Inaugural 2024 AeroTech Government/Industry Meeting Brings Industry and Policymakers Together to Tackle Transportation Challenges

The foundational SAE AeroTech Government/Industry Meeting took place recently in Washington, DC. This planned annual event is produced by SAE to offer a neutral forum for government and industry leaders to discuss the challenges, problems, and solutions facing aerospace in the safe and effective implementation of cutting-edge technologies.

Conversations and presentations covered several high-level topics including: Sustainability, including SAF and Electric Aircraft Cybersecurity, , Counterfeit Parts, Robotics, Digital Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing.

Presenting opening keynote addresses at AeroTech GI were Annie Petsonk, Assistant Secretary of Aviation & International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation and Bruce Decleene, Director, Office of Senior Technical Experts at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Technical keynotes were also given ; Kevin Stine, Chief Cybersecurity Advisor and Applied Cybersecurity Division Chief at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST); and Scott O’Brien, legislative Affairs Strategist at Reliable Robotics Corporation.

In addition to the US DOT and FAA, other government and related organizations represented included NASA, and the Argonne National Laboratory. Industry associations included the Aerospace Industries Association, Vertical Flight Society, and Airlines for America (formerly the Air Transport Association of America) and speakers also hailed from Ampaire, Amphenol, Archer, Bosch, Joby Aviation, Lockheed Martin, and Supernal. David Alexander, Senior Director of Standards at SAE, and one of the speakers at the AeroTech GI event, remarked, “Success and safety in aerospace requires an ongoing partnership between government and industry. This first AeroTech Government/Industry Meeting brought together leaders from across the aerospace ecosystem to highlight their concerns, discuss challenges, and propose novel solutions.” The 2024 AeroTech Government/Industry Meeting was held concurrently with the annual SAE Government/Industry gathering, allowing for important cross-over networking with representatives of the automotive segment of the transportation business. The 2025 AeroTech Government/Industry Meeting will be held from January 28-30, 2025 in Washington, DC. For more information go to: AeroTech Government/Industry (

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