Amy Svitak

Amy Svitak
Paris Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's Paris bureau chief and covers European space programs and the commercial satellite telecom industry.
 
Amy has reported extensively on space and defense programs in the U.S. and Europe, covering the final days of NASA's space shuttle program and the emergence of entrepreneurial space companies seeking a foothold in the commercial market. In defense, Amy closely covered the U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tanker competition during the administration of George W. Bush, the largest procurement scandal in the service's recent history. She also followed the proceedings of the 9/11 Commission and the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
Raised in a small town in central Arizona, Amy covered community and education issues for the state's largest daily newspaper before moving to Washington in 1999. She worked as the international arms trade reporter and later the Capitol Hill correspondent for Defense News, spent three years covering U.S. national security spending for National Journal's Congress Daily and two years writing about NASA at Space News before joining Aviation Week in May 2011.

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Dassault Falcon Revenues Down, Optimism For Rafale Exports Persists 

PARIS — Dassault Aviation reported lower Falcon business jet revenues in the first half of 2014, but orders are up and the company is optimistic that a new Indian government elected in May will soon finalize a multi-billion contract for the sale of 126 Rafale combat aircraft.

Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said the company reported net sales of €1.5 billion ($2 billion) with adjusted net income of €145 million, both down 17% compared to the same period in 2013.

France Takes Delivery of Third A400M 

PARIS — French arms procurement agency DGA took delivery of the nation’s third Airbus A400M military transport aircraft July 25.

Built by Airbus Defense and Space, MSN10 was delivered to France’s Orléans-Bricy Air Base after receiving certification in mid-May.

Dassault Falcon Revenue Down As Optimism For Rafale Exports Persists 
Dassault Aviation reported lower Falcon business jet sales in the first half of 2014, but orders are up.
France Takes Delivery of Third A400M 
Built by Airbus Defense and Space, MSN10 was delivered to France’s Orléans-Bricy Air Base after receiving certification in mid-May.
Ground Support Issues, Bad Weather Delay AFSPC-4 
The Delta IV mission is now slated to lift off at 6:55 p.m. EDT Friday from Space Launch Complex-37.
MD-83 Wreckage Found In Mali 1
An MD-83 operating on behalf of Air Algerie crashed in Mali on Thursday morning, July 24.
Air Algerie MD-83 Crashes In Mali 
An MD-83 operating on behalf of Air Algerie crashed in Mali on July 24. Contact was lost 50 min. after takeoff from Ouagadougou and the aircraft came down around 70 km from the city of Gao, according to Air Algerie.
Lockheed Martin Testing 3-D-Printed Subsystems On A2100 Space Bus 
Some spacecraft brackets can take up to 30 hr. to machine by hand, while additive manufacturing can produce 300 of the same parts in a single day that are just as structurally sound, Lockheed Martin says.
USAF Requests Funds To Launch DMSP-20 
After the SpaceX protest, U.S. Air Force seeks more-competitive launch opportunities
Ariane 5 To Launch ATV-5 To ISS July 29 
Arianespace says an Ariane 5 ES rocket will launch Europe’s fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 29 after the company performed additional checks on a subsystem inside the launcher’s Vehicle Equipment Bay (VEB).
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Jul 25, 2014
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SpaceX on Rumored Layoffs

California company sees 5% workforce reduction...More
Jul 25, 2014
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Understanding How Casualties Are Counted

In researching our cover package on aeromedical evacuation, one of the hardest things to grapple with was how to count casualties. It turns out that even those experienced in the field can become confused on what metric is the most appropriate to use in any given circumstance....More
Jul 25, 2014
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Check 6 Podcast: Buk M-1 Missile vs. Flight MH17. What Went Wrong?

So what might have gone wrong that allowed a Buk-M1 missile to take down MH17?...More
Jul 25, 2014
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Anatomy of a Crash-Site Investigation

France deploys troops in support of AH5017 recovery effort....More
Jul 24, 2014
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Photos: London's Heathrow Airport: Seven-Seven-Heaven! 1

In recent years the number of airlines operating Boeing's long-range, high capacity 777 (particularly the -300 series, but also some smaller -200s) has increased noticeably at the UK's premier international gateway....More
Jul 24, 2014
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Airframe details for Air Algerie AH5017

The Air Algerie aircraft that crashed in Mali today is tail no. EC-LTV, an MD-83 (DC-9-83) with serial number 53190....More

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