Innovation Runway: The Cutting Edge of Aviation


Aviation serves as a vital link in our country’s transportation infrastructure. Airplanes and airports connect and bind our economy, our communities and our people. According to a 2017 FAA report, expenditure related to civil aviation accounts for roughly 5% of annual US GDP.
As technological advancements continue to surface, the bustling US aviation industry is poised to undergo significant change. This change is likely to be met by a number of challenges such as an increased need for airport infrastructure funding and growing concerns related to maintaining traveller safety.

How is the aviation industry continuing to develop and change – and what do these developments have in store for both the industry and travelers? How are aviation companies working to foster innovation and incorporate emerging technologies into their day-to-day operations? Which innovations hold the greatest promise for revolutionary change? What policies should leaders in the administration and Congress prioritize as they work to balance the regulation of emerging aviation technologies with privacy concerns?

The Hill convened administration officials, members of Congress, industry leaders and experts, for a series of conversations on the changing landscape of American aviation and what it means for consumers and the country as a whole.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00 AM | Guest Arrival & Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM | Program Begins
10:00 AM | Program Concludes

The Newseum
Knight Broadcast Studio
3rd Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
  • Daniel K. Elwell, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration 


  • Emily Feenestra, Managing Director, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers 
  • Charlie Leocha,  President, Travelers United
  • Ed Mortimer, Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Matthew Sweeny, Founder & CEO, Flirtey 


  • Heather K. Wingate, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Delta Air Lines
  • Marlene M. Colucci, Executive Director, The Business Council 


  • Rafael Bernal, Staff Writer, The Hill
  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill
  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Peter Greenberger, Publisher, The Hill

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