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Slazer Remarks at House Aerospace Caucus event

Engine for Growth: Analysis and Recommendations for U.S. Space Industry Competitiveness Remarks as prepared for AIA Vice President for Space Systems Frank Slazer before House Aerospace Caucus Thank you and good afternoon. The Aerospace Industries Association, with over 330 members, includes companies who were present at the dawn of the space age 60 years ago, as […]

Aerospace and Defense Industry Remains a Leader on Environmental Stewardship

America’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies care a great deal about environmental stewardship.  Long before the Paris Accords were agreed to, American A&D was searching for ways to improve its environmental footprint and make flying as efficient as possible.  Today, we remain proud to lead the way on environmental sustainability, capitalizing on the innovation at […]

AIA sends letter to leadership of Budget Committees on BCA Caps

On May 11, 2017, AIA sent a letter signed by AIA Chairman and Chairman, President and CEO of the Boeing Company Dennis A. Muilenburg; AIA Vice Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company Thomas A. Kennedy; and AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, urging Budget Committee Chairs and Ranking Members in the House […]

Congratulations to the TARC 2017 Champions!

Congratulations to our 2017 Team America Rocketry Challenge winners, Festus High School of Festus, Mo. They bested 100 teams from around the country to take home a package of scholarships and prizes worth more than $20,000. They’ve also won the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the International Paris […]

The Updated Product Certification Guide: A New Approach to Industry & FAA Teamwork

A normal certification process for a transport aircraft typically lasts 5-7 years based on complexity of the design and the number of new and novel technologies introduced.  Although the key steps of certification process have not changed over the years, FAA and Industry have defined new methods of performing those processes without compromising the safety […]

Perkins Legislation Critical to Ensuring a Robust A&D Workforce

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) overwhelmingly passed out of the House Education and Workforce Committee on May 17. Commonly referred to as “Perkins” – as it reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act – the bill is a major step forward in bringing common […]

AIA Plans Busy Week at International Paris Air Show.

As you pass the AIA Operations Center at the International Paris Air Show, there’ll be no shortage of activity. We’ll be supporting the DOD Corral again this year, and we have a full slate of aircraft on static display. We’ll also be hosting several receptions and roundtables. Finally, we’ll round out the week with the […]

AIA Supports DOD’s Innovation Partnership With Industry

America’s potential adversaries are developing significant military capabilities and doing so faster than ever. To stay ahead, DOD must revamp the stilted defense acquisition system that AIA member companies are required to navigate; it also must draw from the full range of American technology and expertise from all sectors of the marketplace to effectively drive […]

2017 Spring Board of Governors Strengthens Prominence, Significance, and Unified Voice of American aerospace and defense

As the Aerospace Industries Association completes its 2017 Spring Board of Governors meeting, we set out on the next chapter for our members, and on the next chapter for our industry.  As a Nation, we face increasing and seemingly unavoidable pressures: international competition, overregulation, workforce shortages, fiscal unpredictability and asymmetric threats. By convening the leadership […]

Rockets on the Hill: An Eye to the Future & A Call to Action

Before taking to the fields for the Final Fly-off on May 13, the nation’s top student rocketeers competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge kicked off National Finals weekend with the sixth annual Rockets on the Hill Reception (ROTH) on May 12. But why the Hill? How are these students’ rocketry experiences connected with Capitol […]

Dispatches from Rocket City, USA

America’s aerospace and defense industry is well known as a key contributor to the U.S. economy and a powerhouse manufacturing sector that drives innovation, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security goals, and contributes to our country’s high-tech manufacturing base. What is less well known is the vital contribution the industry makes to state and […]