AIA Blog Post Archive

Counting on Obama to help lead space program forward

Florida’s Space Coast community is preparing for a visit today from President Obama, who will discuss the future of the U.S. space program. Nearly 50 years ago, President Kennedy made his clarion call to go to the moon.

Juneau airport to join technology revolution

For a city that’s accessible only by sea and air, Juneau has an airport that is famously critical but often challenging. Now something is about to occur that will make it much more “approachable.”

The value of ethics in the global marketplace

For members of the aerospace and defence industries to be successful and to meet the expectations of their customers requires ethical business behaviour in all circumstances and those practices need to be sustained across borders.

AIA – Keeping the Aerospace Industry Strong

At the Aerospace Industries Association we like to say that we represent the companies (and their suppliers) that build just about everything that flies. In September, AIA will hold our second annual National Aerospace Day, which we’ve expanded to a week to commemorate our industry and celebrate its many accomplishments.

Five Steps to Facilitating the Convergence of Manned and Unmanned Aviation

As the valuable public safety benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ civil and commercial applications become apparent, there is mounting pressure for the FAA to integrate such operations as soon as possible. This presents FAA with a host of “box-stretching” issues in meshing the needs of military and commercial UAS operations in the civil airspace. The challenges are significant.

National Aerospace Week: Commemorating an American Success Story

Bob Barnett, owner of a small company in North Carolina that makes custom aerospace connectors, is visiting his Congressmen with dozens of other suppliers this week during National Aerospace Week. Like many small-business owners across the country, he’s worried about the prospect of a ‘double-dip’ recession, but as a successful supplier in the aerospace and defense industry he is confident the industry has the wherewithal to weather most any economic turmoil.

In Space, What Makes A Good Neighbor?

Robert Frost’s 1914 poem “Mending Wall” follows the discussion of two neighbors about the rebuilding of a fence between their properties — carrying on an age-old conversation about terrestrial boundaries. The often cited line in the poem, “Good fences make good neighbors,” shows one neighbor’s perspective that boundaries can be healthy for both while the […]

TARC Star Spotlight: Samuel Pullen

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and National Association of Rocketry, is the world’s largest model rocketry contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Hubble – 25 Years and the Astronomy Continues

Twenty five years in space. Remarkable. The Hubble Space Telescope continues to defy all odds and has easily exceeded the pre-launch hype of being “the greatest advance in astronomy since Galileo.” Although Hubble’s greatness and accomplishments are undeniable today, it didn’t start out that way.