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Putting Trans-Atlantic Brainpower To Work On Aviation Safety

This week, the leaders and a wide range of experts from the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry are gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual International Aviation Safety Conference. The conference provides a forum for experts and authorities from both sides of the Atlantic to get around the same table and […]

AIA welcomes White House commitment to reforming commercial space policies

Having a strong domestic space industry is crucial to our nation’s economic vitality and security. The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased by the Trump Administration’s continued focus on reducing barriers for the commercial space industry to create new, well-paying jobs, increase exports and move into new markets. “We welcome the signing of Space Policy Directive 2 […]

Protecting Innovation is a Matter of National Security

On Tuesday, the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees met to mark up and move forward versions of the “Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act” (FIRRMA). These two bills are aimed at reforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process and protecting U.S. technology. While this action isn’t making front […]

“Do Good. Be Good. Make Michigan Proud.” Eric Fanning Gives Positive Charge to University of Michigan Engineering Graduates

Michigan native Eric Fanning knew he faced an immediate challenge when he stood before hundreds of students, teachers and family members to give the graduation address to the University of Michigan College of Engineering class of 2018 on the last Saturday in April.  The school had thoughtfully provided academic regalia for Fanning featuring the green […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Writing the Next Chapter of Our Industry’s History

Writing the Next Chapter of Our Industry’s History A Message from Eric K. Fanning   This statement is an excerpt from the Spring 2018 Edition of AIA’s Executive Report. To view more articles and commentary, click here. In January 1919, at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, our founding members and aviation dignitaries gathered to […]

House Aerospace Caucus focuses on Vital Role of Government Investment

Progress in opening the national airspace to more unmanned aerial systems and supersonic aircraft, sending astronauts back into deep space and helping our armed forces defeat complex threats:  all are dependent on adequate national investment, effective interagency cooperation, and the development of a technologically capable workforce. These points were emphasized by three co-chairs of the […]