Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher says he is wary of efforts to separate the Federal Aviation Administration and the US air-traffic control system. "I don't think we'd be talking about this if Congress simply reauthorized the FAA for a period of four or five years and provided the annual funding and appropriations that were necessary to complete the programs," he said.
Spain, Britain and France have signed a group maintenance agreement with Airbus to support the A400M. Airbus says the nations "will benefit from a spares pool, technical and engineering support, maintenance and flight operations services."
The continuing resolution to fund the US government now making its way through Congress includes provisions to keep the Air Force KC-46A tanker program and Navy's Ohio Replacement program on track in addition to purchases of AH–64E Apache and UH–60M Black Hawk helicopters.
SpaceX is planning to launch its Falcon 9 rocket in January for customer Iridium Communications. "This allows for additional time to close out vehicle preparations and complete extended testing to help ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance prior to launch," SpaceX said.
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to be head of the Department of Homeland Security, representing the third high-ranking military official Trump has selected for a cabinet-level position.
Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO David Melcher is calling on president-elect Donald Trump's administration to support US exports and end the 2011 Budget Control Act. Melcher said the US must "make a conscious decision to invest in national security, civil space, aeronautics and 21st century air transportation systems."
Experts and lawmakers say it is imperative for the US to update its aging nuclear arsenal, citing the improving capabilities of foreign governments. "At some point we're going to wake up and our public is going to wake up to the fact that the head of North Korea ... is probably going to have the capability to hit our country with an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead on top of it," said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.
Boeing has grabbed 466 net orders for aircraft in 2016, while Airbus had 410 in the first 11 months of the year.
As Congress pursues a continuing resolution to fund the US government in the short term, NASA's authorization bill is facing long odds of passage. The bill authorizes NASA's funding for the 2017 fiscal year and also contains policy provisions.
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