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AIA President & CEO Congratulates Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Confirmation

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement congratulating retired Army General Lloyd Austin on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be Secretary of the Department of Defense: “We congratulate Lloyd Austin on his historic confirmation as the first African American Secretary of Defense. The Pentagon and the nation will benefit from his leadership and life-long commitment to serving our country. “The ...

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The American Rocketry Challenge Receives the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s Spirit of Flight Award

Arlington, Va. — This week, the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) presented its 2020 Spirit of Flight Award to the American Rocketry Challenge. The Spirit of Flight Award recognizes organizations that serve a special need of the nation and set high standards by the utilization of aerospace assets. One of the most applicable of the criteria met by the American Rocketry Challenge is the “creativity” that voters of the Spirit of Flight Award are charged to identif...

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AIA President & CEO Statement on the Biden-Harris Inauguration

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris: “Today America united to continue its revered tradition of peacefully transferring power with the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Preserving our republic requires our unwavering commitment to the democratic process and values that make i...

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AIA President & CEO Urges Peaceful Transition of Power, Condemns Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement in response to congressional certification of the presidential election and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building: “We applaud Congress for its determination to keep our nation’s constitutional process on track in spite of the violent attempts to derail this important work. We congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harr...

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AIA Applauds EPA Rule to Adopt International Aircraft CO2 Standard

Arlington, Va. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted the International Civil Aviation Organization’s first ever aircraft CO2 standard with its final rule on “Control of Air Pollution from Aircraft and Aircraft Engines: Proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards and Test Procedures.” The rule comes after more than a decade of work by ICAO member countries who first pushed for the development of a standard in October 2010 before arriving at the final airpla...

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AIA President & CEO: COVID-19 Relief Bill Provides Vital Assistance to Supply Chain

Arlington, Va. — Yesterday, Congress passed H.R. 133, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The legislation includes an extension of Section 3610 of the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program. While this is important to aerospace and national security operations, more must be done to save the tens-of-thousands of U.S. aviation manufacturing jobs that are at risk due to the downturn in global air travel...

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AIA President & CEO: NASA Authorization Bill is Critical to American Leadership in Space

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act of 2020: “This bill reinforces the multiyear bipartisan consensus for a balanced NASA portfolio of science, technology, and exploration programs in low Earth orbit, back to the Moon, and on to Mars. It will help develop and shape the STEM workforce ...

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AIA President & CEO Applauds Passage of Bipartisan FY21 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report

Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement on the bipartisan passage of H.R., 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives:  “The FY21 NDAA reaffirms a tradition of bipartisan, bicameral support for meeting one of our nation’s greatest responsibilities—our national security. By providing st...

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AIA Announces Board Appointments for 2021

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has elected Kathy J. Warden – Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation – to serve as Chairman of AIA’s Board of Governors for 2021. Mike Petters – President and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries – will serve as Vice Chairman. Eric Fanning has been reelected as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ginette Colot has been reelected as Secretary-Treasurer. “I’m honored to t...

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AIA President & CEO Urges Congress to Pass FY21 National Defense Authorization Act

Arlington, Va. — After months of tireless effort and weeks of negotiation, bipartisan leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services committees reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released a statement urging passage of the legislation: “Year after year, the NDAA provides critical capabilities and investments in innovation.  It a...

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AIA Statement on the 737 MAX Return to Service

"The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) airworthiness directive for the 737 MAX follows a rigorous and thorough process. This level of scrutiny was justified, and the detailed process illustrates the FAA’s commitment to global aviation safety. Upon its return to commercial service, the 737 MAX will be one of the most closely examined aircraft to ever fly. Safety remains the global aviation community’s top priority, and we are committed to continuous improvements to further strength...

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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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