Amy Butler

Senior Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's senior Pentagon editor and has flown on a variety of military aircraft since joining the staff, including a 9-hr. HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue mission after Hurricane Katrina, and the MV-22 Osprey, UH-72A Lakota, F/A-18F Super Hornet, F-16CJ, BAE Hawk trainer and C-2 Greyhound carrier capable transport.
As senior Pentagon editor, Amy covers major U.S. military aviation programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, next-generation bomber and KC-46A aerial refueler. She also specializes in coverage of missile defense and military space programs.
Prior to joining Aviation Week, she was the Pentagon bureau chief for Defense Daily covering multiple services' programs, the defense budget and Defense Department dealings with Congress. She worked as the managing editor of Inside the Air Force covering Air Force procurement and policy issues. Prior to that, she was the The Daily Sun's military reporter in Warner Robins, Ga., where she participated in a two-week media trip to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and reported on Air Force activities supporting the no-fly zone over Iraq. 
Amy studied English literature and history at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and took a term at Oxford University, England.

Massive Air Launch System Promises Reduced Costs  10
Stratolauncher studies universal payload pod for world’s largest-wingspan aircraft.
F-35B IOC Expected Soon, Awaits Marine Commandant’s OK 
What remains is for Marine Corps Commandant Joseph Dunford to give the official nod for initial operational capability.
DOD/DHS Tout Advance In Wind Farm Radar Clutter Reduction 
The U.S. government is planning to upgrade up to 79 of its long-range common air route surveillance radars with new software designed to dramatically reduce clutter from wind farms.
Supplier Quality Control, Fuel System Integration Haunt KC-46  3
Harkening to 787 problems, KC-46’s fuel system falls victim to faulty parts.
In Reversal, USAF Plans Automatic Takeoffs, Landings For Reapers  2
A highly stressed UAV force may have finally worn down USAF resistance to automatic UAV takeoff and landing systems.
Boeing: Latest KC-46 Tanker Overrun Prompted By Fuel System Retrofits  47
Redesigns and retrofits required to address a faulty integrated fuel system for the tanker appear to be the cause of the latest cost overrun for Boeing to keep the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46 aerial refueling program on track.
USAF’s Super Strypi Small Launcher Set To Fly in October 
USAF designed it, but will industry build Super Strypi rail-launched rocket?
U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection  49
The U.S. Marine Corps has completed an operational readiness inspection of its first F-35B squadron, the last major hurdle before the service can assess whether VMFA-121 in Yuma, Arizona, is suitable to declare initial operational capability.
Lockheed Flies First Legion IRST Sensor On F-16 

Lockheed Martin is expecting to propose its Legion pod for a forthcoming U.S. Air Force solicitation to put an infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor on its legacy F-15C/D fleet.

Secaf: Falcon 9 Mishap Shouldn’t Hurt SpaceX In Competition 
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James says SpaceX’s failed Falcon 9 mission on June 28 bolsters the service’s argument to get access to more RD-180 engines from Russia, but she adds that it should not hurt the company’s chances of winning U.S. Air Force work.
Boeing’s Tanker Cost Overruns Exceed $1 Billion  73
Boeing is taking another charge on its books, $835 million before taxes, to keep the Air Force's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program on track.
Boeing’s Tanker Cost Overruns Exceed $1 Billion 
Boeing is taking another charge on its books, $835 million before taxes, to keep the Air Force's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program on track.
USAF Embraces U.S. Army Model Of Automated UAV Takeoff, Landing 
The U.S. Air Force has finally opted to allow for the use of an automated takeoff and landing system for its MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.
Review To Shed Light On Falcon 9 Destruct Time Line  9
USAF sent destruct signals for Falcon 9 a full 70 sec. after mishap.
Review To Shed Light On Falcon 9 Destruct Timeline 
Only a few short minutes into its June 28 flight, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 began to break apart, prompting the U.S. Air Force to exercise a rare responsibility to send destruct signals to the rocket.
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