American Airlines will host an event at Nashville International airport in Tennessee that gives children with autism and developmental disabilities the chance to simulate air travel. Children will be able to practice a "realistic flight journey," including passing through a security checkpoint and boarding a plane. More than 120 guests are registered to participate.
Alaska Airlines will plant a tree on the West Coast each time a passenger brings a pre-filled water bottle onto an Alaska flight and posts a photo to social media tagging @AlaskaAir and using the hashtag #FillBeforeYouFly. "Our ultimate goal is to work together with our guests and employees to improve the health of our water by reducing plastic use," Alaska Airlines' Diana Birkett Rakow said.
MBDA is incorporating an electronic warfare payload into its Spear missile for a demonstration requested by the British Defense Ministry. "These state-of-the-art electronic jammers will confuse our adversaries and keep our pilots safer than ever in the air," said Defense Procurement Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan. "Paired with the devastating power of precision Brimstone and Meteor missiles, our world-class F-35 and Typhoon jets will continue to rule the skies in the years to come."
Morocco has received approval from the State Department for the acquisition of TOW missiles and F-16 weaponry valued at $985 million. Raytheon, General Dynamics, Orbital ATK and others will fill the order, should it move forward.
The Army is seeking proposals for the supply of Active Electronically Scanned Array antennas for its helicopter fleets. The antennas should be "capable of providing multi-mode, multi-mission, [and] multi-function support."
Additive manufacturing, automation and the use of drones for inspections are all technologies that are changing the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul business. "It's certainly conceivable that MRO service providers will require quick-react manufacturing cells to produce custom repairs or parts, possibly under some alternative basis of certification or authority," said Victor Ho of AAR.
Embraer has completed delivery of the first E195-E2 to be flown by Azul airline. Embraer models are a critical part of the airlines growth ambitions going forward, according to Chairman David Neeleman.
Thales Alenia Space is anticipating success for its Inspire satellite, an all-electric, reprogrammable satellite that is being produced serially. Boeing and Airbus have also recently rolled out new, flexible satellite models.
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