AIA Commends President Obama on Alcoa Visit

Jun. 28, 2011

President Obama’s visit to Alcoa in Davenport, Iowa, highlights the importance of aerospace and high-technology manufacturing to our nation.

“We were pleased to hear the president acknowledge the importance of Alcoa to our industry from the early flights of the Wright Brothers to our missions in space and protecting our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq today,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “Alcoa shares a rich heritage of supporting our nation with other members of the Aerospace Industries Association.”

The aerospace industry is a bedrock of our nation’s security…

AIA Commends SASC on Contracting Provision

Jun. 28, 2011

We’re pleased that the Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Defense Authorization by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would prohibit federal agencies from collecting information on political contributions as a part of the contracting process. As I testified before the Joint Hearing of the House Small Business and Oversight and Government Reform Committees in May, political contributions should never be considered by any procurement officer when making a decision to either award or deny a contract. The House Armed Services Committee has adopted similar language authored…

American Students Win International Rocket Contest Fly-Off

Jun. 24, 2011

Student rocketeers from France, the United Kingdom and the United States competed today in the Fourth Annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge.

The four-member team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Tex., posted the best score to win the international fly-off. Worksop College from Nottinghamshire, England placed second. Collège Léonard de Vinci-St Aubin from Bordeaux, France placed third.

“This has been terrific,” said team president John Easum. “We knew we had a great design and had calculated the variables, but until you shoot the rocket, you really can’t be sure. What a way to end our team…

Rockwall-Heath School from USA is 2011 International Schools Rocket Champion

Jun. 24, 2011

The 2011 Paris Airshow played host today (Friday) to the annual international schools rocketry challenge between the national champions of France, the United Kingdom and the United States. The contest encourages students to prepare for careers in the aerospace industry, which is working to boost the numbers of students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.

Teams have to design, construct and successfully launch a rocket, carrying one raw medium size hen's egg to an altitude of 750 feet (229 metres) with a flight time between 40-45 seconds, then return the egg and altimeter…

AIA Concerned by Defense Appropriations Cuts to National Security Space

Jun. 23, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association is concerned about substantial cuts to national security space programs in the fiscal year 2012 House Defense Appropriations bill.

“We understand the need for belt-tightening in today’s economic climate,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “However, we are deeply concerned that the cuts to national security space go too far.”

National security space systems provide essential capabilities such as global satellite communications; access to space; positioning, navigation and timing; environmental monitoring; Operationally Responsive Space support to the warfighter; situational awareness and missile warning. Stable funding for these mission areas…