The Aerospace Industries Association is among trade groups working with the White House on its Defense Industrial Base review to shed light on the erosion of the US defense industrial base, and its results will be reported on in April. "It hangs an issue out here for all of us to focus on and talk about that will go well past April," AIA's John Luddy said about the upcoming report.
American Airlines is looking to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and US Department of Transportation to continue service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Capital Region International Airport in Ann Arbor, Mich. The airline needs an extension of its slot exemption at Reagan National to continue the service.
A recent report by the Aerospace Industries Association and the Center for Strategic and International Studies underscores the negative impact of spending caps on the defense industry in the last few years. "[T]he enactment of sequestration and budget caps marked a severe market shock that had a considerable impact on the defense industry," the report said.
Defense supporters in Congress see positive signs pointing to a rise in spending for the Pentagon after the conclusion of a three-day government shutdown. Lawmakers say a budget deal that includes defense increases is getting closer.
Leading maintenance organizations are adding capabilities to service the 2,000 new aircraft entering fleets in 2018, but they still must prepare to service aging legacy aircraft, Lee Ann Shay says.
The Federal Aviation Administration has certified the Boeing 787-10, keeping development on track for its initial delivery to Singapore Airlines. "Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA's lead and certify the airplane before it enters service," Boeing said.
The Air Force remains confident in SpaceX as a vendor for military launches, notwithstanding the reported loss of a secret satellite. "Based on the data available, our team did not identify any information that would change SpaceX's Falcon 9 certification status," Lt. Gen. John Thompson said.
Pentagon spending for space systems decreased about 40% from 2009 to 2016, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Research and development initiatives suffered greatly because of these cutbacks during this period.
The recent government shutdown has shown the impact that a lack of government support would have on launch companies such as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. SpaceX said the shutdown affected vital missions for their customers, including international allies.
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