed investments that will pay dividends for decades to come,” Hauptli said. “If ever there was an election where the message of local control found resonance, it was this one.”

Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said was “confident that we will have a valuable ally in advancing some of the industry’s key priorities” because of Trump’s support for infrastructure and because of his experience with hotels and other tourism.

“Mr. Trump has explicitly highlighted the challenges facing our nation’s airports and our aviation security system on his path to the White House,” Dow said.

Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, a trade group representing most of the largest carriers, also welcomed Trump’s interest in improving facilities on the ground, such as updating the air-traffic control system’s antiquated equipment.

The airline group has advocated moving the air-traffic control of the Federal Aviation Administration and into a private corporation run by industry stakeholders, so that equipment can be modernized faster than government has accomplished. The goal of the shift is to remove controllers from unpredictable funding of annual congressional budget fights, a move the union supports, but that Democratic lawmakers opposed.

The House Transportation Committee approved the proposal this year as part of FAA policy legislation, but the full House never took it up and key senators rejected it. The FAA legislation expires in September 2017, so lawmakers will debate the issue again next year.

“Our ability to create more jobs and help fuel economic growth is possible only if we’re operating within a national airspace infrastructure that is designed for the future,” Calio said.

Airlines also expect a sympathetic ear from Trump in their subsidies dispute with rival airlines in the Middle East.

U.S. airlines asked the Transportation Departments in January 2015 to block additional flights from government-owned Emirates, Etihad and Qatar because the rivals received an alleged $50 billion in state subsidies during the last decade. But the rival airlines have said U.S. carriers are just trying to avoid competition, and that they enjoy benefits unavailable in the Middle East such as wiping out debts and retirement obligations through bankruptcy court.

The State Department has been discussing the dispute informally with counterparts in Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

Jill Zuckman, spokesman for the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, an advocacy group for U.S. airlines and their unions, said “we are optimistic that the Trump administration” will enforce trade agreements for flights between the countries.

“We look forward to briefing President-elect Donald Trump and his new administration on the massive, unfair subsidies that the UAE and Qatar give to their state-owned Gulf carriers,” Zuckman said.

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