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New gunship-to-be takes to the skies

Posted December 5, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Todd McQueen The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to a new AC-130J gunship made its first flight at Marietta, Ga., this week. The MC-130J will have a Precision Strike Package installed, then will fly as a gunship in early 2014. The total requirement for new AC-130J gunships is…

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AMETEK acquires Aero Components International, Avtech Avionics and Instruments

Posted December 17, 2012 by

AMETEK, Inc. announced Dec. 17 the acquisitions of Aero Components International (ACI) and Avtech Avionics and Instruments (Avtech), both privately owned, FAA-certified aviation repair operations located in Miami, Fla. ACI repairs and overhauls fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, power generation and heat exchanger components and is one of the few independent aviation repair shops with fuel repair…

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Northrop Grumman names VP Cybersecurity/C4

Posted January 7, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 7 that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley as vice president of Cybersecurity/C4, effective immediately. Stanley will report to Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, Government Relations. In this role, Stanley leads the Cybersecurity/C4 portfolio in the company’s Government Relations organization. He and his team contribute to…

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Aviation Partners Boeing appoints Patrick LaMoria executive VP, CCO

Posted January 18, 2013 by

Following 11 years of various roles, including business development and product marketing with Boeing, Patrick LaMoria joined Aviation Partners Boeing in 2001 as director of sales and marketing for Europe. LaMoria quickly became an integral part of the APB team and was promoted to vice president of sales & marketing in 2004. Now, expanding his…

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Boeing-led missile defense team completes GMD flight test

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Boeing, working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, Jan. 26 returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. “Today’s test signals the next step in GMDís future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among…

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Mars Science Lab drills to get rock powder sample

Posted February 13, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

At the center of this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called “John Klein” where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Curiosity has now successfully used all of its unique equipment to examine if Mars was capable of supporting microscopic life. The percussion drill was used to…

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Pratt & Whitney F117 engines surpass 10 million flight hours on C-17 fleet

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engine, the exclusive power for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, recently exceeded 10 million engine flight hours. At the same time, the C-17 exceeded 2.5 million flight hours while supporting military and humanitarian mission in support of U.S. and allied troops around the globe. Pratt & Whitney is a United…

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Wyle wins NASA contract valued at nearly $2 billion over 10 years

Posted March 6, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $1.76 billion over a 10-year span to provide comprehensive health, safety, science and engineering support to NASA human space flight missions supporting the International Space Station, Orion, commercial space initiatives and exploration human systems development. Called the Human Health and Performance Contract,…

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AUVSI study finds unmanned aircraft industry poised to create 12,292 new jobs in California in three years

Posted March 15, 2013 by

March 12, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International unveiled new economic data, which finds that the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 12,292 new jobs in California the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. national airspace system. Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015….

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Boeing celebrates global supplier partners on delivery of 7,500th 737

Posted March 27, 2013 by

Boeing highlighted the critical role its global supply chain plays in production of the 737, as it celebrated the 7,500th delivery of the world’s most popular airplane. The Next-Generation 737 has about 400,000 parts per airplane that are built by more than 325 suppliers in 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, China, France and…

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