The Federal Aviation Administration will no longer require its Form 8130-3 for parts missing European Aviation Safety Agency required documentation. Instead parts that were received before Oct. 1, 2016, must be accompanied by technical documentation from a supplier. The change comes in response to lobbying by aviation groups, including the Aerospace Industries Association.
The Defense Department has announced the addition of Australia and the Netherlands as regional inventory centers for the global F-35 fleet. "As international F-35 deliveries increase and operations expand, support provided by our international F-35 users becomes more and more critical," said Vice Adm. Mat Winter.
An examination of stars and galaxies using X-ray spectroscopy, a survey of hundreds of exoplanets and a mission to gather information about the universe using near-infrared wavelengths have each received $2 million from NASA for further study under the Explorer program.
The Federal Aviation Administration will soon release details regarding a reorganization of its Flight Standards Service. The agency recently overhauled its Aircraft Certification Service, moving to a more centralized model.
The X Prize Foundation is giving teams until March 31 to reach the lunar surface and meet requirements to claim money under the Google Lunar X Prize. This provides the five remaining teams with three extra months to complete the mission and claim prize money, up to the $20 million grand prize.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says a continuing resolution by Congress to fund the government after September would be "unwise" and would halt planned new programs affecting cybersecurity, space and electronic warfare. The resulting unpredictability "makes us rigid," he said, making it difficult to "deal with new and revealing threats," because "our enemies are not standing still."
The Aerospace Industries Association is leading efforts to inform Congress of "the serious negative impacts of a shutdown," said spokesman Dan Stohr. "We will be urging them to come to an agreement to keep the government open and running."
The Air Force has been left without the necessary resources to address big-picture issues related to nuclear command, control and communications, according to the Government Accountability Office. A report by the office finds that the Air Force has been left to focus only on immediate, short-term staffing and operations needs for these systems.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford says the US and China are committed to working out their differences. Dunford is in Beijing meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Joint Staff Chief and People's Liberation Army Gen. Fang Fenghui.
The Air Force is upgrading its Middle East command center in Qatar. The Combined Air Operations Center will get new software for its classified computer systems that track the air campaigns taking place in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.