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A little more than a century ago, an aircraft took off from a wind-swept sand dune at Kitty Hawk on a controlled, heavier-than-air flight and changed the world forever. Soon after the birth of flight, AIA was formed with the mission of supporting, advocating and helping to build the best aviation industry in the world. Since that first flight powered by a tiny aluminum-encased custom-made, gasoline-fueled engine that produced 12 horsepower – about the same as a riding lawn mower – our industry has continued to break barriers and reach new heights. Today, civil aerospace manufacturers produce some of the most powerful aircraft engines in the world which accompany the most advanced navigation equipment, best structural designs, and most fuel efficient systems ever created.
To learn more about civil aviation in the U.S. and current issues surrounding the aerospace and defense industry please see the below issue topics AIA is currently focused on.
AIA’s Civil Aviation Council and respective committees represent the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil and commercial aircraft, aircraft systems, related components, and technology. The Association dates back to the birth of flight in 1919, and was heavily engrained in the early achievements of civil and commercial aviation.
The Council is the most authoritative voice for industry within the halls of Congress, FAA, and other agencies.