Thursday, September 17, 2015
Advocates Gain Ground for US RDT&E Funding
Rotorcraft advocates in Washington, D.C., are laying the foundation in Congress for future research funding, they say. Working under the umbrellas of AHS International and the Vertical Lift Consortium, lobbyists for major OEMs and other advocates have been making the rounds of appropriations committee staff members for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to familiarize them further with military research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) needs. They succeeded last year in getting about $10 million in additional rotorcraft RDT&E funding for the U.S. Army and are shooting for a similar amount this year. The work is building a base of knowledge on Capitol Hill that could ease the path to funding in coming years, the advocates said. AHS International is the global technical society for engineers, scientists and others working on vertical flight technology. The Vertical Lift Consortium is a collaboration of traditional and nontraditional government contractor businesses, universities and other organizations to promote vertical lift innovations for military missions.