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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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AIA Names Timothy McClees Vice President of Legislative Affairs

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association has appointed Timothy McClees as Vice President for Legislative Affairs, responsible for leading the Association's legislative policy and advocacy work with members of Congress and their staff. He brings to this role more than three decades of experience in defense and governmental operations and will report to AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “As an organization that advocates on behalf of more than 340 members in the aerospace and...

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AIA Urges Confirmation of Kimberly Reed as Chair of Ex-Im Bank

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomed today’s announcement of the nomination of Kimberly Reed as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and strongly urge the Senate to quickly confirm her nomination, along with the other Board nominees. “The Ex-Im Bank is incredibly important to our industry’s competitiveness in the global market,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “More than $40 billion in American exports have...

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AIA and GAMA Press Senate Leadership for Floor Time on FAA Reauthorization

Arlington, Va. — Today the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) joined together to call on U.S. Senate leadership to consider a bill authorizing programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as soon as possible. Congress has not enacted a multiyear authorization bill for the FAA since 2012, and that bill expired almost three years ago. Since September 2015, the agency has been working under a series of short-term extensions, i...

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AIA Calls for National Security Cooperation Strategy to Improve Defense Export Review Process

Arlington, Va. — On May 29, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) delivered a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo advocating for new measures to strengthen the interagency security cooperation enterprise, including a National Security Cooperation Strategy to help implement National Security Presidential Memorandum Regarding Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (NSPM-10). The letter was signed by AIA’s Chairman, Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of the Raytheon Company; AIA’s Vice C...

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