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January 21, 2013News for the aerospace industry

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  • U.S. military braces for effect of sequestration
    U.S. military leaders have issued directives to cut budgets and freeze hiring in case sequestration comes to pass March 1. "We are on the brink of creating a hollow force due to an unprecedented convergence of budget conditions and legislation that could require the [Defense] department to retain more forces than requested, while underfunding that force's readiness," the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a letter last week to the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Defense News (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pentagon grounds F-35Bs due to engine problem
    The Pentagon has grounded the F-35B (STOVL) variant after issues were discovered with the fueldraulic system. "An initial inspection discovered a detached fueldraulic line in the aft portion of the engine compartment near the bearing swivel module," said Pratt & Whitney spokesman Matthew Bates. Defense News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panetta meets with U.S. troops stationed in Italy
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team last week. During his visit with the troops stationed in Italy, he urged Congress to address military funding. "You guys go out and you put your lives on the line, you take the worst risk of all -- which is that somebody may shoot you and you may die," Panetta said. "All we're asking of our elected leaders is to take a small part of the risk." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Commercial Aviation 
  • NTSB rules out excess voltage as cause of 787 issue
    The National Transportation Safety Board has eliminated excess voltage as a possible cause of a battery fire aboard the Boeing Dreamliner 787. "Examination of the flight recorder data from the JAL B-787 airplane indicates that the APU (auxiliary power unit) battery did not exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts," the NTSB said in a statement. Reuters (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAA struggles to keep up with new technology, critics say
    Some critics are questioning whether the Federal Aviation Administration has the technical expertise to oversee advancements such as the composite Boeing Dreamliner 787. However, Boeing defended the FAA's methods. "We are confident in the regulatory process that has been applied to the 787 since its design inception," said Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel. "With this airplane, the FAA conducted its most robust certification process ever." ABC News/The Associated Press (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Japanese supplier for 787 batteries is also NASA provider
    Japanese firm GS Yuasa Corp., which supplies batteries for the Boeing Dreamliner 787, also has a contract with NASA. GS Yuasa won a contract last year to supply lithium-ion battery cells to assist with powering the International Space Station. "Once Boeing finishes its investigations it will update us on whatever they find is the root cause of the problems," said Josh Byerly, a NASA spokesman. Bloomberg (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Suppliers' News 
  • Rockwell Collins reports Q1 profit of $132M
    Rockwell Collins has reported a profit of $132 million for its fiscal first quarter, compared with a profit of $130 million for the same quarter of the prior year. The company supplies avionics and other electronic systems for aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Reuters (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AIA reacts to Joint Chiefs' call for end to sequestration
    Statement by Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, on reports that the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote to congressional leaders urging immediate action. – In a rare letter, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have weighed in on the urgent need to de-trigger sequestration by issuing a stark warning to Congress laying out the impacts of this misguided and unworkable policy. We agree – the stakes are too high for our elected leaders to play political games with our armed forces. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AIA members-only webinar: Design for Excellence by Plexus Corp.
    Register for the January 23, 2013, webinar scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, to learn how to minimize the risk of cost over-runs, reduce time to market and curtail sustainment costs by implementing "Design for Excellence" techniques in the design process. Senior leaders from Plexus Corp. and Booz & Company (N.A.) Inc. will discuss how system integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers can enhance product quality and improve overall total cost of ownership by incorporating this key value added engineering methodology. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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