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Civil Aviation

A little more than a century ago, an aircraft took off from a wind-swept sand dune at Kitty Hawk on a controlled, heavier-than-air flight and changed the world forever. Soon after the birth of flight, AIA was formed with the mission of supporting, advocating and helping to build the best aviation industry in the world. Since that first flight powered by a tiny aluminum-encased custom-made, gasoline-fueled engine that produced 12 horsepower – about the same as a riding lawn mover – our industry has continued to break barriers and reach new heights. Today, civil aerospace manufacturers produce some of the most powerful aircraft engines in the world which accompany the most advanced navigation equipment, best structural designs, and most fuel efficient systems ever created. To learn more about civil aviation in the U.S. and current issues surrounding the aerospace and defense industry please see the below issue topics AIA is currently focused on.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems

• Safety
• NAS Integration
• Certification

Aircraft Certification

• Delegation
• Streamlining
• Resources


• Adequate Funding
• Latest Updates
• Resources


• Emissions
• Chemicals
• Noise


Aerospace and 5G: Realizing the Future

5G is an ecosystem that includes the newest mobile connectivity innovation promising to revolutionize our lives. Once…

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2018 Facts and Figures

2017 was a very strong year for the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. As you’ll see…

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AIA Familiarization Guide - Influencing Parts Tool

What is a life-limited part? (LLP) A part whose failure could result in a Hazardous Engine…

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Councils and Committees


David Silver

Vice President, Civil Aviation

Leslie Riegle

Assistant Vice President, Civil Aviation

David Hyde

Director, Environmental Policy

Max Fenkell

Manager, Unmanned & Emerging Aviation Technologies

Peggy Boyd

Administrative Assistant, Civil Aviation & Space Systems