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December 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Reaches A380 Full-Year Delivery Target as New Orders Lag

Airbus SAS said it has delivered its 30th A380 plane, achieving its 2012 target as production outpaces new orders for the second year in a row. See more

Friday, December 28, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed gets up to $4.9 billion in further F-35 funding

Lockheed Martin Corp on Friday was awarded up to $4.9 billion in additional funding for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced on Friday. See more

Monday, December 17, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Test Run Underway For First A320NEO Engine

A full moon hung over Pratt & Whitney's test site the night its Airbus A320NEO engine ran for the first time. See more

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Government News

Washington Post

Boehner offers debt-ceiling increase in cliff compromise

House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end "fiscal cliff." See more

Friday, December 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

787s and 777s have great potential in India: Boeing

Boeing does not expect a widebody order from India in 2013, but stands firm that its 777 and 787 aircraft have great potential in the country. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

AirAsia unveils $9.4 billion Airbus order

AirAsia confirmed a $9.4 billion order for 100 more Airbus jets on Thursday, making it the European planemaker's largest airline customer by number of planes ordered. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

What will replace the USAF's F-15E Strike Eagle?

On 11 December, the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle marked the 26th anniversary of its first flight, but the venerable strike fighter will continue serving with the US Air Force well into the 2030s. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Government News

Federal News Radio

Sequestration worse than thought, Pentagon frets

When it comes to describing the consequences of sequestration on national security, Defense leaders haven't held back on strong adjectives over the past year. See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Embraer sees sales rebound on U.S. orders, new aircraft

Brazilian jet maker Embraer SA aims to rebuild its depleted order backlog next year with two major new offerings. See more

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon Says Will Sign F-35 Deal, Price Emerges

The Pentagon will pay about 4 percent less for each new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A fighter jet when it signs a deal worth $3.8 billion with the No. 1 U.S. defense contractor on Friday, according to sources familiar with the deal. See more

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Government News

USA Today

Obama, Boehner trade new fiscal cliff offers

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have exchanged new proposals to avert the year-end "fiscal cliff," but agreement on a final deal that can pass Congress remains elusive with less than three weeks remaining to reach an accord. See more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Flying Magazine

Groups Warn Fiscal Cliff Could Impact Aviation

With the clock ticking to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff, aviation leaders are warning that sharp cuts in the federal budget could have a long-lasting ripple effect through the aviation community. See more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Government News

Defense News

U.S. Senators: 'A Lot' of Progress on Defense Authorization Bill

Lawmakers working on a final version of the 2013 Pentagon policy bill could finish the legislation as soon as Wednesday. See more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Delta buys Singapore's Virgin Atlantic stake for $360M

Delta Air Lines Inc. agreed to buy the 49 percent stake in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. held by Singapore Airlines Ltd. for $360 million to boost its share of the lucrative trans-Atlantic travel market. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Politico

Cuts looming, no answer in sight for sequestration

The defense industry tried its hardest to energize voters - and Congress hasn't undone sequestration. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Special Topics

Bloomberg

Airbus-Backed SG Biofuels Talking to Energy Companies to Expand

SG Biofuels Inc., backed by Airbus SAS, is talking to large energy companies including state oil producers in Africa and Southeast Asia over helping to develop its technology that turns plant material into vehicle fuels. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Chinese Investors to Buy Up To 90 Percent of ILFC

American International Group has agreed to sell up to a 90-percent stake in International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) to a group of Chinese investors led by Weng Xianding, the chairman of New China Trust Company, AIG announced today. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Realignment Heralds Critical Period for Boeing Commercial

While the realignment of Boeing Commercial Airplanes' management structure last week might have marked something less than a revolution in its approach to program development, it certainly signaled a recognition that something fundamental needed to change. See more

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Government News

Bloomberg

Defense Industry Cuts Exceed 500,000 Workers Over Cliff

John Lutz is following the debate in Washington over the so-called fiscal cliff with more than academic interest. See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. aerospace industry projects tenth straight growth year

U.S. aerospace and arms companies are poised for sales growth in 2013 for what would be their 10th straight year, even as the Pentagon prepares to cut its purchases as much as 10 percent, the industry's chief trade group said Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Commercial Aircraft Sales Buoy Aerospace Industry

Buoyed by strong demand for civil aircraft, U.S. aerospace companies added 5,000 jobs this year, a result Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President Marion Blakey says is "surprising." See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Begins Planning for Sequestration

The Pentagon has officially begun planning for how it would carry out the first $50 billion across-the-board spending cut as part of the 10-year, $500 billion sequestration cuts set to take effect Jan. 2. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News

Aviation Week

Defense Industry CEOs Acknowledge Inevitability Of Additional Pentagon Cuts

In reiterating their call to White House and congressional leaders to prevent steep budget cuts from taking place in January, defense executives are now publicly acknowledging that additional defense spending reductions and tax increases will have to be part of the solution. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Military Aviation

Air Force Times

F-35 program at big risk for cuts, analysts say

Defense experts recommend scaling back purchases of the F-35 joint strike fighter or canceling the program altogether, according to a recent report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington think tank. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Boeing Sees Enough Financing for Rising Aircraft Deliveries

Boeing projects the world's airlines should see reasonable liquidity and pricing for new-aircraft delivery financing next year as jet builders accelerate production to meet demand, the manufacturer announced in London on Tuesday while issuing its fifth annual finance market forecast. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News

Bloomberg

Senate Passes $631 Billion U.S. Defense Legislation

The Senate passed unanimously a measure authorizing $631.4 billion for U.S. defense programs this fiscal year that sticks to President Barack Obama's proposed spending total while drawing a veto threat with its policy provisions. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News

Reuters

Senate unanimously passes defense spending bill

The Senate voted 98-0 on Tuesday to approve a wide-ranging defense bill that authorizes $631.4 billion in funding for the military, the war in Afghanistan and nuclear weapons. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Reuters TV

Hundreds of jobs to go if sequester ax falls - Pratt & Whitney's Hess

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney's president David Hess tells Reuters his firm, a unit of UTC, would see substantial job losses if Congress goes over the ''fiscal cliff'', triggering deep defense cuts on January 1. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News

CNBC

Defense Sequestration Is 'Irrational': Pratt & Whitney CEO

The across-the-board defense cuts that are part of the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax increases would unnecessarily jeopardize national security, David Hess, president of United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney, told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Monday. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Defense Industry CEOs on Fiscal Cliff, Security

David Hess, president of United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit speaks about U.S. defense spending, the potential impact of automatic budget cuts on the economy and national security, and the outlook for the industry. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News

AOL Defense

Defense Execs Say Deeper DoD Budget Cuts, Higher Taxes OK

Top executives from four major defense and aerospace firms sent a message to Congress and the Obama administration today. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Military Aviation

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Single-Engine Speed Record

Fifty-three years ago this month, a USAF/Convair F-106A Delta Dart was clocked at 1,525.695 mph on an 11-mile straight course at Edwards Air Force Base, California. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus CEO upbeat on EADS revamp, profit growth

The chief executive of Airbus moved to head off any concerns about a dip in profits or political interference at the European planemaker as France and Germany edged towards a shake-up of parent group EADS on Monday. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing separates airplane production, design

Boeing Co. said on Monday it is creating a new division to oversee airplane development See more

November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012
Military Aviation

Time

This Drone Notion Is Starting to Get Serious

This looks, and sounds, like the first U.S. military drone to, well, look and sound like a warplane. See more

Friday, November 30, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

US Navy details X-47B catapult launch test

The US Navy has detailed the 29 November ground-based catapult launch of the Northrop Grumman X-47B, a key milestone in the path to carrier-based operations. See more

Friday, November 30, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon, Lockheed agree deal for 32 more F-35 fighters

Lockheed Martin Corp and the U.S. Defense Department have reached an agreement in principle on a fifth batch of 32 additional F-35 fighter planes, the Pentagon said on Friday. See more

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Government News

The Hill

White House threatens veto of defense bill

The veto threat in the Obama administration's Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) released Thursday is not as strong as the one made during last year's bill that led to a drawn-out fight over indefinite detention provisions. See more

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

U.S. Air Force sticking to plans to buy 1,763 F-35 jets

The U.S. Air Force affirmed on Thursday its plans to buy 1,763 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp in coming years, as Lockheed and the government neared agreement on a multi-billion dollar contract for a fifth batch of planes. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

A320neo 'on track' as milestone approaches

Only a few weeks after MSN6000 rolls off the Airbus A320 final assembly line, the airframer aims to pass a more significant milestone by completing the first re-engined version of the single-aisle type. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Special Topics

Stars and Stripes

Senate amendment revives military's biofuel plans

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to remove restrictions on U.S. military biofuels spending in the 2013 defense authorization bill, a measure that preserves one of the Navy's long-term priorities. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pentagon to invest in new prototype aircraft designs

The US Department of Defense (DOD) will be investing in new prototype aircraft in order to preserve the country's engineering design talents, the Pentagon's top procurement official says. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Government News

Flight International

Top Pentagon official believes sequestration can be averted

The Pentagon's top procurement official is confident that the Congressional sequestration manoeuvre mandated by the Budget Control Act can be averted before it goes into effect on 2 January, 2013. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Government News

Foreign Policy

Sequester Shadow Play: The Epilogue

Still girded for battle, defense industry chief executives such as Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman, and David Hess, president of Pratt & Whitney, will make their case against defense cuts on December 3 at the National Press Club. See more

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Special Topics

Air Transport World

Obama signs bill enabling US airlines to skirt EU ETS

US President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation that enables the country's transportation secretary to "prohibit" US airlines from participating in the European Union's (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). See more

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

Airbus Reports 'Better than Projected' Sharklet Performance for A320

This week, Airbus began expanding its testing program for its "Sharklets" to include the A319 in addition to the A320. See more

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus, Boeing launch airliner ad war as rivalry heats up

Airbus and Boeing have clashed over the performance of their latest revamped models as the aerospace companies battle for market share by offering fuel savings to cash-starved airlines. See more

Monday, November 26, 2012
Government News

Air Force Times

Senate still working out plans for defense bill

The Senate will not have full-blown floor debate on the 2013 defense authorization bill unless an agreement is reached this week on how to handle amendments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday as Congress returned from a Thanksgiving break. See more

Monday, November 26, 2012
Government News

The Hill

Dems, GOP signal room for compromise ahead of 'fiscal cliff' talks

As they return to Washington this week, lawmakers from both parties are talking compromise to avoid the impending "fiscal cliff," showing a willingness to put once inviolable positions on the negotiating table. See more

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Forbes

China's Aviation ABCs: Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, better known as COMAC, announced it had received 50 orders for its C919 passenger jet at the recently concluded Zhuhai air show. See more

Friday, November 23, 2012
Military Aviation

Crestview News Bulletin

First U.K. pilots begin training to fly F-35

Last week, the first two United Kingdom pilots started training to fly the F-35. See more

Friday, November 23, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

China Eastern Airlines seals $5.4 billion deal to buy 60 Airbus A320s

China Eastern Airlines, one of the country's top three carriers, said it has agreed to buy 60 Airbus A320 aircraft for about $5.4 billion, expected to be delivered in stages from 2014 to 2017. See more

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

RAAF's sixth C-17 formally welcomed in Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) sixth and final Boeing C-17 strategic transport has been formally welcomed at Amberley air base in Queensland. See more

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

RAAF's sixth C-17 formally welcomed in Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) sixth and final Boeing C-17 strategic transport has been formally welcomed at Amberley air base in Queensland. See more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Government News

Hartford Courant

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Injecting Uncertainty Into State's Defense Industry

The state's defense contractors are closely watching negotiations in Washington as the nation approaches the fiscal cliff, but many say the uncertainty about possible cuts have left them unable to plan properly for what might come next. See more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Government News

The Atlantic

How to Cut the Military Budget Without Touching Defense

These endeavors are all financed by the Department of Defense's $629 billion annual budget, in what one senator depicts as a spending free-for-all that adds to the federal deficit while diverting resources from genuine military needs. See more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Modest rise in third-quarter business and general aviation aircraft shipments

The global business and general aircraft delivery tally saw a modest rise for first nine months of 2012, according to the latest statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association as economic uncertainty continues to impede consumer confidence. See more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Government News

Politico

Defense industry cautiously upbeat on sequester

So far, this fall's lame-duck congressional session has been stuffed with sensationalism, but defense insiders are confident that a defense authorization bill and sequestration won't fall by the wayside. See more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Marines establish first operational squad of F-35 fighters

The Marine Corps on Tuesday established its first operational squadron of F-35 fighter jets at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, a move that officials said showed progress on the Pentagon's biggest and most scrutinized weapons program. See more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

USMC stands-up first operational F-35B squadron; operational testing in 2015

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has stood-up its first operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) squadron at MCAS Yuma, Arizona. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Military Aviation

AOL Defense

The Next Century For Marine Aviation: The F-35B Comes To Yuma

The first F-35 Bravos are arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma later this month. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Commercial Aviation

CNN

Jet sale boosts China's rivalry with Airbus, Boeing

With a GE subsidiary and Chinese carriers signing deals for C919 passenger aircraft, China's Comac sharpens its aim on aviation's big players. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Virgin America Rethinks Fleet Growth Plan

Decelerating growth at Virgin America has led the airline to reconsider its fleet-expansion strategy. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

Navy, Northrop Grumman Test X-47B Handheld Controller

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy completed the first shore-based trials in early November of a wireless handheld device that will enable operators to maneuver the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) on Navy carrier decks. See more

Monday, November 19, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Boeing Sees No Market For Very Large Aircraft In Latin America

Boeing's 20-year Latin America forecast predicts no market for very large aircraft. See more

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Government News

Fox News

Defense cuts now taking backseat in budget negotiations

The dire warnings that major defense cuts next month will eliminate thousands of U.S. jobs and create other economic problems have practically disappeared from eleventh-hour discussions in Washington on how to avert the cutbacks. See more

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Sequestration Or Not, U.S. Firms, DoD Will Take a Hit

Even if the U.S. Congress is able to hammer out a debt deal that avoids sequestration in January, the resulting agreement will likely result in billions of dollars in additional cuts to the Defense Department. See more

Friday, November 16, 2012
Military Aviation

Air Transport World

Boeing, Airbus bullish on Latin America

Boeing and Airbus both see strong demand for commercial aircraft in Latin America over the next two decades. See more

Friday, November 16, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

USAF unit completes F-35 OUE activity

The US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing has completed flying the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter's operational utility evaluation at Eglin AFB, Florida. See more

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Special Topics

Huntsville Times

Airbus partners with Chinese firm to explore algae-based biofuel applications

Airbus and ENN, one of the world's leading bio-energy companies based in China, have partnered to explore developing technology to derive biofuel from algae oil. See more

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Report: DoD Could Save Billions With New Military Strategy

The U.S. Defense Department could save hundreds of billions of dollars if it revamps its military strategy and makes its forces more expeditionary, according to a new think tank report. See more

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Xinhua

China's AVIC investing big in engine research

Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country's largest State-owned aircraft producer, is to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.58 billion) in engine research and development, according to an announcement on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Bombardier C-Series 'could beat revised flight target'

Canada's Bombardier Inc could carry out the maiden flight of its C-Series narrow body jetliner early in 2013 despite having given itself a new target to fly mid-year, its sales chief told Reuters. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

News Tribune

Boeing likely to win orders, deliveries race this year

With more than 10 months of 2012 now in the rearview mirror, Boeing has opened up a big lead in the order race with its European rival, Airbus. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Military Aviation

Dallas Morning News

Pentagon official tells Lockheed to put F-35 success over profit

The military's purchasing chief has told Lockheed Martin Corp. that it must put improving the performance of the F-35 fighter ahead of immediate profit, Bloomberg reported. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Government News

DOD Buzz

Pentagon unveils latest acquisition crusade

The Pentagon's top acquisition official is fed up with how long it takes the military to develop vehicles, weapons and equipment. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Government News

Politico

Report: Obama considers Kerry to take over DoD

If President Barack Obama asked John Kerry to become secretary of defense for his second term, he would bring a seasoned foreign policy hand into the Cabinet but a major question mark into the Pentagon. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bombardier Sees CSeries Success in China

Bombardier now sees China as second only to North America in terms of anticipated regional airliner sales. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Embraer sees China buying 15 pct of world regional jets by 2031

Brazil's Embraer SA, the world's largest maker of regional jets, expects China to buy 15 percent of new 61- to 120-seat aircraft by 2031 as a growing middle class bolsters travel between second-tier cities. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon wants Lockheed to focus more on F-35 execution

The Pentagon wants Lockheed Martin Corp to focus less on short-term business goals and more on successfully delivering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the U.S. military, the Defense Department's chief weapons buyer said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

China Daily

Civil aviation industry ready to take off

After 10 years of rapid development, China's civil aviation industry is poised to further increase its clout in the world market, according to China's top civil aviation authority. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Government News

Washington Post

Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary

President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airshow: China sells jetliners, may spur Eastern revival

China announced 50 new orders for its new Comac C919 passenger jet at the opening of the country's main air show on Tuesday and looked set to assist in the rebirth of one of the most famous names in aviation. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Largest Airshow China Yet Set To Open in Zhuhai

The ninth edition of the biennial Airshow China opens at Zhuhai Airport in the southern province of Guangdong on November 13. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Agence France-Presse

Boeing retakes crown as Airbus reports 403 orders

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said on Monday that it received orders for 403 planes in the 10 months from January to the end of October, half as many as US rival Boeing which has regained the title of world's leading plane maker which it lost in 2006. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation

Defense News

Danish Military To Meet Lockheed, Boeing Over Fighter Replacement

Danish military officials will be visiting Washington this week in a major step toward restarting competition for their fighter replacement program. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon's message to Lockheed: Stay focused on F-35

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday Pentagon officials have voiced support for Marillyn Hewson, and have urged the company to stay focused on its flagship program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

F-35 Training Takes Off

The F-35 training program took a crucial step forward on Friday when Maj. Joseph Scholtz became the first outside pilot to fully complete his training on the Defense Department’s prize jet. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

China aviation giant hopeful of aid for engine research

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is hopeful the government will back a multi-billion dollar plan to build a high-performance engine, its chief said on Friday. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Press-Register

Airbus Americas chairman: $600 million Mobile facility to become 'epicenter of commercial activity'

The final assembly line in Mobile will become the "epicenter of commercial activity" for operations in the United States, Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor said Friday. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed sees increased Singapore interest in F-35 fighter

Singapore is showing increased interest in buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

USAF hopes to complete flying portion of F-35 OUE next week

The US Air Force's first Lockheed Martin F-35A training unit expects to complete the flying portion of the jet's operational utility evaluation (OUE) early next week. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

U.S. Air Force Seeks F-22 Cooperation with Allies

A senior U.S. Air Force commander has opened the door to joint coalition operations with the stealthy F-22 Raptor fighter. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Government News

Federal News Radio

Next few weeks critical to defining Defense Department in second Obama term

In some ways, a second Obama term is likely to mean some degree of continuity in the Defense Department. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Government News

Politico

DOD wants Congress to face cost squeeze

No matter what happens in the lame-duck session of Congress as a newly reelected Barack Obama begins to negotiate with Republicans about sequestration, the Pentagon has a whole other set of politically difficult hurdles waiting just around the bend. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bizjet Deliveries Remain Static in Third Quarter

The business jet delivery landscape remains virtually flat, according to third-quarter industry numbers released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

IN FOCUS: Boeing vs Airbus in China

For Boeing and Airbus, China is a market they both know that they cannot afford to lose, or even loosen their grip on. See more

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Military Aviation

military.com

F-35 Celebrates 500th Sortie as Program Grows

The Air Force's premier fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, surpassed its 500th sortie only 16 days after reaching the 400 mark and only 238 days from the beginning of the program. See more

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Military Aviation

ExecutiveGov

Col. Andrew Toth: AF Pilots Giving F-35 Positive Feedback

U.S. Air Force pilots and maintainers stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida are giving good feedback on the stability and performance of the Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jet, Flightglobal reports. See more

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

US Air Force praises early performance of Lockheed Martin F-35

Initial feedback from US Air Force pilots and maintainers operating the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin AFB, Florida, suggests the aircraft is performing better than its predecessors did at a similar stage of development. See more

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Hawker Sees Strong Growth in Turkish Business-Jet Demand

Hawker Beechcraft Corp., the private- jet manufacturer partly owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., predicts "strong" long-term growth in the Turkish business aviation industry after gains in both flights and jet deliveries. See more

Monday, November 5, 2012
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

United Airlines becomes first in U.S. to fly 'awesome' Dreamliner

United Airlines flew into the aviation history books yesterday, becoming the first U.S. carrier to fly paying passengers on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner. See more

Monday, November 5, 2012
Government News

Reuters

Pentagon arms buyer sees deal by Congress to delay spending cuts

The Pentagon's top arms buyer on Monday said he expected U.S. lawmakers to agree in coming weeks to delay implementation of an additional $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts that are due to start taking effect in January. See more

Monday, November 5, 2012
Government News

Politico

Report: Sequestration may not come to pass

The major shock waves from sequestration are avoidable - at least for the first few weeks. See more

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Odierno Outlines Combat, Budget Strategies

Critics of tax credits for wind energy projects are intensifying their push to kill the incentive with a study that calls it "rent seeking" by an established industry that doesn't need the subsidy. See more

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Enter the Dragon: Chinese aerospace deals setting frenetic pace

Between now and 2030, Bombardier estimates that China will need 2,300 business jets, or roughly 20 percent of the current U.S. market. See more

October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

GE, United Tech get funds for new engine technologies - Pentagon

General Electric Co and United Technologies Corp on Wednesday won sizable contracts to continue work on a new engine technology development program, the Pentagon said. See more

Monday, October 29, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Sees China Business Aviation Trending Up

Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre General Manager Carey Matthews is upbeat about business aviation trends in mainland China. See more

Monday, October 29, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Foreign OEM Manufacturing Centers Flourish In U.S.

International business jet makers are continuing to set up manufacturing, assembly and completions shops in the U.S. for much the same reason. See more

Friday, October 26, 2012
Military Aviation

Vancouver Sun

U.S. Air Force chief throws support behind F-35

Embattled F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin got a rare endorsement this week as the head of the U.S. Air Force threw his support behind the stealth fighter. See more

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Government News

Politico

W.H.: Sequester talks after election

President Barack Obama wants to get into negotiations to resolve sequestration and the fiscal cliff "right after the election," a senior White House adviser told reporters on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Washington Post

Defense contractors report mixed results as they gird for 'fiscal cliff'

The nation's largest defense contractors reported mixed financial results Wednesday as the companies continue to take steps to safeguard against possible federal budget cuts associated with the "fiscal cliff." See more

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed sees "great" progress on F-35 fighter

Lockheed Martin Corp on Wednesday said it was making "great progress" on the F-35 fighter jet program. See more

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News

Executive Gov

Report: Frank Kendall Memo Seeks Industry Help in Shaping Post-F35 Era

Defense Acquisition Undersecretary Frank Kendall sent a memo to industry seeking ideas on how to prepare for the next era of military aviation after the retirement of both the F-35 and F-22 fighters, Bloomberg reports. See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News, Top Stories

Reuters

Budget fears cast shadow over U.S. Army trade show

Continued uncertainty about future U.S. military budgets cast a shadow over this year's big U.S. Army trade show. See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Dayton Daily News

Jet engine producers awarded Air Force contracts

Two top military jet engine makers will be paid nearly $700 million by the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate at Wright-Patterson to develop the next generation of advanced fighter aircraft, officials said. See more

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Special Topics

AOL Defense

Air Force Cyber Summit Set To Craft Service Requirements, Roles

For years the Air Force has claimed to be the service most suited to understanding and operating in cyberspace and the service fought hard to be the Pentagon's lead on cyber issues. See more

Monday, October 15, 2012
Special Topics

FCW

Panetta, Alexander address cyber threat

Defense Department officials have long tried to call attention to the threats in cyberspace. See more

Monday, October 1, 2012
Special Topics, Top Stories

National Defense Magazine

The War Over Intellectual Property: Who Owns U.S. Defense Technology?

Pratt & Whitney spent 20 years and a billion dollars developing a geared turbofan engine that burns 16 percent less fuel. See more

September 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Military Aviation

Air Force Times

AF to give F-35 training a thorough review

The Air Force's variant on the joint strike fighter is reaching a "milestone," when the Air Force will review the training operations at Eglin Air Force Base. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Airbus 2050: The details are all in the future

Airbus has, for several years now, been promoting a vision of air travel in 2050. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Financial Post (Canada)

Bombardier CSeries test aircraft assembly going faster than expected

Assembly of the test airframe for Bombardier's new CSeries plane is going better-than-expected, according to the head of the program. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Bombardier completes assembly of first CSeries fuselage

Bombardier confirms the final section for the CSeries structural test aircraft will be delivered to the Montreal factory by the end of the month. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing commercial planes chief speaks to conference

Boeing ommercial planes chief tells Morgan Stanley investor conference that net orders at 649 for 737 max. See more

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Government News

Politico

Industry details losses of looming cuts

America's corporate defense giants have wailed for months about the prospect of what they see as devastating across-the-board spending cuts. See more

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Government News

Government Executive

Lawmakers scramble to stop sequestration

Lawmakers are busy trying to delay or avoid altogether the threat of across-the-board budget cuts early in 2013. See more

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Government News

Defense News

White House Issues Veto Threat Of Sequestration Bill

The White House on Sept. 12 issued a sharp veto threat of a bill tailored to avoid Pentagon budget cuts slated to take effect in January. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Government News

Defense News

McCain To Obama: Call White House Sequestration Summit

The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee wants the president to call lawmakers to the White House for talks on avoiding deep defense and other federal spending cuts. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Business Aircraft Flying Climbs in August

Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. saw a "modest" gain last month, rising 2 percent from a year ago. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Agence France-Presse

Airbus says AirAsia will be first operator of low-fuel model

Malaysian no-frills airline AirAsia will be the first operator of Airbus A320 planes equipped with "sharklets." See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus sees 20-yr demand for 1,000 aircraft in Germany

Airbus sees demand from Germany for more than 1,000 new passenger aircraft and freighters over the next two decades. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Special Topics

Flight International

Algae fuel plans start to gel Down Under

Algae need not be mere pond life See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

Air India is fifth airline to join Dreamliner Club

Air India's first Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" touched down on the airline's home soil over the weekend. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Airbus: Booming Eastern Markets To Lead Airliner Demand

Dynamic growth in emerging economies will be the principal factor driving commercial aircraft requirements in the coming 20 years. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Airbus Envisions Cleaner, More Efficient Aviation

Airbus last week issued the latest installment of its future vision for aviation in 2050 and beyond. See more

Monday, September 10, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

Embraer completes preliminary design review for KC-390

The Brazilian air force and Embraer completed a preliminary design review of the KC-390 tanker in August. See more

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. budget cuts sharpen battle for fighter jet exports

Competition is heating up in the global fighter jet market. See more

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Government News

The Hill

Defense contractors hesitate over issuing layoff notices before election

The major defense contractors are keeping their cards close to the vest on whether to issue mass layoff notices prior to the November elections. See more

Friday, September 7, 2012
Military Aviation

Flight International

USAF to start F-35 operational utility evaluation on 10 September

The US Air Force is scheduled to start an operational utility evaluation of its Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter fleet. See more

Friday, September 7, 2012
Special Topics

Washington Post

White House drafting standards to guard U.S. against cyberattack, officials say

The White House has drafted a preliminary executive order aimed at strengthening the nation's computer systems against attack. See more

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Special Topics

Aviation Week

Airbus Presents Measures To Reduce Industry's Environmental Footprint

Airbus on Sept. 6 will unveil five measures it says will make the aviation industry environmentally sustainable by 2050. See more

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Special Topics

The Hill

White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity

The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at protecting the country from cyberattacks, The Hill has learned. See more

Saturday, September 1, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Pensacola News Journal

At Eglin, F-35 fighter shaping the future of the military

Col. Andrew Toth sees a solid 50-year future for his burgeoning training command. See more

June 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012
Military Aviation

TradeArabia

US group opens new MRO unit in Saudi (Pratt & Whitney)

The Middle East Propulsion Company, a joint venture between US-based aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and a group led by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has opened its new aircraft-engine maintenance unit in Riyadh. See more

Monday, June 25, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Bombardier Races To Keep CSeries On Schedule

Bombardier has long kept silent about the progress made in its CSeries development program. See more

Monday, June 25, 2012
Special Topics

Reuters

METALS-London copper rebounds from 6-month low

Copper prices rose on Monday after European leaders calmed the markets with promises of reform to combat the euro zone debt crisis, and after Germany, France, Spain and Italy agreed on a 130 billion euro ($156 billion) package to revive growth. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Dow Jones NewsPlus: North American Equities

Airbus Says A350 Won't See Dreamliner-Like Delays

The chief executive of Airbus, Fabrice Bregier, said its new A350 commercial plane won't be held back three years like Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner, the FT said late Sunday. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Financial Times

Airbus shrugs off doubts over A350

The new chief executive of Airbus says he is ready to "bet" that the European aircraft maker's planned new A350 widebody passenger jet will not suffer the same three-year delay that Boeing had with its 787 Dreamliner. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Special Topics

Bloomberg

China Plant Gives Embraer Asia Jet-Sales Boost: Corporate Brazil

Embraer SA's bid to sell more business aircraft in Asia is taking off after the Chinese government gave the world's fourth-biggest plane maker approval to manufacture the jets there. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus confident A350 will overcome doubts-FT

Airbus's revised target to deliver its new widebody A350 passenger jet during the first half of 2014 is "challenging" but "achievable", the company's CEO Fabrice Bregier told the Financial Times on Monday. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Special Topics

Business Standard

Kingfisher Airlines may further curtail flights

Kingfisher Airlines, which is seeing turbulent times due to a fund crunch, may further curtail or club flights, as it struggles to source spares for its aircraft. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Special Topics

The New York Times

Chinese Astronauts Make Their First Manual Docking With Orbiting Module

A Chinese spacecraft with three astronauts on board docked manually with an orbiting module on Sunday, an important step toward China's goal of building a space station by 2020. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Military Aviation

The New York Times

Machinists at Lockheed to Vote On Agreement to End a Strike

Lockheed Martin said it had reached a tentative agreement Saturday night with the machinists union to end a nine-week strike at its fighter jet plant in Fort Worth and two other sites. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Military Aviation

Yahoo! News

Lockheed, machinists reach tentative agreement

After more than two months on strike, Lockheed Martin machinists are expected to vote this week on a new labor contract after a tentative deal was reached with the company. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Military Aviation

Politico

Defense industry sounds alarm on sequestration

AIA will have at least two other August events, including a roundtable discussion with North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue in Cary, N.C., at LORD Corp. and another employee rally in West Palm Beach, Fla., at Pratt & Whitney. See more

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Special Topics

Space.com

Chinese Astronauts Manually Dock Spacecraft at Orbiting Module in National First

Three Chinese astronauts manually docked their space capsule at an orbiting module Sunday, a major first for China's space program and the country's plans to build a large space station. See more

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Government News

DefenseNews

Pentagon Tests New Way Of Estimating Program Costs

The Pentagon is putting its new weapons cost-cutting strategy to its first big test as it negotiates with Lockheed Martin over the price of the next batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). See more

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Commercial Aviation

AMEinfo.com - The ultimates Middle East business resource

Emirates to launch first A380 service at Gatwick

Emirates Airline is set to launch London Gatwick's first Airbus A380 service on July 6, marking 25 years of its service to the UK airport. See more

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Commercial Aviation

The Sydney Morning Herald

Qantas restricted as it flies into stormy skies

Alan Joyce has asked the federal government to either control Abu Dhabi-owned Etihad's march onto Virgin Australia's share register or get rid of the ownership restrictions on Qantas, and let's hope the message gets through. Qantas is in a fight for its survival, and it's boxing with one arm tied behind its back at the moment. See more

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Special Topics

The Economic Times

Cheques by Kingfisher Airlines bounce, GVK moves court

Concerned by a slew of cheques issued by Kingfisher Airlines getting dishonoured, a consortium led by GVK - India's second-largest airport operator - has launched legal proceedings against the beleaguered airline. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Delta seals deal to buy Pennsylvania refinery

Delta Air Lines took the keys to the Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery from Phillips 66 on Friday, becoming the first air carrier to wade into fuel production in a bid to bring down costs. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Military Aviation

AINonline

Lockheed Martin Vows To Improve F-35 Program Performance

Lockheed Martin CEO-in-waiting Christopher Kubasik says the company is committed to righting ongoing problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has doubled in unit cost and slipped in schedule by six years until full-rate production, now slated for 2019. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Special Topics

NationalJournal

Toomey proposes new data-breach legislation

Sen. Pat Toomey announced on Friday the latest in a string of bills designed to require companies to protect consumer data. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Government News

The Hill

FAA chief Michael Huerta makes case for confirmation

Interim Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta is making his case Thursday for a full term atop the national aviation agency. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Special Topics

Wichita Business Journal

Could the Hawker be cut from Hawker Beechcraft?

The aviation industry is watching to see just how Hawker Beechcraft Corp. will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Special Topics

Space News

Orion High-altitude Abort Test Faces Budget-driven Delay

A high-altitude test of the Orion deep-space capsule's launch abort system could be delayed two years to accommodate the tighter program budgets anticipated by NASA and Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Special Topics

Space News

Boeing Cleared To Begin Design Phase for SLS Core

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., said June 21 that the Space Launch System’s (SLS) cryogenic core stage recently passed its first major technical review, clearing prime contractor Boeing Space Exploration to begin the heavy-lift rocket’s design phase. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

The Wall Street Journal - Professional with Factiva

Merger Reshapes Latin American Air Market

Airline consolidation took another step forward Friday with the stock-swap takeover of Brazilian airline by Chile's LAN Airlines creating South America's largest carrier by traffic, with an estimated market capitalization of $13 billion, the largest of any airline in the world. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

All Africa

Nigeria: Crash - Keep Sealed Lips, Minister Orders Aviation Agencies

The minister said that in accordance to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13, government had invited representatives of US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the manufacturers of the aircraft (The Boeing Company, USA), and the engines (Pratt and Whitney USA) have all joined the AIB team investigating the accident. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

CSeries Update

This week AirInsight visited Montreal and Mirabel along with other media and analysts. The unedited videos below provide readers with some of the briefings. See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Jet Fuel Gets Olympic Spur as European Refineries Shut

European jet fuel purchases are set to reach the highest levels in more than a year as the London Olympics and Euro 2012 soccer tournament boost travel during the summer months just as refineries in the region are shuttered. See more

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Government News

Bloomberg

McCain Says Revenue Increase Possible to Stop Defense Cut

Senator John McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said a revenue increase may be possible to avoid the threat of automatic cuts known as sequestration. See more

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Government News

The Hill

McKeon: Time to punt on defense cuts

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Thursday said Congress isn't "mature enough" to reach a deal to reverse automatic defense cuts, and suggested Congress should "kick it down the road" to resolve uncertainty. See more

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Special Topics

infosecurity

Whitelisting is the solution for the national infrastructure

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and McAfee have produced a report on securing industrial control systems within the critical infrastructure. It concludes that whitelisting and related technologies are the best solution. See more