Headlines from AIAA AVIATION 2014


Friday, 20 June 2014, 5:15 p.m. EDT

Aeronautics technology development: Time to pick up the pace

by Janice Saylor

The message from the Friday morning plenary panel at AVIATION 2014 is that change does not happen rapidly in aerospace. As the FAA’s Steve Bradford put it, “Your good ideas from today will take seven years to research, seven years to develop, and then [will be] deployed in years 14 to 20, and you’ll be right on the cusp of that final step in year 20.” Bradford is chief scientist, architecture and NextGEN development, at the FAA’s Office of the Chief Scientist.

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Friday, 20 June 2014, 12:35 p.m. EDT

NASA plans faster, open-minded aeronautics research

by Ben Iannotta

NASA is in the process of realigning its aeronautics research operations to bring a renewed focus on X-planes and accelerate progress toward overland supersonic combustion, cleaner-burning engines, alternative fuels and breakthroughs in detect-and-avoid technologies for unmanned craft. Those are among the goals laid out in NASA’s “Aeronautics Research Strategy Vision” released in August 2013.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014, 9:45 p.m. EDT

Pushing through the hurdles of low altitude flight

by Jessa Foor

We are in a very exciting time for those involved in the commercialization of low altitude vehicles. Within the next 1-5 years, full integration into the commercial airspace will happen. As knowledge of the benefits of these technologies advances among early adopters, there is increased public interest and rising demand among large commercial businesses. So what’s the biggest roadblock? Regulation, of course.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014, 4:15 p.m. EDT

NextGen on course to make aviation safer and cleaner

by Duane Hyland

“Next Generation [NextGen] air traffic control technology transforms how we look at and manage air traffic,” said Michael Whitaker, deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, addressing a capacity audience at AIAA’s AVIATION 2014 Forum.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014, 3:30 p.m. EDT

‘Tough decisions’ ahead for NextGen

by Ben Iannotta

Budget cuts to the FAA’s NextGen air traffic management modernization program over the past few years are beginning to take a toll, and in response FAA officials are seeking to protect core NextGen projects, a senior FAA official said Thursday.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014, 9:30 a.m. EDT

Partnering with governments for UAS success

by Duane Hyland

The message from the Wednesday afternoon panel, “Creating a Successful Commercial UAS Business Environment: Challenges and Opportunities,” is that if unmanned aerial systems – UAS – are to thrive in the U.S., the federal government, state governments...

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Collective effort needed to tackle aviation’s challenges

by Lawrence Garrett

The issues and challenges facing today’s aviation industry can’t be solved “just by one company, by one country,” said Axel Krein, senior vice president, research and technology, Airbus, during Tuesday evening’s William Littlewood Memorial Lecture. They can “be solved only together,” he said, adding that this week’s AIAA 2014 Aviation Forum and Exposition is an excellent opportunity to bring industry members together...

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 2:55 p.m. EDT

FAA: New tech, fuels necessary for cleaner future

by Ben Iannotta

The navigation improvements being rolled out under the FAA’s NextGen initiative won’t by themselves bring the industry in line with the ambitious carbon reduction goals for aviation laid out in a 2012 policy statement, the FAA’s Carl Burleson told an audience at AVIATION 2014 Wednesday.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 1:15 p.m. EDT

Supply chains: Quality is job 1

by Duane Hyland

When you think aerospace, you think engines, wings and planes; you don’t normally think about the way all of the parts got there. But you should. Supply chains are a critical part of aerospace – if they don’t work, nothing works. That was the message from today’s panel on “Global Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities” at the AIAA AVIATION 2014 Forum in Atlanta, Ga.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 8:10 a.m. EDT

Unmanned test site winners pledge cooperation

by Ben Iannotta

Just six months after engaging in a fierce national competition to be named one of the nation’s official unmanned aircraft test sites, representatives of the six winning organizations gathered on stage Tuesday to strike a note of research cooperation in the drive to open the national airspace to unmanned planes.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 2:10 p.m. EDT

Brazilian, Chinese experts discuss aviation trends

by Ben Iannotta

Brazil and China plan to grow their aerospace industries by supporting their industries and academia, and some of those plans were discussed during the session, “Perspectives from Brazil and China.” One panelist ventured a bold prediction about the possible use of unmanned aircraft in civil aviation.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 1:45 p.m. EDT

Integrating the world’s air transportation systems

by Duane Hyland

If we want to have smarter, cleaner and safer aircraft operations throughout the global aviation enterprise, we will have to find the political will to work together to implement the technological systems that will make those goals a reality: That was the message of the morning panel on international integration and Interoperability at the AIAA AVIATION 2014 Forum in Atlanta, Ga.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 10:55 a.m. EDT

Eye on tomorrow’s leaders

by Duane Hyland

The Monday evening Rising Leaders in Aerospace Forum offered younger professionals and students an opportunity to learn how to get involved in AIAA. Ben Marcionna of Lockheed Martin moderated the panel, which was part of AIAA’s AVIATION 2014 forum in Atlanta, Ga.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 9:20 a.m. EDT

Moving computational fluid dynamics analysis forward

by Duane Hyland

Does computational fluid dynamics still have a place in aerospace analysis? The answer from a panel of experts gathered at AIAA’s AVIATION 2014 Forum in Atlanta, Ga., was “yes, but we have to improve it.” How to improve it, the methods to be used, and the various futures of CFD-based research sparked debate before the capacity crowd gathered in the session room on Monday afternoon.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 8:30 a.m. EDT

Aviation industry vital to U.S. economy

by Lawrence Garrett

The importance of the aviation industry, not only to the state of Georgia but also to the U.S. economy, was the focus of a Monday morning panel discussion at AIAA’s AVIATION Forum, taking place this week in Atlanta, Ga. The panel, called “Aviation’s Challenges & Opportunities – Georgia’s Global Perspectives,” included three industry representatives: moderator Steven Justice, director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace; Jack Crisler, vice president – new business, air mobility, special operations, and maritime requirements, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; and Steve Dickson, senior vice president, flight operations, Delta Air Lines. The panel looked at aviation from two perspectives, operational and manufacturing.

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Monday, 16 June 2014, 12:30 p.m. EDT

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Strategic necessity and economic powerhouse

by Duane Hyland

The F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter is not just an extremely effective warfighting machine but also a robust engine of economic growth for the U.S. and its international partners, said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, addressing a standing-room-only audience this morning in Atlanta, Ga. Carvalho was delivering the keynote speech at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ AVIATION 2014 forum.

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