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Grassroots Engagement


From our annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) program to our August is for Aerospace program and outreach in between, AIAA members regularly engage federal and state lawmakers to raise awareness of the long-term value that science, engineering, and technology bring to the nation. 

Congressional Visits Day

2022 Dates: 14–18 March, Virtual Team Meetings
The Institute’s annual CVD program brings together scores of AIAA members of all levels and backgrounds from all over the country for a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill. CVD offers professional and student members an experience that opens their eyes to the inner workings of the legislative process, enhances their career development, and presents the opportunity to be a champion for the aerospace community. Your participation, enthusiasm, and passion remind our lawmakers that aerospace is a key component of an economically strong and secure nation. If you are interested in the future of your profession, the advancement of technology, the furthering of scientific research, and the strengthening of our nation’s security, this event is for you!

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Section Activities

Even with a strong presence and a day of substantive member outreach during CVD it is still imperative for all AIAA members to be everyday advocates for aerospace. And you do not have to come to Washington, DC to be an advocate. The best chance to meet directly with your member of Congress is while they are at home during a congressional recess. This is an opportune time for sections to build on relationships formed during CVD or to begin an ongoing dialogue in an effort to highlight our key issues and subjects of interest to the local aerospace community.

State Fact Sheets

AIAA has developed fact sheets highlighting key aerospace statistics and assets in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The documents are a useful reference tool for members when educating policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels.




If you have any questions about the CVD program and our grassroots efforts, please contact Steve Sidorek at, or 703.264.7541.

AIAA participates in a Capitol Hill briefing