Industry Issues Archive

Media Attacks on General Aviation, Helicopters, and UAS Require Setting the Record Straight

Author: Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA

We recognize that many subjects related to our industry can be very complex. Accordingly, for reporters covering aerospace and defense, it often pays to take the time to provide them with detailed and useful information about their focus of interest. At AIA, we are committed to working closely with journalists to give them the background they need to get their stories right. Our communications department fields dozens of calls every day from reporters and either responds directly to information requests, sets up interviews with myself and/or our policy experts, or if appropriate, have them reach out to member companies.

“When Drones Fall from the Sky” Story Falls Short

Today’s Washington Post story, “When Drones Fall from the Sky” ignores critical factors regarding safety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in a misguided article that could frighten readers about the impending integration of UAS into the national airspace system.  From the opening sentence, the author refers to “a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic,” when in fact, the safety records of military aircraft – which the author admits are improving and haven’t cost a single life – have little to do with future safe commercial operations of unmanned systems in domestic airspace on which the FAA is working diligently.

AIA Welcomes Progress On New Alternative Jet Fuel Pathway

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on approval of new cleaner, alternative jet fuel

USA Today Flying Blind

Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on misleading article on general aviation’s safety record

Reagan Would Have Fought For Ex-Im Bank

Author: Marion C. Blakey

In the decade since Ronald Reagan’s death, appraisals of the U.S.’s 40th president have focused on his policies’ bold colorings. To help end the Cold War, he first demonstrated to Soviet leaders the folly of trying to keep up with a technologically advanced American military. Reagan’s economic policies also unapologetically advanced the interests of American workers and businesses when he saw foreign competitors had the advantage of an unlevel playing field.

Defense Acquisition Resources to Understand Acquisition Reform

Jun. 05, 2014
AIA has complied a number of letters that address the federal defense acquisition process and ways in which reforms can be made to ensure the best value…

Letter From HASC/SASC to AIA

Jun. 05, 2014

This letter from the House and Senate Armed Services oversight committees informed AIA that the Congress is looking into ways to improve the defense acquisition system. Specifically:

AIA Names Faoro Vice President for Membership Services and Business Development

Daniel D. Faoro has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as Vice President for Membership Services and Business Development, bringing extensive association experience in membership outreach, marketing and revenue generation.

The New American Space Age

May. 29, 2014

Across the government and private sectors, more vehicles are now being built for human spaceflight than at any other point in history. Today’s NASA human spaceflight program is…

All-Girl Rocketry Team Answers Presidential Call for Increased Female Engagement in STEM

Washington, D.C. – Team Rocket Power, an all-girl team from Maryland that competed in the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), exhibited their rockets for President Obama at the White House Science Fair this morning. The three-girl team was invited to join the White House's celebration of a range of national programs that encourage students to engage and excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).