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 mower – 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.
Failure of the deficit reduction supercommittee and the specter of sequestration cuts cast a shadow on a relatively strong year for the aerospace industry.
“The fact that our industry is a leading job-creator, a technological innovator and a critical part of our nation’s security is too important to be taken for granted,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “If this industry stops being Second to None, the future of our country is in question.”
In her remarks to more than 300 members of the news media, government and industry at the association’s 47th…
Jim Albaugh, Chairman, Aerospace Industries Association
President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Keynote address to AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
Friday, October 7, 2011