Pratt & Whitney President David P. Hess was the keynote speaker at the Aero Club of Washington's luncheon series earlier today in Washington, D.C. Approximately 150 industry, media and government officials were in attendance for the event.
With National Aerospace Week serving as a backdrop in the nation's capital, Hess highlighted the significant advances in aviation technology, crediting the industry's technical innovation with making flight more efficient. For instance, compared to 2000, fuel efficiency on U.S. domestic flights has improved 40 percent and on international flights it has improved 17 percent.
Hess also noted there could still be major advances ahead within the industry as it matures.
"Driven less by regulation and policy – and more by market forces – we are witnessing a revolution in aviation technology that has the potential to change everything – from the way we fly, to the quality of life in the communities served by our customers," he said.
Hess cited Pratt & Whitney's additive manufacturing capabilities and Geared Turbofan™ technology as examples of long-term investments that not only ensure the company's global competitiveness, but also complement the industry's commitment to make flight greener and more cost-effective.
"When we work together toward the goal of "less", we burn less fuel, produce fewer emissions and create less noise," said Hess in his closing remarks to the audience. "We all benefit from the result."
The Aero Club of Washington is now in its 104th year of bringing the Washington and national aviation community together to share and discuss aviation issues. The organization's mission is to foster and promote interest in the principles and development of aeronautics and to extend honors and hospitalities to eminent airmen.
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