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AIA: Now Is Not the Time to Backtrack on Military Investment

Arlington, Va. — Today, the United States faces significant threats from trans-national terrorism, Russian aggression, destabilizing Iranian and North Korean behavior, and an increasingly assertive China. The Pentagon’s 2018 National Defense Strategy requires armed forces that are large and capable enough to meet multiple threats in multiple environments. To achieve this, we must continue to invest in the most effective technology and weapons we can provide. America’s competitors and ad...

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GAMA and AIA Call for Commitment to Implement Key Reforms

Washington, DC – The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today issued the following joint statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Trump: “This is the first time since 1982 that the U.S. government has enacted a five-year FAA reauthorization. This new law contains key reforms that can help to transform the U.S. aerospace industry and the FAA, and secu...

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AIA Welcomes Industrial Base Assessment

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes today’s release of the Administration’s assessment of the manufacturing and defense industrial base, as directed by Executive Order 13806 in July 2017. “Guaranteeing the health of the American manufacturing and defense industrial base is a critical national security and economic priority as the United States combats today’s threats and those we’ll face tomorrow. We applaud the Administration’s focus on these issues a...

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Aerospace Associations Announce Safety Management System (SMS) Industry Standard

Arlington, Va. — The world’s leading aerospace designers, manufacturers and maintenance providers today announced publication of a new international industry standard to improve safety performance and enhance safety culture: “Implementing a Safety Management System for Design, Manufacturing and Maintenance Providers.” The AeroSpace and Defense Association of Europe (ASD), Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA), Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB), the Aerospac...

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New Workplace Learning Standards to Help Attract and Retain Aerospace and Defense Talent

Arlington, Va. — Today, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is announcing new Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) standards, which set common criteria for work-based learning programs ranging from internships to leadership training. AIA is leading the way in creating portable, industry-recognized certifications with these standards, which were developed in response to the Administration’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America. The certification programs...

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AIA Welcomes Enactment of Defense Appropriations Bill

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased to see enactment of the Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2019. The bill honors the defense funding cap for fiscal year 2019 that was included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, providing an increase in DOD’s base budget of approximately 3% above the current year. It also contains a provision keeping the rest of the government open on a continuing resolution through Dec. 7. “AIA has been calling on Congress fo...

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AIA Urges Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association urges Congress to pass the final agreement on the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. This bill provides an essential multi-year authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), granting stable operating authority and funding for key infrastructure programs that have been dependent on short-term extensions since the previous legislation expired three years ago. “Our industry is innovating at breakne...

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Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling: Five Aviation/ Aerospace Stakeholders Launch Global Study on Women in Leadership

Arlington, Va. — Five stakeholder organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry will launch a global study - “Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling” - to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women into leadership roles.  The study is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2019. Women have made great strides in many professional fields and industries but there remains a gap at the leadership level.  ...

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AIA Presents Wings of Liberty Award to Sen. Richard Shelby

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association is proud to present the annual “Wings of Liberty” award to Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama for his work to ensure funding for defense and non-defense programs vital to our national security and the health of our nation’s aerospace industry. The Wings of Liberty award is presented annually to a member or members of Congress who make significant contributions to bolster aerospace and national defense. The award is given each yea...

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Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning on the U.S.-Turkey Relationship

Arlington, Va. — Over the course of decades, the U.S. aerospace and defense industry has fostered substantial market and supply chain partnerships with counterparts in Turkey to advance the strategic interests of both countries and our fellow NATO members. As the leaders of the United States and Turkey work to address important and legitimate bilateral political and economic concerns in the near term, we urge both governments to take steps that safeguard the defense and aerospace collaborat...

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Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning on the Passing of Senator McCain

Arlington, Va. - Today, our country mourns the loss of a great American, John McCain. No matter which side of the aisle you call home, his voice, his moral clarity, and his insistence on speaking up for what’s right will be sorely missed. From his Vietnam service as a naval aviator, to selflessly refusing to be released before his fellow Prisoners of War, he always put his country first. As a member of the House of Representatives, a United States Senator, and the Republican nominee for Pr...

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U.S. Senate Must Confirm Export-Import Bank Nominees to Ensure America’s Global Competitiveness

Arlington, Va. — Earlier today, the Senate Banking Committee passed Kimberly Reed, nominated to be President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, out of committee. Following the vote, AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning made the following statement: “We welcome the Senate Banking Committee’s vote today to pass Kimberly Reed’s nomination for President of the Ex-Im Bank out of committee and we call on the Senate to confirm her as soon as possible. Other countries around the world are using th...

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