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.

USAF SpaceX Certification Doubtful In 2014
U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the new head of Air Force Space Command, said, "If they [SpaceX] are not ready on Dec. 1, we are going to have to stand up and say that" in a Sept. 16 speech at the 2014 Air and Space Conference hosted by the Air Force Association here.
F135 Test Fleet Retrofits Could Start in November
The engine retrofit would finally get the F-35 back into a solid pace of flight testing, which has been interrupted since the June 23 fire caused by an catastrophic engine failure in an A model of the Lockheed Martin aircraft just prior to takeoff at Eglin AFB, Florida.
Boeing Begins Limited Talon Hate Fighter Comms Pod Production Run 
The U.S. Air Force has wrapped up its final design review for the Talon Hate pod designed to provide much-needed connectivity between the stealthy, fifth-generation Lockheed F-22 and legacy fourth-generation aircraft not designed to penetrate enemy air defenses, according to manufacturer Boeing.
First Flight for KC-46 Tanker Platform Slips Further 

Poorly designed wiring bundles for the U.S. Air Force’s Boeing KC-135 tanker-replacement aircraft have driven program officials to further slip first flight of the Boeing 767-2C aircraft from June to no earlier than the middle of November.


Name: “Fifth to Fourth” Fighter Communications, Multi-Domain Adaptable Processing System (MAPS)


Purchaser/User:  U.S. Air  Force


U.S. Air Force Scrimps On Jstars Recap Program 3
USAF embraces ‘art of the available’ with ground surveillance aircraft
Engine Makers Pushing AM, Other Technologies For RD-180 Replacement 3
RD-180 prototype replacement could be ready to test in 2.5 years
First Flight for KC-46 Tanker Platform Slips Further 13
Despite the delay, Air Force Maj. Gen. John Thompson, program executive officer for the KC-46 program, says he is confident the Boeing-led team can deliver the first 18 tankers by August 2017, as required in the contract.
U.S. Air Force Eyes Substantial O&S Cost Cut With New Jstars 
The U.S. Air Force is planning to begin a risk-reduction project next year in advance of a full-scale E-8C airborne ground surveillance fleet replacement program, with the aim of fielding a system far less expensive to operate and maintain.
MDA To Test Reaper With Infrared Missile Sensor In Upcoming Flights 

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) plans to begin flight testing new Raytheon MTS-C infrared sensors for early ballistic missile launch warning next year, according to agency officials.

The sensors will be outfitted on two General Atomics Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and tested during three upcoming Aegis missile defense flight trials, the officials say. The sensor builds off of the MTS-B, the standard sensors for the Air Force Reaper UAV.

F-35 Fire: In Search Of A Solution 28
Operational debut is at risk of further slippage due to a safety-critical engine problem.
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