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AIA’s Executive Report – Winter 2016

Read the Winter 2016 edition of AIA’s Executive Report here. In this issue: Dennis Muilenburg – Aerospace’s Key Advocate Drones 2030: Imagining Our Unmanned Future Washington State Aerospace: 100 Years Strong and Growing AIA’s Year in Review President’s Message: AIA’s Agenda for America in 2017

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.  […]

AIA: U.S. UAV Exporters need transparent, predictable and efficient approval process

Statement by Vice President for International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association Remy Nathan on the Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association is supportive of U.S. government efforts to promote international adoption of the Joint Declaration for the Export […]

AIA’s Dave Melcher on Defense News TV

While we were at Farnborough in July, AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher sat down with Defense News Associate Editor Aaron Mehta to discuss current trends in the aerospace and defense industry. Melcher spoke about efforts to improve the FMS system to speed the process of getting capabilities into the hands of our close friends […]

AIA Participates in FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference

As part of the 2016 FAA-European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) International Aviation Safety Conference “Global Partnerships: The Capstone for Safety,” AIA Vice President for Civil Aviation Ali Bahrami moderated a panel on “The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” Tuesday afternoon, June 14.

Meeting the Drone Challenge: Adapting to the Times

The FAA recently demonstrated that government bureaucracies need not work at glacial speed to thoughtfully address technological change. In about a month, the FAA developed its Micro-UAS Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARC) report, recommending operational consideration for drones weighing 4.5 lbs. or less and permitting flights in proximity to people.

AIA’s Bahrami Speaks at UAS forum – AIA Releases New UAS Report

Ali Bahrami, AIA’s VP of Civil Aviation, was a featured panelist today at the K&L Gates, “Aviation’s Next Frontier – UAS Outlook for 2016” conference. Bahrami set the tone for the Manufacturer/User Perspective panel following FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta’s keynote address.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Evolution and Opportunity

Since the Aerospace Industry Association’s 2013 report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned flight technology and platforms have continued to evolve in new and innovative ways. Small start-ups to major global corporations are establishing UAS-based aviation services and solutions, and there is continued growth projected for military UAS flights and orders. A cultural shift driven by consumer and commercial use is underway […]

Q&A With Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator

Huerta: Our highest priority is how we ensure safety for people both in the air and on the ground. For us that is a combination of educational and regulatory activities and specific authorization that we are granting to people as we go through the regulatory process.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Myth vs. Reality

The emergence of unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft systems for civil and commercial applications is among the most significant aviation advancements in decades. On almost a daily basis, new beneficial applications of this evolving technology are being demonstrated. While public perception of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been mixed, the public debate is changing as more system uses emerge that create personal […]

FAA’s Draft Small UAS Rule – A Positive Step Forward

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on FAA’s issuance of proposed regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Arlington, Va. — By issuing draft regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems, FAA has taken an important step towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace. The issuance of these proposed regulations is a key element of government and industry efforts to foster safe operations in both civil and military applications of remotely piloted aircraft while further encouraging research and development of UAS technologies. We believe this step will pave the way for additional service organizations and industries to explore expanded operations and use of UAS technologies.

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