Industry leaders from the Aerospace and Defence Industries
Association of Europe (ASD) and the Aerospace Industries
Association (AIA) exchanged views this week on the current economic
situation and the impact of government policy responses on the
aerospace and defence industry. Following the exchange, ASD
and AIA issued the following statement:
If our respective governments continue to foster a climate in
which the aerospace and defence sector can thrive, our member
companies will continue to deliver products and services that
contribute to global safety, security and economic
prosperity. As governments across the globe forge closer
partnerships with industry, our industry remains a powerful and
reliable source of high tech manufacturing and engineering
employment, advanced technological innovation, environmental
stewardship, and export revenue. As leaders in the global
marketplace, we are weathering the current economic difficulties
and will continue to play a major role in the recovery.
ASD and AIA jointly affirm:
The strength of the aerospace and defence industry is a
critical asset in the global economic recovery.
Keeping this sector strong requires sustained growth in
investments in defence, civil aviation and space.
National governments must avoid adoption of protectionist
policies that would stifle our industry’s ability to generate
new growth and prosperity.
To preserve a safe and efficient air transportation system,
U.S. and EU lawmakers should ensure that current bilateral
maintenance agreements continue to be recognized. In particular,
legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives should be
amended since the new inspection requirements it imposes contradict
the U.S.-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) and could
impede its implementation.
The two organizations represent a variety of aviation and
aerospace manufacturing businesses in the United States and