The House will be required to vote on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank this month after a majority of lawmakers signed a petition forcing the issue. "We are delighted with today's passage of a discharge petition on Rep. [Stephen] Fincher’s bill reauthorizing [Ex-Im]," said AIA President and CEO David Melcher. "So far, American companies have lost three space payload orders, billions of dollars in American commercial airplane sales are at risk, and several companies are talking about moving operations overseas -- all because Ex-Im Bank financing has not been available since July 1. Enough is enough -- Congress must hold the vote and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank."
United Airlines reportedly has told union pilots that it plans to order a fleet of 100-seat jetliners once the two sides finalize a two-year contract extension. The new aircraft would replace the 50-seat planes being used by regional carriers.
A US aircraft carrier is absent from the Persian Gulf for the first time in eight years as Russian aircraft bomb Syria. The USS Theodore Roosevelt has left the region for maintenance, in part due to budget cuts.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it will allow drop-in replacement of electronic attitude indicators for aircraft under 6,000 pounds. "This non-regulatory policy statement is part of the FAA's effort to increase the flexibility of improving aircraft safety quickly and efficiently with new technological advancements," the agency said in a Facebook post.
Aurora Flight Sciences' Orion surveillance drone is failing to win buy-in from the Defense Department, which favors smaller, more nimble unmanned aircraft. Orion has a wingspan of 132 feet and can stay aloft for almost three days at a time.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 has successfully completed a second round of carrier-based test flights off the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aircraft demonstrated takeoff capabilities with lower airspeeds and heavier loads.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is joining House Democrats to ask outgoing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to call for a vote that would lift the US debt ceiling. "He doesn't have to worry about losing votes" King said. "He's not the speaker."
Former member of Congress Mike Rogers says industry and the federal government can create a compromise in the debate surrounding access to encrypted civilian communications. "If we can put people in a room who understand the science and the technology of what our challenges are, we can come out with a way forward," he said. "We're going to have to do that."
Orbital ATK will send a cargo mission to the International Space Station this December aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Orbital will resume launches of its Anatares rocket in the first half of 2016.
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