On September 30, AIA’s NAS411 Working Group completed an important milestone with the release of the third revision of National Aerospace Standard 411 (“NAS411”), Hazardous Materials Management Program (“HMMP”) and the creation of a new standard known as NAS411-1, Hazardous Material Target List (“HMTL”). In use for almost twenty years, AIA’s NAS411 provides a customizable process to reduce and manage HAZMAT risks in contractually-developed hardware (including their associated operating and support requirements), facilities construction and non-product maintenance and support services. The new HMTL identifies and categorizes specific materials for risk management actions and was jointly developed by the Department of Defense and AIA to provide guidance on restrictions and/or reporting requirements for HAZMAT on military contracts.
On December 2, leaders of a diverse range of organizations representing research universities, public service providers, aerospace and defense companies, and the broader manufacturing sector gave concrete examples of how long-term federal budget cuts are harming the national interest. The hashtag #AmericanWorkforce was the social rally cry that gave this message legs to reach a broader audience of people online.
A new Strategic Standardization Forum for Aerospace (SSFA) video demonstrates the value of providing standards as digital data. Standards content is typically provided in a paper or PDF document. The SSFA is discussing ways that standards developers supporting the aerospace and defense industry can provide standards content in a digital format. The video shows how one manufacturer has converted their internal company standards into a format that can be used and read by downstream applications. The process offers improvements in data quality, interoperability, and reduced costs.
From November 17th - 21st AIA members participated in the 2013 Dubai Airshow (DAS), held for the first time at the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai. AIA supported more than 450 U.S. government and military personnel from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of State, and Department of Defense participating at DAS.
The International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) held its fourth annual conference on October 15th and 16th in Alexandria, Virginia. Over 80 ethics and compliance professionals from the aerospace and defense industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations heard a diverse set of panels cover such topics as best practices, ethics in the global marketplace, and the impact of corruption on the aerospace and defense market. Among the topics discussed was the need for comprehensive training and communication, with examples provided by Raytheon’s high quality training videos and Lockheed Martin’s mobile training “Go-Kits,” and the value of developing industry initiatives to mitigate risk in global supply chains and in offset contracts.