The Twittersphere was in hyperdrive overnight about the start yesterday of the US Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Global Aerospace Summit, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Centre in Washington DC.
The Summit brings together government leaders and industry experts from around the world for discussions on the latest developments, trends, challenges, and opportunities. Airbus and RTX joined as presenting sponsors.
The theme is ‘Innovating the Skies, Connecting the World’, with attendees hearing discussions on the state of the aerospace industry post-pandemic, the impact of geopolitical events, competition in the global market, and the industry’s charge towards a more sustainable future.
The two-day summit provides an opportunity for attendees to collaborate with experts in revolutionising the future of flight. US Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO Suzanne Clark highlighted the vital role the government plays in clearing the runway and setting the conditions for success “so the private sector can lift our communities and country to new heights.”
Included was the first US public display of Archer’s Midnight aircraft. The company gave thanks to FAA News nominee Mike Whitaker for dropping by to check out Midnight.
The summit kicked off with an Archer-hosted VIP dinner to discuss the future of aviation, how eVTOL aircraft will change the way people travel and the importance of the US maintaining its global leadership position in aerospace.
Archer founder and CEO Adam Goldstein delivered a strong message about the need for a whole of government approach in order to unlock the opportunity the eVTOL industry holds for the country on the global stage, saying: “We need to choose if we want the US to maintain a leadership position in aviation.”
Wisk’s Asia Pacific regional director Catherine MacGowan shared insights into Wisk’s Generation 6 aircraft and working alongside NZ regulatory authorities. She also addressed the potential for New Zealand as a testing ground and investment hub for these technologies.
Commenting on the 16% increase in seats and routes to the US from their hubs, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr added: “The North Atlantic is the backbone of global aviation. The US has set the standards of aviation and Europe is a partner of the US in doing that.”
Conversations and knowledge sharing dominated the first day, with important discussions on the FAA Reauthorisation, regulatory issues in an evolving industry, workforce challenges and the many opportunities ahead.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said: “I am so confident that the future of air travel, the future of the aerospace industry, the future of our exploration in space, the future of material science, the future of artificial intelligence and the future of the capabilities that are represented in this room and across university campuses and in R&D labs and manufacturing facilities all across our nation.”
“I want to challenge you in the work that you are going to do over the course of this conference. Chart aggressive paths, challenge yourself to do more than you think. Collaborate, be best in class. And most important, most importantly, let’s bring the future.”