AIA PR — The Aerospace Industries Association enrolled ten new full members along with eleven associate members in the first quarter of 2011 to reach its highest total membership in history. In the fifteen months since January 2010, AIA has grown 44 percent and has not lost a single full member in that period.
â€œOur explosive growth over the last year really comes as no surprise,â€ said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. â€œAIA is on the front lines protecting aerospace and defense business and helping to develop growth opportunities for its members. During tough economic and political times, we need to band together as an industry.â€
Presidentâ€™s Commitment to Education the Right Step for Our Nation Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obamaâ€™s State of the Union Address January 27, 2011
Arlington, Va. – President Obamaâ€™s commitment to innovation and education is important for our nation at a time when weâ€™re facing enormous economic challenges. Our industry understands more than most that â€œthis is our generationâ€™s Sputnik momentâ€ and is committed to contributing to the solution. Already, our members invest nearly $160 million annually to help build critical science, technology, engineering and math skills in our youth.
With 624,000 aerospace employees across the country, we manufacture the high-tech products that our industry has been renowned for since the first flight of the Wright brothers on the sandy dunes of Kitty Hawk. Weâ€™re looking forward to working with the administration and continuing to be the industry of innovation and excitement that is the backbone of our countryâ€™s competitiveness.
The national security space industrial base faces a tipping point beyond which irreparable harm to our nationâ€™s defense and economy could occur, according to a new report released by AIA.
â€œOur national leaders, the military and our economic well-being all rely on our space assets more than at any point since the dawn of the space age,â€ said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. â€œItâ€™s critical that policy be backed by strong leadership, integrated strategy and the long-term funding and stability needed to maintain cutting-edge, cost-effective space programs.â€
The Aerospace Industries Association and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation have both issued statements praising the House’s approval of the Senate authorization bill for NASA.
AIA is extremely pleased that the House has passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, paving the way for the bill to become law with the presidentâ€™s signature. Passage of this act is crucial to maintaining a robust U.S. human spaceflight program. (more…)
In this fiscal environment, the increase in the NASA budget reflects the Administrationâ€™s commitment to the value of space.
We are encouraged that the budget extends the International Space Station, funds valuable earth science missions, increases aeronautics funding, renews interest in technology development and innovation, and promotes commercial spaceflight alternatives.
Although investment in commercial space will create new opportunities, we are concerned that the cancellation of the Constellation program may have a lasting impact on our workforce and the unique skills they bring to our industrial base.
Terminated programs and shifting plans for U.S. human space exploration further demonstrate the need for a national space strategy, and the need to coordinate space efforts across all agencies at the highest level.
Congress has taken a major step for the U.S. commercial space launch industry by extending government indemnification of launches for another three years.
â€œElimination of government indemnification would have driven launch business overseas,â€ said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. â€œIn 2008 only six of the 28 worldwide commercial launches were conducted by U.S. companies, and America canâ€™t afford to lose more of that business.â€
The Aerospace Industries Association has released its annual year-end review and forecast examining the U.S. aerospace industry. Below is the summary; additional statistical tables, slides and comments can be found here.
Aerospace Industries Association 2009 Year End Review and 2010 Forecast AIA Research Center
The aerospace industry is still smarting from 2008, a year when the worldâ€™s financial markets nearly collapsed, sending many industries â€“ including several segments of the aerospace industry â€“ into a tailspin. Yet, aerospace entered this difficult period strong and resilient, and the momentum generated by a remarkable period of growth carried the industry through the last year, and will push aerospace sales to another record year in 2009. AIA estimates that aerospace sales will reach $214.1 billion in 2009, up more than 4 percent from 2008.
Our nationâ€™s space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership AIAâ€™s Vice President of Space Systems J.P. Stevens said in testimony before the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Thursday.
â€œInterruptions or cancellations impact large companies and can be catastrophic to smaller firms â€“ often the only entities with the unique abilities to produce small but critical components on which huge portions of our economy, infrastructure and security depend,â€ Stevens said.
The summary issued yesterday by The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, chaired by Norm Augustine, points to a crossroads in human space exploration programs, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said.
â€œWe agree with the Committeeâ€™s conclusion that the U.S. faces a critical need for greater investment in the future of human space exploration,â€ said Blakey. â€œAmerican leadership in this crucial international arena is perishable without a national commitment and a program matched with the resources needed for its execution.â€
President Obama announced yesterday that he is directing the National Security Council and the National Economic Council to undertake a comprehensive review of the U.S. export control system.
â€œThis is a very welcome development,â€ said AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey. â€œAIA has been a long-standing proponent of a more predictable, efficient and transparent U.S. export control system.