Slazer Named Head of Space Systems Division

Mar. 17, 2011

Frank Slazer, an executive with nearly 30 years of experience on space policy issues and programs, has joined AIA as the Vice President of Space Systems.

Frank SlazerFrank Slazer, VP, Space Systems

Most recently, Slazer developed and implemented business development strategies across the NASA civil space market for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. He was responsible for developing and managing customer relationships and all aspects of the business acquisition process.

Slazer was also director of Civil Space business development at United Launch Alliance and…

U.S. – EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement Welcomed

Mar. 16, 2011

The bilateral aviation safety agreement finalized by the United States and the European Union is a welcome step forward for trans-Atlantic cooperation.

The agreement strengthens long-standing safety cooperation, which has led to higher, common standards between the United States and Europe—a key to improving aviation safety throughout the world. It also allows for more efficient use of government resources through mutual reliance for inspections and oversight of aerospace maintenance organizations. The agreement can be expanded to include areas such as pilot licensing and training and allows for the resolution of highly controversial fees levied…

Marion C. Blakey, President and Chief Executive Officer, AIA “Our Quality Journey”

Marion C. Blakey
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association

American Society for Quality
Conference on Quality in the Space and Defense Industry
Cape Canaveral, Florida

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Tuesday, March 15, 8:15 a.m.
Radisson Resort at the Port

AIA Issues Report on Counterfeit Parts and Threat to the Supply Chain

Mar. 15, 2011

The volume of counterfeit parts in the supply chain is increasing, necessitating that mitigation plans be developed and implemented, according to a new report by AIA.

“The use of counterfeit parts in the aerospace industry may have life or death consequences,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Reducing their proliferation and potentially harmful effects requires increased diligence and active control measures from both industry and government.”

While the prevalence of counterfeit parts in the supply chain is difficult to quantify, in fiscal 2009, the Customs and Border Protection Service…

Federal barriers to innovation

Mar. 14, 2011

Here in D.C., federal contractors often get caught up in the latest agency rule or other decree that governs our businesses. These day-to-day issues – as important as they are – are a world away from the building blocks that have made our enterprises successful.

So, what am I talking about? Whether you’re in aerospace and defense, telecom or some other high technology industry, innovation has and always will be core to success. For aerospace, innovation has been our lifeblood since the Wright Brothers’ first forays into flight. Transformation of innovative concepts and technologies…