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    AIAA and ASA California Chapter Team for Fourth Annual California Aerospace Week

    March 11, 2015 – Reston, Va. and Alexandria, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace States Association (ASA), California Chapter will co-host this year’s California Aerospace Week in Sacramento, 23–24 March.

    A luncheon roundtable, afternoon session, and two receptions will bring together state lawmakers and their staffs with members of the California aerospace community to learn more about the importance of the aerospace industry to the state’s economy, education system, manufacturing base, and workforce. On Monday, 23 March, the California Legislature is expected to a pass resolution recognizing March as California Aerospace Month.

    AIAA and ASA members will use this opportunity to share their perspectives with elected officials. Legislators from across the state will also discuss with their colleagues the importance of aerospace to their districts and their constituents.

    “I am proud to represent a region of the state responsible for the groundbreaking innovations and testing that has produced many aerospace firsts, world records and technological breakthroughs,” said State Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace. “Understanding the positive impacts this industry has on our state is important to ensuring California continues as a leader in aerospace well into the future.”

    “California and aerospace have a long and storied history,” said Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach). “It was here that JPL led the creation of the first successful American satellite, Explorer 1. It was here at Ames that the Pioneer programs were managed. And it is here where SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are helping to push the frontiers of aerospace and spaceflight forward. As the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, I am committed to maintaining and growing California’s ongoing partnership with the aerospace industry.”

    “It is imperative to give our full support to the aerospace industry in California. With our resources, talents, and passion, there is no limit on what we can achieve,” said ASA, California Chapter Chairman State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine). “Our accomplishments in the aerospace industry have unified our nation, and California Aerospace Week engages students to be inspired by our achievements and be curious about the possibilities that haven’t yet been explored.”

    “California Aerospace Week is an opportunity to talk with elected officials about the significant economic and educational benefits of maintaining and enhancing a robust aerospace industry in the state,” said AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus. “The discussions will call attention to the amazing things that California’s aerospace sector makes possible – rovers on Mars, advances in aircraft safety, and new ways of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math.”

    The ASA, California Chapter will hold its annual meeting in the Governor’s Council Room on Monday, 23 March. Later that evening, they will host a reception in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office celebrating California’s selection as host of the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition.

    On Tuesday, 24 March, the ASA, California Chapter will hold a luncheon roundtable titled “The California Aerospace Economy: Keeping the State Competitive.” The roundtable will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (PDT) in Room 125 of the Capitol. The Roundtable will discuss economic policy surrounding the California aerospace community, including the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commercial space development, industry expansion, NextGen implementation, and more. Members and staff of the Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, legislative leaders, representatives from the Governor’s office, and aerospace industry leaders will take part in the discussion.

    On Tuesday afternoon, AIAA will hold a “CA Aerospace 101” session from 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. in Room 113 of the Capitol. Senior representatives from The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo will help lawmakers and staff members learn about and survey the landscape of aerospace activities in California. Afterward, AIAA will host an Aerospace Networking Reception from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. (PDT) in the Governor’s Council Room for legislators, staff, and industry representatives.

    Event sponsors include: The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, San Diego Economic Development Corporation, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.

    About ASA
    The Aerospace States Association (ASA) is a nonpartisan organization of Lt. Governors, Governor appointed state delegates, legislators, and associate members from aerospace industry organizations and academia. The ASA, California Chapter was established to educate, coordinate, facilitate, and advance the aerospace community within California through policy development, educational discussions, and focused events, involving state elected and other government officials. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @CAAerospace.


    About AIAA
    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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