As the Chair of the Aerospace States Association (ASA) and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, I welcome you to the ASA website. We at ASA care passionately about the future of aerospace and aviation in America.
The U.S. aerospace industry is the engine that defends our nation, drives our economy, and provides Americans with highly paid jobs. The aerospace industry is a leader in innovation and a major economic driver. The demand for U.S. aerospace products is the strongest of our economy, with almost $81 billion in exports and a positive trade balance of nearly $49 billion. It has also shown a great resilience with an impressive growth of nearly 20%, even in the heart of the recent recession (2005 – 2009). In aerospace parts manufacturing, over 501 thousand Americans are employed in jobs that pay 50% higher than other manufacturing jobs, at a mean annual wage greater than $64,000.00 and mean hourly wage of nearly $31.00.
Aerospace is also a growing industry. The Boeing Aircraft Company expects global sales of new commercial aircraft to be $3.2 trillion over the next 20 years. Boeing also sees a need for an additional 137,000 new aircraft technicians and 97,350 new pilots. Our states will be significant contributors to building on this coming growth.
In my home state of Alaska, we depend on aviation. In fact, 82% of Alaska’s communities are not connected to a road system. Aviation is a way of life in Alaska, whether it’s how we get our food, how we visit our families, or what we do for a living.
ASA is a nonpartisan organization of Lt. Governors, Governor appointed delegates, and associate members from aerospace organizations and academia. ASA represents states’ interests in federal aerospace and aviation policy development. ASA advocates on behalf of all 50 states for research and design funding, workforce training, economic development in aerospace and aviation, excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and keeping states competitive in a global marketplace. Our STEM education program, “The Real World Design Challenge” is one of the fastest growing STEM initiatives. We are now forming state chapters of ASA to bring together aviation and space interests across each state to educate state legislators on issues specific to their state. As leaders in our state governments, ASA members not only impact policy at the state level, but also at the federal level, by informing our congressional delegations on aerospace priorities.
We are committed to enacting state-based initiatives to strengthen our nation’s leadership in aviation and space. We are committed to supporting the aerospace and aviation industries in all 50 states to strengthen the industries’ contributions to our economies. We are committed to inspiring a younger generation to innovate, explore and build. We are committed to educating young Americans to lead the world in science, technology, math and engineering. We are committed to linking the global community in peace and commerce via air travel. If you would like to join us in our efforts you can become an Associate Member of ASA by clicking the link on the right.
Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, ASA Chairman