The sky is the limit . . . Or is it?

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, Feb. 16, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On February 6th, the most powerful rocket in service today took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but this Sunshine State launch has its roots in the Golden State with California-based SpaceX.

California has long held the leadership reins on the aerospace industry following World War II with CMTA members, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman amongst many others, leading the way. AB 427 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)calls on California to create an aerospace and aviation commission to evaluate and recommend state policy changes that will result in resurgent aerospace, aviation and space industries, including aircraft, satellite and commercial space sectors.

Aerospace is one of California’s largest industries with a total economic impact in 2014 of more than $100 billion annually and employment of more than 230,000 direct workers, including numerous supplier companies that provide everything from aluminum, other critical metals and circuits to nuts, bolts and windows. That direct impact is magnified by the indirect economic activity and employment supported by investments in California aerospace companies.

The proposed California Aerospace and Aviation Commission includes appointees from the public, private and educational sectors with the goal, “to support the health and competitiveness of these industries in California.” The Commission would work “to maintain and improve the position of the state’s aerospace and aviation industries in the national and world markets.”

CMTA supports AB 427 and is leading a coalition of organizations to support this effort to support California’s leading aerospace and aviation sectors. If you are interested in engaging directly in this effort or have questions, please contact me at

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