FAA’s Motion Picture UAS Decision a Good First Step

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on FAA’s decision to permit limited use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to produce motion pictures

ADS-B Infrastructure: On Time, On Budget, On the Job

The Department of Transportation Inspector General’s report on issues surrounding the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system fails to state the obvious, that the infrastructure necessary to implement ADS-B is on time, on budget and on the job.  It is imperative that to improve our air transportation system and to enhance safety for future generations, the aviation industry, operators and government must all do their part to make NextGen a success.

July/August/September eUpdate 2014

Progress on Aerospace and Defense Trade

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

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.

Aerospace industry experts engage in thought leadership on STEM education and workforce issues

Author: Susan Lavrakas

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.