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2021 Facts & Figures: U.S. Aerospace & Defense

The COVID-19 pandemic took an immense toll on America and the world last year, causing significant and tragic losses to human lives. It also put an enormous strain on governments, industries, and economies across the globe. The U.S. aerospace & defense (A&D) industry experienced significant declines in jobs and revenue, described in the 2021 edition of Facts & Figures: U.S. Aerospace & Defense, developed by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) in collaboration with IHS Mark...

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Oregon Students Crowned National Champions in World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Oregon Episcopal School team tops 614 rocketry teams from across America to win the 2021 American Rocketry Challenge  Arlington, VA – Oregon Episcopal School of Portland, Oregon today took home the top prize at the world’s largest student rocketry competition – The American Rocketry Challenge – earning the title of 2021 National Champion. The Oregon Episcopal School team, consisting of Kara Gaiser (17), Zack Weinstein (17), Andy Hou (17), Alfredo Roman Jordan (16), Dean Schultz (17)...

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AIA President & CEO Congratulates Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Confirmation

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate vote to confirm Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor: “Throughout his career, Secretary Marty Walsh has shown himself to be a committed public servant, and it is fitting he should lead a department dedicated to the welfare of America’s workforce. The more than two million highly skilled aerospace and defense workers are the crown jewel of...

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AIA President & CEO Statement on Congressional Override of President Trump’s Veto of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the congressional override of President Trump’s veto of H.R., 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021: “Today, Congress sent a clear, bipartisan message to the American people and our servicemembers: the importance of our national security rises above politics. The aerospace and defense industry rem...

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AIA's Roadmap to Recovery

AIA's “Roadmap to Recovery” is a strategic action plan for how aerospace and defense companies can work with government leaders to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and emerge even more resilient on the other end. To better understand the crisis’ impact on the industry’s employees, companies, and its shared supply chain, AIA turned to Avascent, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company for expert analysis.  This independent research combined with comprehensive input and insi...

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AIA President & CEO: Congress Must Now Prioritize Full and Sustained Funding to Provide Stability for American Industry and Workers

Arlington, Va. — As the continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11 heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement:  “While avoiding a government shutdown is important, continuing resolutions undermine the certainty and consistency critical to America’s safety and security, particularly as this crisis continues. Aerospace and defense companies of all sizes...

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2020 Facts & Figures: U.S. Aerospace & Defense

AIA is proud to publish its annual ‘Facts & Figures: U.S. Aerospace & Defense’ report, which has traditionally served as a year-in-review for industry statistics. This year’s installment not only provides a snapshot of our industry as it stood at the end of 2019, but also considers the impact of the pandemic on our industry in the first half of 2020. Explore our 2020 Facts & Figures report for more on A&D's contributions to America's economy, national security and innova...

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AIA Releases 2020 Facts & Figures Analysis

Facing one of the most challenging years on record, decade-long growth underscores the aerospace and defense industry’s vital role in U.S. economy, innovation, and national security Arlington, Va. — The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent dramatic decrease in global air traffic has presented the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry with an extraordinary challenge. Building on the success of 2019, it is a challenge our industry is poised to meet, according to “2020 Facts and Figures...

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AIA Announces VentConnect Online Platform to Scale the Production and Distribution of Ventilators

New portal developed with AdvaMed and Google connects ventilator component suppliers and manufacturers Arlington, Va. – Today, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced the launch of a new platform (www.VentConnect.org) to connect ventilator companies with component suppliers to help quickly scale production and distribution of these vital services. The new platform was developed with the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), Google, and other industry alliances a...

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AIA President and CEO: Planning and Preparation for Recovery is Critical to Ensuring the Nation’s Success

Arlington, Va. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, to provide additional funding for hospitals, COVID-19 testing, and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement: “The American people are confronting this publi...

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AIA President and CEO: More Help is Needed to Support Small Businesses in the Supply Chain

Arlington, Va. – Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the need to increase support for the aerospace and defense industry’s supply chain: “Small businesses in our supply chain are the lifeblood of our industry. The best way to keep them whole is to keep them safe and working. Cash flow is the key to doing both. The tools and resources federal leaders already approved have been a powerful aid to these businesses ...

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The American Rocketry Challenge 2020 Competition Postponed Until 2021

Arlington, Va. – To ensure the health and safety of our rocketeers, mentors, teachers, and their families, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is officially postponing the 2020 American Rocketry Challenge competition and will roll over this year’s rules into the 2021 competition. Last month, teams were directed to suspend all qualification flights and launches and follow the guidance of their schools, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and local health departments. Te...

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