Several years ago, when a senior government official was testifying before Congress in defense of weather satellite budgets, he was stunned to be asked by a member, “Why are we building meteorological satellites when we have the Weather Channel?” Those of us in the aerospace industry know the short answer: Without NOAA, there would be no Weather Channel. The satellite imagery and data utilized by the Weather Channel and countless other reporting and predicting outlets are generated by satellites operated by NOAA and developed by industry under the auspices of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Second to None
Kaman Hosts Second to None Rally May 21
Kaman Corporation will be hosting a Second to None rally at its Jacksonville, Fla., facility to highlight the impact of the aerospace industry in Florida and the danger posed to America’s national security by impending sequestration cuts. Kaman Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Neal J. Keating and AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey headline the list of speakers at the event. Elected officials from Florida’s federal and state delegations have been invited. The rally will give workers the opportunity to reach out to their representatives to demonstrate the value of our industry to America’s economy and national security. For more information on the campaign, please visit the Second to None website.
AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics April 26 in her capacity as chair of the NASA Advisory Council’s Aeronautics Committee on NASA. Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate budget for fiscal year 2013.
AIA’s Vice President for Space Frank Slazer told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Science and Justice that the president’s fiscal year 2013 budget request represents the bare minimum for NASA’s most critical programs.
In a speech to the Aero Club of Washington April 27, Northrop Grumman CEO and President Wes Bush said that that the conditions are right for unmanned aerial systems to contribute to the nation’s economy but that American manufacturers are at a disadvantage in the global marketplace because of outdated and restrictive export regulations.
The bilateral aviation safety agreement between the United States and the European Union went into effect one year ago and is an accomplishment that was several years in the making. The United States and EU governments, along with their respective aviation authorities, quickly established the Bilateral Oversight Board to manage ongoing improvements and additions to the agreement. Similarly, the authorities set up the Certification Oversight Board and Joint Maintenance Coordination Board to focus on Annexes 1 and 2 of the agreement.
The departments of Defense and State released their long-awaited joint report on revising export controls for commercial satellites on April 25 at the National Space Symposium in Denver, Colorado. A full copy of the report can be found here. AIA’s January 2012 study, Competing for Space, listed the “prompt” release of the export report as its first recommendation.
Potassium chromate, sodium dichromate, chromic acid and chromium trioxide are all substances chemically grouped as chromates. Due to toxic health effects associated with exposures to these substances, the European Chemicals Agency proposed to restrict their use under the REACh regulation. These substances are often ingredients in paints, coatings and films that protect aerospace parts from corrosion. Once a substance is targeted for restriction under REACh, downstream users of products with restricted substances may be negatively impacted in several ways.
On March 30, AIA hosted its annual Space Leadership Forum to foster constructive dialogue between senior government and space industry representatives. This year’s forum was the most successful to-date, with nine high ranking government leaders and more than twenty senior representatives from industry, including government leaders from NASA, NOAA, FAA, the Commerce and Defense Departments, the Air Force, the White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Team America Rocketry Challenge Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
The top 100 teams participating in the 10th Anniversay of the Team America Rocketry Challenge are now preparing for the national finals. Besting more than 500 other middle and high school teams, the top 100 will compete in an all-day final flyoff at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., on Saturday, May 12.
The NextGen Institute kicked off the beginning of a busy spring on March 9 with a meeting between the Institute’s Executive Committee and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari. Additional government attendees included Assistant Secretary for Budgets and Programs and Chief Financial Officer at the Transportation Department, Chris Bertram; FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Vicki Cox; Director of the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), Dr. Karlin Toner; Porcari’s Chief of Staff, Joe Peraino and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta's Chief of Staff, Chris Rocheleau.
The Initiative for Military Families is a project of the National Math and Science Initiative that brings college-level coursework to students through advanced placement curriculum. Because AP courses are standard across the country, IMF will provide the opportunity for educational excellence and continuity for students regardless of where their families are transferred. Several of AIA’s largest member companies are supporting this important effort.
AIA President Marion C. Blakey along with leaders from the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council led a delegation of American executives to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates April 16-17 to attend the inaugural Global Aerospace Summit hosted by Mubadala Aerospace. AIA executive committee member Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes is pictured above (first seated to the left) with AIA’s Chairman David P. Hess, president of Pratt & Whitney (fourth to the left). They were on a panel on meeting industry’s current and future challenges. More information on the summit may be found here.