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Paris Air Show 2019 – Celebrating our people and history, and getting excited about the future

By Jason Chua, Executive Director of United Technologies Advanced Projects Every time that I’ve gone to the Paris Air Show, I am reminded of just how much innovation is woven into the aerospace industry, and also of how many opportunities there are to push our industry ahead. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing—a leap forward made possible the tremendous innovators at United Technologies Corporation (UTC)—this sense of history and future opportunity seem...

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Industry Events at International Air Shows

We know that the Paris Air Show is exceedingly busy for our members who attend, and the number of people they want to meet often exceeds the hours in the day. So, before business deals are made and new technology is unveiled at the Paris Air Show, hundreds of representatives from the U.S. aerospace industry kicked off the week by attending two signature events hosted by AIA and aimed at bringing our industry together. These events – with attendees from the U.S. government and the global aeros...

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Air Shows and the Value of Convening

By Remy Nathan, Dak Hardwick, David Silver & John Luddy Airshows are more than an opportunity for manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest products, or pilots to show off their amazing piloting skills. They are a valuable chance for stakeholders from the civil aviation, space, and defense industries to gather and discuss “issues of the day.”  AIA invests a lot of time at the four major international air shows (Paris, Dubai, Farnborough (UK), and Singapore) to maxi...

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International Air Shows and American Ingenuity

AIA has worked with the US government agencies for over 50 years to establish an American presence at airshows around the globe. We travel around the world, from the region shows like MSPO in Poland and Aero-expo in Marrakesh, to Continental shows like FIDAE in South America, and the big international shows in Farnborough, Singapore, Dubai as well as here at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. One of our goals on this international stage is to highlight our companies as incom...

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American Aerospace & Defense and International Air Shows

I’m a firm believer that American aerospace and defense (A&D) products are the best in the world, and that our companies provide unmatched partnerships. As the voice of American A&D, AIA takes pride in showcasing our industry’s impact in our country and around the world. This year AIA has the honor of representing U.S. industry at the world’s largest air show at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. But not just this year. We have a long history of highlighting industry’s cutting-edge ac...

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Celebrating Our Centennial Aerospace Champions

For over 100 years, our industry has helped our nation reach some of its greatest achievements in the twentieth century. From our first flight through the skies, to putting a man on the Moon, to protecting our nation, the work of our members has defined American leadership. As we gathered to celebrate AIA’s Centennial – and in recognition of the millions of individuals who helped shape American aerospace and defense over the past century – we presented our prestigious Wings of Liberty...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Anthony Lor, Ball Aerospace

Anthony LorNetwork Operations SpecialistBall Aerospace “Two roads diverge in a wood… and I took the one less traveled… and that has made all the difference.” Anthony Lor, a second-generation Hmong American born in the United States, strives to live his life by those words from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.” He seeks out life’s challenges. It’s a philosophy that drove him to a career in aerospace, and has indeed made all the difference. The son of tw...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Charlene Lee, Harris Corp.

Charlene LeeVP of GBSHarris Corp. "May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, designated by Congress as a tribute to generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched our nation and are instrumental in its success. When I think about the meaning of this month, the first word that comes to mind is “courage.” People came to a new country from a different culture, often not knowing the language, and built a future here. They embraced America’s diversity a...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Making It Happen

Over the last 100 years, the aerospace and defense industry has imagined, developed, and built technologies that changed the world and shape our daily lives today. Our industry revolutionized travel, making it possible to connect friends, families, and communities living half a world away. We’re the industry that powers the most effective military in the history of the world, one that keeps America safe each and every day. And we‘re the industry that helped put a man on the moon. We set...

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Weathering the Storm of Spectrum Interference

With the 2019 hurricane season right around the corner, the need for accurate and timely weather readings is a top priority. These readings are critical to ensuring that our communities are prepared for and protected from any upcoming storms. Weather readings are typically taken for granted by most Americans. Every day millions of people wake up with the same question: “What’s the weather going to be like today?” They check their phones, televisions, or computers and prepare for the d...

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Apollo 11: The Inspiration for What's Next

In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood before a joint Congress and laid out a bold vision for the decade ahead: “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” For a mission that once seemed like a dream, the call to action established a space program that pushed our nation towards the future. Through investments, inspiration, and a combined effort from industry, government and academia, the U.S. not only landed a man on the moon in 1969, but developed lasting...

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Earth Month Spotlight: Matthew Swibel, Lockheed Martin

Matthew Swibel Director, Enterprise Risk and Sustainability,Lockheed Martin Climate Resiliency at Every Elevation From the depths of our oceans to the high reaches of space, Lockheed Martin tech helps observe our climate. Growing resource constraints and changes to our climate require technologies that strengthen society’s resilience and solutions for addressing impacts. To protect and strengthen global infrastructure, it will take a combination of technologies and instrum...

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