What an honor last week to meet with Washington state Governor Jay Inslee who personally was very interested in supersonic aviation. We had a great conversation about the impact supersonic flight would have on policy, economic growth and business in the region. He was happy to hear that we had toured Paine Field (Seattle, WA) and were considering other areas in the state.
The state and country Economic Development Office, along with Paine Field authorities gave us a wonderful tour of Paine field and talked about the large aerospace community of over 200 companies and 200,000 aerospace workers in the region. Quite an impressive facility dedicated to aircraft development and manufacturing. We also talked about Moses Lake and Spokane fields.
I had very productive meetings with LMI, Esterline, Greenpoint and Teague on working together to develop the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet. During the AFA Aerospace Summit, there were a number of impromptu discussions with executives from Parker, Mitsubishi, BAE and others. Our team will be following up on those discussions over the next few weeks. I expect some valuable partnerships will be developed in the coming weeks and months.
My keynote speech on “Supersonic Flight: the Future of Aviation” started with why we travel in the first place and how faster travel improves on those opportunities. I believe, supersonic flight is primarily about building better relationships with customers, suppliers and partners. I also talked about innovation in aerospace and the progress Spike Aerospace has made in the design and development. The talk ended with evaluation criteria of manufacturing location and timing.
Kelly Maloney, CEO of AFA organized a wonderful event bringing together the aerospace community in Washington state. Thank you Kelly!
A tour of the massive Boeing facility where 787s and 777s were being assembled was equally impressive. The Boeing DreamLifter was taxiing on the runway as a test flight of a 777 was underway. On the side, over $6 billion dollars of aircraft were awaiting delivery or final sign-off.
Later this year, we will be touring facilities in Florida and California. I’ll be at NBAA 2016 in Orlando, FL.