AIA at the International Paris Air Show – a Compendium

The International Paris Airshow was a whirlwind for AIA. From policy roundtables to high-level meetings, each day was filled with a flurry of activity.

Our Signature Series Roundtables were a highlight for AIA, demonstrating our value as the convenor of choice, bringing government and industry together for substantive policy discussions and building on the good relationships we have. The roundtables included meetings with the U.S. Air Force delegation, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, Acting Export-Import Bank Chairman C.J. Hall, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade Controls Brian Nilsson, and Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey.

In addition to the roundtables, we held a wide variety of meetings and public events.

On Monday, AIA’s President Dave Melcher greeted French President Emmanuel Macron outside the AIA Operations Center, underlining the importance of AIA’s support of the U.S. delegation.

President of France, Emmanuel Macron meeting Dave Melcher President and CEO of AIA, 52nd International Paris Air Show 2017, Paris, France 19 Jun 2017 (photo courtesy of Raytheon)

From there, we went to the ribbon cutting at the USA Partnership Pavilion hosted by Kallman Worldwide.

Finally, we closed out the day with the U.S. Industry Reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence.

On Tuesday, Vice President for International Affairs Remy Nathan reinforced the value of the U.S.-French partnership at a celebration of 100 years of cooperation in aviation hosted by Kallman Worldwide.

Later that morning, Dave Melcher and AIA’s Assistant Vice President for Civil Aviation George Novak participated in a high-level meeting on civil aviation issues with FAA Administrator Huerta and European Commission Director General Henrik Hololei at the GIFAS Chalet.

We also taped an interview with Jill Aitoro of Defense News.

On Wednesday, much of the day was devoted to meetings with our members, as we used the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of current and potential member companies to underline the value of AIA to our members at big industry events like Paris.

In addition, Vice President for National Security John Luddy participated in a public panel on cyber security hosted by Kallman Worldwide.

We capped off the business portion of the show with a viewing of the flying display, hosted by The Boeing Company.

There’ll be more to come as we switch to covering the students from Festus High School in Missouri as they compete in the International Rocketry Challenge on Friday.