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TARC Star Spotlight: Amanda Steckel

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).

TARC Star Spotlight: Preston Due

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).

Busy week for Ex-Im supporters

This week (July 13-17) was very busy for supporters of the Export Import Bank of the United States. The aerospace and defense community joined other manufacturers for a congressional fly-in Tuesday through Thursday.

AIA’s Ex-Im Advocacy Reaching a Crescendo

Following up on last week’s busy schedule on Ex-Im Bank, AIA began this week with a bang, placing two more OpEds from Dave Melcher, “Protect Arizona jobs: Keep Ex-Im bank going strong,” in the Arizona Daily Star and “Melcher: The Export-Import Bank: It’s not just for big corporations,” in the Richmond, Va. Times-Dispatch. We also sent a letter signed by 72 senior industry representatives to congressional leaders urging them to pass a long-term Ex-Im Bank reauthorization.

TARC Star Spotlight: Jordan Stine

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).

Ex-Im Bank Round-up. And The Next Step

Events unfolded rapidly following Monday Night’s 64-29 favorable Senate vote on an amendment to reauthorize the Export Import Bank of the United States. The amendment was added to consideration of the multi-year Highway Trust Fund reauthorization bill.

AIA as Aggregator

One key role AIA plays is as an aggregator — bringing together stakeholders to discuss topics of importance to the aerospace and defense industry. Last week was a busy one for AIA in that role — we hosted meetings and participated on a panel that demonstrated AIA’s value contributing to policy debates on the major issues of the day.

NASA and the Spirit of Inspiration

Our AIA staff comes to the association from a variety of backgrounds. Five of us are fortunate enough to have ties to the space program

Secretary Pritzker Congratulates Aerospace Industry on National Aerospace Week

This week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker issued a statement congratulating the U.S. aerospace industry on the occasion of National Aerospace Week. She extended her gratitude for our industry’s many contributions to America’s economy and national security, and thanked AIA and its member companies for our partnership with the Commerce Department in our shared mission of promoting U.S. interests around the globe.

National Aerospace Week highlights – Melcher Speaks at the AFA Air and Space Conference

During the kickoff event of National Air and Space Week, the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference, AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher used his participation on a panel about the state of the aerospace sector to emphasize the need for Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank and for the government to adopt a national aerospace and defense export strategy. Melcher also highlighted recent innovation in the industrial base and lauded the Department of Defense’s new policy on independent research and development.

Associations Send Congress Letter on Extended CR Impacts

The heads of the Air Force Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, the National Defense Industrial Association and the Navy League sent a joint letter to congressional leadership September 14, urging them to avoid putting America’s national security in a “CR trap” by passing a bipartisan multi-year budget deal.