B/E Aerospace, Inc. announced plans this week to split its operations into two independent, publicly traded companies, currently titled “Manufacturing Company” and “Services Company”.
Bombardier suspended flight tests of its CSeries aircraft after a Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engine suffered an unspecified failure during ground runs at the Mirabel, Quebec site last week. This recent failure adds unwelcome pressure to the already delayed CSeries flight-test-effort.
President Obama announced this week that the U.S. plans for approximately 9,800 American troops to remain in Afghanistan in 2015, following the scheduled completion of combat operations in the country this year.
Airbus confirmed this week it plans to increase seating on its A320 aircraft from 180 to 186 seats, while maximum capacity on A321 aircraft will increase from 220 to 240 seats. Although full details will not be revealed until next month, the European Aviation Safety Agency also confirmed Airbus’ “process for significant modification” has already started.
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has remained a budget priority in recent years, with total budget authority growing from $47.5 billion in GFY 2008 to $60.7 billion in GFY 2014, and projected to reach $60.9 billion in the GFY 2015.
On May 6 at the C4ISR & Networks Conference in Arlington, VA, Deltek’s principal research analyst, Alex Rossino, discussed an improving spending environment for Big Data services and technologies in 2016 and beyond, despite broader sequestration effects across all areas of the Federal budget.
As the United States continues its drawdown in Afghanistan and shifts focus to the Pacific, the integration of Special Operations Forces (“SOF”) worldwide and the training of SOF personnel remain key elements of success.
International competition between the aerospace giants, Airbus and Boeing, continues to heat up as both companies secured multi-billion dollar orders in China this week. China Southern Airlines Company announced an order of 50 Airbus A320neo aircraft, as well as 30 A320 jets, with a combined order value of approximately $7.3 billion.