GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS & INNOVATION

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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AIA: FCC Must Protect GPS Network That Underpins American Economic and National Security

Arlington, Va. – The aerospace and defense industry relies on L-band satellite communications and location services to ensure national security and safe, efficient, and reliable air travel. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) released the following statement on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed approval of Ligado Networks’ application to reallocate L-band spectrum: “New technology is vital to America’s economy, national security, and to our ...

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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: NASA Authorization Bill Propels American Leadership in Space Forward

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — The introduction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act of 2020 is a vital part of supporting and sustaining American leadership in space and aeronautics. “NASA is a critically important organization that is leading us into the future. It not only conducts cutting-edge research, but also drives our economy and inspires the next generation of American work...

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AIA: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is Modern Trade Deal Industry Needs

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) praised the U.S. Senate’s vote today to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA will strengthen the U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry’s relationships with Canada and Mexico, help support our more than 2.5 million American jobs, and bolster the industry’s nearly $90 billion trade surplus, which is the largest of...

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AIA Statement on Announcement of U.S.-China Trade Deal

Arlington, Va. — Mitigating the risks of ever-escalating retaliatory tariffs and preserving access to key markets is welcome news for the aerospace and defense industry, our customers, and our global competitiveness.  With the successful conclusion of this Phase One agreement, we encourage continued good faith negotiations in support of free, fair, and sustainable trade with strong protections for American intellectual property moving forward. # # # CONTACT: Veronica Bonilla (703) 358...

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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 Urges Senate to Pass Appropriations Bills and Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865) to fund the government and reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), an essential tool for American manufacturers, including those in the aerospace industry. The bill provides a seven-year reauthorization and the flexibility and stability needed to support U.S. economic success and competitiveness in t...

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