21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE

AIA Applauds Senate Passage of Coronavirus Stimulus Package, Urges House to Pass the Bill

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: “This comprehensive package prioritizes public health and safety, laying out a roadmap for relief and recovery for the American public and U.S. economy.  It provides critical tools to help our employees, small businesses, supply chain, and industrial base navigate ...

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AIA President and CEO to American Leaders: Put Politics Aside and Help Our Country Move Forward

Arlington, Va. — As the Administration and Congress develop an economic stimulus package to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement: “Public health and safety are essential, but so are tools to help our employees and businesses bridge the gap created by COVID-19. It is essential for American leaders from both parties and at every level to put politics aside and take immediate action to help ou...

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AIA President and CEO Urges American Leaders to Help Protect America’s Aerospace & Defense Workforce and Support National Security

Aerospace and defense workers are essential, representing nearly 20 percent of the nation’s manufacturing workforce Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement, which sets a path forward to ensure the resilience of the industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AIA represents more than 300 companies and the industry’s 2.5 million workers — ranging from multinational prime contractors to family-owned businesse...

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AIA Presents Inaugural “The Wright Stuff Award” to Representative Mac Thornberry

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) honored U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, as the inaugural recipient of “The Wright Stuff Award” at a Capitol Hill reception on February 26. Representative Thornberry’s leadership and policy contributions to America’s national and economic security during his 25 years in Congress are extensive and notable. “For more than two decades, Congressman Thornberry ...

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AIA Urges Congress to Use Spending Package as Roadmap for Regular Order in FY21

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomes the bipartisan Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 consolidated appropriations bills (H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865) passed by Congress. By finalizing all 12 appropriations bills for the fiscal year, Congress has averted another costly continuing resolution or shutdown, which harm our economy and undermine a properly functioning federal government. “Passing full...

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AIA and First Book Launch Partnership to Bring 25,000 New STEM Books to Kids in Need

Partnership closes out the 2019 celebration of AIA’s centennial year with aerospace-themed book donations in time for winter break Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the voice of the American aerospace and defense industry, and First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise committed to equal access to quality education, today announced a partnership to distribute over 25,000 new, high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) books to elementary schoo...

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AIA Recognizes Brandon R. “Randy” Belote, III with 2019 Lyman Award

      Arlington, Va. — Brandon R. “Randy” Belote, III, a former Corporate Vice President of Strategic Communications for Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been selected to receive the 2019 Lauren “Deac” Lyman award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. “It is our honor to recognize Randy Belote, an exemplary and community-minded communicator, with this year’s Lyman Award,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “For more than ...

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Annual Report Shows Continued Strength of Aerospace & Defense Workforce

However, industry must build on efforts to expand training opportunities and diversity Arlington, Va. — The American aerospace and defense (A&D) industry continues to drive the U.S. economy and support high-paying jobs, but the industry must redouble hiring and recruiting efforts to maintain its role as a global leader, according to the Aviation Week Network’s 2019 Workforce Study Report released today. The study – conducted in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (...

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AIA’s President and CEO Joins University of Michigan College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board

Arlington, Va. — AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning has joined the Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He will serve a three-year term, beginning with the Board’s meeting that took place on September 6 in Ann Arbor. “As a proud Michigander, I’m excited to support Michigan’s efforts to develop our industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators,” said Fanning. “To continue leading the world in aerospace technology, world...

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AIA Releases 2019 Facts & Figures Analysis

Data Shows Aerospace & Defense Continues to Support U.S. Economic and National Security, While Helping to Reduce the Federal Deficit Arlington, Va. — The U.S. aerospace & defense (A&D) industry continues to be at the heart of American economic success and reduced the federal trade deficit by 10% last year, according to “2019 Facts & Figures: U.S. Aerospace & Defense.” This in-depth analysis, developed by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) with the support of ...

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The American Rocketry Challenge 2020 Registration Open

With Additional New Resources to Support Participation Arlington, Va. — Registration for the 2020 edition of The American Rocketry Challenge – the world’s largest rocketry competition – is open through December 1, 2019. Now in its 18th year, nearly 5,000 students from across the country participate annually. The 100 top-scoring teams are invited to the national finals in Washington, D.C. next May, where they’ll compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes and the chance to win an all...

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AIA Welcomes Confirmation of Steve Dickson as FAA Administrator

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. —Today’s Senate confirmation of Steve Dickson as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator is an important step that will strengthen the agency’s ability to ensure American air safety, invest in critical infrastructure, and implement regulation that keeps the flying public safe and supports new and emerging technologies. In today’s quickly evolving aviation environment, governm...

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