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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Aerospace CEOs to Speak Out on Jobs, National Security, and the Debt Supercommittee

Sep. 12, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association and leading industry CEOs are holding a press conference Wednesday September 14 on the devastating job losses, national security threats and infrastructure implications that would result from budget cuts put in motion by this summer's debt-ceiling deal. AIA and the CEOs of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Pratt & Whitney and other firms will address the long-term costs that another round of major cuts would have on the defense capabilities, industrial workforce, and America’s legacy of innovation in space and civil aviation leadership.

AIA Chairman James F. Albaugh, President…

IAM&AW, AIA Oppose Cuts to Aerospace and Defense

Sep. 02, 2011

The International Association of Machinists and the Aerospace Industries Association sent a letter to President Obama Sept. 1 urging him to preserve the aerospace and defense industry and its high-skilled workforce.

“As you finalize proposals to save and create American jobs, we urge you to consider the vital role that our second to none aerospace and defense industry has played in America’s global leadership, and to keep in mind the many thousands of aerospace and defense workers that face the loss of their jobs in these difficult economic times,” the letter urged.

Sheller Named Vice President of Communications

Aug. 24, 2011

Francis X. ‘Chip’ Sheller has joined AIA as Vice President of Communications, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the field to the position.

Sheller was previously Vice President for Communications and Government Relations with Thales USA, Inc., in Arlington, Va., beginning in 2006. In this capacity he supported a range of U.S. and overseas businesses for Thales, an $18 billion aerospace and defense company.

Prior to joining Thales, Sheller represented clients including Lockheed Martin Corporation, L-3 and the Nuclear Energy Institute as Senior Vice President at Hill &