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Annual Report Shows Continued Strength of Aerospace & Defense Workforce

However, industry must build on efforts to expand training opportunities and diversity Arlington, Va. — The American aerospace and defense (A&D) industry continues to drive the U.S. economy and support high-paying jobs, but the industry must redouble hiring and recruiting efforts to maintain its role as a global leader, according to the Aviation Week Network’s 2019 Workforce Study Report released today. The study – conducted in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (...

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AIA’s President and CEO Joins University of Michigan College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board

Arlington, Va. — AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning has joined the Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He will serve a three-year term, beginning with the Board’s meeting that took place on September 6 in Ann Arbor. “As a proud Michigander, I’m excited to support Michigan’s efforts to develop our industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators,” said Fanning. “To continue leading the world in aerospace technology, world...

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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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The American Rocketry Challenge 2020 Registration Open

With Additional New Resources to Support Participation Arlington, Va. — Registration for the 2020 edition of The American Rocketry Challenge – the world’s largest rocketry competition – is open through December 1, 2019. Now in its 18th year, nearly 5,000 students from across the country participate annually. The 100 top-scoring teams are invited to the national finals in Washington, D.C. next May, where they’ll compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes and the chance to win an all...

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AIA Welcomes Signing of Budget Deal, Urges Passage of FY2020 Appropriations

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — With the President’s signature on a two-year budget deal, the government has taken a critical step towards providing the resources necessary to achieve America’s ambitious agenda for the future. We welcome efforts by Congress and the Administration to reach and lock in this agreement. But this step alone won’t guarantee the funding we need to go back to the moon, bolster aviation innovation and...

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AIA Welcomes Confirmation of General Mark Milley as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — Throughout his tenure as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dunford brought deep experience and principled leadership to the critically important role of commanding the men and women of the U.S. military and advising our nation’s top leaders. We are all grateful for his service. I had the opportunity to work closely with General Milley in the Department of the Army. He is an immensely qual...

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AIA Urges Congress to Reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — Today, the Senate took a critical first step toward ensuring the U.S. Export-Import Bank can continue its vital work past September 30, the day the Bank’s authorization expires. The bipartisan bill introduced today by Senators Cramer, Sinema, Tillis, Blunt, Graham, Cantwell, Murray and Collins would not only reauthorize the bank, it would also make the Bank even more effective. The Bank enable...

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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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AIA Applauds Budget Deal, Urges Action on FY2020 Appropriations

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — America has an ambitious agenda in the years ahead, including sending men and women back to the Moon, maintaining U.S. leadership in manned and unmanned aviation, and ensuring the U.S. military continues to be the strongest and best equipped in the world. None of these things are possible without the right attention and resources. The two-year budget deal reached by congressional and executive b...

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AIA Welcomes Confirmation of Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning Arlington, Va. — Since Secretary Mattis’ departure at the end of 2018, the Department of Defense has been without Senate-confirmed leadership in its top spot. We welcome the Senate’s action today to confirm Mark Esper as the 27th Secretary of Defense and provide critical stability at the Pentagon. Having served in the military, at the Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill, at a policy think-tank, and in ind...

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AIA Joins National Air and Space Museum Apollo 11 Celebration

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) will be joining the National Air and Space Museum’s Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall July 18-20. AIA will be featuring our augmented reality mural, “Vision 2050: The Way to What’s Next,” to showcase the innovations the aerospace and defense industry will bring about in the next 30 years as we look ahead to what’s next for America. The Apollo 50 Festival will be held between 4th and 7th streets on the Mall – AIA’s ...

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AIA Names Mike French Vice President of Space Systems

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has appointed Mike French as its Vice President of Space Systems. In this role he will lead AIA’s Space Systems policy division, working with AIA’s Space Council, to advocate for policies, regulations, and investments to ensure American leadership and strong industry partnership across the civil, commercial, and national security sectors. “AIA is doubling down on our space advocacy and Mike is the perfect person to lead our e...

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