The Voice of American Aerospace and Defense.
The aerospace industry depends on technical standards from more than one hundred different standards-developing organizations. If a recent government trend requiring that standards incorporated by reference into rulemakings be made available free on the internet is not reversed, the viability of these critical standards developers will be threatened and both the industry and its regulators and government customers will lose their invaluable services.
To: Oct. 2, 2015
To: May 21, 2015
The single most dangerous part about flying continues to be driving to the airport. The decades-long upward trend in aviation safety is largely a result of the partnership forged between industry and regulators who share the goal of making air travel as safe as possible.
Taken by any measure, aviation continues to top the list of the world’s safest forms of transportation. In terms of hours flown, number of passengers transported, and number of aircraft in the air – across commercial, general aviation and cargo sectors – the single most dangerous part about flying continues to be, in the words of one analyst, “driving to the airport."
In total, the decades-long upward trend in aviation safety reflects not only technological advances, and the continuous evolution of government regulations and policies, but also the partnership forged between industry and regulators who share the goal of making air travel as safe as possible. This sustained, joint approach – more than any single advancement– accounts for the significant improvement in air safety since the inception of flight.
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a non-profit corporation representing the nation’s leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, is seeking candidates for employment in its Communications Department. The position of Manager, Multimedia Communications reports to the Vice President and the Assistant Vice President of Communications, but is required to collaberatively interact with all members of the AIA team.
The accepted candidate will be working as an Multimedia Communications Manager with wide-ranging focus in the following areas:
• Multiple Internet site functionality, features and content development
• Social media execution and strategy
• Intranet technical support
• Manage external support vendors
• Video production
• Basic graphic design
• Website metrics, analytics and statistics tracking and reporting
The Multimedia Communications Manager is responsible for all aspects of AIA’s primary website as well as number of related websites and social media pages. As the sole web-related position at AIA, the Multimedia Communications Manager sets strategic goals for AIA’s web presence, and ensures the website is functional, well-designed and up-to-date. This position develops and features content that promotes AIA initiatives.
Social media outreach to key targets of AIA’s advocacy efforts is a central and growing area of focus for the organization and requires proven skills. Public outreach campaigns such as the Second to None (www.secondtonone.org) demand heightened proactive and reactive communication via outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flicker, AIA Blog etc. The Multimedia Manager will lead these efforts both strategically and in terms of tactical implementation.
AIA is looking for a candidate with 2+ years of practical experience in website administration including:
• Knowledge of website usability methods and standards
• Experience with and understanding of web coding
• Experience and comfort with the following programs/platforms:
o Website Content Management Systems (CMS) (Expression Engine, Joomla!, WordPress, etc.)
o Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
o Adobe Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop)
• A four-year college degree (or practical equivalent)
• Qualified applicants must be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English
• Personal character and integrity, matched with self-motivation and a good work ethic
• Excellent project management skills and the ability to multitask a high volume of deliverables with attention to detail
• Capitol Hill experience is a plus
To: May 7, 2015
To register: http://bit.ly/1sCufi1
AIA, ASD, ATA e-Business Program
2015 S1000D User Forum
Actualizing S1000D - Making it real!
September 21-24, 2015
Omni San Diego Hotel
675 L Street
San Diego, California 92101
Hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association
Putting S1000D into practice, whether it’s deciding how to contract to it, converting legacy data, implementing a technical solution, or achieving your role as a supplier, can seem overwhelming. The objective of this User Forum is to bring real-world experience in contracting, alternate approaches to affordable and sensible conversion of legacy data, and optimizing project scope for supplier use. Attendees of the Forum will hear real use-cases and examples of successful strategies to pave the way for S1000D adoption.
This year's User Forum is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association.
This forum will feature:
• Tutorials and training
• Technical and management tracks
• Vendor demonstrations and presentations
• Updates on the latest developments of the S1000D Specification
• Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Specifications Day (September 24, 2015)
User Forum registration opens May 2015
For more information and call for abstracts visit: www.s1000D.org
To: Sept. 24, 2015
For more information please visit: www.s1000D.org
To: June 4, 2015
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 EIWG has
studied the issue of ground operations of turbine engines during heavy snow conditions. This report
provides the short term findings and recommendations.
To: October 1, 2015
Hosted by: UPS
To: March 25, 2015
Hosted by: The Boeing Company
Revised Certification and Qualification Requirements for Non-destructive Test Personnel
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a critical commodity for military and commercial aviation and other industries for detection of potential defects, cracks and other irregularities of virtually every part of the aircraft from the outer structures to the core airframe and propulsion systems.
NAS410 is a global, cornerstone standard for necessary qualification and certification of NDT personnel, and complete revisions to this standard will impact the aerospace industry. A complete revision of NAS410 was published in December 2014 and is available exclusively from IHS. Subscription customers are alerted and automatically receive revision 4.
A 1-hour webcast highlighting the changes in NAS410 was held on January 15, 2015. A recording of the webcast is available here.
The webcast covered new requirements for:
• non-film radiography examination
• level 3 certification
• effectivity, transition and experience hours
• NANDTBs (national aerospace non-destructive testing boards)
• maintaining certification
Chris Carnahan, Aerospace Industries Association, Director, Standardization
John P. Ellegood, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, AIA NDTSC Chairman
Louis R. Truckley, The Boeing Company, AIA NDTSC Executive Secretary
Jon W. Voeller, USAF Nondestructive Inspection Office, Senior Materials Engineer
Duration: 60 minutes
The Assistant Vice President for Acquisition Policy ( hereinafter, “AVP – Acquisition Policy”) supports the Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy on all matters relating to DOD acquisition and represents AIA on these and related issues to the membership, executive branch agencies, legislative offices, and other stakeholders. The incumbent may be called upon periodically to serve as the acting Vice President, National Security & Acquisition.
The incumbent works with and seeks input from member companies, councils, and committees, and is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, recommending, and advocating policies on: reforming the defense acquisition system, federal government regulations, and DOD policies that impact the defense industry. The incumbent will also be responsible for advocacy for the strength and future health of the defense industrial base and the supplier management base that is critical to the industry.
Nature and Scope of Work:
This position reports directly to the Vice President, National Security and Acquisition, and interacts periodically with member CEOs and senior company representatives in the membership.
The incumbent maintains regular contact with government officials and representatives from a variety of cabinet and related departments including but not limited to the Departments of Defense (primarily the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics and the Service Acquisition offices) and other cabinet agencies and related offices. Periodically, the AVP – Acquisition Policy may accompany the Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, other senior staff from AIA, including the President and CEO of AIA, to: meet with members of Congress and staff, and prepare or provide testimony on authorized association positions before Congress and others; meet with senior Administration officials; and meet with senior member company representatives.
As AIA’s lead for acquisition policy issues, the incumbent serves as an expert and central resource for AIA and responds to inquiries from member companies, government officials (civilian and military), the public, and the press seeking information and background data. These inquiries range from general questions to highly technical requests requiring significant effort to assemble data and background information.
The incumbent will be called upon frequently to present industry’s views orally and in writing to government and industry officials and to the media, and to represent the association in coalitions that are formed to present a unified approach on acquisition policy issues of mutual interest. The AVP – Acquisition Policy is also expected to represent AIA positions as a spokesperson at conferences and seminars. The incumbent will contribute articles and news items to AIA publications, highlighting issues and developments falling within the sub-division’s domain, and prepare white papers and summaries of such issues for use during AIA or outside meetings.
The AVP for Acquisition Policy has responsibility for supporting, coordinating and otherwise assisting with activities of a variety of AIA sponsored councils, committees and working groups, including, but not limited to:
Procurement and Finance Council; Supplier Management Council; National Security Policy Council; Washington Procurement Committee, Intellectual Property Committee, Commercial Items Working Group; Counterfeit Parts Working Group; and the Conflict Minerals Working Group.
Additional related duties include:
Analyzes significant industry problems and synthesizes the concepts and ideas coming from government contacts and the numerous council, committee and working group activities into cohesive patterns and trends;
provides insights into future aerospace developments to prompt deliberations and actions;
builds industry consensus among member companies on all topics related to relevant issues and serves as staff liaison to internal and external groups dealing with related issues; and,
oversees meeting arrangements for periodic council, committee and working group meetings (including, developing the agenda; assembling background information and materials; arranging for speakers and other participants; site selection and facility; and ensuring that minutes are prepared), and approves expenses associated with all council and committee meetings.
Year-End Review and Forecast
EXCERPT FROM PREPARED REMARKS:
Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA
December 17, 2014
Good afternoon. I’d like to thank Jennifer and the Communications Council for your great work this past year and congratulate Clif Berry for receiving the Lyman Award. Clif, we appreciate your service to our country and your outstanding body of work on aerospace and defense history.
My thanks also go out to L-3’s Chairman, President and CEO Michael Strianese for his great leadership of AIA’s Board of Governor’s this year. We look forward next year to having David Joyce, the President and CEO of GE Aviation as our Board Chairman and Marillyn Hewson, the CEO, President & Chairman of the Board of Lockheed Martin as our Vice Chairman.
Today, for the 50th time, we gather to celebrate an industry which keeps innovating, keeps saving and improving lives and keeps inspiring our youth. Just think of the future Mars explorers who were so excited to view the magnificent launch and splashdown of Orion twelve days ago. And that’s just one example of the kinds of things our industry does. With the FAA, we’re rebuilding our aviation infrastructure from the ground up – modernizing a 1950s-era radar-based system into a 21st Century satellite-based system. We’re doing cutting edge research on advanced aeronautics like hypersonic scramjets that could lead to significantly shorter trans-oceanic flight times.
But we also gather in a time of significant challenge as we witness unprecedented conflicts cascade around the globe. The events of 2014 remind us that new national security threats can come from old foes or materialize out of nowhere due to a chaotic region’s ongoing strife.
Twenty-fourteen began when the leader of a major power hosted an international event devoted to peaceful athletic competition. But shortly after the Olympic flame was doused, this strongman brazenly invaded a peaceful neighboring country. And then a group of thugs tried to rewrite the Middle East map and gain new adherents through tactics that would shame a barbarian. And tensions in the Far
East, never far submerged, have begun bubbling to the surface again.
Looking at the world’s dangers through either the rose colored glasses of a naïve isolationist or under the green eyeshade visor of a fiscal ideologue simply doesn’t work. It presents a false-color image of reality. It inhibits the clear headed thinking we desperately need about national security and America’s competitiveness.
Today, we’re announcing the results of a poll that shows the American people definitively share this judgment. Right after the election, AIA commissioned a Harris Company voter survey. Harris found that Americans widely recognize security threats are increasing, and are genuinely concerned that the U.S. is less secure than a year ago. We’re releasing findings from the survey today. Here are a few highlights:
• First, seventy-eight percent of voters believe the hostile activities of ISIS, al Qaeda and other groups contesting for control of Syria and Iraq represent an increasing national security threat.
• The concern about this threat is bipartisan; ninety percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Democrats are worried about our security as a result of what’s going on in the Middle East.
• Also, seventy-three percent say they believe the U.S. is less secure, due to cuts in planned military budgets of nearly $1 trillion over a decade.
I should warn members of Congress and potential presidential candidates to ignore the following survey finding at their own peril.
• Given the evolving and increased threats to America’s security, a solid sixty-nine percent of voters want to increase national security spending relative to the federal budget caps set more than three years ago. This view is shared by a majority of voters across party lines—83 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Independents and 60 percent of Democrats.
• And the same number of voters—sixty-nine percent—say they would be more likely to support a candidate who wants to increase spending on national security.
These numbers don’t surprise me one iota. I’ve long felt the public understands the need to invest in national security, and in the aerospace technologies that propel economic advancement.
Unfortunately, public policies have not kept pace with public sentiment. But that’s not for lack of effort. You all know AIA’s Second to None public education campaign made a lot of noise about the risks of austerity imposed by the Budget Control Act.
And many officials agreed with our point that it’s irresponsible to make defense and domestic R&D investments bear the brunt of budget cuts. And while our companies did well in the FY2015 “Cromnibus” [CROM – ni- bus] bill that passed this weekend, including bumps in the budgets of FAA, NASA and NOAA, the budget caps still remain with us going forward. In addition, last night the Senate passed the short-term tax extenders bill including the R&D tax credit, which is of significant importance to our industry. But the Senate failed to pass an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, so we’re not going to take our hand off the throttle with our messaging. And we’re going to add the voices of those pro-aerospace and defense voters to our effort.
In recent months the Second to None Campaign has morphed into a state-of-the-art on-line grass roots advocacy effort. We call it the Second to None Coalition. This is the first time ever that our industry has engaged in a major grass roots advocacy effort like those of other organized political movements of recent vintage. And in just the last week, we’ve added more than 13,000 members to our daily growing list of people who are ready to advocate forcefully to our elected officials on behalf of the investments we need to make to grow our economy and keep our nation safe.
We’ll welcome the voices of our coalition members in the coming months as AIA and our member companies engage with the new Congress and with the national political figures already making travel plans to visit balmy Iowa this winter.
Our message is that elected leaders must address the need for the U.S. to maintain our military superiority and keep ahead of the technology development curve. They also must recognize our military needs the capability to respond to new security challenges that often materialize due to major natural disasters and outbreaks of deadly disease such as the recent Ebola crisis.
We’ll also contend that the downward spiral of defense spending and federal R&D investment is leading to a dangerous decline in our highly skilled aerospace and defense workforce. Sadly, if we woke up tomorrow to a new crisis, we just can’t snap our fingers to get many of our skilled workers back. In addition, our skilled workforce must be reinvigorated as the baby boom generation of engineers and scientists begins to retire en mass.
A third message is that budget austerity undermines our ability to invest in critical R&D that leads to serendipitous breakthroughs like GPS. Our Lyman award winner, Clif Berry, tells us that when he first attended this luncheon 39 years ago, the Pentagon was just beginning to develop the GPS satellite navigation system. I have no doubt sitting amongst us is a bright engineer who’s working on the next great technological advance that will blow our socks off. But I also fear there’s a project manager in our midst who’s worried to death that the budget axe may kill the promising concept she’s working hard to support. Do we really want the U.S. sitting on the sidelines when the next great technological leap is launched at the Baikonur (Bike-a-Nor) Cosmodrome or occurs in China’s Center for Nanoscience and Technology?
All of these concerns translate into clear policy objectives that AIA is pursuing on the industry’s behalf. First and foremost, we’re telling Congress it’s high time they relegate the budget caps to the dumpster of bad policy ideas. The decade-long defense modernization holiday based on the dangerous illusion that history’s zealots have gone on holiday simply must end.
Clearly more and more legislators, alert to changing public opinion, want to address the defense cuts. But we also recognize a one-sided deal will not pass in this divided government. Congress should also take on the domestic R&D investment gap and address other domestic priorities, in the context—as we’ve long said—of a comprehensive deal involving revenue and entitlement reform.
As was the case in 2013, we’ll be pushing for congressional reauthorization of the Export Import Bank of the United States. Our manufacturers of civil passenger and business aircraft, helicopters, and satellites and their thousands of workers count on Ex-Im financial support to compete for international sales on a level playing field in this increasingly competitive marketplace.
This past year, even though we were told the Ex-Im deck was stacked against us on Capitol Hill we took the attitude of “Game On.” And let me tell you, we weren’t subtle about engaging Ex-Im’s foes by starkly pointing out the hazards of unilateral economic disarmament. And we knew we were having an impact when at a key congressional hearing Ex-Im President and Chairman Fred Hochberg held up one of our print ads to make a vivid point. What our ad essentially said is that the Chinese, Russians and French will eat our lunch, or more aptly, take away American jobs, if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Bank.
Such advocacy helped win the battle, as Ex-Im was extended for nine months, but we’ve not yet won the war. You can count on AIA carrying forward the fight for a full reauthorization until a decisive victory is obtained.
AIA will also be very proactive when the FAA reauthorization bill comes up next year. We’re hoping for a solid bill that further streamlines the aircraft certification process, accelerates air traffic system modernization, and facilitates integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. Further, we want the FAA enabled to freely support our superior aviation products in international forums. If we truly want a safer and more efficient global aviation system, buy American is a good place to start.
Turning to the Executive Branch, AIA will be pounding the pavement to push the Administration to produce tangible results for our industry. We hope to see in 2015 real movement on a National Defense Export Strategy and a broader aerospace and defense trade initiative.
We’re continuing to work with the State Department to reform the remaining categories of export controls. By the way, since the reforms started a year ago, there has been a sixty-four percent reduction in the number of ITAR licenses submitted to the State Department to export aircraft and aircraft engine parts. That corresponds to $14 billion in these less sensitive technologies being licensed through the more appropriate, less onerous Commerce system.
Next year we’ll also be working to ensure the Pentagon moves forward on needed defense acquisition system reform. Ash Carter is no stranger to this issue. We’re looking forward to his confirmation and we’re expecting he’ll provide the clear leadership that we need to achieve meaningful changes to a very cumbersome and inefficient system. The current system hurts our smaller firms, inhibits innovation and makes it harder to get needed equipment in the hands of our war fighters.
I suspect some of you may be thinking, Marion, you’ve spoken about a lot of policy issues but haven’t touched on your annual forecast numbers. Yes, this speech is a departure from the past, but we don’t want you to go away empty handed. In front of you is a card with simple directions that will allow you to download our entire year end review and forecast report.
I would like to mention one highlight from the report. Despite the downward pressure the federal budget situation has exerted on our industry, with a big boost from civil aircraft and space sales abroad, overall aerospace exports grew from roughly $111 billion in 2013 to nearly $119 billion. This resulted in a net surplus of nearly $61.2 billion, our best aerospace trade balance in history.
As you know, the Administration promised five years ago to double U.S. exports by next year. Make no mistake this industry is doing its part to make that pledge come true.
Let me close with a few thoughts as we look back on the past few years of paralyzing gridlock in Washington. An era I think it’s fair to describe as wrought with political polarization and dangerous procrastination.
I will offer two simple messages for members of the incoming 114th Congress, and say the same to the current Administration as well as to candidates gearing up for the 2016 elections. First, on behalf of the aerospace and defense industry, we make one simple request – please start listening.
So to the new Congress, remember the saying “Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked.” Look at the polls – the American people are fed up with Washington, fed up with elected officials letting ideological extremism serve as an excuse for failing to listen to the public as opposed small factions of party activists. They demand that you ask the right experts the right questions.
Let me put my advice in the context of our industry. When the small business owner from your district tells you failure to reauthorize Ex-Im puts his workers at risk, listen first to this all-important voice from back home. Be sure you remember those words when folks at the Club for Growth tell you that your “club score” will go down if you don’t vote against the Bank. You know they’re hinting you might not see as many PAC dollars next cycle.
When the Joint Chiefs tell you American lives will be lost if we don’t restore defense investment to adequate levels….When an intelligence analyst tells you that defeating ISIS requires new strategies and new technologies for the war fighter….And when the wounded warrior at the VFW back home tells you that his mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle saved his life…listen very carefully.
And may the words of these real experts ring clearly in your ears when it’s time to go to the negotiating table and weigh America’s national security and investment needs up against our fiscal challenges.
Yes we can have a “grand bargain,” but one that doesn’t force us to sacrifice the very activities that make our nation strong and secure.
My final message for the 114th Congress and all candidates looking at a run in 2016 – is remember those sixty-nine percent of voters who want to back candidates who support more spending on national security. Ask yourself; am I ready to make the tough decisions in the next twelve months to protect America?
If not, we respectfully suggest you consider the words of Winston Churchill, who in a more dire time said, “the Americans will always do the right thing…after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” I sincerely hope you’re at that point.
With that, thank you again for the tremendous opportunity to speak to you at this, my eighth year end luncheon, and I’ll be happy to take your questions. When you step up to the microphones please identify yourself and your organization.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association released data today from a study conducted on their behalf by Harris Poll showing that after discussing present and future security threats facing the United States, more than two thirds of registered voters (69 percent) say that given the evolving and increased threats to America’s security, the U.S. government should increase spending on America’s national security relative to the caps set more than three years ago. The same number (69 percent) says they would be more likely to support a candidate for public office who supports increased spending on national security. The study was conducted by telephone in November among over 800 registered voters.
“These numbers don’t surprise me one iota – the public understands the need to invest in national security, and the aerospace technologies that help provide that security and propel economic advancement,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The new Congress should sit up and listen to them attentively.”
A majority of voters across party lines (83 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Independents and 60 percent of Democrats) share the sentiment that the U.S. government should increase national security spending relative to current budget caps. In addition, nearly four out of five voters (78 percent) say they believe threats to American security raised by increased activity from ISIS/ISL, al Qaeda and other groups in Syria and Iraq are increasing, including majorities of Republicans (90 percent), Independents (75 percent) and Democrats (69 percent). Finally, 73 percent say they believe the United States is less secure due to cuts of nearly $1 trillion over the 2012-2022 timeframe in planned budgets for the military, including majorities across the entire political spectrum (Republicans – 90 percent, Independents – 71 percent, Democrats – 55 percent).
“Public polls are at historic lows in terms of voter perceptions of Congress,” Blakey said. “If this new Congress is to restore any faith in our political process, they can start in January by revisiting the budget caps to reflect today's national security needs.”
The study was conducted November 13 – 16th, 2014 by telephone by Harris Poll on behalf of AIA among 818 registered voters nationally, with a sampling error of +/-3.6%. A full methodology is available upon request. Results are weighted to be representative of voters demographically and geographically across the United States.
Today, AIA held its 50th annual Year-End Review and Forecast. Along with providing an overview of the aerospace and defense industry, AIA released poll results that focus on the public's opinions about national security.
Arlington, Va. — F. Clifton “Clif” Berry, Jr., a long-time journalist, author and public relations professional in the aerospace and defense field, has been selected to receive the 2014 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.
“We’re delighted to recognize Clif Berry with this year’s Lyman Award,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “His long service, unique insights and strong voice on our industry epitomize the qualities that Deac Lyman brought to his craft.”
Berry served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1975, including public affairs duties at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs). He went on to posts as editor at a wide variety of trade publications, including Armed Forces Journal, AIR FORCE Magazine, Air Power History and National Defense magazine. He has also written and packaged a lengthy list of non-fiction books on aerospace and defense topics. He served for more than two decades on the board of directors of Summit Aviation at Middletown, Delaware, and was a master parachutist and private pilot with land and seaplane ratings.
When asked about lessons learned, Berry said, “Do the research, ask questions, listen, learn and write.”
Berry will receive the award at AIA's 50th Annual Year-End Review and Forecast luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 17.
The award is named after Lauren “Deac” Lyman, a Pulitzer-prize winning aviation reporter with the New York Times who later had a distinguished career as a public relations executive with United Aircraft, a predecessor to United Technologies Corporation. First awarded in 1972, the prize goes to a journalist or public relations professional in aviation who exhibits Lyman’s high standard of excellence. UTC is the longtime sponsor of the award.
EXCERPT FROM PREPARED REMARKS:
Timothy Keating, Senior Vice President, Government Operations, The Boeing Company
December 12, 2014
Ex-Im is but one case study of the U.S. political system losing its bearing. Another is the legislative impasse over the size and composition of the federal budget. Through sequestration Congress has tried to address what really is a problem with entitlements and other forms of mandatory spending – which make up roughly two-thirds of federal outlays – by gutting discretionary spending.
Under current law more than $70 billion in immediate, across-the-board cuts to discretionary programs and activities will go into effect in Fiscal Year 2016, shared equally by defense and domestic agencies; all of which will be felt, one way or another, by the companies and communities represented in this room and across the state of Virginia.
Remember that projected defense budgets have already been cut significantly since the post-9/11 peak – by nearly $1 trillion when you include program cancellations and other reductions by Secretary Gates, the 2011 Budget Control Act, the sequester of 2013, and then Bipartisan Budget Act at the end of last year.
And because of the way sequestration is structured – with massive savings needed immediately and pay and benefits off-limits – a 10 percent top-line sequester amounts to significantly bigger cuts to training, maintenance, procurement, and research and development accounts; this at a time when the world is growing more turbulent and rival powers are modernizing their armed forces.
Companies like Boeing saw the writing on the wall and made some difficult, at times wrenching, changes to our workforce and geographic footprint to prepare for the defense downturn. The Department of Defense, by contrast, has been prevented from making the strategy-guided management choices necessary to maximize the funding available to sustain our military readiness and technology superiority.
Furthermore, with investment funding shrinking for military modernization it is all the more imperative to have a defense acquisition system that can make every dollar count – for the taxpayer and war fighter alike. We applaud the initiative of Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership to solicit recommendations to further reform and, more importantly, improve defense acquisitions to reduce unnecessary red-tape while encouraging more innovation. Boeing is contributing to this effort and will provide the committees with its own list of recommended changes in a few weeks.
These management changes are so urgent because if sequestration returns – and stays for the rest of the decade – the U.S. defense and aerospace industry – most of which consists of small- and medium-sized firms in the 2nd and 3rd tier of the supply chain– will be forced to lay-off thousands of employees with unique military skills and close more factories and research labs. The lost capacity and capabilities resulting from these cuts cannot be rebuilt or brought back quickly if U.S. national security imperatives or budget priorities change in the future.
We can’t forget that sequester’s damage goes beyond the military to other key agencies of government – like Homeland Security, FAA, NASA, the FBI, NIH, and the State Department – that are important to public safety, future scientific breakthroughs, and America’s influence around the world.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association presented its first Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award December 2 to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), in recognition of his longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry.
Sen. Chambliss is a two-term Senator and was first elected to Congress as a representative of Georgia’s 8th District in 1994. Sen. Chambliss serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is currently vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chaired the Senate Aerospace Caucus. Throughout his nearly 20 years working on Capitol Hill, he has been widely recognized as a leading Senate expert on national security, homeland security and intelligence issues.
“The Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award recognizes a retiring legislator who has been a true champion of our industry. Senator Chambliss has been exactly that,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “It is our honor to present the award, named for both Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, the aircraft industry’s founder, to Sen. Chambliss for his strong advocacy for America’s preeminence in aviation, space and defense. He has been true to the spirit in which the Wrights and Curtiss began this great American journey of success, innovation and leadership.”
“It has been an honor to serve as the co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus and a pleasure working with AIA as advocates for the aerospace and defense industry,” said U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. “Since the time of the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, the United States has been the world’s leader in the advancement of air and space capabilities. AIA is an integral part of that legacy and its continued support helps assure America’s place at the top of the field. I am proud of our accomplishments and honored to receive the first Wright-Curtiss Award.”
The new Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award is presented to retiring members of Congress who, across their tenure in office, have made a lasting impact on behalf of the aerospace and defense industry. The award, which recognizes an unwavering dedication to our industry’s commitment to national security, aviation and space endeavors, was presented to Sen. Chambliss at a Senate Aerospace Caucus reception on Capitol Hill.
(pictured left to right: Sen Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.); The Honorable Frank Kendall – Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Incoming Senate Aerospace Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); Marion C. Blakey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association)
The future of America’s space program is here and we want you to meet some of the people who make it possible. Join us on December 3, 2014 for a live, on-line broadcast with some of the young engineers who are working to make the Orion EFT-1 mission a success.
AIA's National Aerospace Standards are now available in digital 3D. These 3D standards can help increase efficiency and simplify the design and manufacture of complex products.
Responsible for addressing issues and strategies related to communications with news media, decision makers, the aerospace and defense community, and the general public. The Council also discusses best practices in communications. AIA contact: Chip Sheller, Vice President, Communications.
On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the National Aeronautic Association named AIA and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) the 2014 recipients of the Frank G. Brewer Trophy.
On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the National Aeronautic Association named AIA and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) the 2014 recipients of the Frank G. Brewer Trophy. The award serves to recognize an “…individual, a group of individuals, or an organization for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States.”
AIA and NAR are presented with the Frank G. Brewer Trophy. From left to right: Betsy Schmit, Vice President, National Security, AIA; Bob Brown, President, Academy of Model Aeronautics; Trip Barber, TARC Manager, NAR.
Together, AIA and NAR organize the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). This nation-wide youth program advances science, technology, engineering and mathematics education by challenging seventh through twelfth grade students to design, build and fly model rockets. Student’s rockets must meet specific design criteria and be flown within certain height and time windows in order to advance in the competition.
Since its establishment in 2003, TARC has involved over 60,000 students nationwide in its program.
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Featured this quarter in the Executive Report: A message from Marion Blakey regarding the 2014 elections, Q&A with Aurora Flight Sciences' John S. Langford, a Farnborough Air Show recap and much more.
The Executive Report is an AIA quarterly publication which provides news and information about our association membership, AIA initiatives and events, and other information from around the industry.
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Cybersecurity attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication for the aerospace and defense industries. A new requirement of contracting with the Department includes a new information security clause:
DFARS clause 252.204-7012 to safeguard Unclassified Controlled Technical Information (UCTI), effective November 13, 2013. The clause is required for all new DoD contracts and subcontracts and will affect companies of all sizes.
In this paper, AIA helps you understand:
The new DFARS clause and how to comply with Security and Incident Reporting Requirements
Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO, AIA
The 113th Congress will soon be in the history books, with a record for advancing long-term economic growth that's spotty at best. Indeed, there are a couple of significant actions legislators could take that would tangibly benefited jobs creation and business performance.
Unfortunately, partisan gridlock has gotten in the way.
The research and development tax credit, which provides an important incentive during these times of fiscal austerity for thousands of companies to make long-term investments in innovation, is critical to creating economic growth. At nearly $10 billion a year, this credit supports companies that invest working capital in basic research and in applied research aimed at the creation or improvement of products. More than 70 percent of the credit is used to fund the salaries of R&D workers who hold the kinds of high-quality jobs that fuel our national economy, with the remainder applied to investment in new plant and equipment. Unfortunately, although the House passed a permanent extension of the current credit, the Senate has yet to act, which may result in companies declining to make positive investment decisions in this climate of uncertainty.
Currently, the U.S. significantly trails other leading countries in providing incentives for companies to conduct research and development. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimates the U.S. ranks 27 out of 42 countries in R&D tax incentive generosity, either through providing incentives such as cash grants or enhanced tax deductions. When you couple this fact with the high U.S. corporate income tax rate one must ask if we are on the right track or wrong track in terms of competitiveness. Action by the upcoming lame duck session of Congress or by the 114th Congress to make permanent and strengthen the existing R&D tax credit would move us in the right direction.
I’ve also written in the Washington Business Journal about the need to make permanent the operations of the Export Import Bank of the United States. The Ex-Im Bank helps finance the export of billions of U.S. goods and services at a net gain to the taxpayer, supports good American jobs — 205,000 last year — and strengthens the aerospace and defense industrial base by helping large, medium and small companies create new markets abroad, thus mitigating the impacts of budget austerity at home. Indeed, some of our industry’s greatest gains in recent years have come through Ex-Im aided sales abroad of passenger and general aviation aircraft, helicopters, launch vehicles and satellites.
Local companies have greatly benefitted from Ex-Im. In 2013, 52 Virginia companies assisted by Ex-Im exported $615 million in goods and services; 43 Maryland companies totaled $388 million in Ex-Im aided exports; and 13 District of Columbia companies had $57 million in exports boosted by Ex-Im.
As the congressional session wound down in September, Congress reauthorized Ex-Im for nine months. While the Bank will remain operational for certain until June, our industry and exporters need the long-term assurance that the Bank will be there for them.
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Timothy Keating, Senior Vice President, Government Operations, The Boeing Company
September 30, 2014
U.S. Aerospace & Competitiveness
We need to do a better job of explaining what aerospace means to this state - and to this country. During an era in which the U.S. has been effectively de-industrialized - with factories closed, company towns abandoned, and millions of jobs outsourced overseas - aerospace has remained one of the shining exceptions. We are one of the last business sectors that still employ large numbers of Americans at good wages and benefits to make things in this country - and then sell those best-in-class products around the world. These are the kinds of companies that were the mainstay of the U.S. economy when I grew up in a union household in Scranton, Pennsylvania; the kinds of companies that created the American middle class and made this country the most prosperous and powerful on earth.
And when you hear people complain that "we don't make things in this country anymore," consider that just Boeing alone employs roughly 160,000 people that either build things or directly support those who do. Then there are the 2.5 - to 3 million jobs supported by the U.S. aerospace industry overall through our collective supply chain- jobs that allow people to make a decent living.
Traditionally, U.S. aerospace companies have not competed on price. We have, and will continue to stay ahead through innovation. Yet, as foreign competitors improve their level of quality, we cannot be oblivious to the cost of doing business going forward. Here the relevant impact is not on our bottom line today or next year - but, in the case of Boeing, on our ability to sell an airplane to an international customer ten or 20 years from now.
Manufacturing executives, especially those in export-driven sectors, talk a lot about being competitive. But, frankly, it's not always clearly understood what exactly we are referring to- and how that affects the difficult choices made with respect to the many elements of our business. In fact, a lot of the more controversial management decisions by Boeing- affecting labor, our supply chain, geographic footprint, public policy - start to make a lot more sense when put in the context of a global market that is growing more crowded and less forgiving every year.
For example, when aerospace companies and other advanced manufacturers receive tax incentives to either continue operating in Washington or start new programs here, it is widely reported and criticized as some kind of big tax giveaway. In reality, the dollar numbers you hear quoted represent, at best, a partial discount for the added cost of doing business in this state versus another part of the county with less onerous tax levels, regulatory schemes, and costs of living. On balance, the preponderance of the benefit will go to the Washington economy and, ultimately, into the state treasury. Yet rarely is that the story getting out, which is most unfortunate when some politicians in Olympia begin to flirt with the idea of rescinding these incentives.
All told, there needs to be a more informed dialogue between the public and private sectors about how together we can compete on a global stage - not only against foreign companies, but with entire countries, even continents in the case of Airbus and Europe, that have put the power and resources of the state into supporting their domestic aerospace sectors.
Washington, D.C. Dysfunction
When it comes to state and local government, at least things are getting done - from trying to balance budgets to getting potholes filled. That has not been the case in Washington, D.C., for several years now. When I first came to Washington, D.C, nearly three decades ago the partisan zealots on the left and right might duke it out on TV. But behind the scenes the pragmatists, bridge-builders, and party elders would find ways to get things done. Today folks on opposite sides of the partisan divide, or of any given issue, just aren't talking with each other - out of a combination of hostility, ignorance or, in many cases, fear of angering their own "base," and inviting a primary challenge.
The result last year was budget sequestration, another blow to our country's shrinking defense industrial base, followed by a federal government shut-down - the latest in a series of 11th hour crises and 'cliffs' that replaced the regular, rational, and constitutional process of making laws and passing budgets.
Due to the leadership of Senator Murray, the Congress was able to come together last December with the Bipartisan Budget Act, which mitigated temporarily the impact of sequestration. In that same spirit - of principled yet pragmatic compromise - we have to find a way to make progress in a number of areas; areas in which powerful and polarizing forces are pushing in the opposite direction. The reasons are varied - deepening income inequality, demographic and cultural shifts, growing distrust of established institutions of all kinds, global business especially.
There is probably no more illustrative - or distressing - example of this phenomenon than the fight over the U.S. Export Import Bank.
As I mentioned earlier, aerospace has the distinction of being one of the last U.S. manufacturing sectors that is competitive on a global level, with a $72 billion positive balance of trade. It's no surprise that Boeing represents a big part of that surplus, with $49 billion in foreign sales last year.
A significant part of this growth is attributable to carriers in developing markets. For example, just last week, Ethiopian Airlines announced another commitment to Boeing, this time for 20 of the 737 Max., the largest single Boeing order by an African carrier. While the financing arrangement will be determined closer to delivery, Ethiopian Airlines has used the Export-Import Bank to buy Boeing airplanes in the past.
We appreciated Senator Cantwell's support as this deal was brought to fruition. She continues to be a champion of American manufacturing and the Ex-Im Bank in the U.S. Senate illustrating, once again, the importance of enlightened and engaged political leadership. As I mentioned at the beginning, the business we have chosen is one in which government's role is inescapable and public-private partnerships are essential.
This partnership is so important because the international market for aviation is not a level playing field. Just about every other developed country - and now a few developing nations as well -supports its domestic aerospace industry through credit guarantees, low-interest loans, or other means to boost exports. Boeing's major global competitor for commercial airliners, Airbus, has been lavishly and unlawfully subsidized by its European patrons - to the tune of $18 billion according to the World Trade Organization.
Airbus wants to control most of the global commercial airliner market and they are willing to use every tactic to achieve that goal - even selling their planes at a loss. Next up is China, which has poured tens of billions of dollars - directly or indirectly - into its state-owned aerospace company to develop airliners that will be able to compete directly with Boeing and Airbus.
In this environment, the Export-Import Bank gives American manufacturing a fighting chance in the global arena. Ex-Im has long enjoyed broad bi-partisan support in the Congress, and presidents ranging from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama have favored its continued operation. In 2012 the Bank was re-authorized - but it was a near-run thing. This year many of the same groups - mostly far-right political consultants, think tanks, and congressmen - banded together in a fit of ideological road rage to kill the Bank The temporary extension recently enacted in many respects leaves us worse off than before. The extension is to next summer, when in all likelihood the Congress will be more Tea-Party friendly, more polarized, than even now. And a short-term extension does not provide business certainty - both for U.S. exporters and their potential foreign customers.
I won't mince words about the consequences of a failure to re-authorize the Export Import Bank. Slowly but surely Boeing would lose more airliner contracts to Airbus and eventually other foreign companies that are able to include official export credit as part of their sales pitch. We would survive, but would build and sell fewer planes and employ fewer workers. The same would apply to aerospace products like satellites and other high-end equipment for mining, construction, and energy.
Spending too long in Washington, D.C., can make you a bit jaded and hard to surprise - but it is still amazing to me that the people going after Ex-Im are basically willing to dismantle the U.S. aerospace industry and ship the jobs to France or China - all in order to raise some extra money and show their most rabid supporters that it is possible to kill a government program - irrespective of the real-world consequences.
D.C. Aerospace Agenda
And it's not just Ex-Im. Without action by the Congress budget sequestration will return in October 2015 - roughly $100 billion in across-the-board cuts to the military, NASA, FAA, Homeland Security, FBI, and more. All of which will be felt, one way or another, by the companies and communities represented in this room.
Through sequestration Congress has tried to address what really is an entitlements problem - remember that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid make up roughly two-thirds of federal outlays and are growing - by gutting discretionary spending.
Yet our collective industry efforts must go beyond mitigating or reversing the negative - Ex-Im and sequestration - to advancing a positive agenda that will move this economy forward and expand the proverbial pie when it comes to jobs, wages and living standards - all of which could help address the underlying sources of discontent that have shaped the political dynamics of recent years. At the top of the list would be the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which by one estimate could add another $80 billion annually to the U.S. economy. Then there is corporate tax reform and shifting to an effective top rate similar to our major global competitors - again, not a windfall, as some will no doubt characterize it, but a partial remedy to the unworkable situation we have today.
So all of us who care about the national strategic asset that is American aerospace - the workers we hire, the communities we support, the defense and security we provide for this country - need to redouble our efforts and make it clear how high the stakes are. We also need to be clear that we will remember who stood with us during these next critical months. And we need our state and local partners with us every step of the way.
What's required is something rare these days but, I believe, still possible in our nation's capital: real, old-fashioned legislating in which each side holds their nose and gives a little - whether on the Ex-Im bank, domestic spending, defense spending, free trade agreements, or taxes. All this would lift the dead weight of dysfunction that's hanging over our military, our industry, and the American economy.
As you can see, we have a lot of work to get done.
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Transitioning to lead-free electronics in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry demands careful analysis and research into the performance, costs and availability of these materials. The Aerospace Industries Association sponsored a Joint Government and Industry Executive Forum for Lead-Free Electronics to examine the issues underlying implementation of these materials. The participants concluded a clear roadmap with discrete milestones, funding to accomplish these efforts and dedicated government leadership are key to the A&D industry’s successful transition.
Why is this issue so important? The A&D industry designs and manufactures products that carry more than three billion passengers worldwide on any given day as well as systems which are vital to our national security. Our ability to maintain public safety and assure our warfighters’ mission success cannot be compromised or risked.
In response to the 2003 European Union Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, the commercial electronics industry transitioned to lead-free (Pb-free) electronics. Although the A&D industry leverages consumer and commercial technologies to provide affordable design solutions, many of the foundational commercial material standards are inadequate when applied to A&D products. Therefore a growing technology gap between the industries has appeared. Investment is needed to bridge this gap, so that A&D systems can preserve access to affordable commercial technology, while continuing to provide the requisite performance and reliability. Based on experience, the A&D industry believes a nationally coordinated approach is the most efficient way to bridge this gap.
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association congratulates Robert L. “Bob” Hoover on his selection as the recipient of the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. The Wright Trophy is annually awarded to a living American for “…significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.”
“I’m delighted with the decision to honor Bob Hoover with this year’s Wright Brothers Trophy,” said AIA President and CEO and 2013 Wright Trophy recipient Marion C. Blakey. “His service both as a military pilot and war hero, as well as his lengthy career as the world’s greatest air show pilot, is a shining inspiration to us all. He richly deserves this award.”
Hoover served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, flying 58 successful missions before being shot down and captured by Germany. He later escaped from Stalag Luft 1 and returned to Allied lines in a stolen Focke-Wulf FW190. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Soldier's Medal for Valor, the Air Medal with Clusters, the Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre. His civilian career as an air show pilot lasted more than 50 years. He is believed to have performed in more air shows, in more types of aircraft, in more countries and before more spectators than any other pilot in the history of aviation.
“This trophy is truly one of the most important, prestigious and historic awards in aviation and aerospace,” Blakey said. “I was honored to serve on this year’s selection committee and heartily applaud the decision to recognize Bob.”
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on FAA’s decision to permit limited use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to produce motion pictures
Arlington, Va. — By permitting the use of unmanned aircraft systems in film production, FAA has taken the first of several necessary steps towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace while encouraging continued research and development of UAS technologies. The decision acknowledges the long history of safe operations in both civil and military applications of remotely piloted aircraft. We hope this will pave the way for additional services and industries to utilize UAS technologies.
The focus of these petitions clearly was on safe UAS operations, aligned with FAA’s legitimate concerns for the safety of both manned and unmanned aircraft. The proposed actions to ensure safe operations are sound and very much consistent with the safety focus of the FAA. These approved operations will provide FAA with real-world case studies and data that can expedite successful UAS integration, leading to further job creation and revenue growth around the country.
This country is the birthplace of the motion picture, television and aviation industries, and the United States has a significant technological advantage in this new frontier of aviation. The aerospace and defense industry applauds FAA for taking this step and we look forward to further progress in integrating the next generation of aircraft into our nation's airspace.
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OIG Audit fails to recognize ADS-B’s role within NextGen system of systems when calculating return on investment
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey
Arlington, Va. — The Department of Transportation Inspector General’s report on issues surrounding the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system fails to state the obvious, that the infrastructure necessary to implement ADS-B is on time, on budget and on the job. It is imperative that to improve our air transportation system and to enhance safety for future generations, the aviation industry, operators and government must all do their part to make NextGen a success.
NextGen and the critical step forward that ADS-B provides were designed as investments with both immediate and long term value. The system, though far from completed, is already delivering a more efficient and safe airspace environment in places like Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. The long term return on investment will be seen for decades as America’s competitiveness and the safety of the flying public improve dramatically. This report fails to recognize the long term benefits and return on taxpayer investment that the initial results signal as being on track.
In addition, recent press reports have mischaracterized certain aspects of the OIG audit – particularly with respect to the number of ground stations. The idea that “coverage gaps” exist which could compromise safety and incur additional costs is totally inaccurate. In fact, FAA’s contract had a baseline requirement to provide defined coverage rather than a certain number of ground stations. The contractor has exceeded the coverage requirement while remaining well within the fixed-price contract. With the completion of that contract, new interest from stakeholders including states and the general aviation community, new requirements have arisen – thus increasing demand for ADS-B beyond the original contract.
I like comparing what we are accomplishing in the skies with the initial development of highways across America. We had to build the infrastructure before all of the progress and benefits of that highway system would ultimately be realized by the nation. But once we did, onramps connected local roads to superhighways, leading to further investments in infrastructure such as gas stations and restaurants, increased commerce and hiring, and other intangible benefits. It’s a similar situation with ADS-B and NextGen. ADS-B functions as one of the onramps to the superhighway of NextGen’s system of systems. When fully implemented, NextGen will reduce flight delays, invigorate the economy, maintain our global aviation leadership, generate jobs, save fuel, reduce CO2 emissions and, most importantly, improve system-wide safety for passengers and crew.
There is no turning back on improving the safety and efficiency of the nation’s aviation infrastructure. Its success is critical to millions of Americans and it must not be jeopardized prematurely by unfairly condemning one element of the system before that system is fully realized. The Inspector General's audit report title itself identifies the crux of the problem, that full ADS-B benefits are limited due to delays in user equipage. As more users equip with the necessary advanced avionics, the benefits of the system will become more apparent.
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It’s been clear ever since the downturn in defense spending began that our industry would have to develop new approaches to protecting the national asset that is our defense industrial base. One such approach is to grow our industries’ markets overseas. In recent years, we’ve seen gratifying advances in U.S. sales abroad of civil-related aircraft, helicopters, satellites and launch vehicles. That said, I’m convinced we can do more on the civil side and there are ways for the U.S. to become even more competitive with defense-related exports, which in turn will bolster our nation’s national security, foreign policy and economic interests.
An increase in aerospace and defense exports can come none too soon, as figures from a Deloitte LLP study commissioned by AIA show that the share of the global defense market owned by U.S. companies declined from 69 percent five years ago to 61 percent last year. Also in 2013, Deloitte found that the total U.S. aerospace and defense industry had revenue growth of only 1.3 percent, compared to 5.4 percent growth for our European counterparts.
AIA has worked on a number of fronts to increase aerospace and defense exports in general, and to focus attention on the opportunity to increase defense exports. For example, we’ve helped lead the fight for the much needed reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the agency which provides badly needed loan guarantees and other financial assistance to U.S. companies that export civil aerospace products and services.
We’ve also championed the export control reform initiatives that will ease the burden on companies seeking to sell commercial satellites and related components and aircraft and aircraft parts to foreign customers. That said, there is more work that needs to be done by the Administration to advance export reforms affecting Unmanned Aircraft Systems and commercial spaceflight operations.
Further, working closely with key government officials, we’ve engaged the Defense Department and other government agencies in a closer partnership to present a unified front at international air shows like the Farnborough International Air Show this past July, thus allowing “Team USA” a greater ability to showcase our outstanding products to potential international customers.
Finally, with strong support from AIA’s International Council, we’ve sought U.S. government buy-in for a broader Aerospace and Defense Trade Initiative, one in alignment with the Administration’s objective of doubling U.S. export growth by 2015. We are getting traction for these proposals, as reflected by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker’s statement in recognition of National Aerospace Week (September 14-20) highlighting our industry’s “positive contribution” to export growth. In her statement, Secretary Pritzker said, “The Department of Commerce is honored to partner with the Aerospace Industries Association of America and other government agencies on important strategies to provide U.S. aerospace companies with the best chance to succeed in the foreign marketplace.” I’m confident further AIA-U.S. government discussions will bear fruit in the coming months, and with the support of the Administration and both parties in Congress we can make significant progress toward strengthening American innovation and competitiveness through our export leadership.
At the AIA/NDIA Virginia STEM Workforce Call-to-Collaboration Forum held at Huntington-Ingalls in Newport News this summer, Virginia STEM Director Megan Healy announced her state’s commitment to establish a Southeastern Virginia STEM hub in the coming year.
As outlined by Healy, next steps in forming the Southeastern Virginia STEM network include creating a regional STEM council comprised of education, business and public policy organizations to oversee STEM education and public-private partnerships. Another priority is developing a regional infrastructure to assure consistency in the dissemination and implementation of standards in STEM programs. Because the needs of STEM employers are rapidly changing, Healy said the establishment of education programs that align with future jobs should be emphasized along with constructing learning and career pathways. To reach all students, she observed, resources must be provided to sustainable programs that encourage those from underserved populations in the region to enter and complete STEM pathways.
Healy also noted lessons learned from the Southeastern Virginia STEM hub will be shared as a model for other parts of the Commonwealth in the effort to establish a state STEM network with several regional hubs.
Opening the Forum, host Mike Petters, President and CEO of Huntington-Ingalls Industries, stressed the need to "believe our indicators" showing student performance in math and science is not satisfactory, and to take action. Petters called for changing the way we think about children in the education system to view them as the customers rather than the product. Our focus should be on ensuring the students are provided the tools they need to succeed in life and future careers, he said. Petters also urged attendees to "play the long game" in growing the future workforce by investing early in STEM education at early grade levels.
The next AIA/NDIA state STEM meeting will be held at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, October 1-2. To view the agenda and register, please visit: http://www.ndia.org/meetings/571A/Pages/default.aspx
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced on July 30 it would not seek to regulate turbine engines to meet volcanic ash airworthiness requirements. Instead, the agency will continue to work with operators to ensure that flights conducted following volcanic eruptions avoid visible ash clouds. This is an important outcome for manufacturers and operators, both of which argued that development and circulation of new airworthiness standards regarding volcanic ash ingestion would be problematic.
Following the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano, aviation agencies around the world, and particularly in Europe, sought a proactive solution to future flight deviations and cancellations caused by the massive ash clouds. Eyjafjallajökull caused the cancellation of nearly 100,000 commercial flights and temporarily stranded millions of airline passengers in the spring of 2010.
Shortly thereafter, EASA began to consider whether new airworthiness standards for turbine engines should be developed to ensure that these engines could better withstand volcanic ash ingestion. While industry agreed that further research may eventually be beneficial in this area, many manufacturers and operators argued that the prime responsibility for decisions regarding the safety of flight operations should remain with the aircraft operators, based upon detailed safety risk analysis and careful consideration of constantly updated data on the location of volcanic ash in flight paths. AIA members were active in discussions with EASA on this matter, and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations coordinated formal comments from industry.
EASA, noting that opinions expressed were unanimous in this regard, concluded that there is no safety case that would justify an immediate and general rulemaking action to introduce a new volcanic ash airworthiness requirement for turbine engines. EASA further cited the fact that there have been no incidences of aircraft encounters with high-density volcanic ash in more than twenty years, when volcanic ash advisory centers (VAACs) were established. EASA intends to monitor and assess volcanic ash-related risks and encourage further research activities that can contribute to a better understanding of volcanic hazards. Industry will continue to strongly support these efforts, while applauding the EASA decision that avoids the promulgation of costly new standards that would have been extremely difficult to develop and implement.
The U.S. team in red flanked by the teams from France, Japan and Great Britain
The Raytheon-sponsored U.S. Rocketry Team from Canton, Georgia took second place at the seventh annual International Rocketry Challenge during the 2014 Farnborough International Air Show. Team USA out-performed their French and British opponents in the fly-off stage, but fell a few points short of the French team's overall score based on the presentation component of the contest. A group from Japan performed a demonstration launch, laying the groundwork for broader international participation in the 2015 challenge.
All four teams took advantage of their time at the air show to see the aircraft on display and learn about careers in the aerospace industry. Team USA's experience began with a visit to the U.S. DOD Corral for a tour of the U.S. military aircraft on display, followed by a dinner with the air crew. The students were also able to explore Farnborough’s displays and exhibits after completion of the rocketry competition. For a group of students with aspirations of being aerospace engineers, NASA scientists and officers in the Air Force, the trip was time well spent.
The International Rocketry Challenge's efforts to expose students to the aerospace sector builds on the experience more than one hundred teams had at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals held in The Plains, Virginia in May. At the TARC finals, students from around the country were exposed to an exhibit area with science demonstrations, aerospace themed games and the ability to interact with representatives from industry and government. The prior day, all finalists attended a Capitol Hill breakfast reception where they were able to showcase their rockets and meet with their elected officials. At the local level, many more teams this year had the opportunity to learn about our industry by working with mentors from TARC sponsor companies and National Association of Rocketry volunteers.
Registration for the 2015 Team America Rocketry Challenge is now open at www.rocketcontest.org. Sponsorship packages are now available as well. If your company is interested in sponsoring the 2015 challenge, please contact Miles Lifson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 358-1033.
Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the new collaborative climate action goals
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association is proud to join other leading civil aviation organizations in advancing substantive goals that improve air transportation fuel efficiencies and will assist in reaching carbon-neutral growth from 2020. Through our International Coordinating Council for Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), we have joined world airlines, airports, air traffic management organizations, and business aviation in supporting these targets.
As civil air traffic is predicted to double by the year 2030, our industry has strived to improve the quality and safety of air travel, while minimizing its environmental impact. Over the last several decades, perhaps no industry has done more to improve its environmental performance than the aerospace industry. In the last 40 years, the fuel efficiency of jet aircraft has improved by 70 percent, while the aircraft themselves have become 90 percent quieter.
Also, no other industry segment has set such high emissions reduction targets; the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy includes improving fuel efficiency by 1.5% in 2020, capping aircraft emissions by 2020, and halving emissions by the year 2050 (based on 2005).
AIA, through ICCAIA, has worked in partnership with industry, non-governmental organizations, and member states, under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop a meaningful CO2 standard for new civil aviation aircraft. Manufacturers’ technological improvements, along with air traffic modernization and enhanced operational procedures will aid in accomplishing these targets. Also under ICAO, experts are working to develop a global market-based measure for aviation. Both the global market-based measure and the CO2 standard are slated for ICAO sign-off in the year 2016.
Developing sustainable alternative fuels is also an integral part of the carbon neutral growth strategy. Along with our industry colleagues, we will assist in the U.S. government’s goal of producing one billion gallons of alternative jet fuel by 2018.
During this summer’s Farnborough International Air Show (July 14-20), AIA and its member companies provided a useful platform for dialogue between U.S. industry, key U.S. government officials and current and prospective international customers.
On the show’s opening day, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was the featured speaker at AIA’s Executive Committee meeting. Secretary James' “Bending the Cost Curve” remarks addressed Air Force efforts to streamline the requirements development and contract awards process. James also emphasized her service’s commitment to exportability and a “Team USA” approach in advocating for U.S. products in international markets.
Frank Kendall, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, spoke to industry representatives at AIA’s chalet the following day, addressing the ongoing impacts of sequestration, the need to strengthen the industrial base, and the rollout of "Better Buying Power 3.0."
An AIA-sponsored session on the importance of international aerospace trade and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), featured a spirited discussion about the criticality of aerospace exports to the U.S. economy. This discussion was led by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Ex-Im Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg, and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt. During the show, AIA also hosted several other forums and media briefings on international trade, space cooperation, and export control reform.
Another Farnborough highlight was the AIA’s U.S. Grand Reception, featuring remarks by Secretary James, Under Secretary Kendall, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, and several member company CEOs. Festivities were also held at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, where Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun hosted U.S. industry representatives, AIA and other government officials. In welcoming the attendees, Ambassador Barzun emphasized the long-standing security ties between the U.S. and Great Britain that form the foundation for our nations' “special relationship.”
During the air show, AIA supported a robust U.S. DOD aircraft corral displaying a variety of U.S. military aircraft and equipment. Featured in the corral were a F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Viper, F/A-18 Hornet, UH-60D Black Hawk and a P-8 Poseidon. Both the P-8 and the F/A-18 participated in the daily flying displays. In addition, AIA partnered with Lockheed Martin and Pratt and Whitney to display full-scale mock-ups of the F-35 Lightning II and a Pratt and Whitney F135 engine. AIA also assisted in arranging a pre-show flight on the P-8 Poseidon for Ambassador Barzun and senior U.S. military and government officials.
Farnborough 2014 showcased how U.S. industry and government can work together to advance U.S. national security and economic interests by engaging with international partners and advocating for U.S. solutions in the global marketplace. AIA looks forward to future opportunities to partner with the U.S. government at upcoming trade shows and continuing to assist the government in developing the “Team USA” approach to international trade advocacy.
AIA thanks the U.S. Embassy in London, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and other U.S. government agencies who assisted in the planning and preparation for U.S. participation at the air show. We also appreciate our Platinum sponsors, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company, for their continued support of the U.S. DOD corral and AIA events at international shows. Thanks are also extended to AIA member companies Cobham, Celestica, GE Aviation, L-3 Communications, Pratt and Whitney, and Sikorsky for support of the U.S. DOD corral and AIA receptions during the air show.
AIA has issued a strong response to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee’s leadership request for industry ideas to reform defense acquisition and procurement policies. AIA’s inputs, linked here, provide specific and actionable ideas for improving the defense acquisition system to better meet the needs of the war-fighter and the taxpayer.
AIA’s letter to the committee’s leaders listed two major findings:
First, the Department of Defense (DOD) must change how it acquires weapon systems and services. There is growing consensus among DOD leadership, Congress and industry that it’s time to revise the overly complex and burdensome system that drives unnecessary cost into programs, and may soon make them unaffordable under declining defense budgets.
Second, the current acquisition system should be updated to enable more responsive and efficient outcomes. AIA urged Congress to bring the acquisition system into balance, starting with these core principles:
AIA’s response also listed four specific reform recommendations for DOD to do the following:
AIA’s recommendations for reforming defense acquisition and procurement policies were also featured on Washington D.C.-based Federal News Radio. On Jared Serbu's show “In-Depth,” AIA’s Betsy Schmid, VP of National Security and Acquisition Policy and M.J. Mitchell, AIA's managing assistant VP for National Security and Acquisition Policy, explained AIA’s approach to acquisition reform. For a full recording of the interview, click here.
On June 25, the House Aerospace Caucus hosted a reception tied to the release of AIA’s latest report, “The New American Space Age: A Progress Report on Human Space Flight.” The event also featured a lively panel of young aerospace professionals who told how their career choices and professional development were influenced by their interest in America’s space program.
Before a standing-room only audience, Frank Slazer, AIA's Vice President of Space Systems, presented an overview of AIA’s report, which details the exploration objectives NASA can achieve with a new generation of spacecraft and launch vehicles. Slazer then introduced the panelists, who all work on programs featured in the report—including the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System, Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, and NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Lockheed Martin's Heather McKay, Brian Ippolitto from Marotta Controls, Zachary Krevor of Sierra Nevada Corporation and Boeing's Juan (Tony) Castilleja, Jr. shared personal perspectives which demonstrated the degree to which young professionals can have a major impact today in carrying the space program forward.
House Aerospace Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives Pete Olson (R-TX) and Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) sponsored the event. Congressman Olson, who early in his career was a U.S. Navy Pilot, and Congressman Edwards, who worked as a Lockheed engineer right after college, celebrated the contributions of young professionals in their remarks. The final speaker, two-time Space Shuttle astronaut Gregory H. Johnson (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), now the leader of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), addressed the tremendous research opportunities that now exist on the International Space Station.
Recognition by the Secretary of Commerce, an award to a longstanding congressional champion of the aerospace and defense industry, and high-level discussions of the need for greater national investment in air power and the NextGen air transportation system were among the highlights of this year’s National Aerospace Week.
Held annually the third week of September, National Aerospace Week was formally recognized five years ago by Congress in order to salute “the contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy, security and educational system of the United States.”
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker noted the week's fifth anniversary in a public statement, applauding our industry for leading the world in aerospace innovation “and helping to protect American service members in every part of the globe.” Pritzker underscored the importance of aerospace and defense exports to the Administration’s export promotion strategy and said, “We look forward to working with the aerospace industry to continue this strong export growth and to expand on opportunities in global markets in which 95 percent of the customers reside.”
Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and a long time supporter of our industry was honored with AIA’s Wings of Liberty Award at a reception hosted by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey and the members of AIA’s Executive Committee. AIA's most prestigious award is given annually during National Aerospace Week to a member of Congress who has made significant contributions to the strength of the U.S. aerospace and defense community. In highlighting Rogers’ three decades of congressional service, Blakey noted his steadfast support for national defense, measures he initiated to improve transportation and homeland security after 9/11, and his advocacy for a strong space program. AIA Executive Committee Chairman Michael Strianese, the Chairman, President & CEO of L-3, presented the award to Rogers, applauding his effectiveness as Appropriations Chairman in "proposing and gaining broader approval of budgets that meet our nation’s needs to invest in national security, in research and innovation.”
Left to right: Robert Weiss, Executive Vice President & GM, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Development Program; Mick Maurer, President Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Christopher Jones, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Technical Services; Darryl Davis, President, Phantom Works, The Boeing Company; and Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association during Air Force Association panel discussion on the constrained budget environment.
Moderating a panel titled “Adapting to a Budget Constrained Environment” at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Blakey warned that given the “unprecedented increase in global threats, the current budget status quo is unacceptable.” She encouraged audience members to consider joining AIA’s Second to None Coalition that provides a platform for advocates of increased defense funding.
Panel member Darryl Davis, the President of Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Phantom Works, emphasized the need for industry to leverage technology developments “occurring on a global scale,” in order to help America’s military keep our technological advantage during this period of constrained budgets. Christopher Jones, Corporate VP and President of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, said as a result of declining budgets there is a greater level of collaboration and communication between government and industry on technology development and he applauded the Air Force leadership's willingness to reach out to industry. Mick Maurer the President of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. encouraged the Air Force to work with industry to “appropriately value” the intellectual property derived from company investments in new technology. And Robert Weiss, the Executive VP and GM of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Program, emphasized the importance of industry being able to understand the Air Forces’ technology requirements especially for technologies that are over the horizon “so we can target our investments appropriately.”
Blakey also moderated a panel on the future of the NextGen air transportation system, held during the Annual Public Meeting of the NextGen Institute. In her opening remarks, Blakey observed that the skies of 2025 will likely be radically different than those of today’s due to the impact of NextGen transformational technologies, expected unmanned aircraft systems integration, and the advent of routine commercial space operations.
NextGen panel member Lillian Ryals, the Director, Senior VP and General Manager of MITRE’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, stated that upon completion of NextGen’s foundational programs, a “critical next step” will be to provide decision support equipment that will allow pilots to “take advantage of current equipage and new procedures.” Ryals added that efforts to maximize use of NextGen “aircraft systems with ground systems will be the key to taking massive advantage of the national air space infrastructure.”
Pete Bunce, the President & CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, emphasized the importance of FAA’s 2020 NextGen mandate that all aircraft operating in most controlled airspace be equipped with technology systems capable of broadcasting continuous, precise positional information to ground stations and other aircraft. “We cannot afford as a nation to say we are going to do it and then don’t do it,” said Bunce.
“The mandate is real. Prices will go up if everyone waits until 2019 to install equipment.” Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research, described his agency’s effort to develop technologies that will enable small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate at 500 feet and below in the national air space system. While Shin noted it is “a challenge to ensure safety and efficient management at low altitude,” he observed that NASA brings a lot to the table with respect to its research on autonomous systems. And Nancy Graham, Director, of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Air Navigation Bureau, observed that a critical challenge for aviation will be to develop the human capital to go along with the new NextGen technologies. Graham noted there is a global shortage of pilots, and of aviation maintenance and engineering professionals that needs to be addressed.