The Federal Aviation Administration, through September, received 1,688 reports of drones flying in restricted airspace or violating other rules, compared to 1,754 reports in all of 2016.
The Aerospace Industries Association is calling on the government to avoid a shutdown, citing the negative impact even a brief shutdown would have on the industry. "The end result is serious disruptions no matter how long the shutdown lasts," AIA said.
Leanne Caret, executive vice president of The Boeing Co. and president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, discusses a wide range of topics, including tax legislation and Boeing's working relationship with Canada. She also provides an update on the KC-46A Pegasus tanker program.
A Boeing KC-46A tanker destined for the Air Force fleet next year has completed its maiden flight. Delays related to Federal Aviation Administration certifications have slowed down delivery of these tankers.
Raytheon's latest GPS receiver has been tested aboard the Air Force B-2 Spirit. "This test demonstrated M-code capability onboard the B-2 for the first time, marking an early milestone for the overall GPS modernization effort," Raytheon's Richard Yuse said.
The Defense Department has tapped Lockheed Martin to support test flight operations for the F-35 for three US service branches and allies.
Boeing is fielding strong interest in its developmental 777X series passenger jet, amassing 340 orders so far. "It's interesting, when you compare where we were at with the 777-300ER at the same reference point in development of that aircraft, the number of orders for the -300ER was 69. I think actually there is a lot of confidence in the 777X," Boeing's Eric Lindblad said.
The International Air Transport Association is warning of a potential disruption in commercial air service in the UK if air traffic rights are not established in negotiations as the UK prepares to leave the EU. "The worst case would be that connectivity is not maintained between the UK and EU due to the disappearance of traffic rights," IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.
Elon Musk plans to launch his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster into space as the maiden payload of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.