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Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and the Next Major Shift in Aviation

The rise of unmanned aircraft is steadily changing U.S. business, society and government and the next 20 years will be even more consequential as larger and larger autonomous aircraft fill the skies. As more and more large commercial unmanned aircraft – also known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – enter service, they will drive economic activity that easily eclipses the contributions made so far by smaller consumer-origin unmanned systems. To learn more, we've provided a PDF you can v...

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AIA's Engine Icing Working Group Report on Engine Probe Icing

In response to tasking by the FAA as defined in a letter dated July 3, 2013, titled, “Request Formation of Advisory Group to Address Specific Engine and Installation Icing Issues,” the Engine Icing Working Group (EIWG) has studied the issue of engine probe icing and its effect on engines and airframe systems. In order to address temperature probes, combined temperature and pressure probes, or static pressure probes, the EIWG has developed a process which can be used to evaluate probe be...

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AIA 53rd Annual Media Luncheon

AIA 53rd Annual Media Luncheon Thursday, December 14 David F. Melcher President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon. This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of addressing the aerospace and defense media in the presence of staff and executives from many of our member companies, and I’m pleased to be here. And congratulations to our Lyman Award winner Rick Kennedy. I’m so glad you and your wife Jane are with us today. ...

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AIA, CSIS Release Executive Summary of New Report

Today, AIA released the Executive Summary of a study we conducted with the Center for Strategic and International Studies entitled, “Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base, 2011-2015.” Through analysis of publicly available contract data, the study details sequestration’s actual impact – lost suppliers, changes in competition and market structure, and other turmoil – on the defense industrial base. Delving into data available from...

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AIA Releases Report on Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology and regulation

Today, the Aerospace Industries Association released its latest report on the unmanned systems sector, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Technology Acceleration & Regulatory Challenges.” A leader in advocating for the policies and budgets required for the aerospace enterprise and the industry that supports it to thrive, AIA’s latest report details both the regulatory challenges and operational opportunities that exist in the consistently-growing unmanned technology field. The report, an u...

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Florida Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit, Palm Bay, Fla.

Remarks by David F. Melcher President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association Florida Aerospace & Defense Workforce Summit Harris Corporation Technology Center Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Good morning.  This forum provides a tremendous opportunity to address Florida’s aerospace and defense workforce needs and I’m happy to be here. I appreciate seeing so many people from the Florida education community, from our industry which is so active here in the state, and other stakehol...

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Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base, 2011-2015

The United States has long recognized the importance of supporting and sustaining an advanced defense industrial base to maintain global technological superiority. Maintaining a technologically superior industrial base requires a wide vendor pool from which to produce products, conduct research and development, and provide services for the Department of Defense (DoD). However, since the implementation of the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA) mandatory reductions to the federal budget, ...

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2017 Facts & Figures

Today, America’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry is a thriving sector that embodies the best of our nation. Whether making our country more secure and globally competitive, enhancing aviation safety, extending the horizons of exploration and research, or driving the edge of innovation, the A&D industry is at the core of American economic strength and prosperity. The 2017 Facts & Figures also reiterates the importance of A&D in sustaining our nation’s security, pr...

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Aviation: A Critical Component of National Infrastructure

Today, America is on the move. Relying on an aging maritime, highway, rail, and airspace infrastructure, entire sectors of American industry are utilizing the nation’s transportation systems to move people and product; with the demand signal to do so faster and more efficiently growing exponentially. In the face of such a demand, we must be careful to not frame our future “infrastructure investments” solely on our terrestrial system of highways and bridges. Instead, any investment in infr...

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Engine for Growth: Analysis and Recommendations for U.S. Space Industry Competitiveness

Having a strong domestic space industry is crucial to our nation’s economic vitality and security. The U.S. space industry, which U.S. government national security and civil space programs increasingly depend upon, generates innovative solutions, export revenues and high technology jobs for our citizens, while underpinning our security in ways that are seldom understood by the public. Unfortunately, while the U.S. has long led in the commercial, civil, and national security space domains, ...

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Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colo. April 4, 2017 Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you and good afternoon. As CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, I represent over 330 members, including companies who were present at the dawn of the space age 60 years ago, as well as newer space firms who are having an impact on the industry. On behalf of all our companies, I am truly honored to be here once again at the Space Symposium. I want to ...

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