Amy Butler

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.

Articles
Longeron Cracks Ground F-16Ds as Lockheed Reviews Radar Upgrade 

More than half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16D fighter have been grounded due to cracks found during inspections.

X-47B, Hornet Met Rapid Launch, Recovery Goals On Deck 
Thus far, the team has conducted four cooperative-catapult takeoffs and arrested landings as well as 11 touch-and-gos, according to a Navy spokesperson.
Longeron Cracks Ground F-16Ds as Lockheed Reviews Radar Upgrade 1
Lt. Col. Steve Grotjohn, deputy chief of the Weapon System Division at the program office, attributes the cracks to "fatigue from sustained operations."
UCAS, F-18 Tested Together On Carrier Deck 

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT — The U.S. Navy executed its first-ever takeoff and landing of unmanned and manned aircraft in rapid succession on an aircraft carrier deck Aug. 17, putting the service one step closer to its goal of a mixed fleet of manned and unmanned aircraft in the coming years.

Northrop Bomber Team Relieved Over California Legislation 

The California legislature has passed a last-minute measure to equally offer a tax incentive package to both contracting teams vying for the next-generation U.S. Air Force bomber program, overturning an earlier law that gave a $420 million discount to the Boeing/Lockheed Martin team alone.

UCAS, F-18 Tested Together On Carrier Deck 4
The milestone puts the U.S. one step closer to its goal of a mixed fleet of manned and unmanned aircraft in the coming years.
Northrop Bomber Team Relieved Over California Legislation 10
The measure, passed Aug. 14, levels the playing field between the Northrop team and the Boeing/Lockheed team in terms of tax incentives, averting what could have been yet another Air Force procurement train wreck.
New USAF Space Surveillance Sats Past Early ‘Bumps’ In Deployment 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force has yet to turn on the sensors for its new – and until recently classified – set of space surveillance satellites launched last month.

Bell, Sikorsky/Boeing To Build U.S. Army JMR Rotorcraft Demonstrators 

Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky/Boeing have been selected to build high-speed rotorcraft technology demonstrators for the U.S. Army. Both aircraft are scheduled to fly in 2017.

Bell will build the 280-kt. V-280 Valor tiltrotor and Sikorsky/Boeing the 230 kt.-plus SB.1 Defiant rigid coaxial-rotor compound helicopter under the $217 million first phase of the Joint Multi Role technology demonstration (JMR TD).

ULA CEO Steps Down In Face of Competition 

Michael Gass, first CEO of the U.S. military launch monopoly United Launch Alliance (ULA), will retire from the company at year’s end, just as it faces a potential competition for work with upstart Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

New USAF Space Surveillance Sats Past Early ‘Bumps’ In Deployment 
The service has not yet established a date to begin operating the two new Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites because work is ongoing to check out the bus and support systems for the first-of-its-kind design.
ULA CEO Steps Down In Face of Competition 2
Gass is stepping down as ULA faces unprecedented scrutiny over the cost of its launch services for the U.S. government.
Bell, Sikorsky/Boeing To Build Army JMR Rotorcraft Demonstrators 6
The Sikorsky/Boeing team will build the 230 kt.-plus SB.1 Defiant rigid coaxial-rotor compound helicopter and Bell the 280-kt. V-280 Valor tiltrotor in the first phase of the Joint Multi Role technology demonstration.
F-35C, Ship Prep Ongoing Despite Restrictions 

The grounding and subsequent restricted flight regime of the F-35 fleet are not expected to affect its ability to get prepared for its first deployment on a U.S. aircraft carrier in November, according to program officials. 

F-35C, Ship Prep Ongoing Despite Restrictions 
The grounding and subsequent restricted flight regime of the F-35 fleet are not expected to affect its ability to get prepared for its first deployment on a U.S. aircraft carrier in November, according to program officials.
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