California's active general aviation community was highlighted during a virtual keynote address by educators John and Martha King during an annual conference for the California Pilots Association.
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The Aerospace Industries Association is warning policymakers that the US civil aviation sector is in urgent need of support. "If the commercial side doesn't get some relief, you are going to see companies in the supply chain go out of business, and that will impact the defense side," said Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO.
To mark National Preparedness Month, Southwest Airlines highlighted Team Rubicon, an organization that harnesses the skills of military veterans to provide disaster relief, as well as help at food distribution centers and staff for coronavirus test facilities. Southwest supports the organization with complimentary travel for its volunteers.
Will Roper, top acquisition official for the Air Force, says follow-on iterations of the Boeing KC-46 tanker aircraft "take us all the way up to the doorstep of semi-autonomous and autonomous tanking."
BAE Systems is working toward a "Factory of the Future" that will greatly reduce the time it takes to produce aviation components. "We're looking to reduce our engineering and manufacturing processes lead times and cost by half and that will result in a significant increase in our productivity," BAE's Andy Schofield said.
With more than 260 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters operational worldwide, the model has reached the 50,000 flight hour milestone. "This milestone represents the platform's global growth and adoption as it enables operators to complete dynamic missions at an affordable cost," said Bell light aircraft program director Eric Sinusas.
Two Air Force programs are advancing the development of satellites using computer generated models, a first says acquisition chief Will Roper. "What I'm asking the two programs that are working on potential e-sats is to get rid of the hard, expensive or otherwise difficult things," he said.