Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Myth vs. Reality

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Myth vs. Reality

The emergence of unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft systems for civil and commercial applications is among the most significant aviation advancements in decades. On almost a daily basis, new beneficial applications of this evolving technology are being demonstrated. While public perception of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been mixed, the public debate is changing as…

Global Positioning System Modernization

Global Positioning System Modernization

According to a 2011 economic study, 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $96 billion in annual direct economic benefits are attributable to the Global Positioning System (GPS).  Truly, GPS has become an integral part of the fabric of our civil, commercial, and military daily operations and its current and future…

Guidelines for Implementing Interoperability Standards for Engineering Data

Aerospace Industry Guidelines for Implementing Interoperability Standards for Engineering Data

The variety of engineering tools used to support design, procurement, manufacturing, and support of aerospace products has never been greater.  From company to company, tools and processes range from manual capture in 2D drawings to sophisticated 3D models that are tightly integrated with other enterprise systems. The challenge is…

Standards - Incorporation by Reference

Standards - Incorporation by Reference

The aerospace industry depends on technical standards from more than one hundred different standards-developing organizations. If a recent government trend requiring that standards incorporated by reference into rulemakings be made available free on the internet is not reversed, the viability of these critical standards developers will be threatened and…

Industry Innovation and Government Oversight: An Effective Partnership

Industry Innovation and Government Oversight: An Effective Partnership for Safety in the Skies

Taken by any measure, aviation continues to top the list of the world’s safest forms of transportation. In terms of hours flown, number of passengers transported, and number of aircraft in the air – across commercial, general aviation and cargo sectors – the single most dangerous part about flying continues to be, in the…

Engine Icing Working Group Subcommittee on Engine Ground Operations During Heavy Snow

In response to tasking by the FAA as defined in a letter dated July 3, 2013, titled, “Request
Formation of Advisory Group to Address Specific Engine and Installation Icing Issues”, the EIWG has
studied the issue of ground operations of turbine engines during heavy snow conditions. This…

Safeguarding of Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

Safeguarding of Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

Cybersecurity attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication for the aerospace and defense industries. A new requirement of contracting with the Department includes a new information security clause:

DFARS clause 252.204-7012 to safeguard Unclassified Controlled Technical Information (UCTI), effective November 13, 2013. The clause is required for all new DoD contracts and subcontracts and will affect…

Acquisition Rebalancing: Recommendations for Smart, Efficient & Effective Defense Procurement

Acquisition Rebalancing: Recommendations for Smart, Efficient & Effective Defense Procurement

The Department of Defense (DOD) must change how it acquires weapon systems and services. There is growing recognition from DOD leadership, Congress and the defense industry that it is time to revise the overly complex and burdensome system that drives unnecessary cost into programs and will soon make them unaffordable as defense budgets decline.

Making…

The New American Space Age

The New American Space Age

Across the government and private sectors, more vehicles are now being built for human spaceflight than at any other point in history. Today’s NASA human spaceflight program is an ecosystem of diverse activity – developing both exploration systems and commercial transportation services. These elements are strategically linked to one another and vital…

Leveling the Playing Field: The Ex-Im Bank & U.S. Manufacturing

Leveling the Playing Field: The Ex-Im Bank & U.S. Manufacturing

In the wake of an uneven global economic recovery, countries are competing in an unprecedented race to create jobs and stimulate economic growth through increased exports. In this competition, not all countries abide by the same set of rules that the United States follows to support their companies' exports.…