Watch this recap of the 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge finals in The Plains, Va.
AIA's quarterly publication, the Executive Report, provides news and information about our Members. The latest issue featuresa Q&A with NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden.
Ethics as a Global Business Practice By Marion C. Blakey - The global nature of our industry comes into sharpest focus every year at the Paris (last year) or Farnborough (this year) Air Show. As impressive as the exhibitions and the flying displays are, a primary goal for the international delegations is to engage in dialogue as much as possible in a compressed schedule. »Read more
New Export Control Proposals Announced at Senate Aerospace Caucus Lunch
National Security Advisor General Jones, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey and AIA Chairman and Textron President and CEO Scott Donnelly
The second Senate Aerospace Caucus Lunch produced breaking news as National Security Advisor General James L. Jones announced sweeping changes proposed by the administration for export control modernization. »Read More
Fiscal 2011 National Defense Authorization Act
At the end of May, the House of Representatives passed the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill (H.R. 5136), that contains $567 billion in budget authority for DOD. It includes, despite administration opposition and the threat of a presidential veto, $435 million in funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine program, as well as numerous acquisition policy provisions of interest to industry. »Read more
AIA at Farnborough
The Farnborough International Airshow begins July 19. This year, the show highlights important sectors of the aerospace industry through themed conferences: AeroSpace, Defense, Space, Security and Futures Day. Friday’s Futures Day is aimed at influencing the younger generation to look to careers in aerospace. A key event will be the International Rocket Competition among the national winners from the United States, the United Kingdom and France. »Read more
New Contracting Vision Takes Shape
When the Obama administration took office 18 months ago, officials laid out a vision for government contracting based around a higher standard of ethics, lower costs to the government, increased transparency and a more capable acquisition workforce. Since January, that vision has morphed into reality as a number of significant regulatory actions have been released for comment to the public or finalized. Four particular rules will have a significant impact on the government contracting activities of AIA member companies. »Read more
Futures Day at Farnborough
On Friday, July 23 the Farnborough International Airshow will be hosting Futures Day, a day dedicated to inspiring students to consider a career in aerospace. There will be interactive exhibits, workshops, presentations, lectures, a career fair and opportunities for students to engage with innovators from many of the world’s most high-tech companies. »Read more
November 1-3, 2010
AIA members receive a 20% discount with code AIA2010. Discount is also valid for an All-Access Pass which includes admission to the co-located A&D Supply Chain conference. For more information, please Visit AviationWeek.com/Events or call 1-212-904-3195.
What's Next for NextGen?
NextGen is the FAA’s plan to modernize and increase the capacity of the National Airspace System (NAS), while simultaneously improving safety and reducing environmental impacts. NextGen is expected to transform civil aviation, much as when jet engines replaced propellers, ushering in a new level of system-wide performance. The system’s satellite-based technologies will supplant the current radar-based air traffic management (ATM) system, resulting in significant improvements of aircraft operations in the air and on the tarmac. Further, NextGen enables environmentally friendly procedures and technologies that reduce fuel burn, carbon emissions and noise. »Read more
National Security Space Update
There has been a lot of activity on some key national security space issues recently. Congress continues to make progress on finalizing authorization legislation for the national security space sector. AIA expects appropriations measures that include national security space to move later in the year. A new National Space Policy was released June 28 by the administration and included a variety of national security space provisions. »Read more
Evolving Roles of ESH Professionals
AIA Environment, Safety and Health professionals are quickly recognizing that their jobs are evolving from end-of-pipe consultants called in to maximize worker safety and manage wastes from manufacturing production lines to frontline product stewards. While the end-of-pipe responsibilities have not diminished, the stewardship requirements are increasing. This leads many ESH professionals to wonder if ESH is the appropriate term to define what they do. »Read more
Quality Assurance Committee Update
Since January 2010, the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) has new leadership in Chairman Dr. Jesse Mangual of Textron Inc. and a strong sense of purpose among current and new members. »Read More