American Aerospace & Defense and International Air Shows

I’m a firm believer that American aerospace and defense (A&D) products are the best in the world, and that our companies provide unmatched partnerships. As the voice of American A&D, AIA takes pride in showcasing our industry’s impact in our country and around the world. This year AIA has the honor of representing U.S. industry at the world’s largest air show at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. But not just this year. We have a long history of highlighting industry’s cutting-edge achievements at international air shows.

In fact, AIA, along with the Department of Commerce, established the first U.S. national pavilion at the Paris Air Show in 1967. Since then, we’ve continued to organize the American industry presence at the internationally-renowned event, and at other air shows around the world, including Dubai, Singapore, and Farnborough, among others.

AIA’s role at the Paris Air Show is largely that of a convener. We work closely with senior government officials to make sure the U.S. delegation has the engagement they want with U.S. companies – from suppliers to prime contractors – throughout the entirety of the Show.

We support the servicemembers and aircraft in the Department of Defense corral, where the U.S. Government displays the latest in military aircraft. We also host two major receptions to bring together AIA’s members, leaders across the country, and others to network and celebrate our industry’s accomplishments.

On top of that, we also bring together the brightest young minds across the globe to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge. The winning rocketeers from national competitions in the United States, Japan, the UK, and France compete for the world championship – a title the U.S. has held for 4 straight years. These students represent the future of our industry, and we’re looking forward to seeing them compete.

While families and school children are watching the impressive flying displays at Le Bourget each day, the Air Show will be a very busy – and critical – time for the American A&D industry. Over the next two weeks, our team of experts at AIA, as well as a few of our member companies, will lift the curtain on international air shows to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the efforts of our industry to strengthen our position around the globe.

We encourage you to follow along here on our blog, or follow the conversation on Twitter through #USatPAS and #PAS19.