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The West Wing & Five Fun Facts About Air Force One

What does it take to keep Air Force One flying? The Aerospace Industry Association’s President and CEO, Eric Fanning, helps separate fact from fiction on America’s most important aircraft in The West Wing Weekly podcast, hosted by the actor Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder. The podcast looks back at “Angel Maintenance” from […]

SkyFail: What happens if America’s satellites suddenly go down?

Americans rely on satellites every day – more than we even realize. Our greatest familiarity is with GPS, helping us find the fastest way to our destination and to order a ride at the push of a button. We use satellites for weather forecasting, not only to help us decide if we need to wear […]

New Worlds Beyond Our Own: TESS and Exoplanet Discovery

Imagine planets like nothing we’ve seen before – for instance, carbon-based worlds composed largely of diamonds. This week, scientists ramp up the search for new worlds as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) embarks upon its mission to seek out distant star systems which may harbor planets. The mission reflects the dedicated work of NASA, […]

AIA leading the way on the Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base of the Future

What do more government support for STEAM education and a streamlined DOD acquisition policy have in common? These are two of the recommendations the defense and aerospace industry is making to the Trump Administration to ensure the health of the Defense Industrial Base. In anticipation of an interagency assessment mandated by Executive Order 13806 being […]

Local Economies Need Trade in Aerospace

Aerospace and defense trade supports jobs all over the United States. In many states, the A&D sector is the largest exporter and is a key contributor to the local economy. This is also true in my home state of Arkansas, where I had the opportunity to speak at the 2018 Summit for the Arkansas Aerospace […]