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Project Mars Inspires Visions of the Future

For generations, film and art have inspired the development of future technologies and policies. From the 1980s Matthew Broderick classic War Games to the sci-fi future of Gattica, what might seem like fiction today often becomes reality in the decades ahead. Project Mars, a competition spearheaded by the SciArt Exchange and NASA, aims to stir […]

New Workplace Learning Standards to Help Attract and Retain Aerospace and Defense Talent

Arlington, Va. — Today, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is announcing new Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) standards, which set common criteria for work-based learning programs ranging from internships to leadership training. AIA is leading the way in creating portable, industry-recognized certifications with these standards, which were developed in response to the Administration’s Executive Order […]

Aerospace & Defense Lead the Way in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women

We already know that there are powerhouse women in the aerospace and defense industry because we work with them and represent them every day. If you weren’t sure of that before, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list makes clear that their leadership is having an impact. In the 2018 edition of the list, 16 Aerospace Industries […]

Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling: Five Aviation/ Aerospace Stakeholders Launch Global Study on Women in Leadership

Arlington, Va. — Five stakeholder organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry will launch a global study – “Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling” – to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women into leadership roles.  The study is scheduled for release in the second […]

AIA Welcomes Passage of Perkins Career and Technical Education Reauthorization

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomes passage by the House and Senate of H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” The bill is a major step towards giving workers and students the skills they need to land high-skill, high-wage and in-demand jobs in the aerospace and […]

Georgia Rocketeers Win Gold

Georgia Rocketeers Win Gold Students from Creekview High School of Canton, Ga., become fourth consecutive U.S. team to win gold at Farnborough International Airshow Paris – Four students from Creekview High School in Canton, Ga., competed against the world’s best rocketry teams and took first place at the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the Farnborough […]

Aerospace and Defense Industry Commits To More Than 200,000 Career Enhancing Opportunities To Grow American Potential

Arlington, Va. — The aerospace and defense industry employs 2.4 million highly trained technical and manufacturing personnel, earning 81% above the national average. Building an innovative 21st century workforce is essential to our global competitiveness and to build that workforce it is essential we enlist all of America’s talent. Today, at a White House ceremony, […]

Inspiring the Future of Aerospace: AIA’s Executive Report – Summer 2018

AIA’s Summer 2018 edition of the Executive Report takes a broad look at STEM Education and how our industry is inspiring the next generation of aerospace workers and leaders. The summer edition includes: – “Getting Ahead of the STEM/Workforce Challenge” a cover feature on the some of the AIA member company efforts to develop a […]


Creekview High School team bests 799 rocketry teams from across America to win the Team America Rocketry Challenge and represent U.S. in Summer 2018 international competition The Plains, Va. – Creekview High School of Canton, Ga. today took home the top prize at the world’s largest and most competitive student rocketry contest – The Team […]

Rockets on the Hill

AIA CEO and President Eric Fanning Rockets on the Hill Reception Friday, May 11, 2018 Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning and welcome to Rockets on the Hill. I’m Eric Fanning, the President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. I’m excited to see so many aspiring scientists, engineers and astronauts with us today. […]

“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 […]

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