With the White House and Congress still at loggerheads on the issue of averting sequestration, AIA has ramped up our efforts to encourage national leaders to come to a balanced, bipartisan solution to the nation’s debt and deficit issues.
Unless Congress acts before March 1, $500 billion in new defense cuts will hit our military. Secretary Panetta says this sequestration budget would "hollow out" our armed forces. It would also cut critical funding for NASA, NOAA and the FAA, and threaten 2.14 million American jobs including hundreds of thousands of small business jobs.
Write your elected officials and urge them to stop sequestration. Act now!
President Barack Obama signed into law on January 14, H.R. 6586, known as the Space Exploration Sustainability Act. This legislation renews for one year commercial space launch indemnification. For over twenty years, the U.S. commercial space launch program has relied on the FAA’s launch indemnification program which has benefited the commercial launch market and the space industry at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.
AIA’s National Aerospace Standards Committee (NASC) celebrated an important milestone by completing a significant upgrade to the National Aerospace Standards (NAS) library. Over the past three years, the NASC has modernized, reviewed and approved approximately 1,300 NAS standards, with less than 100 NAS standards still to be published.
The Aerospace Industries Association announces that the first National Aerospace Standard written specifically on cyber security was released January 31, 2013. National Aerospace Standard NAS 9924, “Cyber Security Baseline” provides guidance that benefits the aerospace and defense suppliers of all capability levels by giving the supply chain a base line of standard practices they can follow to better protect their information system infrastructures from cyber threats.
AIA is preparing for another large turnout at its Spring Supplier Management Council Meeting, which will be hosted by Northrop Grumman on March 19-21 in Los Angeles, Calif. Registration for the meeting is now open. If you have any questions, please contact Garnett Black, Director of Corporate Events at garnett.black[at]aia-aerospace.org or (703) 358-1095.
On New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which contains a long-sought provision affecting the aerospace and defense industry. Passage of the NDAA returns to the President the authority for determining proper export control categorization of commercial satellites (COMSATS) and their parts and components.
Recognizing civil aviation as one of the most dynamic sectors of infrastructure growth in the Latin American and Caribbean region, AIA teamed with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in December to organize the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s (USTDA) Latin America – Caribbean Aviation Summit. The event in Miami, Fla., drew 300 attendees from throughout the region and supported the President’s National Export Initiative.
For nearly 25 years, AIA and its members have partnered with the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to produce the Employment Cost Index (ECI) and the Employer Cost for Employee Compensation (ECEC) economic indicators for the aircraft manufacturing industry. BLS is now in the process of updating these economic indicators and is requesting industry assistance to obtain current data.
Middle and high school students in 725 teams across 44 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands are gearing up for the 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the world’s largest student rocket contest and a critical component of the aerospace industry’s workforce development pipeline.
The first state STEM meeting of 2013 will be held at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif., on March 6. With the support of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) STEM Workforce Division, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of NDIA, and the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition, the meeting will help launch the Los Angeles Hub of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLN).
We last reported on the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation in 2010 (‘Have you been REACHED?’). In two short years, REACH, once the anomaly in environmental regulation, is now the global model for chemical use restrictions. The REACH effect is spreading around the world.