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AIA’s Melcher Featured in ‘Vital Speeches of the Day’

In December, 2016 AIA’s President and CEO, Dave Melcher addressed members of the aerospace and defense industry press at our annual AIA Aerospace and Defense Media Luncheon. His speech touched on innovation in our industry, political and economic trends shaping the environment in which we operate, and AIA’s strategic priorities for 2017. Vital Speeches of […]

LA Times: To compete with Silicon Valley for engineers, aerospace firms start recruitment in pre-kindergarten

AIA’s Robin Thurman, Director, Workforce Policy and Dan Stohr, Director, Communications spoke to a Los Angeles Times reporter, Samantha Masunaga, on the challenge aerospace companies are facing competing for young engineers against the lure of tech companies in Silicon Valley, other tech centers and the auto industry.  A&D companies have long been involved in college […]

Honoring the Crew of Apollo 1

As time passes, there are a few signal events that people of all walks life will remember and vividly tell you exactly where they were and what they felt when they first heard the news or watched the event unfold. For my generation, one of those signal events was the triumphant landing on the moon […]

Uber’s Flying Car Vision Won’t Fly Without NextGen

As first posted in Air Transport World, Nov. 23, 2016 Uber’s recent report outlining its vision for the potential of autonomous flying cars has captured the imagination of city dwellers and commuters worldwide. Who wouldn’t enjoy care-free flying in ten years that eliminates gridlock at 200mph? The image of effortless, on-demand, point-to-point flight is intriguing.  […]

Aerospace Industries Association’s Civil Aviation Environmental Committee approves Hazardous Material Management Target List Update

On Oct 31, 2016, AIA released the first revision of National Aerospace Standard 411-1 (“NAS411-1”), Hazardous Material Target List (“HMTL”). The HMTL is a list of chemical substances subject to restrictions and/or reporting requirements related to military systems developed under defense acquisition and related service contracts. The HMTL is intended to be used within a […]

AIA Continues Campaign Outreach Effort

AIA’s outreach efforts to the U. S. political campaigns will continue straight up to voting day. Every major election is important to our industry, and this one is no different. In August, an industry team briefed informal national security policy advisors to the Clinton presidential campaign at AIA’s Washington, DC office. In June, the same […]

AIA/ASD release S5000F International specification for in-service data feedback

AIA/ASD release S5000F, Issue 1.0 International specification for in-service data feedback The Aerospace Industries Association and the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) released S5000F, Issue 1.0 “International specification for in-service data feedback,” at the 2016 S1000D User Forum and the S-Series Specification Day on September 29, 2016. “This specification is a product of our collaboration with […]

AIA Urges Passage of STEM-related Education Bill

September 13, the House overwhelmingly voted to pass H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. We strongly […]

NextGen is on Capitol Hill

National Aerospace Week presented a prime opportunity for AIA, the FAA and our industry partners to showcase a special Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) exhibit and video booth on Capitol Hill. The two-day display is educating congressional staffers and the visiting public about the many benefits air travelers receive from NextGen. NextGen is a […]

Modernizing America’s Security Cooperation Workforce

By AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher For more than 80 years, the United States used security cooperation to bring peace and stability to the world. Beginning with President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” followed by major initiatives such as coalition building leading up to the first Gulf War in 1991 and defense reform […]

AIA and AIAA Assemble A&D Workforce Leaders for STEM Summit

“Collaborating to Inspire and Build the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow” was the theme of the 2016 National Aerospace and Defense Workforce Summit, a two-day event organized by AIA and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The Summit – which featured panelists from AIA member companies, higher education institutions, think tanks and other prominent […]