The Transportation Security Administration will ask foreign airports with nonstop flights to the US to closely examine powders in travelers' bags, starting June 30. The substances could be items like cosmetics, protein powders or baby powder and the focus is on containers of 12 ounces or more.
BAE Systems is making capital investments in its US manufacturing facilities in anticipation of demand from the Department of Defense. The company has put $100 million into a new dry dock in California and $150 million into factories that do work related to electronic warfare suites for the F-35 and others.
A BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles team has received a $198 million contract to supply the Marine Corps with 30 next-generation amphibious combat vehicles. The contact could be worth $1.2 billion if options for up to 204 vehicles are exercised.
Airbus has found a way to complete final assembly of the A320 inside a former A380 maintenance hangar at its Hamburg-Finkenwerder facility using automation technology. Airbus now has four final assembly lines for the A320 and A320neo.
Goodyear is ready to launch its newest airship this month, the 10-ton, 246-foot Wingfoot Three. The company also is launching an airship pilot training program because, as the Federal Aviation Administration notes, the US has only 128 qualified airship pilots.
Lee Ann Shay calls on the aerospace industry to take an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion. "Don't let this polarizing time stop you from seeking new viewpoints, encouraging diversity and inclusion, and making the aviation industry an even better place to work," she writes.
Former US Rep. Mike Rogers says the Air Force must cut down on its acquisitions bureaucracy to take advantage of the latest space technologies. "If we want to take advantage of new capabilities, we can't rely on today's ponderous certification and government overhead processes," he writes.
President Donald Trump's executive order establishing a US Space Force will set into motion the long process of potentially creating a new military branch. "This is a very big bureaucratic shift, lots of complex moving parts, lots of budget implications, doctrine implications, command relationship implications, funding implications, legal implications -- all of those have to be worked out," said Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation.
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