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Looking Ahead to the Farnborough Airshow 2016

In the last of 3 weekly guest blogs, Richard Gale from the UK’s Aerospace & Defence Trade Association, ADS Group, writes about the upcoming Farnborough Airshow and what visitors to the show will expect. With now only a few days to go until the opening of the 2016 Farnborough Airshow, excitement is mounting on both […]

AIA Hosts Team USA and Kicks off Farnborough 2016 in style

AIA’s theme at this year’s airshow is Global Partnerships Take Flight — a demonstration of our commitment to partnering effectively among industry, government and our close friends and allies around the world. We will be hosting Signature Series Roundtables throughout the week as an opportunity to convene industry leaders with their government customers and partners […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]