FAA Shutdown Widely Impacts Economy

Jul. 28, 2011

The ongoing FAA shutdown is having a broad and deep negative impact on aviation and our economy. As a result of Congress’ failure to pass an authorization extension, the FAA has been forced to issue stop work orders on contracts reportedly worth more than $7 billion.

Reports from AIA member companies reflect contract employee layoffs as well as disruptions to second- and third-tier suppliers, often small businesses. It’s also unclear whether the FAA will be able to make significant payments to contractors in the next couple of weeks. Most small businesses lack the flexibility…

Marion C Blakey Bureaucratic Obstacles for Small Exporters: Is our National Export Strategy Working?

Bureaucratic Obstacles for Small Exporters: Is our
National Export Strategy Working?

House Small Business Committee

July 27, 2011

Marion C. Blakey, “Second to None - Maintaining U.S. Aerospace Leadership”

Regional and Supplier Management Council Summer Meeting
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
July 26, 2011

Failure to Reauthorize FAA Costs Government $30 Million A Day

Jul. 22, 2011

It’s very disturbing that after 20 short-term extensions and almost four years without an FAA authorization bill, Congress decided to let FAA partially shut down today.

At midnight tonight, roughly 4,000 employees will be sent home and important airport projects and improvements like the Next Generation Air Transportation System will stop. Especially perplexing is that while the country worries about our nation’s fiscal health, this congressional impasse will cost the government over $200 million a week in lost revenue.

Yet, despite this unprecedented distraction, FAA will operate our national airspace system as safely as always.…

Use Taxpayer Dollars For America’s Space Program – Not Russia’s

Jul. 21, 2011

With the retirement of the historic space shuttle, the United States now runs the risk of becoming a supplicant: we will have no choice but to pay the Russians $60 million a seat to send a U.S. astronaut to the International Space Station. Instead of funding Russia’s space program, it would seem to anyone with the long view that these taxpayer dollars would be better spent investing in new NASA programs for commercial space flight and Mars exploration. These initiatives would put thousands of soon to be unemployed aerospace workers back to work and advance science and…