Texas students take first place in Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Flyoff

May. 14, 2011

A team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Tex., took first place at the ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals Saturday afternoon, besting 99 teams from across the country to earn the title of national champion. 

Rockwall-Heath joined more than 600 participating teams in September 2010 on a journey that included rocketry design, simulated flights and test launches. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, the contest encourages students to prepare for careers in the aerospace industry, which is working to boost the pipeline of students with…

AIA Concerned by House Appropriations Allocations

May. 13, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association is deeply concerned that actions by the House Appropriations Committee this week could result in cuts to NASA’s Space Launch System and FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System.

“The House Appropriations Committee’s proposed top-line numbers for fiscal year 2012 for areas of the budget that cover NASA and FAA are substantially reduced from last year,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “If cuts are made to critical federal investment programs at these agencies, our leadership in space and safety in our airspace could be endangered.”

Marion C. Blakey, statement entitled “Impact of Political Donation Disclosures”

joint hearing of the House Small Business and Oversight and Government Reform Committees

AIA Opposes Draft Executive Order on Political Donations

May. 12, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association expressed deep concern about the effect that a draft Executive Order on political donations would have on the government contracting process if implemented.

“As written, the Executive Order introduces the possibility that donations to a political party or candidate will be a considered when contract proposals are evaluated,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey in testimony at a joint hearing of the House Small Business and Oversight and Government Reform Committees today. “Political contributions should never be considered by any procurement officer when making a contract award decision.”

AIA: Strengthening Safeguards Against Counterfeit Parts

May. 09, 2011

Counterfeiting has been around for nearly as long as humans have traded things of value. An Aztec manuscript from the mid-16th century, for instance, cites warnings against making false cacao beans, which were used as currency. Counterfeiters made wax replicas and refilled hollow beans with sand.

Today counterfeiting affects manufacturers as well as treasuries, and is a particular concern in aerospace and defense.

Each year aerospace products safely transport billions of passengers and billions of dollars worth of cargo. They reliably perform national security missions, protecting citizens at home and troops…