Carole Rickard Hedden

Carole
Rickard Hedden
Aviation Week Executive Intelligence

Carole is responsible for the Aviation Week Workforce Study, Aviation Week Young Professionals and University Student Study, and the Program Excellence Awards. She has provided financial analysis for Aviation Week, developed methodologies behind the Program Excellence Awards, annual workforce study, and developed the Twenty20s program to identify future engineering leaders for aerospace and defense.

Articles
Highlighting Twenty Outstanding Students Pursuing A&D Professions 
The future of A&D is looking good judging by the accomplishments and drive of the young innovators—the lifeblood of the next generation—in this Aviation Week-Raytheon feature.
Twenty20s to Watch: Aniceto-Niederwieser 

B.S. candidate in Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2016

Twenty20s to Watch: Picon-Stern 
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2009; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2015, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Meet The Leader Of Skunk Works’ Compact Fusion Reactor Team  6
Just seven years into his career, Thomas McGuire is leading a Skunk Works project to find the “Holy Grail” of low-cost and low-impact energy in the form of nuclear fusion.
Study: 2014 Is Year For Mass A&D Retirements 
Long-feared A&D workforce transition has begun—with a twist
A&D Stats Still Lower For Women, Minorities 
If minority outreach were a business project, it would have been shut down by now
A&D Workers: Challenge Us 
Cutting-edge work lures A&D talent
A&D Industry Task: Build Cybersecurity Workforce 

One hundred years ago, the University of Michigan hired Felix Pawlowski to teach the first U.S. students the subject of aeronautical engineering. Preparing a generation of engineers to build and assure the safety of a country's fledgling airline and aircraft industry was a daunting task. Today, the industry faces a similar challenge in laying the path to develop the nation's next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Workforce Shrinking But A&D Companies Still Hiring 

Aerospace and defense companies large and small plan to hire in 2013. While much of the hiring will replace workers leaving for retirement or a new opportunity, the numbers also include some all-new jobs and new skills.

Overseas Companies Increasingly Eye U.S. Outposts
Resurgence of U.S. manufacturing is bolstered by foreign companies setting up shop
Worried A&D Workforce Braces For Defense Cuts
As defense budgets decline, angst about pink slips
Younger Workforce Is Restless
More than one-third of A&D employees under 30 are looking for another position within their current organization
Top Companies For A&D Professionals In 2012
Aerospace Corp., Rockwell Collins invest in innovation
Loan Structures Burden Graduates
More than half of A&D professionals under 30 mention student loans as a key factor in career planning.
Participants In The 2012 Workforce Studies 

Aviation Week's 2012 Workforce Study data come from respondents that collectively employ 80% of the A&D industry's workforce of 624,000. Newcomers to this year's study include Alenia Aermacchi North America and Acutec Precision Machining.

 
Blogs
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 2

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 17

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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