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INDUSTRY TRENDS

June 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015
Engineering, Special Topics

Scientific American

Powering Ahead: Technology Will Make Planes Lighter, Cheaper and More Sustainable

If you could step off a current jetway onto an airplane in 2035, you might not notice a big difference from today’s aircrafts. See more

Monday, June 22, 2015
Government News

Federal News Radio

Senate Amendments to NDAA to Shakeup DoD Acquisition

The Senate packed a lot into its version of the 2016 Defense authorization bill before final passage Thursday afternoon, and in a notable break from recent history, the full package passed well before start of the new fiscal year. See more

Monday, June 22, 2015
Special Topics

Environmental Leader

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 Expands Environmental Technologies Testing

Boeing has announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing, including the first flight with US-made “green diesel” and two new environment-related technologies. See more

Friday, June 19, 2015
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

Lockheed Seeks Savings to Land 3-Year F-35 Block Buy by U.S.

Lockheed Martin officials said at the Paris Air Show the company is working with suppliers and engineers to find savings to land a block buy of up to 500 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to convince U.S. and international lawmakers to approve the deal. See more

Friday, June 19, 2015
Government News

Washington Post

Senate Passage of Defense Bill Sets Stage for Showdown with White House

The Senate voted Thursday to pass a $612 billion defense bill, setting lawmakers up for a showdown with the White House over measures that would bypass mandated spending cuts and threaten President Obama's plan for closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. See more

Friday, June 19, 2015
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Supply Chain Wary as Airbus and Boeing Push Output Envelope

A rare note of dissent permeated the Paris Airshow this week as suppliers worried they might lose out if they invest to meet higher commercial jet production targets that ultimately prove unsustainable. See more

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Commercial Aviation

Seattle Times

Air Show Wraps Up with Unresolved Questions for the Industry

The Paris Air Show ended with Airbus and Boeing at rough parity in the dollar value of announced orders. See more

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Bounces Back in Paris With Wizz Order to Claim Show Crown

Just as it looked like Boeing had trumped Airbus in orders at the Paris Air Show, the European manufacturer bounced back on the last day with its final sales stunt. See more

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Government News

Breaking Defense

Senate Passes NDAA By Veto-Proof 71-25; McCain Pledges July Conference

The $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 passed the Senate by a vote of 71 to 25. See more

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Military Aviation

FlightGlobal

Lockheed to Deliver Final Four IOC F-35Bs by 30 June

The last four F-35B Joint Strike Fighters the Marine Corps needs to declare initial operational capability will be delivered on 30 June, in time for an operational readiness inspection targeted for the second week of July. See more

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Commercial Aviation

The Economist

Quiet Aircraft: The Silence of the Fans

Visitors to the Paris Air Show deserve a spectacle. See more

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Production Rates: Are Airbus And Boeing Aiming Too High?

Airbus and Boeing need to increase output of narrowbody jets to burn off massive backlogs, but lofty production rates the two airframers are talking about probably cannot be sustained over the long run, says the CEO of U.K.-based aerostructures suppliers GKN Aerospace. See more

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Engineering

EurActiv

Engine Executive: Using Technology to Trim Aircraft Emissions

Building aircraft propulsion systems involves a balancing act between reducing fuel use and addressing noise and air pollution, a leading engine executive tells EurActiv at the Paris Air Show. See more

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Top Stories

American Machinist

Pratt & Whitney Using 'Big Data' to Improve Engine Maintenance, Performance

Jet-engine builder Pratt & Whitney is applying "big data" analytics in a series of projects underway — 14 in total — to improve engine performance and customer service. See more