Europe Decides Against Volcanic Ash Standards for Jet Engines

Author: George Novak

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.

TEAM USA takes second at International Rocketry Challenge

Author: Miles Lifson

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.

AIA Joins World Civil Aviation Organizations in Advancing Fuel Efficiency and Reducing Emissions

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the new collaborative climate action goals

AIA takes flight at Farnborough

Author: Doug Farren and Dak Hardwick

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.

AIA Proposes Defense Acquisition Reforms in Letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committees

Author: Keith Mordoff

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.