AIA Blog Post Archive

Space in the Spotlight

There’s a lot of excitement on Florida’s space coast as NASA gears up to launch the next great era of human space exploration, and private sector firms like Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX bring new energy to the burgeoning commercial space economy. The growing importance of space was highlighted on Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space […]

Celebrating our Nation’s Engineers: Meet the Young Professionals Making a Difference

In honor of National Engineers Week (February 18-24), the Aerospace Industries Association is proud to highlight 15 engineers who are making a difference in the aerospace and defense industry. Trained in colleges and universities across the United States, these engineers are working on critical products that are taking us to new heights, ensuring our safety […]

AIA Petitions FCC for Spectrum to Control UAS

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) comprise one of the fastest growing sectors of the aerospace industry. Already being used in precision agriculture, emergency management, weather forecasting, infrastructure management and wildlife protection, UAS have the potential to reshape many businesses, if the appropriate resources are dedicated for them. To help open this market, invigorate American innovation and […]

American Aerospace and Defense Shines in Singapore

Today, aviation enthusiasts and industry partners alike converge in Singapore for the 2018 Singapore Airshow, touted as “Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event.” Set along the water and housed in the Changi Exhibition Centre, aerospace and defense companies from around the world will showcase their platforms. Months prior to today’s first flyover though, AIA was […]

Visit by Japanese Space Officials Highlights Cooperation and Growth of Global Space Enterprise

Yesterday, AIA had the honor of welcoming to our association a delegation of Japanese government and industry space officials, representing one of the world’s most dynamic space-faring nations. Our discussions focused on growing global space activities, with Goldman Sachs predicting a tripling of the market for space systems and space enabled services to $1 trillion […]

The Industrial Base Comeback of 2018

2018 promises to bring high-level and sustained attention to the manufacturing and defense industrial base that underpins our nation’s strength, security and prosperity. In April, we’ll see the initial Department of Defense (DOD)  response to the President’s July 2017 Executive Order on “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency […]

Remembering NASA’s Fallen Space Heroes

Yesterday, my AIA colleagues Frank Slazer and Tami Plofchan and I joined with NASA leaders and staff, other government space officials, members of Congress, congressional staffers and astronaut family members in attending NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery. This solemn event honors the memories of the Apollo 1 and Space Shuttle Challenger […]

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Key for Small, Mid-sized Companies in Supply Chain

One AIA activity that tended to fly under the radar this past year was our advocacy in support of the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act (MTB) of 2017” (H.R. 4318 and S. 2108)”. This bill, though not as well-covered in the press as larger, economically-focused measures like tax reform, is integral to small and medium sized […]

Remembering John Young

On the morning of April 14, 1981, I woke up at 2:00 am, and then with my Rockwell International colleague Clarence Hill in tow, we picked up in Santa Monica, California a group our company (now a part of the Boeing Company) was hosting—the first delegation of Chinese space scientists to officially visit the United […]

AIA Supports Strong U.S. Trade Ties with Canada and Mexico

The Aerospace Industries Association has long been an enthusiastic supporter of expanding free and fair trade to grow the U.S. economy. We support the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because an update has the potential to enhance economic opportunities both domestically and abroad. The Trump Administration initiated the renegotiation of NAFTA, […]

Tax Reform Marches Forward

This week the US House achieved floor passage of H.R. 1—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The measure was approved on November 16 by a 227-205 vote, entirely along partisan lines.  The House version of comprehensive tax reform supports a more competitive corporate tax rate, creation of a territorial tax system and the repatriation of accrued […]

AIA Showcases American Industry at Dubai Air Show

Long before the ribbon to open the airshow was cut, AIA has been hard at work laying the framework to advance American priorities as part of the bi-annual Dubai Airshow. A trusted partner by both government and industry, AIA plays a unique role at international airshows, supporting the U.S. military aircraft presence while also hosting […]