James Drew

James Drew
Defense Editor,
Aviation Week

A journalism graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, James moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2014 to pursue a career in defense trade reporting after more than two years writing for community newspapers in Brisbane. James began reporting for Inside Washington Publishers’ Inside the Air Force before moving to Flightglobal, where he traveled extensively as a Washington-based military aviation reporter for the company’s online and print publications. James is a former Australian Army Reserve rifleman with an interest in military hardware, media, photography and video production. He joined Aviation Week in June 2016.

'Magic Carpet' Enables ‘Fundamental Shift’ In U.S. Naval Piloting 
The introduction of a fully redundant precision landing mode in the Super Hornet and Growler should eliminate the need for stick-and-throttle carrier landings.
U.S. Army Gets Serious About Future Vertical Lift 
The Army’s future aviation force will be a mix of unmanned and optionally piloted platforms that can fly farther, faster and be as agile as today’s fleet.
Bell Goes To Washington With V-280 Simulator 
A Bell V-280 Valor virtual flight simulator is the centerpiece of Bell’s new Advanced Vertical Lift Center in downtown Arlington.
Canada And Boeing To Demo Autonomous Chinook  1
The U.S. Army is shadowing Canada’s collaboration with Boeing on autonomous flight control technology. for the CH-147F.
Podcast: Winners and Losers as Trump Scuttles Iran Deal 6
Airbus and Boeing could be stuck with dozens of passenger airplanes, but missile defense sales could see an uptick. Aviation Week editors discuss the unfolding scenarios.
U.S. Army Backs Dual-lift UAVs, Tank-hunting Drones 
The U.S. Army’s laboratories are advancing degraded visual environment technology to allow pilots to fly and fight in blackout conditions.
ITEP To ACE: ATEC Going Full Throttle 
The Advanced Turbine Engine Company is heading into a preliminary design review on the Alternate Concept Engine, a next-generation U.S. Army engine initiative.
USAF Reveals Preferred B-21 Bomber Bases 
The U.S. Air Force has announced its existing Boeing B-1B and Northrop Grumman B-2A bomber bases as “reasonable alternatives” to host the Northrop B-21 Raider.
Fourth Sbirs GEO Satellite Achieves ‘First Light’ 
The fourth satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System constellation has achieved “first light,” beaming back its first images to Earth.
Puerto Rico ANG C-130 Hercules Crashes In Savannah 
A C-130H cargo aircraft assigned to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed in Savannah, Georgia, on May 2 and “there were fatalities,” the USAF said.
Sierra Nevada, Textron To Offer Fixed-Wing Prototype For Army 
Sierra Nevada Corp. and Textron Aviation have renewed their commitment to the U.S. Army’s Fixed-Wing Utility Aircraft program.
SNC Will Offer Prototype For U.S. Army Fixed-Wing Program 
Sierra Nevada Corp. and Textron Aviation have renewed their commitment to the U.S. Army’s Fixed-Wing Utility Aircraft (FUA) program.
Kratos Gets Busy Building Dynetics’ Gremlins Drones  2
Dynetics’ victory over General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the Darpa Gremlins Phase 3 program has given air vehicle supplier Kratos cause for celebration.
USAF Nuke Chief Not Expecting Easy B-52 Engine Upgrade  31
As the U.S. Air Force embarks on a major re-engining of the Boeing B-52H, its leadership is under no illusions about the difficulty of the task at hand.
U.S., Canada To Cooperate On Autonomous Chinook 
The U.S. and Canada will work together on autonomous flight control technology for the Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Reveals MQ-25 ‘Stingray’
March 26, 2018

GA-ASI article publishing April 2.

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