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AIA’s Dave Melcher on Defense News TV

While we were at Farnborough in July, AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher sat down with Defense News Associate Editor Aaron Mehta to discuss current trends in the aerospace and defense industry. Melcher spoke about efforts to improve the FMS system to speed the process of getting capabilities into the hands of our close friends […]

TARC/IRC Day 1: Team USA Arrives in London, IRC Begins!

The Odle Middle School “Space Potatoes” of Bellevue, Washington, had a great first day in London! The recently graduated eighth-graders arrived in London, enjoyed an afternoon walk through the Grosvenor Square Garden and even held a team dinner/presentation practice session. The Space Potatoes enjoyed some fresh air after a long flight from Seattle to London! […]

Corral Tours

One of the many cool things AIA does at airshows is support the DOD aircrews at the DOD Corral. We help coordinate when distinguished visitors and high-ranking government officials want to take time to express their gratitude to our men and women in uniform. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker toured the corral on Monday: MH-60 Blackhawk […]

Third Offset Innovation Forum

On Wednesday, AIA hosted the Third Offset Innovation Forum, a meeting of U.S. and UK government and industry representatives to discuss innovative ideas in the context of DOD’s Third Offset strategy. The discussion featured a timely exchange of views on how to promote the innovation that will keep the armed forces of the United States […]

Signature Series Roundtables, Day 3

AIA’s Signature Series Roundtables continued on Day 3 with a morning meeting with Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, to discuss acquisition issues. Next up was a meeting with Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey along with Dept of State Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade Controls, Brian […]

Collaboration the Key to Success for TARC National Champions

At Odle Middle School, rocketry is so popular that earning a spot in the Bellevue, W.A. school’s rocketry club means winning the lottery – literally. At the beginning of each school year the club’s coaches, Brendan Williams and Jim Petoskey, hold a drawing to select new students. That’s where the luck stops and the hard […]

Signature Series Roundtables, Day 2

Our Signature Series Roundtables continued on Tuesday with several new engagements. We kicked off the morning with Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, discussing ways in which smaller companies could take advantage of Ex-Im Bank loan guarantees to expand their overseas business. Following was a visit with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to discuss opportunities in Virginia. […]

AIA selects Indiana for Supplier Management Council meeting

Today, AIA announced a first-of-its-kind partnership among the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Rolls-Royce North America and AIA, to host the March 2018 Supplier Management Council. Indiana Commerce Secretary Victor Smith hosted the press conference, saying, “Indiana’s business climate is propelling growth and innovation for aerospace companies large and small, and we’re proud to share our […]

US Industry Reception

AIA closed out Day 2 with the traditional U.S. Industry Reception at the U.S. Embassador’s Residence in Regency Park. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom was the theme for the event. Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Dibble was our host for the evening. AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher also […]

Ribbon Cutting at the US Pavilion

One of the highlights of the Opening Day’s festivities is the ribbon cutting at the US Pavilion. AIA partner Kallman Worldwide hosted the event at their new “Hub” — a dedicated events space within the US Pavilion, located in Hall 3. Kallman Worldwide President Tom Kallman emceed the ceremony. Deputy Chief of Mission at the […]

Signature Series Roundtables, Day 1

One of the most important functions AIA serves at international airshows is as the convenor of choice for industry and our government partners. It is at these events — meetings held to promote more open dialogue — that the Team USA approach is most evident. High ranking officials from across the interagency work with industry […]

AIA at Farnborough International Airshow 2016

AIA is planning a very active role at the Farnborough Airshow this coming week. As part of the Team USA approach, we’ll be hosting receptions and a variety of government-industry roundtables with Federal and State leaders. We’re also participating in the International Rocketry Challenge through this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge champions, the Odle Middle […]