Arlington, Va. (Sept. 29, 2022) – Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3482, the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2021. The act establishes a private, tax-exempt, federally chartered organization focused on developing a skilled and robust American aviation and aerospace workforce.
“With employee turnover rising, tough competition for talent, and more retirements on the horizon, the country needs holistic, creative, long-term solutions to our workforce challenges from both the industry and the government. House passage of legislation to establish a dedicated National Center of the Advancement of Aviation, led by Congressman Carson, is a welcome step, and we urge the Senate to follow suit quickly by taking up Senator Inhofe’s companion bill. Training resources, in-depth research and analysis, and ongoing collaboration between all stakeholders will be key to developing the next generation of highly skilled aviation and aerospace workers and to ensuring the United States remains the global leader in this industry.”
Earlier this year, Fanning testified before Congress on the workforce needs of the aviation and aerospace industry. AIA also partnered with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and EY to survey workforce trends and identify opportunities for progress.