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Space Competitiveness Paper

To become the commercial space leader, we must acknowledge the next generation of space innovation is being driven by the global commercial space environment. Just as our nation did after initial Soviet successes, we must set the pace in space by out-innovating and out-competing the global competition. We must also be prepared to work with […]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Myth vs. Reality

The emergence of unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft systems for civil and commercial applications is among the most significant aviation advancements in decades. On almost a daily basis, new beneficial applications of this evolving technology are being demonstrated. While public perception of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been mixed, the public debate is changing as more system uses emerge that create personal […]

Global Positioning System Modernization

According to a 2011 economic study, 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $96 billion in annual direct economic benefits are attributable to the Global Positioning System (GPS).  Truly, GPS has become an integral part of the fabric of our civil, commercial, and military daily operations and its current and future sustainability is essential to our nation.

Aerospace Industry Guidelines for Implementing Interoperability Standards for Engineering Data

The variety of engineering tools used to support design, procurement, manufacturing, and support of aerospace products has never been greater.  From company to company, tools and processes range from manual capture in 2D drawings to sophisticated 3D models that are tightly integrated with other enterprise systems. The challenge is further compounded by the growing need […]

Standards – Incorporation by Reference

The aerospace industry depends on technical standards from more than one hundred different standards-developing organizations. If a recent government trend requiring that standards incorporated by reference into rulemakings be made available free on the internet is not reversed, the viability of these critical standards developers will be threatened and both the industry and its regulators […]

Engine Icing Working Group Subcommittee on Engine Ground Operations During Heavy Snow

In response to tasking by the FAA as defined in a letter dated July 3, 2013, titled, “Request Formation of Advisory Group to Address Specific Engine and Installation Icing Issues”, the EIWG has studied the issue of ground operations of turbine engines during heavy snow conditions. This report provides the short term findings and recommendations.

Safeguarding of Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

Cyber security attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication for the aerospace and defense industries. A new requirement of contracting with the Department includes a new information security clause: DFARS clause 252.204-7012 to safeguard Unclassified Controlled Technical Information (UCTI), effective November 13, 2013. The clause is required for all new DoD contracts and subcontracts and will affect companies of all sizes. In this […]

Acquisition Rebalancing: Recommendations for Smart, Efficient & Effective Defense Procurement

The Department of Defense (DOD) must change how it acquires weapon systems and services. There is growing recognition from DOD leadership, Congress and the defense industry that it is time to revise the overly complex and burdensome system that drives unnecessary cost into programs and will soon make them unaffordable as defense budgets decline. Making the acquisition system more economic and more responsive […]

Leveling the Playing Field: The Ex-Im Bank & U.S. Manufacturing

In the wake of an uneven global economic recovery, countries are competing in an unprecedented race to create jobs and stimulate economic growth through increased exports. In this competition, not all countries abide by the same set of rules that the United States follows to support their companies’ exports. Indeed, American companies often come up […]

Defense Research & Development: From the Warfighter to American Consumers, Redefining Everyday Lives Through Innovation

Federal investments in science and technology research and development are threatened by the current budget environment. The Aerospace Industries Association is embarking on an education effort to inform policymakers, elected leaders and the American public on the impact of federal R&D dollars on the innovations that redefine our everyday lives. This report – the first in a series that examines […]

Unsolved – The Continuing Saga of Lead-Free Electronics in Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Products

European Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and the Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC)ii have changed the global supply chain for materials used in aerospace products. The result of this market shift is of high concern for our industry, forcing […]

Aerospace Industry Guidelines for Implementing Interoperability Standards for Engineering Data

The variety of engineering tools used to support design, procurement, manufacturing, and support of aerospace products has never been greater. From company to company, tools and processes range from manual capture in 2D drawings to sophisticated 3D models that are tightly integrated with other enterprise systems – this guide helps provide a standard approach to […]