Anthony L. Velocci, Jr.

Anthony L. Velocci, Jr.
Are Aerospace CEOs Up To The Challenge?
The A&D industry faces momentous challenges
Montreal Focuses On Supplier Improvement 

Montreal and the surrounding province of Quebec are using a top-to-bottom approach of government and industry support to help their small and medium-size aerospace manufacturers be more competitive by innovating within the supply chain.

Showcasing Technology Innovation, Now And In The Future 

Few topics ignite our passion more than technology—its potential as a game-changer, its ability to capture the imagination, its champions, the ingenuity that goes into innovative products, and of course, the shape of things to come.

Scientists Speculate On Leaps In Technology

Nearly 150 years ago, when industrialists were finding new ways to harness steam power, visionary Jules Verne wrote a novel in which he described men journeying to the Moon in a capsule after taking off from a launch site not far from Cape Canaveral. The craft was nearly identical in size to the one that transported Apollo 11 astronauts to the Earth's nearest neighbor, and following its return voyage the capsule was recovered after splashing down in the ocean.

Workforce: Mixed Messages 

Key stakeholders in the long-term health of the Aerospace & Defense industry should be pleased to learn that some encouraging news came out of Aviation Week's 2011 annual workforce study. For example, voluntary attrition among young A&D professionals in 2010, which peaked at 22% in the prior year, fell to the single digits. To everyone's relief, a tidal wave of retirements forecast for the last several years did not materialize, thanks partly to a moribund economy.

Billson Details Ontic’s Business Strategy 

With numerous legacy commercial, civil and military aircraft in operation worldwide, continued support of these platforms is a critical part of the overall aviation marketplace. Ontic, part of BBA Aviation plc, is one of the fastest growing players in that field. Editor-in-Chief Anthony L. Velocci, Jr., recently sat down with Peg Billson, president of BBA Aviation Legacy Support, to talk about Ontic and its direction and business model.

Prospect Of NEO Order Onslaught Fails To Shake Boeing Chief

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney has no illusions about capturing the spotlight at this year's Paris air show. That will likely shine on rival Airbus, which is expected to announce more orders for its re-engined A320 narrowbody, dubbed the NEO (new engine option). Shortly before he left for the Paris air show, McNerney sat down in his office at Boeing's Chicago headquarters with AW&ST Editor-in-Chief Anthony L. Velocci, Jr., and Senior Business Editor Joseph C.

Scene-Setter To The 2011 Paris Air Show 

The 2011 Paris air show opens with its customary fanfare and high energy—an unbridled celebration of technology and collaboration worldwide—and the tens of thousands of aerospace industry professionals at Le Bourget brimming with confidence.

FLIR Systems $116,000 Oshkosh 101,000 Precision Castparts 81,000 Harris 66,000 Dassault Aviation 63,000
Oshkosh $735,000 EADS 498,000 Dassault Aviation 459,000 MTU Aero Engines 454,000 Rolls-Royce 445,000 Source: TPC database
Top-Performing Companies Study Delivers Richer Data Set Than Ever Before 

When the aerospace and defense industry entered 2011, executives could look back on the prior year and generally feel pretty good about how the sector did overall. Revenues were up modestly but still reached a new high, and profits were substantially greater.

Lockheed Martin Leads Top-Performing Companies

It's not easy to finish first among a group of formidable competitors—let alone four times running.

Yet that is what Lockheed Martin managed to accomplish in the largest-companies grouping in Aviation Week's 16th annual Top-Performing Companies (TPC) study, outpacing second-ranked General Dynamics and third-place Boeing. Oshkosh Corp. captured the top honor for companies with revenues of $5-20 billion, while Cubic took the crown for companies with revenues of $1-5 billion.

Company Change from 2009 
GKN up 342% Loral Space up 333% Rheinmetall up 266% Boeing up 140% EADS up 139% OPERATING PROFIT per Employee
Apr 25, 2015

Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015

Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015

Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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