Throughout AIA’s Second to None campaign much attention has been paid to our core argument that sequestration will significantly harm ongoing national defense operations and procurement of new systems needed by our warfighters, undercut NASA’s and NOAA’s ability to develop new spacecraft and satellites, make air transportation less efficient today and delay the implementation of NextGen in the future. More than a trillion dollars in sequestration budget cuts over nine years can do that to carefully planned national security strategies and government programs.
The Second to None campaign put on its traveling shoes again in October for a presentation before the National Defense Industrial Association’s St. Louis Chapter, in conjunction with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) on Monday October 15.
Congress is expected to reconvene on November 13 after the Presidential and Congressional elections. With a looming deadline to avert sequestration by the beginning of next year, there have been a number of Capitol Hill events focusing on the need to deal with the impending across-the-board budget cuts.
The global aviation sector is committed to an aggressive set of goals to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions from aircraft. This includes annual average fuel economy improvements of 1.5 percent through the year 2020 and carbon neutral growth beyond that point in time. Aviation manufacturers continue to gain efficiency through the development of new aircraft, engine and air traffic management technologies. Instrumental to achieving these goals, however, is the development and certification of sustainable aviation biofuels.
In early October, Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of AIA and David Hess, President of Pratt & Whitney and Chairman of AIA’s Board of Governors represented AIA at the quadrennial Japan Aero Show held in Nagoya, Japan and the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) annual convention held in Lisbon, Portugal.
With the upcoming lame duck session fast approaching, members of Congress have a number of “must-dos” before the year-end to keep our nation second to none in space. Sequestration is the headline item that members must take action on before January to prevent disastrous cuts to vital space programs managed by the DOD, NASA, NOAA and other agencies. However, sequestration isn’t the only issue that must be immediately addressed to maintain the United States’ leadership in space.
South Texas’ Presidio High School, like West Virginia’s Big Creek High School, the school where famed “Rocket Boy” Homer Hickam, Jr. graduated, isn’t the kind of place where you’d expect tomorrow’s space pioneers to come from. Yet this modest school two miles from the Mexican border is building a reputation as one of the best model rocketry programs in the country thanks to an inspirational and dedicated teacher, Shella Condino.
In early October, AIA participated in a NASA social media event in conjunction with the Space X Falcon9 and Dragon capsule launch. This was a historic moment for commercial space flight as it was the first in a series of commercial resupply (CRS) missions to the International Space Station (ISS). During the mission the Dragon capsule carried 1,000 pounds of supplies to support the crew and 166 planned investigations. For this mission, appropriately designated CRS-1, the NASA Social Program held an in-person event that allowed individuals with the unique ability to share information in a significant way on social media platforms to join the traditional NASA press pool.
AIA’s 70th Annual Board of Governors and Membership fall meeting will feature timely sessions on the direction our country is headed following the Presidential and Congressional elections, and on the future of the aerospace and defense industry. Scheduled for November 13-16 at the Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego, the fall meeting will bring together aerospace and defense leaders from around the country for substantive meetings and southern California hospitality at its best.
A standing room only crowd of 130 gathered for the joint AIA Workforce Committee/NDIA STEM Workforce Division/Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition (BISEC) meeting with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) on September 5-6. The meeting was held at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee. A balanced group of participants from industry, government and education met to learn about STEM education and workforce preparation efforts already underway in Tennessee and to determine how they might become more engaged and aligned for greater effectiveness and impact. Breakout groups developed action plans in six areas: 1) engagement by the education community with government and business; 2) expanding best practices in aerospace and defense industry support to STEM learning; 3) STEM and economic development; 4) STEM curriculum design and teaching; 5) delivering excellent STEM education to rural communities; and 6) professional development for STEM teachers.