15th Annual Aviation Summit Ready to Take Off


15th Annual Aviation Summit will feature discussions on national security, technology, and airports.

Executives from the aviation and space industries will once again touch down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for a day-long summit to highlight issues ranging from space travel to airport operations.

The 15th Annual Aviation Summit, presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will include keynote speeches, remarks, and panels from more than 40 of the top minds in aviation.

Industry leaders will also take time to honor The Boeing Company for its 100th anniversary, and will recognize former Boeing chairman W. James McNerney, Jr. for his contributions to aviation.

The theme of this year’s summit is The Fascination of Flight.

Scheduled events include:

  • Keynote speeches from the chief executives of Lufthansa, JetBlue, Airlines for America, American Airlines, ANA Holdings, Inc., as well as NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
  • A discussion about the “connected airline,” featuring executives from JetBlue, Southwest, ViaSat, Global Eagle Entertainment, Thales USA, and Amadeus IT Group.
  • A panel represented by aircraft industry manufacturers, including Bombardier, and United Technologies.
  • A discussion about NASA involving three agency leaders and two other aviation industry executives.
  • A talk on national security featuring General Michael Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency and Francis X. Taylor, undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, Department of Homeland Security.
  •  A panel on U.S. airports, with the CEOs of airports in Washington, Ontario, Cincinnati, and New York.

The morning of the summit will feature a special presentation from Boeing, “Building on a Century of American Aerospace Innovation.” Later in the day, former Boeing chairman W. James McNerney, Jr. will receive the Carol B. Hallett award for his lifetime contributions to the aviation industry. 

The 2016 Aviation summit will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Follow the live webcast or follow it on Twitter with the hashtag #Aviation16.

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