AIA Welcomes NASA’s Space Launch System Announcement

Sep. 15, 2011

NASA’s announcement of the Space Launch System development plan is a bold and welcome development in these troubling times. Even as our economy struggles to recover from recession, the plan is a ray of hope that America’s belief in a better future endures and America’s continued leadership in space exploration can be preserved.

The NASA decision to initiate a competition—with bipartisan support from both houses of Congress—is encouraging and will hopefully assure that the breadth of our nation’s aerospace industry will have an opportunity to contribute their innovative ideas to the program’s success.

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Jim Albaugh, remarks at Aero Club of Washington Luncheon

Aero Club of Washington
Luncheon Address
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes
September 13, 2011

AIA Will Present 2011 Wings of Liberty Award to Senator Patty Murray

Sep. 13, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association will present Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) with the prestigious Wings of Liberty Award September 13, in recognition of her longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry.

Senator Murray is a founding co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus, where she continues to call attention to the important issues facing the nation’s transportation infrastructure and the U.S. aerospace industry. She chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

“Senator Murray knows the value of the aerospace and defense industry and how…

Blakey: Skies need 21st century technology

Sep. 12, 2011

In the 1950s, American cars had no seat belts; drunken driving got you a small fine; and many state highways were dirt or gravel. It's hard to imagine now that we have air bags, anti-lock brakes and a national highway system. Yet, incredibly, another crucial area of transportation still uses 1950s-era infrastructure: the air traffic control system.

U.S. air traffic controllers still use basically the same radar-and-radio system developed some 60 years ago, with equipment in some cases decades old. If a controller from 1980 could time-travel to today, he could start working again with little…

Hawks, doves, or owls?

Sep. 12, 2011

In a polarized political environment, fractured by partisan debate about the debt ceiling, pending decisions about defense spending have been characterized as a contest between hawks and doves.<br />
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But what&rsquo;s needed most aren&rsquo;t hawks or doves, but &ldquo;owls,&rdquo; with the wisdom and vision to balance federal budget constraints against America&rsquo;s need to defend our national security, preserve our technological leadership, protect our troops, maintain our industrial base and foster middle-class, family-supporting jobs. These are the most fundamental requirements of American government.</p>
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