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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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AIA Urges Confirmation of Science & Technology Advisor Critical to Vitality of Federal Programs

Recognizing the vital role scientific research plays in developing cutting-edge aerospace and defense technologies, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) joined more than 45 science, engineering and academic organizations in voicing support for Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, who was recently nominated to be the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In a letter sent to Senator John Thune and Senator Bill Nelson earlier today, the organizations urged the Sena...

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AIA Joins Letter Urging Long-Term Authorization of FAA

The Aerospace Industries Association today joined more than 30 organizations to urge Senate Leadership to pass a long-term reauthorization bill for the FAA. The organizations issued a letter addressed to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), stating, “It is essential that the FAA is provided long-term authorization for its activities and programs to maintain and advance the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The U.S. aviation sec...

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AIA Welcomes Passage of Perkins Career and Technical Education Reauthorization

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomes passage by the House and Senate of H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” The bill is a major step towards giving workers and students the skills they need to land high-skill, high-wage and in-demand jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. We look forward to President Trump signing the bill into law. “We have more job openings in the aerospace and defense industry ...

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AIA Partnering with Project Mars Competition to Spark Imagination and Promote Space Exploration

Arlington, Va. — Today, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced a new partnership with the SciArt Exchange – in collaboration with NASA – on the Project Mars Competition. The competition challenges college and early career professionals to create short films and posters that tell the story of deep space exploration and NASA’s plans for Mars. Combining the power of art and film with the applied sciences, Project Mars showcases the future of space exploration while also promot...

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Georgia Rocketeers Win Gold

Georgia Rocketeers Win Gold Students from Creekview High School of Canton, Ga., become fourth consecutive U.S. team to win gold at Farnborough International Airshow Paris – Four students from Creekview High School in Canton, Ga., competed against the world’s best rocketry teams and took first place at the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the Farnborough International Airshow. Sponsored by The Raytheon Company, the team represented the United States against teams from the United...

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Aerospace and Defense Industry Commits To More Than 200,000 Career Enhancing Opportunities To Grow American Potential

Arlington, Va. — The aerospace and defense industry employs 2.4 million highly trained technical and manufacturing personnel, earning 81% above the national average. Building an innovative 21st century workforce is essential to our global competitiveness and to build that workforce it is essential we enlist all of America’s talent. Today, at a White House ceremony, AIA Chair and Raytheon Company Chairman and CEO Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy; Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn A...

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AIA Welcomes Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Implementation Plan

Statement by AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning on Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Implementation Plan Arlington, Va. — We welcome today’s announcement by the Department of State of an implementation plan for the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy. AIA and its more than 340 member companies, representing 2.4 million American aerospace and defense workers, deeply appreciate the Administration’s commitment to improve transparency and efficiency in the security cooperation process —...

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Aerospace and Defense Industry Grows in 2017 and On Track to Continue in 2018

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association released its 2018 Facts & Figures report today, detailing positive growth in the aerospace and defense industry for 2017. “2017 was a very strong year for our industry and 2018 is shaping up to be even stronger,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “America’s aerospace and defense companies are expanding research and development and ramping up production to meet growing international and domestic demand, while the U.S. g...

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