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.

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Tight Timing For SpaceX’s USAF Launch Certification 
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USAF Space Command Chief Eyes Three Small Sats For Future SBSS 
"We are concerned about the SBSS gap that could happen because the current SBSS satellite end of life is here in a couple of years," Gen. John Hyten told reporters this week during the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Exhibition near Washington.
Triton Finally At Patuxtent River For Flight Testing 
The U.S. Navy’s first Triton MQ-4C unmanned intelligence aircraft has arrived at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland to begin flight testing after the system’s first cross-country flight.
First GPS III Payload Finally Shipped 
U.S. Air Force Space Command Chief Gen. John Hyten said he’s relieved at the news, but the program to deliver new positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) satellites is not out of the woods.
USAF SpaceX Certification Doubtful In 2014 3
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 6
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.

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