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Trade Compliance Standards Kickoff Event at the AIA Summer SMC

On the first day of AIA’s summer Supplier Management Council (SMC) meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, AIA led a panel on its latest initiative to renew American leadership in global trade: the Trade Compliance Standards (TCS) project. In collaboration with industry experts, AIA is compiling a “best practices” guide on trade compliance for aerospace and defense […]

Amendment to Honor the Crew of Apollo 1 Moves Forward

Last week, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Texas) amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 to provide for a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the three crewmembers of the Apollo 1 mission.  NASA astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were all service veterans who perished […]

Export Import Bank Update

In April, it was announced that President Donald Trump would nominate former Republican members of Congress Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus to two vacant positions in the Board of Directors of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).  On June 20th, the President formally sent the nominations to the Senate where the next step is a confirmation […]

AIA Applauds Reestablishment of National Space Council

AIA, on behalf of the American industry that enables our nation’s space success,  welcomes the reestablishment of the National Space Council. We agree with President Trump that this announcement is a crucial step to secure America’s future in space and it is a welcome indication that this Administration recognizes the importance of space activities to our nation’s security, economy, technical capabilities and leadership. Those who are familiar with the National Space Council’s history will […]

Upper Airspace Working Group Paves Way For New and Emerging aerospace technologies

In continuing our leadership of paving the way for new and emerging aerospace technologies, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has launched a new effort to open the skies even further.  The new Upper Airspace Working Group (UAWG) is focused on developing AIA positions on matters related to monitoring, responding to, and crafting industry policies and […]

U.S.-India Partnership Bodes Well for American Aerospace & Defense

On June 26, President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of steps to deepen the long-standing, positive relationship between India and the United States.  The Administration announced the sale of Apache attack helicopters, C-17 aircraft, Boeing’s 737MAX sale to SpiceJet, and the Guardian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. In addition, the U.S. […]

House Defense Bills Marked Up

AIA’s principled and consistent advocacy for repeal or revision of the BCA caps and for robust, stable, and balanced defense funding received a major boost this week as the House Armed Services Committee and the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee held markups and revealed their recommendations for national security funding for FY 18.  During the first half […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: Recap

The rocketry season of TARC and IRC has officially ended yesterday morning when World Champion Festus High School Rocket Club boarded its plane to return home. What began as a group of students breathing life back into their school’s rocket club quickly turned into the story for the history books.     A team of mostly first-time rocketeers from a town of 12,000 people gave their all […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: Festus Blazing a Path Forward for Missouri student rocketry

As we close out another IRC, the ten student rocketeers from Festus High School join a small and exclusive group as world rocketry champions. Tomorrow, they’ll head home, but soon they’ll naturally ask, “What do I do now?” The answer was simple for both our 2015 champions from Alabama’s Russellville City Schools and our 2016 […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: IRC Rocket Launches

After countless hours of preparation and test flights, the 10 student rocketeers of the Festus Rocket Club launched themselves into the history books: they are officially world rocketry champions! Festus Team poses with former NASA astronaut Al Worden. (Photo courtesy of the Raytheon Company) You can read the official AIA/TARC Press Release here. “I feel like […]

AIA at the International Paris Air Show – a Compendium

The International Paris Airshow was a whirlwind for AIA. From policy roundtables to high-level meetings, each day was filled with a flurry of activity. Our Signature Series Roundtables were a highlight for AIA, demonstrating our value as the convenor of choice, bringing government and industry together for substantive policy discussions and building on the good […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: IRC Presentations

It was a bright and early start for the Festus Team, 5:00 a.m. to be exact. Today, they took the first step in their quest for International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) Championship: the presentation competition. As part of the competition, the team delivered an approximately 10-minute presentation before three expert judges from the aerospace industry, followed by questions from each judge. Robert Curbeam of Raytheon Company was the U.S. judge. He was joined […]