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…

AIA Strongly Urges FAA Reauthorization

Jul. 19, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association strongly urges Congress to pass a FAA reauthorization extension to avoid serious disruptions to the agency.

“Congress needs to act quickly to extend FAA’s operations,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “If the House and Senate cannot work out their differences on a full reauthorization bill in the time remaining, another short-term extension should be passed.”

The current FAA authorization—the 20th extension passed since September 2007—is set to expire Friday, July 22. Failure to extend authorization would have dire operational and economic consequences. Among the immediate impacts to FAA…

AIA Commends Gang of Six on Bipartisan Effort

Jul. 19, 2011

The Aerospace Industries Association commends the “Gang of Six” for their work towards a bipartisan deficit reduction deal.

“We applaud the efforts of the Gang of Six to move forward to reduce ongoing deficit spending,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “While there is a great deal of work to be done on the details of the plan and they must ensure that cuts are applied appropriately and not indiscriminately, they should be congratulated for their determination to work together to put our nation on a sound financial footing.”

President brought needed sobriety to defense debate

Jul. 19, 2011

President Obama did more Friday than effectively rule out trillion-dollar defense cuts (“Obama lays down new marker in Defense spending debate,” July 15). He also brought a needed dose of sobriety to the debate, reminding those calling to slash defense during wartime that any cuts must be “consistent with our defense needs and our security needs.”

For months, extreme figures on both the left and right have called for severe cuts that would undermine our dominance in the skies and gut our industrial base and research capabilities for decades.

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