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AIA: Gov’t Shutdown Delays Aircraft Certifications, Space Programs

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The Aerospace Industries Association has said the federal shutdown interferes with aircraft inspection, manufacturing and certification processes, the Washington Business Journal reported Friday.

Jill Aitoro writes the AIA, a trade group representing aerospace and defense contractors, urged the White House and Congress to work together to reopen the government.

The organization noted contractors worry about a lack of government employees who assess and approve equipment for military use, according to the report.

An inspector shortage is also keeping the Federal Aviation Administration from certifying aircraft designs, the Business Journal reports.

Aitoro writes NASA operates with a skeleton crew of 549 workers under the shutdown, hampering the agency’s efforts to research and develop space technology.

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