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December 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Top Stories, Special Topics

CBS News

3-D printing catches the eyes of jet engine makers

Three-dimensional printers capable of making engine parts are catching the eyes of jet engine makers like G.E., which say they hope to be producing parts for engines this way by next year. Don Dahler reports. See more

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Hagel Details 20% Cut in Personnel Who Report to Him

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday unveiled details of a plan to save at least $1 billion in personnel costs over five years through a 20 percent reduction in the number of Pentagon staff members who report to him. See more

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation

CBC News (Canada)

Bombardier says it will meet goal of 300 CSeries jet sales

Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin says he believes the Montreal aircraft maker will have 300 orders of its CSeries jet in hand before the new aircraft completes flight testing next year. See more

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Air Force says R&D funding may face cuts with sequestration

The U.S. Air Force may have to cut funding for research and development unless Congress reverses a law requiring across the board spending cuts, the No. 2 Air Force acquisition official said. See more

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon focused on weapons, data fusion as F-35 nears combat use

Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is making good progress as it nears initial combat use by the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2015, but the company must still finalize the software needed to deliver weapons and fuse data from its many sensors, the Pentagon's F-35 program chief told Reuters. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Government News

CBS News

Christine Fox set to become highest-ranking woman at Pentagon

President Obama has named Christine Fox as acting deputy defense secretary while he searches for a permanent replacement for Ashton Carter, who announced his resignation in October and will step down Wednesday. In her new position, Fox will be the highest-ranking woman at the Defense Department. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Government News

CBS News

Christine Fox set to become highest-ranking woman at Pentagon

President Obama has named Christine Fox as acting deputy defense secretary while he searches for a permanent replacement for Ashton Carter, who announced his resignation in October and will step down Wednesday. In her new position, Fox will be the highest-ranking woman at the Defense Department. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Government News

Aviation International News

FAA Budget Likely On Hold Until 2014

Even though general aviation is gearing up once again to defeat user fees, it has become increasingly apparent that Congress is unlikely to accomplish much of anything in the way of meaningful legislation before 2014 arrives. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Military Aviation

Military Times

Air Force to base F-35 squadrons in Utah, Vermont

The Air Force will base the first operational F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the first National Guard unit at Burlington International Airport, Vt., the service announced Tuesday. See more

November 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Commercial Aviation

New York Times

Merger of American and US Airways Is Waved Ahead

With American Airlines' exit from bankruptcy on Wednesday, the grunt work of merging the airline with US Airways can begin and it will most likely be a long-haul affair, analysts said. See more

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Special Topics

Motley Fool

8 High-Performance Alloys for Aircraft Engines

Media attention (if given at all) tends to get taken up by large manufacturers like GE Aviation, Honeywell, and Pratt & Whitney. See more

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Agence France Presse

Engine-makers powering eye-popping aircraft orders

Behind the eye-popping aircraft deals - Boeing received over a $100 billion in orders at last week's Dubai air show - it is in large part the engine makers who are driving the mega sales say experts. See more

Friday, November 22, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

S. Korea to Buy 40 Fighter Jets With Stealth Capabilities

South Korean military leaders recommended purchasing 40 fighter jets with stealth capabilities and indicated Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 provided the best defense against North Korea's growing nuclear threat. See more

Friday, November 22, 2013
Government News

Government Executive

Expect Sequestration to Hit Much Harder in 2014, Report Says

Less severe cuts, deferred costs and temporary solutions mitigated sequestration's effect in its inaugural year, but will not help lessen the impact in 2014, according to a new report. See more

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus extends order lead over Boeing, lags deliveries

Europe's Airbus (EAD.PA) extended its lead over Boeing in a hard-fought order contest in October, but remained behind on deliveries, leaving its U.S. rival in the industry's no.1 spot. See more

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Gizmodo

The Next F-35 Lightning's Engine Adapts for Flight, Fight, and Beyond

For the next iteration of the F-35 Lightning II, Pratt and Whitney is developing an engine that performs at its best no matter what's required of it. See more

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Cuts Have Hagel Weighing Realigned Military Budget

The Pentagon has traditionally managed rivalries among services by giving each more or less equal shares of the base military budget. See more

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

CSeries completes two flights in two days

Bombardier’s CSeries test aircraft lifted off from Montreal’s Mirabel airport today on its sixth test flight, marking the first time the manufacturer has flown CSeries test flights on consecutive days. See more

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Royal Brunei Air to Pick Airbus or Boeing for Short-Haul Jets

Royal Brunei Airlines' board of directors will reach a decision on modernizing its short-haul fleet this month as the oil-rich kingdom's flag carrier seeks planes to tap new markets, including India. See more

Monday, November 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

CSeries Flight-Test Program 'On Plan,' Bombardier Says

Bombardier said its CSeries flight-test program is progressing as planned, and its "target" remains to complete the program and certify the new airliner one year after first flight, or by next September. See more

Monday, November 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Former US air chief says S.Korea needs F-15 and F-35 fighters

A retired top U.S. Air Force general on Monday said South Korea will need Boeing Co F-15 fighter jets in the short term since Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 will not be able to carry a full load of weapons until after South Korea needs to replace its aging F-4 and F-5 fighters. See more

Friday, November 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Skunk Works reveals Mach 6.0 SR-72 concept

The SR-71 was able to reach M3.2 because of the special design of the Pratt & Whitney J58 engine. Beyond M2.5, the engine essentially converted into a low-speed ramjet by bypassing the airflow around the core and into the afterburner. See more

Friday, November 1, 2013
Special Topics

High-Performance Composites

Ceramic-matrix composites heat up

Elsewhere in engine development, specifically for narrow-body jets, Pratt & Whitney (P&W, East Hartford, Conn.), a United Technologies Corp., isn't as bullish about CMCs. See more

October 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Targets Doubling Japan Market Share in Boeing Challenge

Airbus SAS (EAD), which won its first order from Japan Airlines Co. this month, intends to double its market share in the country by 2020 as air travel demand climbs. See more

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Avitaion International news

Pratt Predicts PW800's Pure Power Roots Will Drive it to Success in Big Bizjets

A day after watching Pratt & Whitney's PW1500G engines lifting Bombardier's new CSeries airliner for its long-awaited first flight on September 16, Pratt & Whitney Canada president John Saabas told AIN that the new turbofan's PurePower technology PW800 cousin will soon be delivering the same step change in operating efficiency and low noise to the business aviation sector. See more

Friday, October 18, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Chinese leasing firm may buy 30 Bombardier CSeries jets

Bombardier Inc's on Friday named Chinese leasing firm, CDB Leasing Co Ltd as the buyer of up to conditionally 30 of its all-new CSeries jetliner. See more

Friday, October 18, 2013
Military Aviation

The Globe and Mail

War heats up between Lockheed Martin and Boeing in bid to replace Canada's fighter jets

Boeing Co. officials were in Ottawa this week to promote the Super Hornet fighter jet as the best choice to replace Canada's CF-18s, using the U.S. budget crisis to raise doubts about the long-term viability of the rival Lockheed Martin F-35 program. See more

Friday, October 18, 2013
Government News

Washintgon Post

Defense chief Chuck Hagel urges Congress to restore predictability to defense funding

The Defense Department on Thursday welcomed back thousands of civilians furloughed during the government shutdown as senior officials acknowledged that they are now planning for a degree of fiscal retrenchment that the Pentagon has long sought to avoid. See more

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Bombardier Says CSeries Talks Have Progressed Since First Flight

Bombardier's efforts to sell additional CSeries jetliners have progressed since the plane took to the skies for the first time last month, one of the company's top marketing executives said. See more

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Government News

Reuters

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. See more

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon to review progress of F-35 fighter program next week

Top Pentagon officials will examine the cost of building and operating the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a major review of the $392 billion program next week that will also provide updates on lingering technical issues. See more

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Senators Near Fiscal Deal, but the House Is Uncertain

Senate leaders neared the completion Monday night of a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown while the rest of the world braced for the possibility of an American default that could set off a global financial disaster. See more

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

The Ashai Shimbun

Nagoya lights the way for Mitsubishi jet bound for assembly plant

Local government offices in Nagoya lit the way to celebrate the transport of key components of Japan's first domestically produced small passenger jet as they were transported through the city to a final assembly plant. See more

Monday, October 14, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Business Insider

How Bombardier Builds the CSeries

Just after the Bombardier CSeries made its successful first flight on September 16, we were invited to tour the Flight Test Vehicle Final Assembly Line at Mirabel Airport (YMX). See more

Friday, October 11, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Obama, Republicans in debt talks on two fronts

President Obama opened talks with House Republicans on Thursday about their plan to lift the federal debt limit through late November, raising hopes that Washington would avert its first default on the national debt. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing restructures commercial airplane strategy, marketing

Boeing said on Thursday that it will restructure its commercial airplane strategy and marketing functions, just days after the company lost a $9.5 billion order in Japan, previously its most secure market. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Leeham News and Comment

Low Cost Carriers dominate Top 10 single aisle customers at Airbus, Boeing

Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) dominate the backlog of the Top 10 single-aisle customers for Airbus and Boeing, data from the two OEMs show through August. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Pratt & Whitney To Address DoD Auditors' Concerns on F-35 Engine Management

Pratt & Whitney expects to address concerns raised by government auditors by mid-November as the company faces withholdings on sales of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Boeing Unveils Its Jumbo Killer

Boeing forever changed aviation in 1970 when it introduced its 747 jumbo jet, whose size and range revolutionized flying and became a cultural icon in the process. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Special Topics

Bloomberg

Boeing, South Africa Airways Partner on Biofuels Network

Boeing and South African Airways are planning Africa's first biofuel supply chain for commercial aviation. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Federal Contractors Stuck in Bottleneck by U.S. Shutdown

The U.S. government shutdown has created a bottleneck in contracting that may hurt companies long after federal offices open and the debt-ceiling dispute is resolved. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Sees $234 Billion New Freighter Orders in 20 Years

Airbus SAS said companies will order about 870 new freighter planes valued at about $234 billion in the next two decades, driven by cargo demand from Asia-Pacific. See more

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Government News

The Hill

The ice breaks; fiscal talks set

President Obama and congressional Republicans have finally decided it's time to talk. See more

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Special Topics

Flight International

Industry trade bodies praise ICAO emissions framework agreement

Two prominent business and general aviation industry trade bodies have welcomed the ICAO Assembly's framework for reducing aviation emissions and its rejection of Europe's proposed emissions trading scheme. See more

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Government News

Politico

House unlikely to pass debt ceiling bill this week

It will be more of the same this week in the House. See more

Monday, October 7, 2013
Special Topics

AirInsight

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a term we are going to hear more about in aerospace as this decade unfolds. See more

Monday, October 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Airline Business

Bombardier discusses CSeries performance with show delegates

Bombardier is exhibiting again at World Routes and making a big play of the recent maiden flight of its new CSeries twinjet. See more

Monday, October 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Air Transport World

Airbus September orders pass 2013 sales target; 3Q deliveries up 21%

Airbus booked 170 orders in September, exceeding the company's 2013 sales target and bringing its total net orders for 2013 to 1,062, creating a backlog of almost 5,300 aircraft—nearly eight years of production, according to an Airbus statement. See more

Monday, October 7, 2013
Special Topics

Reuters

Implementing global aviation emissions plan no simple task

Concessions made by the United Nations' aviation body to wrap up two weeks of tense negotiations could make achieving the goal of a market-based measure to cap carbon emissions from airlines harder to achieve. See more

Monday, October 7, 2013
Government News

USA Today

Boehner: House to demand spending cuts to avoid default

Positions harden as the partial government shutdown enters second week. See more

Friday, October 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Washington Times

Stealth fighter F-35C joins the Navy's "Grim Reapers" strike squadron

It was a moment of high anticipation when, on October 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the Navy's "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 rolled out their newest aircraft — an F-35C Lightening II. See more

September 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney and AFRL start testing on adaptive fan test rig

Pratt & Whitney and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have begun testing with an adaptive fan engine test rig that is based on the company's F135 afterburning turbofan found on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

House Republicans explore strategy to avoid federal government shutdown

With federal agencies set to close their doors in five days, House Republicans began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight over President Obama's health-care law to a separate bill that would raise the nation's debt limit. See more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon aims to finalize Lockheed F-35 contract within days

The Pentagon expects to finalize a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp for the sixth and seventh batches of F-35 fighter jets within days, the deputy director of the $392 billion program said on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg TV

Inside Bombardier's $3.5B, Decade-Long Jet Gamble

It takes more than $3 billion and the better part of a decade to design, develop, build and launch a new mid-size passenger jet. See more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus Lines Up $15 Billion in Asian Orders

Airbus said Wednesday that it had landed deals for about 160 aircraft worth nearly $15 billion with companies in China and Vietnam as it sought to expand its foothold in the fast-growing Asian market. See more

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation

CNBC

Airbus: China will trump US with flight demand

The amount of passengers taking domestic flights in China in twenty years' time will dwarf that in the United States, leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Airbus Sees $4.4 Trillion Commercial Jet Market Over 20 Years

Airbus SAS, the European maker of commercial aircraft, predicted airlines will buy planes valued at $4.4 trillion in the next two decades, driven by demand in India and China and global growth among low-fare airlines. See more

Monday, September 23, 2013
Special Topics

Defense Update

NASA Selects Six Partners for Aerospace Composites R&D

NASA has selected six US aerospace primes to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification, including United Technologies Corporation and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney. See more

Monday, September 23, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Bracing for US Government Shutdown

The Pentagon is bracing for a government-wide shutdown that would potentially force troops to work without a paycheck and send thousands of civilians home until Congress reaches a new budget agreement. See more

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Canadian Press

Quiet CSeries jet gets a roar of approval

Bombardier's CSeries aircraft completed its maiden flight Monday, in a successful test run of a new narrow-body airplane design that promises to support Canada's aerospace sector while challenging the dominance of the industry's two giants. See more

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner scheduled to make first flight Tuesday

Boeing Co formally scheduled the first flight of its 787-9 Dreamliner jet for Tuesday at 10 am Pacific Time (1700 GMT), a flight that brings closer the stretch version of the high-tech plane. See more

Monday, September 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Bombardier's all-new CSeries makes inaugural flight

Bombardier's CSeries jetliner successfully completed its first flight on Monday, a key step in a $3.4 billion program to develop the first all-new narrow-body plane of its size in decades that the company hopes will increase sales. See more

Monday, September 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Wired

Airbus Prepares to Ramp Up Flight Testing of Next-Gen Passenger Jet

Over the course of just a few years, the global airline fleet will grow from no composite airliners, to three models: the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Bombardier CSeries. See more

Monday, September 16, 2013
Government News

Politico

GOP leaders link debt hike, CR fights

A debt ceiling vote is creeping its way into the government funding fight. See more

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pratt sees 2.5 pct or more cost cut on next F-35 engines

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, on Monday said it expects to drive down the cost of the F135 engines it builds for the U.S. F-35 fighter jet at least 2.5 percent, and perhaps more, in its next two production contracts. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Wired

New Composite Canadian Passenger Jet Preps for First Flight

The Canadian airplane maker Bombardier is joining the composite airliner world as it prepares for the first flight of its new CSeries jet. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

ANA Close to Decision on Ordering 25 Planes From Boeing, Airbus

ANA Holdings Inc., the Japanese carrier whose fleet is dominated by Boeing Co. aircraft, will decide soon on placing an order for 25 jets, pitting the newest wide-body models of Airbus SAS and Boeing against each other. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Military Aviation

Los Angeles Times

Boeing to deliver final C-17 cargo jet to Air Force

The hand-over of the 223rd massive aircraft will end a 32-year relationship that has been an economic boon to Long Beach. Foreign sales will keep the plant running through 2014. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Government News

Defense News

As War Drums Fade, Congressional Leaders Reprise Partisan Fiscal Fight

The drums of war were replaced Thursday on Capitol Hill by a more familiar sound: House and Senate leaders bickering over federal spending. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

House Dems plan CR that replaces sequestration

With the legislative clock ticking down and a short-term funding measure supported by Republican leaders stalled, House Democrats have crafted their own plan to temporarily fund federal agencies when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. See more

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Financial Post

Bombardier targets first CSeries flight for early next week after bad weather hampers tests

Bombardier Inc. is now targeting early next week for the first flight of its new CSeries aircraft after rain and other bad weather in the Montreal area this week hampered the final ground tests for the new aircraft. See more

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Pentagon Contracts Little Changed in August as Cuts Sap Spending

The U.S. Defense Department awarded $17.6 billion in contracts in August, little changed from July and one-third less than the same month a year ago. See more

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Mitsubishi's First MRJ

You saw it first on the cover of this week's Aviation Week & Space Technology, then Mitsubishi Aircraft invited the press into its Nagoya on Saturday (Sep 7) to view the first flight-test MRJ in final assembly. See more

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Bombardier confirms pre-flight tests for CSeries almost complete

Bombardier has confirmed that the CSeries flight test vehicle still must complete two series of runway tests before attempting a first flight. See more

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Boeing to Boost China Plane Deliveries 50% to Meet Travel Demand

Boeing Co. will boost plane deliveries to Chinese customers by 50 percent this year to meet rising demand for air travel. See more

Monday, September 9, 2013
Military Aviation

The Hill

When it comes to the F-35, numbers count

"Round up the usual suspects" deadpans Claude Rains as the police chief in the classic movie Casablanca. The same happens when Washington experts propose budget cuts at the Pentagon. See more

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus says wins 942 gross orders in Jan-August

European planemaker Airbus said it won 942 gross aircraft orders in the first eight months of the year, taking it closer to its full-year target for more than 1,000 passenger jet orders. See more

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing: China needs 5,580 new aircraft over next 20 years

China will need 5,580 commercial aircraft worth some $780 billion over the next 20 years, according to a statement released by Boeing Co on Thursday. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Wins Delta Order for $5.6 Billion of Jets

Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson bypassed the newest jets in favor of 40 older, cheaper models as he refreshes the most-diverse fleet of any U.S. carrier. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Kendall: F-35 Sustainment Costs Likely to Drop

The Pentagon's top acquisition official expects the lifetime operations and sustainment costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter to drop following a report this fall. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

F-35 fighters still highest priority despite budget cuts: Pentagon

The Pentagon's chief arms buyer on Wednesday said he did not expect the U.S. Navy to significantly change its plans to buy F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, despite mounting pressure on the U.S. military budget. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Pentagon sees $20 billion hit in 2014 if budget cuts hold

The Pentagon would have to slash its budget by about $20 billion in fiscal 2014 from a year earlier if mandatory budget cuts remain in effect, the chief arms buyer for the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling that an increasingly likely scenario. See more

August 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

USMC F-35B test pilot makes first shipboard night landing

A US Marine Corps test pilot has performed the first vertical night landing at sea on board the USS Wasp with a Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). See more

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing raises commercial jet prices

Boeing Co. said Thursday it hiked list prices for most of its commercial jets by about 1.6 percent, far less than the 5.5 percent increase the company instituted last year. See more

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Special Topics

CNBC

3-D printing booms, triggers rush for patents

3-D printing, limited only by our imagination, is undergoing a patent boom. See more

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

IAG Places Major A320 Order

International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, has secured firm orders and options for up to 220 Airbus A320 family narrowbodies, of which it plans to assign 120 to its Barcelona-based low-fare subsidiary, Vueling. See more

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus says wins 932 orders in Jan-July

European planemaker Airbus said it won 932 gross aircraft orders in the first seven months of the year, already beating its 2012 tally and taking it closer to its full-year target for more than 1,000 passenger jet orders. See more

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Military Aviation

U.S. Naval Institute

NAVAIR: X-47B to Fly Again

Naval Air Systems Command plans to keep flying the Northrop Grumman's X-47B into 2014 as part of the Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration (UCAS-D) program, USNI News has learned. See more

Monday, August 5, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bombardier Sticks to CSeries Flight Test Schedule

Bombardier continues to cite a 12-month flight-test schedule for the CSeries airliner, notwithstanding repeated delays to first flight that have now pushed expected entry into service to August next year at the earliest. See more

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Government News

Defense News

New Hope For Dodging Sequester

Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight. See more

Friday, August 2, 2013
Government News

National Defense Magazine

Defense Industry Remains in the Dark on Budget Decisions

Just weeks before the beginning of a new budget year, there is no clarity on the 2014 spending plan for the Defense Department, or any other agency for that matter. See more

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Boeing approves one more year of C-17 production on anticipated demand

Boeing has started building as many as 12 more C-17 airlifters in anticipation of signing new orders from international customers, possibly extending the Long Beach, California production line by more than a year. See more

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Hagel Gives Dire Assessment of Choices He Expects Cuts to Force on the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Wednesday that if across-the-board budget cuts were not lifted, the United States would have to reduce its global security objectives by trading away the size of its armed forces or its edge in technology as the Pentagon seeks to remain solvent. See more

July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Embraer Sacrifices Margins for U.S. Regional-Jet Sales

Embraer SA, Brazil's best-performing stock this year, is sacrificing margins as it fights to overtake Bombardier Inc. in U.S. jet sales. See more

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Special Topics

Bloomberg

Economy in U.S. Probably Grew at Slower Pace in Second Quarter

United Technologies Corp., the maker of Carrier air conditioners, Pratt & Whitney jet engines and Otis elevators, is among companies citing gains in auto sales and housing starts as reasons to expect an improvement in coming quarters. See more

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

EADS changes name to Airbus, raises jet order goal

Europe's EADS on Wednesday confirmed plans to reorganize in three divisions and change its name to Airbus, adopting the look and feel of its arch-rival Boeing in a bid to become more competitive. See more

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

JetBlue's Aging Engines Become a Big Cost Problem

An airline executive's job is pretty straightforward: Keep seat capacity in check to help boost fares and passenger revenues while battling every possible cost, watch profit margins expand, and thereby please investors. See more

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed, Pentagon set deal to buy full order of F-35 jets

Lockheed Martin Corp and the Pentagon on Tuesday said they reached an agreement for 71 more F-35 fighter jets, with lower pricing to allow the U.S. government to buy all the planes it had planned despite budget cuts. See more

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Scrutiny Mounts As Pratt Completes First Block Test On A320NEO's PW1100G Engine

The flurry of interest triggered by last week's news of a typical test issue—discovered two months earlier on a Pratt & Whitney PW1100G for the A320NEO—was a timely reminder of just how sensitive the industry has become in the run-up to the debut of the re-engined Airbus. See more

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed Said to Reach Accord With Pentagon on 71 F-35s

Lockheed Martin Corp. reached an agreement in principle today with the Pentagon to sell 71 more F-35 fighters in two contracts valued at as much as $7 billion, according to two people familiar with the deal. See more

Monday, July 29, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

United 757 retirements will outpace replacement 737 deliveries

United Airlines is taking an aggressive approach to removing ageing Boeing 757-200s from its fleet, with its domestic fleet of the type targeted to be all but gone by the end of 2015. See more

Monday, July 29, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

P&WC Celebrates PT6 Engine's 50-year Anniversary at EAA AirVenture

This year's EAA AirVenture coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic engines ever to power a general aviation aircraft–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. See more

Monday, July 29, 2013
Government News

Defense News

US Furloughs Wreak Havoc on DoD Productivity

Want to schedule a meeting with a senior Pentagon official? How does your calendar look in September or October? See more

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed hopes for next Pentagon deal on F-35 jets soon

Lockheed Martin Co is making "good progress" in negotiations with the Pentagon about the next two batches of F-35 fighter jets and hopes to reach agreement soon, Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

MTU Warns Weak Spare Engine Parts Sales to Curb Earnings Growth

MTU Aero Engines Holding AG (MTX) said it will fail to meet its 10 percent growth target because of weaker spare parts sales at the German aircraft engine maker. The shares fell as much as 10 percent, the most since 2008. See more

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Mitsubishi pushes MRJ for government and military use

Mitsubishi Aircraft has been pushing its regional jet for local government and military use, and according to media reports, a decision could soon be made. See more

Monday, July 22, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Airbus Maps Out Future for A330

As Airbus handed over the 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific Airways last Friday, it confirmed plans to accelerate introduction of the 242-metric-ton maximum takeoff weight model and to offer a new, lower operating weight, shorter-range "regional" variant. See more

Friday, July 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus raises 2013 order target to over 1,000 jets

European jetmaker Airbus has raised its order target for 2013 to more than 1,000 aircraft, compared with a previous goal of over 800, sales chief John Leahy told Reuters on Friday. See more

Friday, July 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

PT6 and the big 'Five Oh'

Pratt & Whitney Canada's evergreen PT6 turbine turns 50 this year. To mark the event Aviation Week & Space Technology focuses on the little engine that spawned entire generations of general aviation, business, military, transport and utility aircraft as well as helicopters. See more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Government News

Reuters

U.S. defense chief says more budget cuts will force Pentagon layoffs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday he would slash spending on his office and those of the top military commanders by 20 percent in the coming years, and he warned that new budget cuts next year would force layoffs across the department. See more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Lexington Institute

Senior Officials Bolster Outlook For F-35

Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg News reported on July 15 that the Pentagon's top acquisition official hopes to insulate the tri-service F-35 fighter program from the effects of budget sequestration. See more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

What is Really an 'Order'?

As we reach the halfway point of the year, Airbus is reporting a record backlog of nearly 7 years' of production, with Boeing closing in on similar record levels. See more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Special Topics

UConn Today

Faster, Better, Safer Jet Engines

From Igor Sikorsky's first American helicopter to Pratt & Whitney's latest engine for the nation's new Joint Strike Fighter jet, Connecticut has a proud history of aviation science innovation. See more

Monday, July 15, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Surging U.S. Corporate Spending May Offset Sequestration

Companies in the U.S. are beginning to empty their deep pockets and boost capital spending as they look past the specter of sequestration and global growth risks. See more

Monday, July 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed F-35 May Stay Protected, Pentagon's Buyer Says

Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)'s F-35 fighter may be protected from major cuts even if $52 billion in automatic reductions are imposed on the defense budget in the year starting Oct. 1, according to the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer. See more

Monday, July 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Financial Post

Air Canada order test for Bombardier's CSeries

An anticipated narrowbody order from Air Canada later this year should serve as a proxy for the market's acceptance of Bombardier's new CSeries aircraft, said Kevin Chiang, CIBC World Markets analyst. See more

Monday, July 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Air Transport World

Embraer delivers 22 commercial jets in 2Q; backlog hits 4-year peak

Embraer delivered 22 commercial aviation aircraft and 29 executive jets in the second quarter, for a total of 51 aircraft during the quarter. Commercial jet deliveries comprise one E-170, two E-175s, eight E-190s and six E-195s. See more

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense Media Network

The Navy's X-47B Flies With Air Force Engine

Few realize that as the X-47B performed touch-and-goes on the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) a week after its first catapult launch in late May, it flew with the same Pratt & Whitney engine that has provided thrust for the F-15 and F-16 for decades. See more

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

JSF Program Moves Toward LRIP Boost

The Joint Strike Fighter program took another step forward July 1 with a successful weapons test following last month's announcement that the U.S. would bump up production of the much maligned fifth generation fighter to 44 aircraft in 2015. See more

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Sequestration Could Chop $33B from DoD Investments

The Pentagon might be forced to cut up to 20 percent of its procurement and research-and-development budget should federal spending caps remain in place through 2014, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Special Topics

National Defense Magazine

New Export Rules Coming Soon: Will They Open Trade Floodgates?

The Obama administration is just weeks away from kicking into high gear long-awaited export control reforms. New regulations that are scheduled to take effect Oct. 15 would allow U.S. manufacturers to export dual-use goods — which serve military and commercial purposes — under the less restrictive Department of Commerce licensing process. See more

Monday, July 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Air Force Magazine

Fan of Adaptation

Pratt & Whitney later this year will begin testing the adaptive fan that is part of the next-generation variable-cycle propulsion design that it is maturing under the Air Force Research Lab's Adaptive Engine Technology Development program, said Bennett Croswell, president of the company's military engines sector. See more

Monday, July 1, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan Growth Plan

Engine manufacturers constantly trade claims over whose product performs best, traditionally comparing apples to apples, turbofan to turbofan. See more

June 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013
Military Aviation

Air Force Magazine

In for the Long Burn

Pratt & Whitney is gearing up for ground tests later this year of a demonstrator engine featuring technology that would increase the performance of the company's F135—the engine that powers the F-35 strike fighter, said Bennett Croswell, president of the company's military engines sector. See more

Friday, June 28, 2013
Military Aviation

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Pentagon has no plans to put off increased F-35 production

The Pentagon has no plans to delay full-rate production of the F-35 fighter jet under development at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant, a top Pentagon official said Friday. See more

Friday, June 28, 2013
Military Aviation

USA Today

Air Force doubles F-35s planned for Ariz. base

The number of F-35 Lightning II training squadrons coming to Luke Air Force Base has doubled, which should secure the Phoenix-area base's future as it draws down its F-16 jet inventory. See more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

Mitsubishi: We'll be a player in regional jet market

Mitsubishi Aircraft projects airlines will want more than 5,000 regional jets over the next 20 years, and the manufacturer wants a piece of that market. See more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

CSeries first flight delayed to late July for software upgrades

Bombardier has delayed the CSeries first flight up to four more weeks to install another round of software upgrades. See more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Military Aviation, Government News

Breaking Defense

DoD Aviation Plan Ignores Sequestration; Rep. Forbes Warily Watches F-18, F-35 Balance

The second comprehensive report to Congress on the Pentagon's aviation fleet paints a pretty robust picture of the fleet in most respects all the way out to 2043. See more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Seattle Times

Boeing starts assembly of first Air Force tanker

Boeing workers in Everett have begun assembly of the first aerial refueling tanker under the big Air Force contract to supply 179 planes. See more

Monday, June 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

China Beckons Pratt as Jet-Engine Makers Look Past Boeing-Airbus

Pratt & Whitney said it's working with Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. on proposals for a new wide-body jet after Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS, the biggest planemakers, opted for other power plants. See more

Monday, June 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

New E-Jet Family Versus Smaller CSeries

However tempting it is to compare Embraer's launch orders for the new E-Jet E2 with Bombardier's lack of orders here for the CSeries, the companies are aiming at different markets. See more

Friday, June 21, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines President Describes F135 Status

F-35 engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has started sustainment planning for the aircraft's F135 turbofan even as F-35s continue flight-testing. See more

Friday, June 21, 2013
Special Topics

Flight International

Panel sees rising interest in alternative aviation fuels

The 2013 Paris Air Show has featured multi-billion dollar aircraft orders, groundbreaking partnerships and some innovative new technological concepts from some of the world's biggest aerospace companies. See more

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

USA Today

Shhh: Pratt & Whitney pioneers quieter jet engine

A quiet innovation in aviation is expected later this month; Bombardier Aerospace plans to test-fly a new plane with quieter engines from Pratt & Whitney. See more

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Seattle Times

Boeing, Airbus leave Paris roughly even

The new A350 was expected on Friday to swoop over Le Bourget airfield and the Dreamliner parked there, underscoring the big competition in widebodies. See more

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Aircraft engine makers battle over sales at show

Jet engine makers GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney battled for bragging rights at the Paris Airshow, with Pratt predicting at least 1,000 orders worth $13 billion and GE seeing fewer deals but a higher value of some $18 billion. See more

Monday, June 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Embraer launches next E-Jets to strong demand, SkyWest orders up to $9.4 billion

Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA launched a bigger and more efficient lineup of commercial E-Jets at the Paris Airshow, with a robust show of demand as it pushed deeper into a segment that rival Bombardier had staked out with its new narrow-body CSeries. See more

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney says engine orders to rise 'substantially'

Pratt & Whitney President David Hess said on Sunday he expects its order book for commercial aircraft engines to rise "substantially" during the Paris air show, which begins Monday. See more

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Jet engine makers CFM, Pratt battle over performance

Engine makers for next-generation Airbus and Boeing narrow-body jets stepped up their war of words on Sunday, claiming their new power plants will burn less fuel, last longer without maintenance and create less noise than the rival. See more

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

New York Times

Airbus Unveils Jet and Broadens Rivalry With Boeing

The A350 XWB, the first all-new commercial jet from Airbus in more than six years, took wing into partly cloudy skies here on Friday. See more

Friday, June 14, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Senate Committee Approves $625 Billion Defense Spending Measure

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $625 billion defense authorization measure for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, matching the amount requested by President Barack Obama's administration. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Top Stories

Aviation International News

Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan Promises New Engine Dominance

Pratt & Whitney CEO David Hess doesn’t spend time lamenting his company’s decision to forgo a bid for a place on Boeing’s proposed 777X. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Details 2013 Sequestration Impact on Budget Accounts

Sequestration spending reductions will cut $15.8 billion from the US Defense Department's 2013 budget, according to a Pentagon report. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Rolls Divestiture Breathes New Life into IAE

Airbus's choice of the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan on the A320neo and Rolls-Royce's subsequent divesture in engine joint-venture IAE might have signaled to some the beginning of the end of the V2500 turbofan. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Analysis: Bombardier gambles on big order payoff with new jet

Canada's Bombardier Inc is hoping to carve a new niche in the cutthroat airplane market with a fuel-efficient, medium-haul jet that makes its first flight this month, but its all-new CSeries needs an avalanche of orders to stave off bigger rivals. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Kendall: F-35 on Track for FY2015 Ramp Rate

The Pentagon's top procurement official said the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is on track to significantly increase production rates in the fiscal 2015 budget. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Rising Tide in Airline Business Helps Buoy Pratt Canada

As Pratt & Whitney Canada saw revenues from its business jet engine segment suffer through one of the industry's steepest downturns in history, the company's highly diversified product line has allowed it to, as P&WC president John Saabas put it, "ride the wave" of fortune in other sectors and consolidate its leading position in the small engine business. See more

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Republicans, Democrats Spar Over Sequester Before Passing DoD Spending Bill

Republicans and Democrats sparred for hours Wednesday over deep cuts to planned Pentagon spending before approving a nearly $513 billion military spending bill. See more

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Government News

National Journal

Defense Industry Focused on Sequestration

No one has been able to successfully wrangle Congress into reaching a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. But it's not for lack of trying. See more

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

P&W Geared Turbofans Edges Ahead

A recent Boeing study predicted a demand for up to 23,000 single-aisle airliners over the next 20 years. See more

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing upgrades jetliner demand forecast

Boeing on Tuesday upgraded its 20-year forecast for airplane demand, saying airlines will need 35,280 new jets worth $4.8 trillion as the world's fleet doubles over the next two decades. See more

Monday, June 10, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

How the F-35 programme is fighting back

The Pentagon's tri-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is making progress towards completing its developmental phase and entering operational service with the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps, contractor Lockheed Martin says. See more

Monday, June 10, 2013
Special Topics

Reuters

U.S. clears GenCorp, Rocketdyne deal at request of Defense Dept

Aerospace company GenCorp Inc has been given U.S. antitrust approval to buy rocket engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. See more

Monday, June 10, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Hope Fades for 'Grand Bargain' to Avoid Sequester

Pro-military House Republicans and Barack Obama, the Democratic president with whom they so often are at odds, have something in common after all. Neither side appears interested in voiding deep cuts to planned Pentagon spending in fiscal 2014. See more

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Obama's veto threat on spending bills falls flat

Experts who closely follow the federal budget are dismissing President Obama's threat to veto appropriations bills as political gamesmanship that will end with the cuts from sequestration likely in place. See more

Friday, June 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Canadian Press

Bombardier says no major risks remain to prevent first flight in late June

Bombardier sees nothing major that could prevent the CSeries from making its maiden flight later this month. See more

Friday, June 7, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

U.S. Services Declare F-35 Operational Capability Dates

Responding to a requirement of the Fiscal Year 2013 defense authorization act, U.S. military services declared their planned initial operational capability (IOC) dates for the three variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on May 31. See more

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin F-35s Approved by House Spending Panel

The House panel that approves defense funding has produced a draft budget that bankrolls all 29 F-35 jets that the Pentagon requested for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. See more

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

CSeries ready to fly

The Bombardier CSeries is almost ready to fly. A six-week battery of critical software tests that began in late March revealed no show-stoppers. See more

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Air Transport World

Pratt & Whitney starts A320neo engine flight test program

Pratt & Whitney has entered the flight testing program with its PW1100G geared turbofan engine for the Airbus A320neo. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

IN FOCUS: Pratt completes first flight of PW1100G engine

First flight of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G took off on 15 May, exactly as it was planned more than two years ago - and ended only moments ahead of a rain storm that nearly spoiled the inaugural test. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Bombardier Sees High Interest In 160-Seat CS300

Low-cost carriers are "very interested" in the 160-seat version of the Bombardier CS300 and a "fairly high percentage" of all potential customers are taking a look at the aircraft. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Military Aviation

TIME

The New Era of Good F-35 Feelings

There has been a lot of good news for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter recently. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Special Topics

Aviation Week

Defense Market Battles Are Backdrop To Paris

U.S. defense contractors have been inconsistent in their presence at the Paris air show, but 2013 may hit a low mark not seen for many years. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

Sequestration: Is there pain beyond the Beltway?

Washington-based experts who predicted that March would usher in the end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it appear to have miscalculated a tad: The unthinkable S (for sequester) has hit the fan. Yet most of us are still standing, if increasingly nervous. See more

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Pentagon Targets Overhead Spending

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to trim the fat across the Defense Department, and he's starting with his office at the Pentagon. See more

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Bombardier Says CSeries 'Looks Great' for First Flight in June

Bombardier Inc. said its new CSeries plane, designed to compete with top-selling models from Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS, is set to make its initial flight this month. See more

May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

U.S. military reveals timing of future F-35 fighter's use to Congress

America's newest warplane, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will reach operational milestones in 2015 for the Marine Corps, 2016 for the Air Force and 2019 for the Navy, according to details formally provided to the U.S. Congress on Friday. See more

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Bombardier's CSeries passes ground safety tests before first flight

Canada's Bombardier Inc said its all-new CSeries commercial aircraft passed a crucial milestone, completing a series of ground tests essential to obtaining flight certification ahead of its maiden flight at the end of June. See more

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Singapore Airlines to order $17 bln aircraft from Airbus, Boeing

Singapore Airlines Ltd agreed to spend $17 billion to buy 30 Airbus and 30 Boeing Co. aircraft, underscoring the airline's bet on a pick-up in the struggling premium class market. See more

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Government News

Defense News

FY15 Guidance Takes Sequester Into Account

After years of not preparing for mandated sequestration spending cuts, the Pentagon is now incorporating different levels of budget reductions in its future planning. See more

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

Marine Corps Speeds Up F-35B Development

The Marine Corps may join the Air Force in moving up its expected initial operating capability from 2016 to the latter part of 2015. See more

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Obama Accepting Sequestration as Deficit Shrinks

President Barack Obama has stopped worrying and learned to live with sequestration. See more

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Hartford Courant

Shhhh! Pratt Competing To Make Quieter Jet Engines

The latest engine to roll out of Pratt & Whitney just might deliver what the aerospace industry has sought in a commercial jet for more than a century — some peace and quiet. See more

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Military Aviation

DoD Buzz

Air Force May Accelerate F-35 Start Date

The U.S. Air Force will inform Congress this week of when it plans to begin operational flights of the F-35 fighter jet, the service's top civilian said. See more

Monday, May 27, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Mitsubishi's MRJ on Track To Fly This Year

Japan's first indigenous commercial passenger jet, the MRJ, is on track to make its first flight this year, according to Hideo Egawa, chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Aircraft. See more

Monday, May 27, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

NEO Order Status: CFM vs P&W

With the Paris air show less than a month away, we'll be paying close attention to the order books for the main new airframe programs. See more

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Amid Big F-35 Deal, P&W Sees Challenges

Pratt & Whitney has signed a $1 billion contract for the fifth batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engines and expects to sign a sixth contract shortly, according to the company's head of military engines. See more

Friday, May 24, 2013
Government News

DoD Buzz

Pentagon: Acquisition Reform Key to Strategic Choices Review

Improving the acquisition of weapons systems and platforms through cost-conscious strategies and more effective prototyping is a key part of the Defense Department's ongoing Strategic Choices Review, Pentagon leaders told an audience May 23 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. See more

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Government News

The Hill

GAO: Government not cutting waste

Congress and the Obama administration have scrapped just a fraction of the duplicative programs targeted for cuts by Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency's chief told lawmakers Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

Noisy Neighbors?

The introduction of the Bombardier CSeries in 2014 will bring the first application of the next generation of engines for narrow-body aircraft, the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G geared turbofan. See more

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Special Topics

Reuters

Aviation officials see global emissions deal possible by 2020

The EU created an international storm when it said it would impose its rules from January this year on all flights to and from its territory. See more

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Embraer books 'milestone' SkyWest deal worth up to $8.3 billion

SkyWest Inc, the world's largest regional airline group, agreed to buy at least 40 new jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA, in a deal that could climb to 200 aircraft and a total price tag of more than $8 billion. See more

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Military Aviation

Flying Magazine

F-35 Makes First Vertical Takeoff

Flight test crews at Lockheed Martin have hit some milestones this month as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program slowly progresses. See more

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Engine Maker PWC Laments Tight Financing, Pricing Pressures In Bizjet Market

Among the few economic forces behind the rather tepid recovery of the market segment covering small and medium-sized business jets, perhaps the most influential rests with the world's financiers. See more

Monday, May 20, 2013
Special Topics

Reuters

Aviation Industry to Government: Cut the Red Tape

Leaders of the multibillion-dollar global business aviation industry see signs of recovery from four years of recession, they said on Monday, but they appealed to governments to ease the way ahead by cutting taxes and red tape. See more

Monday, May 20, 2013
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

Marine's F-35B Executes First Vertical Takeoff; Straight Up Cool But ...

Watch the F-35B, the Marines' fighter of choice, execute a very cool maneuver in this video, taking off straight up into the sky. See more

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Government News

Defense News

DoD Examines 3 Budget-Cut Scenarios

Senior US Defense Department officials are expected to present three budget-cutting scenarios to the defense secretary when they wrap up a wide-ranging review of military strategy at the end of this month, according to sources. See more

Friday, May 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Puget Sound Business Journal

Airbus, Boeing, will battle for PR at Paris Air Show

With the Paris Air Show just a month away, Airbus may be preparing to try to take the wind away from Boeing's resurgent 787 Dreamliner. See more

Friday, May 17, 2013
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

Navy X-47B Drone Makes 1st 'Touch & Go' On Carrier

The eagle hasn't exactly landed, but it did the next best thing. See more

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

F-35: Sequester May Cost Air Force 5 More F-35As; Air Guard, Modernization At Risk

"I don't have the exact number yet," Air Force Maj. Gen. Edward Bolton said Tuesday, but to pay the bill for sequestration, the service might have to cut its fiscal 2013 procurements by "two, three, four, maybe even five F-35s." See more

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Study: 2013 World MRO Market Worth $49.2B

The world commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will reach a value of $49.2 billion this year, according to recent market research conducted by Visiongain. See more

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Government News

Defense News

US House Democrats: Defense Sequester Hurting Economy

Pentagon spending reductions are hurting the US economy more than other spending cuts mandated under sequestration, say House Democrats, who appear poised to inject such effects into the 2014 midterm election narrative. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed says furloughs could delay F-35 fighter, other programs

The Pentagon's plans to put most of its 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for 11 days could lead to delays on Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other weapons programs, a top company official said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Popular Science

Autonomous X-47B Jet Fighter Makes Historic First Launch From An Aircraft Carrier

All that was left on the carrier deck was a cloud of white steam wafting over a flight crew that was visibly bursting with excitement even with faces concealed behind bulky protective headgear, noise suppressing headsets, and darkly tinted goggles. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

Boeing resumes Dreamliner deliveries

Boeing says it resumed delivering its Boeing 787 Dreamliners today when Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways took the proverbial keys to a new 787. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Special Topics

Waste Management World

Airbus, Air Canada Explore Waste Based Aviation Biofuels

Air Canada and Airbus have signed an agreement with BioFuelNet to help them find the most promising biofuels for aviation, and will research biofuels made using municipal solid waste and agricultural and forestry waste as feedstocks. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Hagel announces Pentagon furloughs

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will furlough more than three-quarters of its 800,000 civilian employees for 11 days to fulfill the automatic budget cuts under sequestration. See more

Monday, May 13, 2013
Military Aviation

San Diego Union Tribune

Navy to try first carrier launch of X-47B

The Navy says it will make its first attempt on Tuesday to launch Northrop Grumman's futuristic X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System drone from an aircraft carrier. See more

Monday, May 13, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

U.S. automatic cuts send Pentagon contract awards down 52 percent

Pentagon contracts tumbled 52 percent in April from a month earlier as across-the-board federal budget cuts took hold. See more

Monday, May 13, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

F-35B performs first vertical take-off

Sources say that test pilots at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, performed the first Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter vertical take-off on 10 May. See more

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Bombardier confirms CSeries test flights in June, reports jump in sales

Bombardier Inc. stuck to its goal of first takeoff for the CSeries in June after the delayed jetliner performed well on flight-safety tests that included bending the wings to gauge structural integrity. See more

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

Navy Readies X-47B for Carrier Trials

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy conducted the first shore-based arrested landing of the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator on May 4 in advance of sea-based trials planned this month. See more

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Eglin AFB receives its first Block 2A F-35

The US Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, received its first Block 2A configuration Lockheed Martin F-35A on 6 May. See more

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Air Transport World

Airbus adds 83 aircraft to order book in April

Airbus reported it received 83 new bookings for April, the largest order from Turkish Airlines for 53 A321neos and four A320neos, along with 25 current engine A321s. See more

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Military Aviation

Lexington Institute

British Test Pilot On Vertical Takeoff F-35: 'A Joy To Fly'

After years of skeptical media coverage, the turbulence surrounding the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program seems to be dissipating. See more

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bombardier Upbeat on CSeries Path to First Flight

Bombardier has reaffirmed its intention to achieve the first flight of its new CSeries airliner next month, with complete airframe static tests (CAST) on track to establish that flight testing can commence safely. See more

Monday, May 6, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Canadian Press

Aerospace analysts eager for confirmation of June Bombardier CSeries test flight

Aerospace industry observers are eagerly watching for confirmation this week that Bombardier's CSeries aircraft will make its maiden test flight next month. See more

Monday, May 6, 2013
Commercial Aviation

New York Times

Jet Makers Avoid Risk by Redoing Old Models

After a decade of pushing hard on the edge of technology, Boeing and Airbus are turning more cautious in building new jetliners. See more

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Toronto Globe and Mail

CSeries expectations mount

It's very close to showtime for Bombardier Inc.'s new 100-seat-plus C Series commercial jet. See more

Friday, May 3, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Australia Sticks With JSF, Will Buy Growlers, New Subs

Australia reaffirmed on Thursday its plans to buy 100 F-35 aircraft — good news for Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp., which has faced some heat lately for cost and schedule overruns associated with delivery of the Pentagon's fleet of fighter jets. See more

Friday, May 3, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Sens. want Hagel to detail sequester cuts

The heads of the Senate Armed Services Committee are asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to spell out how the Pentagon would cut $52 billion from its 2014 budget under sequestration. See more

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Pentagon prepares to ask Congress for break from 'sequester'

The Pentagon is preparing to ask Congress soon for more authority to shift funds to cope with automatic spending cuts, confronting lawmakers with another exception to the "sequester" just days after they gave a break to the flying public and the airline industry. See more

April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013
Special Topics

Hampton Roads Daily Press

NASA Langley helped test plant-based biofuel for jet engines

In Hampton Roads, a jet engine may be the sound of freedom, but the contrail it leaves behind is nothing to salute. See more

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

The Globe and Mail

How loud does a 'whisper jet' sound? It depends.

It's 4:30 on a rainy afternoon near the foot of Bathurst Street, and somewhere up above the drone of turboprop engines is getting louder. See more

Friday, April 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Norway seeks green light for operational F-35 buy

The Norwegian government has confirmed plans to acquire up to 52 Lockheed Martin F-35A combat aircraft, and submitted a formal request to the nation's parliament for its first six operational examples. See more

Friday, April 26, 2013
Government News

National Public Radio

FAA Expected To Gain Flexibility On Budget Cuts

The Senate has passed a bill to give the Department of Transportation more flexibility in how it makes the mandatory cuts of the sequester. Hundreds of flights were delayed this week after the FAA furloughed air traffic controllers, setting off a political storm. See more

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Wins Chinese Approval for 60-Plane Order Worth $8 Billion

Airbus SAS won approval from China for orders of 60 planes valued at $8 billion, including 18 A330 wide-bodies that had been on hold amid Chinese opposition to a European Union proposal for tax carbon emissions. See more

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed Poised to Win Orders for Up to 71 F-35 Jets by June

Lockheed Martin may receive a U.S. order in June for as many as 60 F-35 jets, consolidating the sixth and seven production contracts for the costliest weapons system, according to the Pentagon's program manager. See more

Monday, April 22, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Hess Readies Pratt for 'Tough Sledding'

Pratt & Whitney CEO David Hess doesn't spend time lamenting his company's decision to forgo a bid for a place on Boeing's proposed 777X. See more

Monday, April 22, 2013
Military Aviation

Lexington Institute

F-35 Fighter Gets Strong Endorsement From Joint Chiefs Chairman

As issues delaying the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program are gradually resolved, it seems to be securing broad support in the political system. See more

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Week

Fleet Retirements Heavily Influence $56 Billion MRO Market

The civil aviation MRO market will be worth about $56 billion this year, with engine maintenance expenditures representing about 40%, according to analysts who presented forecasts at Aviation Week's MRO Americas Conference. See more

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation Week

Military MRO World Facing Unprecedented Uncertainty

The worldwide military maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector will experience an additional business decline of almost 3% from 2013 to 2014, according to Hal Chrisman, a leading analyst and vice president at aviation consultant company ICF SH&E. See more

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Special Topics

Defense News

U.S. Eases Export Rules on Aerospace Parts

The United States on Tuesday eased rules on the export of select items in the aerospace industry in an effort to reduce regulations that are thought to be putting American firms at a disadvantage. See more

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Special Topics

Aviation International News

General Aviation Policy High On China's Agenda

With the rapid development of China's economy, business aviation is viewed by many in the country as a so-called "Blue Ocean industry" with vast potential. See more

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Gulfstream And Bombardier Dominate China's Business Jet Fleet

The People's Republic of China (PRC) holds 57 percent of the 336-strong business jet fleet of the Greater China area, while Hong Kong holds 33 percent; Macau is in third place, with 5 percent; and the Republic of China (Taiwan) has 3 percent of the fleet. See more

Friday, April 12, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Pentagon Preserves Development Priorities But Slashes Current Operations

The Obama administration has proposed a $526.6 billion defense budget for Fiscal Year 2014 that continues funding for developmental priorities, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the KC-46A tanker and a future long-range bomber. See more

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Air Transport World

Hawaiian Airlines selects P&W engines for A321neos

Hawaiian Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney 1000G geared turbofan engines to power its new fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft. See more

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Government News

DoD Buzz

Air Force seeks budget boost, more F-35s

The U.S. Air Force in its 2014 budget request seeks to buy more F-35 fighter jets, restock its inventory of precision munitions and slightly thin the ranks of active-duty airmen. See more

Friday, April 5, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Obama Budget Reviving Offer of Compromise With Cuts

President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say. See more

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus beats Boeing in 'world's largest' fight in 1Q

Airbus recaptured the aircraft industry's top spot in the first quarter as U.S. rival Boeing fell behind on orders and grappled with the grounding of its newest jet, the 787 Dreamliner, data from both companies showed on Thursday. See more

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Military Aviation

AOL Defense

F-35B Completes First Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing At Night

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has had more than its share of ups and downs, but this week the jump-jet variant of the JSF had an up and down of historic significance: On April 2, a Marine Corps F-35B conducted the first ever short take-off and vertical landing that aircraft has ever done at night. See more

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Hagel warns of deep, new cuts to defense budget

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Pentagon on Wednesday to brace for further cuts in defense spending and said the military needs to make fundamental changes in the way it operates to cope with new fiscal realities. See more

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Canadian Press

Quebec giving $1 billion in financial support to buyers of Bombardier CSeries

The Quebec government has agreed to provide $1 billion in financing help to buyers of Bombardier's new CSeries commercial aircraft, joining a similar practice by the federal government. See more

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

China Eastern to add 56 new aircraft in 2013

China Eastern Airlines will be inducting 56 new aircraft into its fleet this year, the majority of which will be narrowbodies. See more

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon OKs Lockheed or Boeing fighters sale to South Korea

The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it has approved the sale of either the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter or Boeing Co's F-15 Silent Eagle fighter to South Korea, which is expected to announce the winner of a 60-jet competition later this year. See more

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

KC-46 Tanker Eyes Summer Milestones

The top official for the U.S. Air Force's new tanker says the program is "on track" and should complete its critical design review this summer, despite potential furloughs due to budget cuts. See more

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Special Topics

American Recycler

Sustainability importance expands

Since the 1950s, the old-fashion notion of "conservation" has expanded to be called "sustainability" and has become the buzzword synonymous with grand visions of environmental responsibility and lifestyle. See more

Monday, April 1, 2013
Government News

Aviation International News

Sequestration and Aviation: Tower Closures Just the Beginning

The FAA lowered the boom on airports serving mainly GA, business and regional airline traffic, announcing on March 22 that it will close 149 ATC contract towers as part of its effort to slash spending by more than $600 million in the current fiscal year under the federal government's "sequester" mandate. See more

March 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Outgoing Lockheed F-35 Chief Reflects on Program

With his retirement from Lockheed Martin looming at the end of the month, Tom Burbage, one of the leading figures of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program over the last decade, took some time to reflect on the fifth-generation fighter. See more

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Special Topics

Aviation International News

New Survey Examines Chinese Bizjet Market

With this year's Asian Business Association Conference & Exhibition now less than three weeks away, aircraft brokerage firm Asian Sky Group has released a comprehensive survey of the number and types of business jets operating in China. See more

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Government News

The Day

Defense manufacturers still nervous about the future

Fresh from a Wednesday visit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Pratt & Whitney, Murphy said EB and Sikorsky are protected a bit by their multi-year contracts. See more

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Japan's military chief says F-35 is "best fighter"

Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighters are the best choice for Japan's future operational needs, the nation's highest-ranking uniformed officer said on Wednesday, in a vote of confidence for the state-of-the-art U.S. warplane. See more

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed's Troubled F-35 Unscathed in Pentagon's Budget

The Pentagon wants to spend about $8.4 billion in the next fiscal year to continue developing and purchasing Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35, the fighter that is seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over initial cost estimates. See more

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Special Topics

Aviation Week

IATA Calls On India To Create Aviation Policy As Foundation For Growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has asked India to formulate a national aviation policy and improve infrastructure to facilitate growth in the sector. See more

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation Week

Manufacturer Lays Out Production Plan For KC-390 Engines

International Aero Engines is gearing up to build the first set of V2500-E5 turbofans for Embraer's KC-390 multirole tanker transport as part of eventual plans to deliver around 20 engines per year. See more

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Obama signs funding bill, avoiding shutdown

President Obama on Tuesday signed the continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year, averting a government shutdown. See more

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

As Obama signs sequestration cuts, his economic goals are at risk

With his signature this week, President Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection. See more

Friday, March 22, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

IN FOCUS: Bombardier CSeries faces critical three months

Perhaps somewhere inside Bombardier headquarters in Montreal is a secret marketing plan that envisions a spectacular three months ahead for the CSeries narrowbody programme. See more

Friday, March 22, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation International News

U.S. Air Force Begins F-35A Operational Testing

Operational testing and evaluation of the F-35A has begun, with the delivery of four aircraft to Nellis AFB. See more

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Averting Government Shutdown, House Quickly OKs Senate's CR

Moving at rocket speed after the U.S. Senate on Wednesday afternoon sent over a $982 billion continuing spending resolution with a full-year Pentagon spending bill, the House passed it Thursday morning. See more

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Airline Business

IN FOCUS: How to power A320neo is tough choice for airlines

Unlike previous engine competitions, the choice between the CFM International Leap-1A and the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G is no longer a soft bet on a secondary supplier to an already chosen airframe. See more

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Military Aviation

San Diego Union-Tribune

F-35B makes first vertical landing at Yuma

The first operational squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets passed a milestone Thursday in Yuma when the Marine Corps version of the aircraft made its first vertical landing outside of testing. See more

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Top Stories

Penn State News

Penn State, Pratt & Whitney inaugurate most advanced turbine testing lab in U.S.

Penn State and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, officially unveiled the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) facility, the country's most advanced turbine testing laboratory, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 19 at Cato Park. See more

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Government News

Defense News

New WH Plan Would Cut $100B From Defense

The White House is preparing to submit a fiscal 2014 federal budget that would partially offset across-the-board sequestration cuts by reducing the Pentagon budget by $100 billion, but not until later this decade, according to a senior defense official and budget documents. See more

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Government News

Defense News

CBO Report: Prepare for Years of Defense Cuts

The U.S. Defense Department should be prepared for budget cuts every year through 2021 to remain within the spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns in a new report. See more

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Fortune

Boeing vs. Airbus: Can't we all just get along?

Airbus beat out Boeing for a $24 billion contract to supply long-time Boeing customer Lion Air. See more

Monday, March 18, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus still targeting 700-750 orders in 2013 - Leahy

Airbus' record order from Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air on Monday was already incorporated in its 2013 target of 700 to 750 plane orders, its commercial director told Reuters on Monday. See more

Monday, March 18, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Embraer Banking On U.S. Regional Jet Revival

Embraer expects to see substantial sales activity over the next few months involving 70- and 76-seat E-Jets as U.S. major airlines respond to relaxed union limits on regional jets among their regional airline partners, according to the manufacturer's CEO, Frederico Curado. See more

Monday, March 18, 2013
Government News

Defense News

DoD Reviewing Strategy in Wake of Budget Cuts

The Pentagon has launched a new military strategy review that will examine how planned U.S. defense spending reductions will impact future Defense Department operations. See more

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

Pratt & Whitney Readies For A320NEO Engine Flight Tests

The first Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) to be flight tested for the Airbus A320NEO is being prepared for installation on the engine maker's Boeing 747SP testbed in Mirabel, Canada. See more

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Senators: Unclear Whether 'Grand Bargain' Would Undo Sequestration

As President Barack Obama kicked off a three-day Capitol Hill charm offensive lobbying blitz to prod lawmakers to act on budgetary and other matters, some veteran lawmakers say an eventual fiscal grand bargain might not totally undo sequestration. See more

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus sees A320neo orders, sets goal for earlier model

European planemaker Airbus hinted on Monday at imminent orders worth over $10 billion for A320neo passenger jets, saying cumulative orders for the revamped jet would probably hit 2,000 by the end of this month. See more

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Military Aviation

National Defense Magazine

F-35 'Affordable' at $90 Million per Aircraft

The manufacturers of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter must bring the price down to $90 million per copy if they hope to sell 3,000 aircraft to the U.S. military and foreign allies by 2035. See more

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Airline Reporter

Bombardier's CSeries Rocks (and Rolls Out)

On Thursday March 7, 2013 Bombardier introduced to the world what it and its customers believe is a game changing line of aircraft, the Bombardier CSeries. See more

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal

The House took its first step to avert a government shutdown as President Obama began a series of rare meetings with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday, reviving chances for a long-term deal to reduce the federal deficit. See more

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney says drive to lower F-35 costs 'burned in our brain'

The head of Pratt & Whitney's military engine business said on Wednesday that driving down the cost of the F-35 fighter jet was "burned in our brain," but cuts sparked by U.S. budget woes could slow the effort. See more

Friday, March 1, 2013
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Lockheed F-35 Flights Permitted to Resume, Pentagon Says

Flights of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 will be allowed to resume, the U.S. Defense Department said, ending a suspension that grounded the fleet after the discovery of a cracked engine blade in one of the stealth jets. See more

Friday, March 1, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Pentagon says to resume F-35 flights

The Pentagon said on Thursday it would resume flights of its F-35 fighter jets following a week-long precautionary grounding imposed after a crack was found on an engine blade on a test plane in California. See more

February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Midnight Triggers Sequester

A half-trillion-dollar cut to planned Pentagon spending will be triggered the instant Thursday becomes Friday on the East Coast. See more

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

Contractors Push Back on JSF Criticism

Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are pushing back against criticisms leveled by Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office. See more

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

P&WC plots new engine core for super-medium helo, 'evolved' King Air market

On the eve of the Heli-Expo convention, Pratt & Whitney Canada has revealed plans to launch a new turboshaft engine in the 2,000shp (1,490kW)-range aimed initially at the top end of the new super-medium helicopter segment. See more

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

EADS Forecasts Higher Earnings as Airbus Deliveries Rise

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. predicted earnings will rise in 2013 after higher output at its Airbus SAS aircraft division and a rebound in commercial helicopter production lifted 2012 profits 68 percent. See more

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney to test upgraded F135 this year

Pratt & Whitney expects to test an upgraded version of its F135 afterburning turbofan later this year, a top company official says. The engine is installed on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. See more

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Government News

Politico

With Republican ally, Obama blasts Congress on sequestration

President Barack Obama used a backdrop of a shipbuilding plant, factory workers and the local Republican congressman in his latest attempt to increase pressure on Congress to bend on the sequester cuts. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney expects to test AETD adaptive fan in 'about a month'

Pratt & Whitney expects to test a new adaptive fan design for its version of the US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) adaptive engine technology development (AETD) variable cycle engine programme within the next 30 days, a top company official says. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

JSF Findings Expected This Week

A preliminary report on the engine malfunction that grounded the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet is expected by Friday, according to a program spokeswoman. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Airbus: Asia demands 10,000 new aircraft by 2031

Airbus has forecast that rising incomes and the explosion of low cost carriers will lead to demand for close to 10,000 new aircraft from airlines in the Asia-Pacific region over the next 20 years. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Government News

Defense News

DoD Unlikely To Get Budget-Cutting Authority

With a deadline for avoiding defense spending cuts closing in, there is no effort underway on Capitol Hill to give Pentagon officials the authority to decide what gets trimmed, congressional aides say, despite calls from some quarters to give the Defense Department that authority. See more

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Air Transport World

Pratt & Whitney GTF CSeries engine gains Transport Canada certification

Pratt & Whitney's PW1500G geared turbofan (GTF) engine, set to power the Bombardier CSeries, has received Transport Canada type certification. See more

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Democrats demand Boehner call the House back to deal with sequester

House Democrats on Wednesday amplified their calls for Congress to return to Washington and work to prevent across-the-board sequester cuts poised to hit in nine days. See more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Special Topics

Aviation International News

NBAA Lauds ICAO Proposals for Aircraft Emissions, Noise

NBAA is welcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) committee proposals to limit aircraft emissions and reduce noise levels in the near term. See more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Lufthansa opens tender for 100 narrowbodies, eight widebodies

Boeing and Airbus are now entering into discussions with Lufthansa to claim newly-authorised orders for eight widebody aircraft and 100 single-aisle aircraft, the German flag carrier says today. See more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Pratt Stays in Market for Biggest Jet Engines

United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit said it remains committed to developing a version of its newest engine for wide-body jets even after opting not to compete on Boeing Co.'s latest 777 model. See more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Obama Urges Congressional Action To Avoid Sequester

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said "Congress must act" to avoid pending automatic defense and domestic spending cuts, and slammed congressional Republicans for being too unwilling to compromise. See more

Friday, February 15, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Senate Democrats Offer a Proposal to Head Off Automatic Cuts

Senate Democratic leaders reached agreement Thursday on a $110 billion mix of tax increases and spending cuts to head off automatic spending cuts through the end of the year. See more

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Government News

US News and World Report

Senate Armed Service Committee Grapples With Sequestration Reality

Top defense-minded lawmakers on Capitol Hill agree the more than $46 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit the Pentagon over the next seven months would have "devastating effects" on the military's ability to prepare for future and current conflicts. See more

Monday, February 11, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Senate Dems aim to have sequester bill ready by Thursday

Senate Democrats are aiming to produce a bill to replace the sequester by Thursday, according to Democratic aides. See more

Monday, February 11, 2013
Government News

Roll Call

Unusual Allies Fight Sequester Cuts

Defense industry insiders joined with advocates for public health, research universities and other sectors that rely on federal funds Monday to issue a combined call to stop the upcoming sequester cuts. See more

Monday, February 11, 2013
Military Aviation

Canadian Skies

F-35 costs coming down

Lockheed Martin announced it has managed to reduce the cost of an F-35 in "combat configuration" by 50 per cent, through supply chain and production line streamlining. See more

Friday, February 8, 2013
Government News

Roll Call

Defense, Other Sectors Band Together To Fight Sequester

Signaling new momentum in the defense industry's fight against automatic spending cuts, a broad coalition that includes university, military, public health and science groups will announce its plans to fend off the looming sequester. See more

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Military Aviation

Toronto Sun

Test pilot raves about F-35

Back in his native Ottawa, a Lockheed-Martin test pilot, board member and former Canadian air force colonel is talking up the F-35 stealth fighter. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Government News

Reuters

White House, defense firms discuss automatic spending cuts

Senior White House officials met with chief executives from top defense contractors on Wednesday to discuss the impact to their businesses of deep automatic federal spending cuts slated to take effect on March 1, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Budget cuts would trim flying hours, F-35 orders: Air Force

The U.S. Air Force will have to curtail its orders for Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, restructure a $52 billion tanker deal with Boeing Co and reduce its flying hours by 18 percent if lawmakers do not avert impending across-the-board spending cuts, the service told Congress on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

USAF may be forced to restructure F-35, KC-46 and MQ-9 under sequestration

The Lockheed Martin F-35, Boeing KC-46 tanker and General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper could be restructured if the current budget impasse is not resolved, according to a US Air Force presentation to Congress. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Obama Urges Congress to Act to Stave Off Cuts

President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to quickly pass a new package of limited spending cuts and tax increases to head off substantial across-the-board reductions to domestic and military spending set to begin on March 1, but his appeal for more revenue was dismissed by Republicans. See more

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Military Aviation

Jane's

F-35 concurrency costs not as great as feared, official says

Lockheed Martin expects concurrency costs associated with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to go "significantly downward" with the release of the Joint Program Office's (JPO's) estimates later in the year, a company official told IHS Jane's on 1 February. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

P&W Sends First Engine Shipment to India

As the largest air show in India gets underway, engine maker Pratt & Whitney has delivered its first batch of C-17 engines to the Indian Air Force. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Wins $9 Billion Order as Udvar-Hazy Buys A350 Jets

Airbus SAS won a $9 billion order from Steven Udvar-Hazy's Air Lease Corp. that includes 25 A350 wide-body jets, a competitor to Boeing Co.'s grounded 787 Dreamliner. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Government News

Roll Call

Defense Industry Braces for Sequester While Publicly Urging Alternatives to Cuts

The Aerospace Industries Association, which has waged a two-year campaign to fight automatic defense cuts imposed by Congress, plans to add staff to its lobbying and communications divisions and is ramping up its messaging with fewer than four weeks before the ax is set to fall. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Military Aviation

Aviation Week

Indian Defense Market Is The World's Busiest

The growth in the Indian defense sector is surging, and the U.S. is jostling with traditional arms suppliers Russia, Israel and France for a prominent space in the South Asian nation's military modernization plans. See more

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Military to Send Sequestration Plans to Obama This Week

By the end of this week, the Pentagon must submit its plans to the White House for how it will deal with automatic defense spending cuts set to kick in March 1, according to defense sources. See more

Friday, February 1, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Turkish Airlines Plans March Decision on 100-Plane Order

Turkish Airlines plans to decide next month on an order for about 100 single-aisle planes as the state-controlled carrier links more destinations to win transit passengers and increases short-haul services from Istanbul. See more

Friday, February 1, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Defense industry in late surge to stop spending cuts

An anxious U.S. defense industry has launched a new push to galvanize lawmakers who are doing little to stop the massive federal spending cuts due to kick in on March 1. See more

Friday, February 1, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Congress Passes Debt Bill as a $1 Trillion Ax Looms

The Senate gave final approval on Thursday to legislation suspending the statutory debt ceiling until May, officially turning Congress's attention to the next budget showdown: $1 trillion in across-the-board military and domestic spending cuts set to begin on March 1. See more

January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

P&W poised for certification of CSeries engine

Pratt & Whitney has completed the airworthiness certification programme for the PW1524G engine that will power the Bombardier CSeries. See more

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Government News

Reuters

No sense of crisis in Congress as automatic cuts loom again

Big automatic cuts in federal spending are fast approaching again, alarming the defense sector but generating little activity in Congress to avoid them. See more

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Special Topics

Air Transport World

Canadian 100% biofuel flight tests show significant emission reductions

Results from the world's first civil flight powered by 100% biofuel released by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) show that the biofuel used in the flight last October is cleaner than and as efficient as conventional aviation fuel. See more

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

CNBC

Pratt & Whitney Boosts Presence in Asia

David Hess, president, Pratt & Whitney discusses his firm's expansion plans in Singapore. He also expresses confidence that Boeing will be able to sort through the issues with the Dreamliner. See more

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney to invest $110 mln in Singapore plants

Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, will invest $110 million to set up two facilities in Singapore and expand existing operations - a boost to the Asian city-state's efforts to grow its manufacturing base. See more

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight

Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing Tuesday for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1. See more

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Government News

Stars and Stripes

Debt deal may increase risk of sequestration

The federal debt limit extension deal passed by House Republicans last week assures that the federal government will not default on its loans through mid-May. But that might not be good news for Pentagon officials gearing up for the next showdown: sequestration. See more

Friday, January 25, 2013
Government News

National Defense Magazine

Analysts: Washington Will Continue to Punt Big Decisions on Defense Spending

Congress and the president have five weeks to decide how much to cut the defense budget. But pressure on the Defense Department to reduce spending will persist much further into the future, analysts warn. See more

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Government News

Politico

Next up: Sequester, budget resolution

Now that the debt ceiling fight has been delayed until May, the next big fiscal drama deadline is March 1, when the spending cuts of the sequester take effect. See more

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Military Aviation

Flight International

Lockheed hopes to firm up F-35 Lot 6 & 7 contracts before mid-year

Lockheed Martin hopes to "definitize" previously awarded F-35 low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 6 and 7 contracts in the first half of 2013, top company officials told investors on 24 January. See more

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Forbes

The Billion-Dollar Bet On Jet Tech That's Making Flying More Efficient

United Technologies CEO Louis Chnevert took the biggest gamble of his career on something called a geared turbofan. See more

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Sequestration Talks Closer To Separation From Debt Ceiling Fight

The U.S. House on Jan. 23 easily approved a measure that would separate talks on avoiding pending defense cuts from a likely raucous political debate about raising the nation's borrowing limit. See more

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Commercial Aviation

USA Today

China's set to rule the skies of air travel

Industry analysts expect China to eclipse the U.S. in little more than two decades. See more

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Government News

Defense News

U.S. Services Detail Fiscal Crisis Impact

As the tentacles of a fiscal calamity tighten, U.S. military leaders last week directed their staffs to begin cutbacks immediately and stand by for deeper cuts should the worst come to pass. See more

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Military Aviation

The Telegraph

Inside the F-35, the world's most futuristic fighter jet

A blazing hot December morning. High blue skies. Wide open spaces. This is Fort Worth, Texas, famous for its frontier atmosphere, its stockyards, rodeos, Art Deco downtown – and the vast Lockheed Martin factory. See more

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Boeing 787 Fleet Grounded by U.S. in First Since 1979

U.S. regulators' decision to ground Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner, their first move involving an entire model in 34 years, came five days after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proclaimed it safe. See more

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Military Aviation

Defense News

U.S. Air Force Looks To Trim Budget Ahead of Possible Sequestration

Driven by the dual threat of operating under a continuing resolution and a potential sequestration, the U.S. Air Force has issued guidance for immediate actions to cut its budget. See more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Military Aviation

Jane's

F-35 officials highlight programme achievements in response to critical report

Lockheed Martin has hit back at the findings of a Pentagon report issued to the US Congress criticising continued "immaturity" and uncertainty in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter by saying the programme is demonstrating greater stability than any legacy aircraft has at a comparative stage of development. See more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Narrows Boeing Gap as 2012 Orders Top $27B

Airbus SAS is narrowing the order gap to Boeing Co. (BA), with the European aircraft maker announcing a flurry of sales in the final weeks of last year valued at more than $27 billion as it closes the books on 2012. See more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Top Stories, Commercial Aviation

Flight International

P&W eclipses GE's once-dominant lead in 70-120-seat segment

With its landmark selection by Embraer to power the second-generation E-Jet, Pratt & Whitney has nearly eliminated General Electric's once dominant position as a propulsion supplier in the large regional jet segment. See more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Special Topics

BBC News

Plant-powered planes show promise

'Green' biofuels are increasingly being used by airline owners to reduce harmful emissions. But are they really a viable solution for powering every craft in the skies? See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Middle Eastern engine MRO market scales up

Maintenance providers in the Middle East are rapidly building up engine overhaul capabilities. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Government News

Reuters

White House delays 2014 budget after "fiscal cliff" standoff

The White House will delay submission of its budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2014 because of the protracted fight over the "fiscal cliff," according to an official in President Barack Obama's budget office. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon Report Cites 'Lack of Maturity' of Lockheed F-35 Jet

Lockheed Martin's new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Embraer Shares Beat Bombardier on Regional Jet Strategy

Embraer, Brazil's only aerospace company, is betting the E-jet will win a greater share of the shrinking regional market because airlines prefer revamped versions of current planes to risking delays and malfunctions in new models such as Bombardier Inc.'s CSeries. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

Air Force's sequestration hit would mean less of everything

The Air Force is mapping out ways to cut out everything but the basics as it draws up plans for how it would handle sequestration. See more

Friday, January 11, 2013
Special Topics

AirInsight

100% Unblended Biofuel Test

The National Research Council Canada recently undertook a test flight with 100% unblended biofuels. See more

Friday, January 11, 2013
Special Topics

Seattle Post Intelligencer

The State of "Green" Aviation Today

The general public is becoming more and more aware of climate change, and the aviation sector is embracing the "green" trend in a number of ways. See more

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Government News

Stars and Stripes

Panetta to services: 'Prepare for the worst' on budget cuts

The secretary of defense has asked the services to immediately cut spending to offset the impact of possible sequestration in March. See more

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Military Aviation

AOL Defense

Why Air Force Needs Lots Of F-35s: Gen. Hostage On The 'Combat Cloud'

Technology is not enough. What's equally essential is ideas for how to use it. Wielding new weapons in the same old way is a recipe for defeat. See more

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Government News

AOL Defense

Why Sequestration May Be The Least Worst Case

A year ago, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration looked like the nightmare scenario. See more

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

Congress revises DoD's sequestration starting point

Having been granted a brief reprieve from automatic budget cuts, Pentagon planners are crunching a new set of numbers. See more

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney wins contract for Embraer's new E-Jets

Pratt & Whitney won a contract to supply engines for plane maker Embraer's revamped family of regional E-Jets, the companies said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to General Electric Co, the current supplier. See more

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

Commercial Engine Market Heads Into An Unprecedented Year

Engine manufacturers will be busy in 2013 as testing accelerates on the latest commercial turbofans and work advances on the next generation of military powerplants. See more

Monday, January 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Wingtips Luring $2.8 Billion Order From Hawaiian

Airbus SAS won a tentative $2.8 billion order from Hawaiian Airlines for A321neos that can fly from the islands to the western U.S. coast, dislodging Boeing Co. as the carrier's only supplier for single-aisle jets. See more

Monday, January 7, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Emirates Chief: 30 More A380s Needed for New Routes

Emirates, the world's biggest airline by international traffic, may need about 30 more Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos to expand its network, which has been constrained by the lack of landing slots and space at its Dubai base. See more

Monday, January 7, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Contractors quietly optimistic following sequestration delay

While the two-month delay in planned federal spending cuts that Congress approved last week provides short-term relief for government contractors, many companies said the move does little more than maintain the uncertainty that has plagued them for months. See more

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Defense industry fears sequester delay won't stop Pentagon cuts

The defense industry is worried last week's budget deal on taxes could damage its negotiating position for the next "fiscal cliff" deadline two months from now, when across-the-board spending cuts would take effect. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Government News, Top Stories

Lexington Institute

Did The Defense Industry's Campaign Against Sequestration Work?

Over the last two weeks, several reporters have asked me why I thought the defense industry's efforts to head off sequestration had not succeeded. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Government News

Defense News

President Signs Sequestration Delay, Pentagon Policy Bill

A vacationing President Obama has signed the controversial measure that delays pending cuts to projected Pentagon spending and the 2013 military policy bill, the White House said. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Boeing jet orders surge; on track to be top planemaker

Boeing Co appeared to recapture bragging rights as the world's largest planemaker for the first time in a decade. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus seen posting 900 orders, 580 deliveries for 2012

Airbus looks set to post sales of around 900 aircraft for 2012 and exceed its target of 580 deliveries after a record month in December, a Reuters analysis of industry figures shows. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Military Aviation

NPR

The F-35 Fighter Jet: The Cost And Controversy

The sleek and efficient F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is scheduled to replace as many as ten planes currently in service. See more

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Budget deal leaves U.S. defense sector in limbo

Pentagon officials and weapons makers on Wednesday expressed relief after Congress approved a two-month delay in huge budget cuts, but warned that a longer-term fiscal solution is urgently needed to lift the uncertainty hanging over the sector. See more

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Government News

Aviation Week

Congress Approves Bill to Delay Sequestration

U.S. lawmakers at the eleventh hour approved a deal that will delay across-the-board budget cuts until March 1. See more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Government News, Top Stories

Defense News

'Fiscal Cliff' Bill Sets March Sequestration Dates

After Pentagon and industry officials remove the cellophane from their 2013 calendars, they should circle two dates in red: March 1 and March 27. See more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Embraer Boosts Outlook for China

Embraer appears ever more bullish on the prospects for its products in China, judging by its most recent market forecast for the country. See more