AIA Welcomes SpaceX Launch to International Space Station

May. 22, 2012

Arlington, Va. — Today’s successful launch by SpaceX of the Dragon capsule towards its rendezvous with the International Space Station marks a major historical milestone in American spaceflight.  Developed by SpaceX under NASA’s commercial cargo services program, the mission demonstrates the capability of collaborative investments by the U.S. government and private industry to build new American vehicles for space transportation. 

“This mission proves the American spirit of innovation is thriving,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.  “This is yet another example of how American aerospace is truly second to none.”

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Florida Leaders, Kaman Workers Warn Against More Cuts to Aerospace and Defense

May. 21, 2012

Jacksonville, Fla. — Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll addressed more than 400 workers today at the Kaman Aerostructures facility in Jacksonville to warn about the threat to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $500 billion in sequestration budget cuts scheduled for January 2013. A study commissioned by AIA last year found that Florida could lose more than 39,000 jobs if Congress does not act to stop these cuts.

In addition to Rep. Crenshaw, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Lt. Gov. Carroll, workers also heard from Textron Inc. Chairman…

AIA Welcomes Congressional Action on Satellite Export Control Reform

May. 18, 2012

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes House action on satellite export reform in the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The language would return authority to the president for determining export controls for satellites and related technologies and is an important step towards strengthening our national security and opening export opportunities. AIA urges the Senate to address this critical issue and ensure the U.S. space industrial base stays second to none.

We would like to express our strong appreciation to HASC Chairman McKeon (R-Calif.), HASC Ranking Member Smith (D-Wash.), HFAC Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.),…

Media Advisory: Second to None Employee Rally

May. 14, 2012

Kaman Corporation, in conjunction with the Aerospace Industries Association, is hosting an employee rally May 21 at their Jacksonville Aerostructures facility to raise awareness of the critical contribution of the aerospace and defense industry to the U.S. economy and to our national security.


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Madison students take first place in Team America Rocketry Challenge

May. 12, 2012

The Plains, Va. – Students from Madison West High School in Madison, Wis. placed first at the 10th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge finals Saturday, besting 99 teams from across the country to earn the title of national champion in a contest that puts kids on track for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Madison West will travel to London courtesy of Raytheon Company days before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to defend America’s 2011 championship title at the Farnborough International Air Show, competing with the UK and France.

Last fall, Madison West…