The Navy is working to increase the mission readiness rate of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F-18C Hornets. The F-18C Hornet fleet has a readiness rate of 44%.
While Boeing is not expected to make an official announcement regarding its new midsize airplane until next year, the market for the new aircraft seems to be building. "Airline views on this Boeing concept appeared increasingly positive to us, with the design parameters firming," analyst Douglas Harned of Sanford C. Bernstein said.
Gulfstream is anticipating a growth market in 2019 as it introduces its G500 and G600 business jets. "We're bringing two new airplanes to market at a time when the market is improving," President Mark Burns said.
El Al Airlines has tapped Boeing to provide maintenance services under a two-year agreement. Boeing also announced a contract supplement with Lufthansa for landing gear work on two 777-200Fs.
The Defense Department is stepping up efforts to woo college students with a technology background into government jobs. "We need the creative people who want to work on the complex and the mind-boggling," Dana Deasy, the Pentagon's chief information officer, said.
United Launch Alliance President and CEO Tory Bruno says the rise of launch companies is good for the US. "We're seeing a broadening of the lift industrial base," he said.
United Launch Alliance successfully launched an Air Force communications satellite into orbit aboard an Atlas 5 rocket early Wednesday. "It was a beautiful launch, a very clean launch," Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess said.
While the idea of a Space Force has gained support from both major parties, some lawmakers are pushing back on the idea, citing costs and other factors. Congress will received the Pentagon's proposal for a new Space Force as part of the 2020 budget request.
Companies such as GE and UTC Aerospace Systems are announcing plans for a major push into the nascent civil supersonic market at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this week in Orlando, Fla. GE Aviation has unveiled its new Affinity engine, which is being touted as a pivotal first step toward a return to supersonic commercial travel. UTC Aerospace Systems plans to use technology already in flight testing on high-speed military aircraft to move into the civil supersonic arena.