The European environmental directives for Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), which includes restrictions on the use of lead in electronics, has affected the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is important for AIA member companies, forcing a transition away from tin-lead (SnPb) alloys used in the assembly and coating for high performance electronics.
AIA’s new Workforce Policy Council (WPC) is forming working groups to address each of the council’s five focal issues. Companies represented on the WPC and any other interested AIA members are encouraged to name subject matter experts.
There is good news for the civil space program in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget adopted by Congress. Within H.R. 3547, a joint House and Senate omnibus bill, NASA, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service and the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Flight were funded close to or at the President’s budget request.
Throughout AIA’s Second to None campaign, one of our most effective communications tools has been the use of social media, including twitter, Facebook, Linkedin among other platforms. Last year, for example, we made great use of our twitter feed @AIAspeaks to promote our “We are the Explorers” movie trailer for the film “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Also, for the past 100 days, AIA has tweeted success stories from NASA and the space industry as examples of important progress the space program has achieved. And just in the past week, AIA has jumped on board a tweeting firestorm that resulted from Slate.com’s publication of Charles Seife’s polemical attack on NASA, “What is NASA For?” joining a growing cascade of commentary about NASA’s and the space industry’s achievements filed under the hashtag #WhatIsNASAFor.
We hear it often: It takes entirely too long to develop new military aircraft and other defense systems. We wistfully long for the bygone era when legendary outfits like Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed Skunk Works team actually went from proposal to production of a new aircraft concept, the XP-80 jet, in only 143 days.