The aviation industry supports 10 million American jobs, including ALPA’s more than 50K U.S. pilots. It is the backbone of American commerce and transportation, and is a driving force behind U.S. manufacturing and innovation. Last Tuesday, Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta saw first-hand how aviation contributes to the economy when he visited GE Aviation’s Evendale facility to view new Next Gen navigational technology. As the largest pilot union in the world, ALPA continues to support policies that promote continued innovation, growth, and jobs in the aviation sector.
America’s aviation industry a driving force
Aviation is a key driver of America’s economy. It supports 10 million jobs and adds $1.3 trillion of economic activity. It contributes 5.2 percent of our gross domestic product.
And–whether it’s new engines, new fuels, or new cockpit and navigation electronics–aviation also fosters innovation.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for sustaining our country – for an America built to last. American manufacturing is a cornerstone of that vision, and so is American innovation. The good news is that aviation embodies both.