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AIA Releases Cybersecurity Standard

Arlington, Va. —The Aerospace Industries Association today is releasing a National Aerospace Standard on cybersecurity that provides the aerospace and defense industry a dynamic, risk-based solution to addressing threats and ensuring resilience in the increasingly complex cybersecurity ecosystem. “With aggressive state and non-state cyber actors targeting the United States, it is essential that our industry work collectively to protect technology and information,” said Eric Fanning, AIA...

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AIA welcomes Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan

The White House’s Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, released today, recognizes the importance of a diverse STEM workforce and underscores that we must work together to improve STEM education in the United States for all Americans. America is a beacon for innovation around the world – but with an older, retiring STEM workforce, we must take the appropriate steps to ensure that continues. To grow our workforce for the future, our country must make it easier for people from diverse ...

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AIA Announces Board Appointments for 2019

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association has appointed Harris Corporation’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer William M. Brown as Chairman of AIA’s Board of Governors for 2019. Kelly Ortberg, Chief Executive Officer of Collins Aerospace, will serve as Vice Chairman. Eric Fanning has been reappointed as President and CEO and Ginette Colot has been reappointed as Secretary‑Treasurer. “AIA and its members are a dynamic force for America, connecting and inspi...

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AIA Mourns President George H.W. Bush

Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning on the passing of President George H.W. Bush. Arlington, Va. — Today America mourns the passing of a great American patriot, President George H.W. Bush. Throughout his life, President Bush was a dedicated public servant with a grand vision of what America should aspire to be. From his service as a naval aviator during World War II, through his time in Congress and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to his terms as Vice President a...

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AIA Recognizes John Morrocco with 2018 Lyman Award

Arlington, Va. — John Morrocco, a widely respected journalist with Aviation Week & Space Technology and public relations executive with The Boeing Company, has been posthumously selected to receive the 2018 Lauren “Deac” Lyman award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. “Our community was saddened to lose John Morrocco this year and honored to recognize him and his legacy with this year’s Lyman Award,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “During his l...

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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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