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Civil Aviation

A little more than a century ago, an aircraft took off from a wind-swept sand dune at Kitty Hawk on a controlled, heavier-than-air flight and changed the world forever. Soon after the birth of flight, AIA was formed with the mission of supporting, advocating and helping to build the best aviation industry in the world. Since that first flight powered by a tiny aluminum-encased custom-made, gasoline-fueled engine that produced 12 horsepower – about the same as a riding lawn mover – our industry has continued to break barriers and reach new heights. Today, civil aerospace manufacturers produce some of the most powerful aircraft engines in the world which accompany the most advanced navigation equipment, best structural designs, and most fuel efficient systems ever created. To learn more about civil aviation in the U.S. and current issues surrounding the aerospace and defense industry please see the below issue topics AIA is currently focused on.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems

• Safety
• NAS Integration
• Certification

Aircraft Certification

• Delegation
• Streamlining
• Resources


• Adequate Funding
• Latest Updates
• Resources


• Emissions
• Chemicals
• Noise


AIA's Executive Report - Winter 2016

Read the Winter 2016 edition of AIA's Executive Report here. In this issue: Dennis Muilenburg…

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Aviation: A Key to Economic Prosperity

Aeronautics – the science of flight – is a cornerstone of economic prosperity and is critical…

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Evolution and Opportunity

Since the Aerospace Industry Association’s 2013 report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned flight technology and platforms…

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Councils and Committees


Ali Bahrami

Vice President, Civil Aviation

George Novak

Assistant Vice President & Regulatory Counsel, Civil Aviation

Leslie Riegle

Director, Environmental Policy

Cortney Robinson

Director, Civil Aviation Infrastructure

Peggy Boyd

Administrative Assistant, Civil Aviation & Space Systems