July/August/September eUpdate 2014

 
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
National Aerospace Standards Committee
Portland, OR
Sep. 30-Oct. 2, 2014
 
Ohio STEM Workforce Call-to-Action Forum
Celevand, OH
Oct. 1-2, 2014
 
ISO/TC 20 Plenary (ISO standards committee for Aircraft and Space Vehicles)
Bremen, Germany
Oct. 6-8, 2014
 
Procurement Techniques Committee
Hartford, CT
Oct. 16, 2014
 
Conflict Minerals Working Group
Arlington, VA
Oct. 21, 2014
 
Business Technology Interoperability Committee Meeting
Cleveland, OH
Oct. 21-22, 2014
 
Workforce Policy Council Chairs’ Meeting with Workforce Working Group Chairs
Arlington, VA
Oct. 23, 2014
 
Workforce Policy Council Meeting
Arlington, VA
Oct. 23, 2014
 
The Business Technology Council, Information Leadership Forum
Cleveland, OH
Oct. 23, 2014
 
Technical Operations Council
Arlington, VA
Oct. 28-29, 2014
 
Procurement & Finance Council Executive Committee
Arlington, VA
Nov. 06, 2014
 
Wide Area Work Flow, UID, RFID e-Business Integration Group Meeting
Location TBD
Nov. 5-7, 2014
 
DPAP/OFPP/Procurement & Finance Executive Committee
Location TBD
Nov. 13, 2014
 
Fall Board of Governors Meeting
Scottsdale, AZ
Nov. 18-20, 2014
 
Cost Principles Committee
Clearwater, FL
Dec. 03-05, 2014
 
Lyman Award Dinner
Washington, D.C.
December 16, 2014
 
AIA Year End Luncheon
Washington, D.C.
December 18, 2014
 
Spring Board of Governors Meeting
Williamsburg, VA
May. 19-21, 2015
 
 
Viewpoint
 
 
Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO
 
It’s been clear ever since the downturn in defense spending began that our industry would have to develop new approaches to protecting the national asset that is our defense industrial base. One such approach is to grow our industries’ markets overseas. In recent years, we’ve seen gratifying advances in U.S. sales abroad of civil-related aircraft, helicopters, satellites and launch vehicles. That said, I’m convinced we can do more on the civil side and there are ways for the U.S. to become even more competitive with defense-related exports, which in turn will bolster our nation’s national security, foreign policy and economic interests.
National Aerospace Week 2014
 
Recognition by the Secretary of Commerce, an award to a longstanding congressional champion of the aerospace and defense industry, and high-level discussions of the need for greater national investment in air power and the NextGen air transportation system were among the highlights of this year’s National Aerospace Week.
 
On the Hill
 
On June 25, the House Aerospace Caucus hosted a reception tied to the release of AIA’s latest report, “The New American Space Age: A Progress Report on Human Space Flight.” The event also featured a lively panel of young aerospace professionals who told how their career choices and professional development were influenced by their interest in America’s space program.
 
Second to None
 
 
  
Top News
 
AIA has issued a strong response to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee’s leadership request for industry ideas to reform defense acquisition and procurement policies. AIA’s inputs, linked here, provide specific and actionable ideas for improving the defense acquisition system to better meet the needs of the war-fighter and the taxpayer.
During this summer’s Farnborough International Air Show (July 14-20), AIA and its member companies provided a useful platform for dialogue between U.S. industry, key U.S. government officials and current and prospective international customers.
The Raytheon-sponsored U.S. Rocketry Team from Canton, Georgia took second place at the seventh annual International Rocketry Challenge during the 2014 Farnborough International Air Show. Team USA out-performed their French and British opponents in the fly-off stage, but fell a few points short of the French team's overall score based on the presentation component of the contest. A group from Japan performed a demonstration launch, laying the groundwork for broader international participation in the 2015 challenge.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced on July 30 it would not seek to regulate turbine engines to meet volcanic ash airworthiness requirements. Instead, the agency will continue to work with operators to ensure that flights conducted following volcanic eruptions avoid visible ash clouds. This is an important outcome for manufacturers and operators, both of which argued that development and circulation of new airworthiness standards regarding volcanic ash ingestion would be problematic.
At the AIA/NDIA Virginia STEM Workforce Call-to-Collaboration Forum held at Huntington-Ingalls in Newport News this summer, Virginia STEM Director Megan Healy announced her state’s commitment to establish a Southeastern Virginia STEM hub in the coming year.
AIA Spotlight: Chantal Joos de ter Beerst and John Park
AIA's Chantal Joos de ter Beerst and John Park received their Associate Standards Professional (AStd) certification from The Society for Standards Professionals on August 12. The certification program recognizes people who have demonstrated a high degree of professional competence in various areas of standards and standardization. (Chris Carnahan, AIA Director of Standardization on left)


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