AIA Blog Post Archive

Let’s Give a Boost to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

In May, AIA held its Annual Rockets on the Hill Event, where student teams competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) showed off their rockets in the Russell Senate Office Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room.  One of the competing teams, the Victory Christian Center School from Charlotte, N.C. team gained attention for their rocket adorned […]

Ex-Im Bank Needs Strong and Supportive Leadership

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) on July 14 announced its opposition to the nomination of former Congressman Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) as Chairman and President of the U.S. Export Import Bank (Ex-Im). This decision was not made lightly and was the first-time AIA has opposed a Presidential nominee in recent memory. This is because AIA and […]

AIA Advances U.S./Canadian Aerospace and Defense Industry Partnership

As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA represents its members in a variety of different fora, including before foreign government officials. Earlier this month, AIA representatives met with John Knubley, the Canadian Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC. ISED is the counterpart organization […]

AIA Committed to Comprehensive Tax Reform That Unlocks the American Aerospace and Defense Industry’s Full Potential

With Congress taking steps to reform the United States’ tax code, the Aerospace Industries Association and its more than 340 member companies are committed to redoubling their support for a sensible and comprehensive tax code overhaul that stimulates job creation, makes the U.S. more attractive for business investment, and levels the international playing field for […]

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 […]