AIA Welcomes Announcement of Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s announcement of Two New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

AIA Names Schmid Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy

Arlington, Va. — Elizabeth L. “Betsy” Schmid has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, bringing extensive legislative experience on budget policy from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

NAS 3D CAD Model Catalog Now Available

Author: Chris Carnahan

Last year, AIA partnered with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions to create authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards (NAS). The result was a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs. 3D models are now available for the most used NAS/NASM/NA/NAM parts. The catalog was made available through IHS and PARTsolutions last month.

A&D Industry Responds to Proposed Counterfeit Parts DFARS Rule

Author: Gery Mras

On February 3, AIA submitted a comment letter to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Secretariat of the U.S. General Services Administration on behalf of its member companies in response to FAR CASE 2012—032, a proposed rule regarding “Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirements” to support initiatives pertaining to the proliferation of counterfeit parts.

Industry Convenes to Discuss Pb-Free Electronics and their Impact on the Global Supply Chain

Author: Rusty Rentsch

The European environmental directives for Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), which includes restrictions on the use of lead in electronics, has affected the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is important for AIA member companies, forcing a transition away from tin-lead (SnPb) alloys used in the assembly and coating for high performance electronics.