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.

F-35 Lightning II Will Not Strike At Farnborough 6
"This decision was reached after consultation with operational commanders and airworthiness authorities, despite the decision by airworthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to flight," a Pentagon spokesman said.
USAF Requests Funds For Additional Launch, Study Of Alternatives 
This launch is for the 20th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft and would be in addition to a National Reconnaissance Office mission for which the Air Force issued a draft request for proposals June 4.
F-35 Cleared To Fly, But Not To Farnborough Yet 3
The U.S. Air Force and Navy air worthiness authorities have approved the F-35 for a limited return to flight, though there has been no determination on whether the single-engine, stealthy jet will make it to the Farnborough air show here by its close Sunday.
Maiden Flight Due Next Year For Boeing Tanker 

Only four years ago, Boeing and Airbus were in a bitter fight for the largest contract for aerial refuelers to come on the scene for at least a decade.

U.S. Eyes Trainer Competition in 2015 

The big question for the U.S. Air Force’s T-38C replacement program—the largest tender for fast-jet trainers in years—remains what Boeing will bring to the table.

The answer remains—as it was a year ago—a ways off. The service is starting to put muscle behind the effort. But the competition isn’t expected to begin until late next year. So until that request for proposals is released, contractors likely to vie for the work remain largely mum.

'Cost War Room': Pentagon Targets F-35 Price 

Lockheed Martin and Pentagon officials have carefully planned their talking points at this week’s Farnborough air show to focus on the F-35’s reliability.

F-35 Issues Complicate Cost-Reduction Rollout 11
F-35 engine fire mars international debut
F-35 Latest: Engine Fire Cause Emerges 9
The blade rubbing that prompted a fire in an F-35A – leading to a fleetwide grounding July 3 – took place in the third-stage fan of the integrally bladed rotor (IBR) in the low pressure section of the F135 engine, according to Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, program executive officer for the U.S.–led F-35 program.
5th-To-4th Gen Fighter Comms Effort Still In Early Stages 1
The U.S. Air Force’s plans for forthcoming program to buy a communications system to connect fifth-generation fighters to their fourth-generation counterparts is only a first step, according to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.
Blackjack Production Nod On Hold

RAF Fairford -- Completion of initial operational test and evaluation and the subsequent full-rate production decision for the U.S. Navy’s RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft is on hold due to ship availability.

Boeing Hopes to Stretch Super Hornet Line Through 2017
Boeing officials say they can continue production of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G through 2017 with only 12 of the aircraft suggested by Congress rather than at the roughly 24 they previously said were required to keep the St. Louis production line afloat.
Boeing T-X Trainer Technology To ‘Fly in a Timely Fashion’
The company is “building parts” to demonstrate at least some technology – or possibly a full demonstrator aircraft.
Blade 'Rubbing' At Root of F-35A Engine Fire 1
The rubbing between the blades in the low-pressure turbine and the cowl surrounding them put increased stress on the blades, causing one to fail catastrophically.
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