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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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AIA Names Jason Yaley Vice President of Membership & Strategic Development

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association has named Jason Yaley as its Vice President of Membership & Strategic Development. In this role he will lead the organization’s membership engagement and business development activity and oversee AIA’s Supplier Management Council, focusing on solutions to issues and opportunities facing the aerospace and defense supply chain. “I’m excited for Jason to take the helm of our membership and strategic development efforts,” said ...

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GEORGIA STUDENTS CROWNED AMERICA’S TOP TEEN ROCKET SCIENTISTS

Creekview High School team bests 799 rocketry teams from across America to win the Team America Rocketry Challenge and represent U.S. in Summer 2018 international competition The Plains, Va. – Creekview High School of Canton, Ga. today took home the top prize at the world’s largest and most competitive student rocketry contest – The Team America Rocketry Challenge. The students from Creekview will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnb...

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AIA Releases Recommendations on Future of the Industrial Base

Today, AIA released its recommendations responding to the ongoing interagency assessment of the manufacturing and defense industrial base and their supply chains required by Executive Order 13806, Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States. The report, “Fostering the Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base of the Future,” lays out the aerospace and defense industry’s recommendations for policies that will e...

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AIA Names Caitlin Hayden Vice President of Communications

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association has appointed Caitlin Hayden, former National Security Council Spokesperson and Executive Vice President at Edelman, as its Vice President of Communications. In this role she will lead the organization’s outreach and communications functions and work closely with AIA member companies to tell the aerospace and defense industry’s story in the United States and around the world. She will report to AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “...

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AIA’s Fanning at 2018 Space Symposium: New Space v. Old Space a “False Dichotomy”

Colorado Springs, CO. — In keynote remarks to the 2018 Space Symposium on Thursday, April 19, AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning spoke about the dynamism of the space industry, and the excitement being generated across the full breadth and depth of the sector. “Innovative companies – both young and old, large and small – are reinventing the art of the possible,” Fanning said. “New ways of doing things doesn’t involve a divide between established and emerging space companies … ...

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White House Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Announcement an Important First Step

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomed today’s Conventional Arms Transfer Policy announcement by the Trump Administration, which institutes a review of the approval process for defense export trade. “Defense trade with allies and partners is a critical tool for achieving America’s foreign policy and national security goals,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “We need a defense export review and approval system that is more efficient and transparent i...

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AIA Welcomes NASA Authorization Bill

Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the introduction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Act of 2018. The bill authorizes NASA operations through Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) and provides important policy direction for America’s space endeavors, allowing government and industry to engage in the longer-term planning necessary to realize our vision. “NASA programs are truly inspirational, both for people working in our industry today and the r...

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100 TEAMS ADVANCE TO U.S. FINALS IN WORLD’S LARGEST ROCKET CONTEST

Student rocketeers from 28 states and D.C. will compete next month for more than $100,000 in prizes, scholarships and a chance to represent the U.S. at the global finals Arlington, VA – The Team America Rocketry Challenge today unveiled the names of the top 100 teams that will advance to the national finals next month. These teams will compete at the National Finals Fly-Off on May 12th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA, outside of Washington, D.C. The Team America Rocketry Challenge is t...

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