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    AIAA Welcomes Ben Iannotta As New Editor in Chief of Aerospace America Magazine

    October 9, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) today announced that Ben Iannotta has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Aerospace America magazine. Iannotta succeeds Elaine Camhi, who retired from AIAA in August.

    “We are happy to welcome Ben as Aerospace America’s new editor-in-chief. We are confident that he will continue the tradition of strong oversight and leadership of our flagship magazine, and that his more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor put him in an excellent position to guide the publication as it evolves to better serve the aerospace community in the years ahead,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. “The staff and I are excited to start working with Ben as we move Aerospace America and AIAA forward.”

    Iannotta’s journalism career began in 1989 when he was hired as a news aide at The Washington Post. Recognizing his talent, Space News hired him in 1993 to cover military and civil space programs. By 1996, Iannotta has relocated to the Florida Keys, where he worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years covering technology, environmental and military stories. In 2008, he was hire as editor by the Gannett-owned C4ISR Journal where he worked until 2012, when he left to establish, a technology-focused digital news service for intelligence professionals and those who equip them. As a freelancer, Iannotta’s work was published by Aerospace America, Air and Space, Smithsonian, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics and Reuters New Service.

    “I look forward to continuing Aerospace America’s excellent reputation for bringing hard hitting and impactful news and analysis to the aerospace community, as well as to finding innovative and new ways of engaging our audience as we continue to expand the magazine’s reach.”

    Iannotta earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Vermont, and a master of arts degree from George Washington University. In addition to his journalism background, he is a former chairman of the Monroe County, Fla., Marine and Ports Advisory Committee and has held a captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard. He has also worked as a professional fishing guide.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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