FUTURE OF REGULATION

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 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 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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Airspace

Airspace is the glue that holds the Aerospace and Defense industry together. Every plane, UAS, missile or platform must travel through airspace to get where it is going. Managing the Nation Airspace System is a complex challenge and relies on the most sophistic Air Traffic Management system for airspace above 400 feet and what will soon become UAS Traffic Management for airspace below 400 feet. Eventually, these two systems will be integrated into one to manage all airspace safely. There are ...

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Safety and Certification

Global aviation, particularly in the United States, is remarkably safe. Safety is the primary driver for our manufacturers and we are always seeking to support improvements, as providing confidence in the system is critical to our success. Our members do this through design revisions, testing, maintenance, training and data analysis by stakeholders across the aviation community. AIA coordinates matters and priorities concerning the civil aviation airworthiness and certification regulatory fra...

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Spectrum

Access to radiofrequency spectrum is critical to everything that the Aerospace and Defense industry creates and operates. Every time a plane takes off, a missile is launched or a UAS flies it relies on interference free access to spectrum in order to do so. These cutting-edge technologies must be safely and securely tested to ensure our systems meet the safety requirements of the customer. The performance of high-tech platforms, systems, and solutions that we innovate, develop, manufacture, a...

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Intellectual Property

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) seeks a strong intellectual property (IP) system that encourages private investment in research and development (R&D) of existing aerospace and defense technologies and encourages the significant risk and private investment required to develop new and improved technologies. IP protection and contractual certainty are key to a reasonable return on investment and prevents other companies from unfairly using a company’s privately funded technology...

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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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Blockchain in Aerospace & Defense

For an aerospace and defense industry that relies on complex global supply chains and securing sensitive information, distributed ledger, also known as “blockchain,” technology offers solutions. Blockchain is revolutionizing business at a pace that will not allow industries to wait and see what happens. To keep up, A&D organizations must educate themselves and assess blockchain’s impacts to determine its value. Consortiums are forming and attempting to gain agreement on industry use...

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