Industry Issues Archive

AIA: ExIm Discharge Petition Most Welcome; Time to Vote!

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher on the passage of a discharge petition allowing Congress to hold a vote to reauthorize the Export Import Bank of the United States.

Arlington, Va. — We are delighted with today’s passage of a discharge petition on Rep. Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) bill reauthorizing the Export Import Bank of the United States. So far, American companies have lost three space payload orders, billions of dollars in American commercial airplane sales are at risk, and several companies are talking about moving operations overseas – all because ExIm Bank financing has not been available since July 1.  Enough is enough – Congress must hold the vote and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2015

Remarks for Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2015
Excerpts From Prepared Remarks
David F. Melcher, President & CEO Aerospace Industries Association
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AIA: The U.S. aerospace industrial base is running out of time

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher urging Congress to hold a vote to re-authorize the U.S. ExIm Bank.

Arlington, Va. — With the news today that a $1.1 billion order for Boeing jetliners by a South African airline is at risk of cancellation, and the recent announcements of three lost U.S. commercial satellite sales, it is clear that the failure of Congress to re-authorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank is causing the American aerospace industry to lose ground against its foreign competitors, and potentially thousands of workers to lose their jobs.

AIA: Consolidation is Market-Driven and Enhances Efficiency

Statement by AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher on recent DOD comments regarding mergers and consolidation

Arlington, Va. — Consolidation is market-driven and enhances the efficiency with which we deliver the world’s best equipment to the American warfighter.  To encourage competition and a healthy and strong industrial base, we need stable, predictable and sufficient budgets to support our national security strategies. We urge Congress to overturn the Budget Control Act caps, enact a budget deal that supports investment in American capability and return to a budgeting process that promotes stability and predictability in contract awards.

Wings of Liberty 2015

Remarks for National Aerospace Week Wings of Liberty Award
Excerpts From Prepared Remarks
David F. Melcher, President & CEO Aerospace Industries Association, and Marillyn Hewson, Vice Chairman, AIA Board of Governors and CEO, President & Chairman of the Board, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Who’s Missing The Mark On Emissions?

The world aviation sector is well on its way to meeting the planned fuel-efficiency targets set for 2020. Despite the Aviation Week Leading Edge column to the contrary (AW&ST Sept. 14-27, p. 19), ICCAIA, IATA, IBAC and GAMA agree that the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) fuel-efficiency goals are within reach and supported by the aviation industry’s strong record to date and commitments going forward.

Four industry groups wrote this collective statement on fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) is the global organization of aerospace industry associations. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 250 member airlines account for 83% of the world’s air traffic. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) represents and promotes business aviation industry. And the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is a group of 80 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics, components and related services.

AIA Director for Environmental Policy Leslie Riegle played an active role in drafting and editing the piece and coordinating among the four signatory organizations.

Ex-Im Bank:  A Key Component for Maintaining America’s Global Influence

Appeared in the Sept. 14, 2015 edition of  Defense News, on page 37.  By John J. Hamre and David F. Melcher.

Shutting down Ex-Im would also threaten American national security interests. American aerospace and defense companies have relied on overseas markets, particularly commercial markets serviced by Ex-Im loans, to keep the defense industrial base healthy as U.S. defense spending has declined.  Without Ex-Im, U.S. industrial production will decline, with fewer revenue and jobs throughout the aerospace and defense supply chain, leading to higher unit costs for the military systems our armed forces buy. The same dynamic occurred in the shipbuilding sector in the 1980s with devastating results that continue to be felt today.

AIA Presents 2015 Wings of Liberty Award to Senators Patty Murray and Jerry Moran

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association presented Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) with its prestigious Wings of Liberty Award September 17.  The Senators were recognized for their leadership of the Senate Aerospace Caucus, which enables Senate members and staff to engage with industry and government leaders on a number of subjects related to maintaining U.S. leadership in national security technology, civil aviation and space research and exploration.  They were also honored for their individual contributions to the health of America’s aerospace and defense industry.

Why America Needs NextGen

When NextGen is fully implemented—hopefully by 2025—airline passengers will notice significant changes in the way they fly.  With new tools aiding our pilots and air traffic controllers, those frustrating delays while taxiing to the runway will diminish, flights will be smoothly diverted around rough weather and routes will be more precise—saving time, fuel and money.

Ex-Im Bank foes hurt Ohio jobs, help China

Author: Dave Melcher

Last year, 124 Ohio companies did $427 million worth of business selling transportation equipment, motor vehicle parts, manufactured chemicals, wood products and other goods to foreign purchasers with the help of financial assistance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Unfortunately, some lobbyists with a rigid ideological agenda want to kill off the bank without regard for the good Ohio jobs that will be lost in the process.