SwitchPitch, AIA event will connect space companies, startups | Apache, Black Hawk engine replacement hit by budget woes | BAE Systems developing advanced threat detection systems for helos
April 28, 2017
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SwitchPitch, AIA event will connect space companies, startups
SwitchPitch is working with the Aerospace Industries Association to organize a space event in Long Beach, Calif., to connect NASA and major companies with startups. Expected attendees include Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne and representatives from the Air Force.
Inside Defense (subscription required) (4/27) 
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Apache, Black Hawk engine replacement hit by budget woes
An Army program to replace engines on UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters is grinding to a halt and could become one of the many casualties of a yearlong continuing resolution that would freeze funding at 2016 levels. The new engines will offer more horsepower and save on fuel.
Defense News (4/27) 
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BAE Systems developing advanced threat detection systems for helos
BAE Systems is creating advanced threat detection systems for helicopters in anticipation of the Army's Common Infrared Countermeasure program. Low-rate production for the program could begin as early as next year.
Defense News (4/27) 
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Civil Aviation
National Weather Service launches Graphical Forecast for Aviation
The National Weather Service's Graphical Forecast for Aviation is up and running, providing pilots flying in the continental US with an easy-to-read visual weather forecast that doesn't rely on long paragraphs to describe weather patterns. The GFA features the same information as the older text format and allows users to zoom in on specific areas and change forecast times.
AOPA Online (4/13),  General Aviation News (4/24) 
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Details emerge about Uber Elevate eVTOL program
Uber offered more details about its Uber Elevate eVTOL flying car program this week, announcing partnerships with aircraft equipment makers, technology companies and real estate developers. The vehicles are expected to have a 60-mile range and a maximum speed of 150 mph.
AIN Online (4/26) 
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A&D Workforce
Eighth-graders from Wichita, Kan., headed to TARC
Truesdell Middle School in Wichita, Kan., is sending a team of eighth-graders to the Team America Rocketry Challenge as the only team from the region to qualify for the competition. The top 100 teams from across the US will compete May 13.
KWCH-TV (Wichita, Kan.) (4/27) 
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NASA extends timeline for SLS program
NASA says the first Space Launch System flight will likely have to wait until 2019, with or without a crew aboard. The agency is extending the timeline beyond November 2018.
Space News International (4/27) 
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Policy and Legislation
Congress approves stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown
The House and Senate approved a stopgap spending bill today that will keep the government running for another week while negotiations continue on a larger budget deal.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/28) 
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AIA News
Save the date: Team America Rocketry Challenge, May 13
Next month, hundreds of student rocketeers will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete to be crowned the Team America Rocketry Challenge champion, win scholarship money and earn the right to represent the US at the International Rocketry Challenge. TARC's mission is simple but crucial to our industry: Encourage students to pursue STEM education and aerospace careers through rocketry.

We encourage you to come out to the TARC Final Fly-Off on May 13 and join us in supporting these talented students. To learn more about TARC or to find out how you can get involved with TARC in your local community or as a corporate partner, please visit the TARC website or contact the TARC team at rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org. TARC is made possible thanks to our very generous sponsors, including:
  • The Raytheon Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Elbit Systems of America
  • Thales USA
... and many more! The full list of TARC sponsors is available here.
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Register today for the US Industry Reception at the International Paris Air Show
The US Industry Reception is the largest US event during the 2017 Paris Air Show. The event is attended by premier civil aviation and defense companies as well as US government executives. The reception will be held at the Official Residence in Paris.

Monday, June 19, 2017
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Official Residence of the US Ambassador (Paris)

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