Part of Boeing's growth stems from millions of people who are traveling for the first time, resulting in a direct increase in aircraft production to meet demand, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said. "Less than 20% of the world's population has ever taken a single flight," he said.
House aviation subcommittee members want US regulators to continue to cooperate with the aircraft industry as commercial drones play a more prominent role in aviation. "We are seeing industry and government work closely together toward the common goal of UAS integration and keeping the United States ahead of the rest of the world in the development and integration of this new aviation technology," Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., said.
Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg believes his company, not SpaceX, will be the first to carry humans to Mars. Boeing is the primary contractor for the initial stage of NASA's Space Launch System, which is being developed to send astronauts on missions into deep space via the Orion spacecraft.
Plans by the Air Force to modernize space systems are stalled due to the continuing resolution by Congress. The Air Force has requested $7.75 billion to investment in new technologies for space support to operations, guaranteed access to space and space superiority.
Next month, President Donald Trump plans to unveil a 70-page infrastructure document to guide Congress in preparing a bill to kick-start infrastructure investment. The plan is expected to recommend using $200 billion as "seed money" to encourage state and local governments to raise taxes and find other ways to invest in infrastructure.
Not having the proper budget for more soldiers, aircraft and ships jeopardizes the Defense Department's military readiness plans. The Aerospace Industries Association, defense companies and other organizations want legislatures to repeal the $549 billion cap on defense spending. "We remain concerned that final FY18 appropriations, without repeal or substantial alteration of the discretionary spending caps introduced by the Budget Control Act of 2011, could undermine our collective commitment to strengthening military readiness," AIA wrote in a letter to lawmakers.
The defense sector has been hurt by defense underfunding and stopgap spending measures. As a result, the cost of producing weapons has risen and competition has decreased, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said.
JetBlue Airways will begin service between Massachusetts' Worcester Regional Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, starting May 3. The smaller airport has recently completed a Category III landing system that allows planes to land in all kinds of weather.
The 2017-18 Airline Food Study has been released by the
Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and DietDetective.com. The study evaluates and scores meals and snacks provided by 12 airlines to help passengers make good choices.
Airlines are waiving change fees for flights today to and from Atlanta due to a weather system expected to include near-freezing temperatures and brief bursts of snow.