By Marion C. Blakey - In an Afghan battlefield, U.S. warfighters navigate through darkness and around jagged cliffs with GPS guidance. They communicate via satellite in the vast remoteness. Overhead sensors provide critical intelligence on enemies that may be lurking just mountaintops away.
AIA has launched a new initiative to reach out to members of Congress, the administration and other public officials to tell the story about the national security and economic contributions of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry. A new website, a toolkit for AIA member company representatives and an outreach campaign will tell the story that this industry is Second to None.
A team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Tex., took first place at the annual international rocketry competition held at the 2011 Paris Air Show. The team launched against students from the UK and France.
Alternative fuels are a key part of aviation's goal of achieving carbon neutral growth by the year 2020. At the Paris Air Show in June, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about encouraging development and production of biofuels for commercial aircraft.
Aerospace indicators tend to trend downward in the first quarter following strong fourth quarters, and 2011 was no exception. In the final quarter of 2010, most indicators were at their highest levels since the recession began in 2008. Yet even with the first quarter decline, most indicators showed strong year-over-year growth.
Speaking to the Aero Club of Washington on June 30, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey warned that the American aerospace industry faces a unique combination of challenges that could threaten its position of global leadership.
U.S. aerospace manufacturers made headlines with cutting-edge technology and multi-billion dollar deals announced at the 2011 Paris Air Show. Once again AIA had an extremely active and productive show, organizing a number of high-level events and coordinating the U.S. Defense Department Operations Center.
In 2012, companies that file reports with the Securities Exchange Commission under the Exchange Act will be required to disclose annually whether they use "conflict minerals" originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the nine adjoining countries (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan). According to the Act, the "conflict minerals" must be "necessary to the functionality or production" of a product that the company either manufactures or contracts to be manufactured.
As FAA transforms the National Airspace through NextGen technologies and procedures, global interoperability has become a topic of vital importance to industry and governments around the world. NextGen's counterpart in Europe—SESAR—will offer many similar benefits, though it is narrower in scope. With the world's two busiest swathes of airspace converting to new air traffic control systems, the question is: "will they be harmonized to ensure seamless global air transport?"
You can't afford to miss the most informative and collaborative meeting in aerospace and defense - AIA's first ever combined Regional and Supplier Management Council Meeting, July 26-29, at the Weston Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.. Our meeting will be hosted by the Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.
The NextGen Institute is currently seeking aviation industry experts to participate in a symposium and in technical interchange meetings with FAA and Single European Sky ATM Research personnel to discuss the requirements of Trajectory Based Operations. TBO involves moving from an air traffic control system based on the ground to an air traffic management system based above the ground.