Industry Issues Archive

Gulfstream Ex-Im Bank Announcement

Gulfstream Event

Marion C. Blakey, President & CEO
February 21, 2014

January/February eUpdate 2014

World’s largest rocket contest launches next generation of aerospace leaders

Arlington, Va. – More than 700 student teams representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing for the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NAS 3D CAD Model Catalog Now Available

Author: Chris Carnahan

Last year, AIA partnered with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions to create authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards (NAS). The result was a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs. 3D models are now available for the most used NAS/NASM/NA/NAM parts. The catalog was made available through IHS and PARTsolutions last month.

A&D Industry Responds to Proposed Counterfeit Parts DFARS Rule

Author: Gery Mras

On February 3, AIA submitted a comment letter to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Secretariat of the U.S. General Services Administration on behalf of its member companies in response to FAR CASE 2012—032, a proposed rule regarding “Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirements” to support initiatives pertaining to the proliferation of counterfeit parts.

Safeguarding Controlled Technical Information

Author: Rusty Rentsch

Last November, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) case 2011-D039 was published as a rule for safeguarding unclassified technical information. This rule amends the original DFARS by adding requirements for the safeguarding of unclassified information within contractor information systems. The purpose of this DFARS rule is to ensure contractors and their suppliers are implementing adequate security measures and safeguards for DOD unclassified technical information on a contractor’s information systems.

Industry Convenes to Discuss Pb-Free Electronics and their Impact on the Global Supply Chain

Author: Rusty Rentsch

The European environmental directives for Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), which includes restrictions on the use of lead in electronics, has affected the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is important for AIA member companies, forcing a transition away from tin-lead (SnPb) alloys used in the assembly and coating for high performance electronics.

AIA’s Workforce Policy Council Recruiting for Topical Working Groups

Author: Susan Lavrakas

AIA’s new Workforce Policy Council (WPC) is forming working groups to address each of the council’s five focal issues. Companies represented on the WPC and any other interested AIA members are encouraged to name subject matter experts.

AIA Space Recommendations Adopted in Omnibus Bill

Author: Dan Hendrickson and Kristen Moore

There is good news for the civil space program in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget adopted by Congress. Within H.R. 3547, a joint House and Senate omnibus bill, NASA, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service and the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Flight were funded close to or at the President’s budget request.

A Question with a Wave of Responses: What is NASA For?

Author: Marion C. Blakey

Throughout AIA’s Second to None campaign, one of our most effective communications tools has been the use of social media, including twitter, Facebook, Linkedin among other platforms. Last year, for example, we made great use of our twitter feed @AIAspeaks to promote our “We are the Explorers” movie trailer for the film “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Also, for the past 100 days, AIA has tweeted success stories from NASA and the space industry as examples of important progress the space program has achieved. And just in the past week, AIA has jumped on board a tweeting firestorm that resulted from’s publication of Charles Seife’s polemical attack on NASA, “What is NASA For?” joining a growing cascade of commentary about NASA’s and the space industry’s achievements filed under the hashtag #WhatIsNASAFor.