John Morris

John Morris
Aviation Week ShowNews

John has led Aviation Week's ShowNews, the best-read daily news magazine of aerospace trade shows, for nearly two decades. His background in business journalism before joining Aviation Week includes stints at Reuters, the American Banker daily banking newspaper and as business news editor at the Milwaukee Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, John has been a private pilot for 34 years and won an award at EAA Oshkosh for his restoration of a vintage British Auster army spotter aircraft. He is currently building a 1920s Staaken Flitzer biplane from plans. John attended his first Farnborough Air Show in 1952, when just eight months old.

GE Invests As Defense Budgets Decline 

FARNBOROUGH — Investment by GE Aviation in next-generation military engines will increase by 50% next year even as military budgets decline in the U.S. and around the world.

The goal: to develop a sixth-generation fighter engine for the U.S. Air Force and Navy, and an advanced engine for helicopters. They will all incorporate ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in the hot section, and 3-D printing (additive manufacturing) for difficult-to-make parts.

GE Invests As Defense Budgets Decline
Investment by GE Aviation in next-generation military engines will increase by 50% next year even as military budgets decline in the U.S. and around the world.
CMC Brings Cockpits for Next Gen Airspace
Recent wins for avionics on the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan and the Airbus Helicopters EC645 T2 underscore an increasing focus on rotorcraft and military aircraft at Esterline CMC Electronics.
Airbus Enters E-Plane Light Aircraft Market
Airbus Group is entering the light aircraft market with plans to produce two electric-powered general aviation and training aircraft by the end of the decade.
Emerging Airplanes Will Underpin Growth at Collins
Business conditions are improving and Rockwell Collins is well-positioned to benefit from its wins on new platforms as they start to enter service, says Kelly Ortberg, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Collins.
Spirit AeroSystems Set to Grow
As the world’s largest first-tier manufacturer of major airframe assemblies, Spirit AeroStructures is feeling the pressure: It must not only respond to calls for better pricing from the OEMs it supplies, but also invest heavily in ramping up production rates and winning business on new products.
Alcoa Forges Ahead With Firth Rixson
The $2.85 billion acquisition by Alcoa of Firth Rixson brings together two of the world’s leading metals innovators and manufacturers of jet engine components.
GE: "Practitioners of Technology"
Technology is advancing at a record-breaking pace, especially when it comes to designing, developing and manufacturing tomorrow’s aero engines.
Comlux Boss Questions Demand for Cheaper Completions
At least three VIP completions centers are making a pre-emptive strike against overcapacity in the narrowbody market by going down market with cheaper, simpler interiors.
There’s No Sitting Still at Lufthansa Technik

Flying by the seat of your pants has a new meaning at Lufthansa Technik, which yesterday unveiled a new concept for the main passenger-cabin interface – the chair.

Aerion Moving Forward With Larger Supersonic Jet 
Twelve years after it was formed to develop a supersonic business jet, Aerion Corp. has relaunched the aircraft as a larger-cabin trijet with longer range, better runway performance and the ability to meet the most stringent noise rules in the future.
The Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2014

Today’s issue of ShowNews features our annual listing of the Top 10 Leaders of European Business Aviation. We pick the movers and shakers, those who are helping create demand for business aviation through clever marketing and innovation, those who are influential in polishing business aviation’s image with the public and politicians alike, and those who are fighting to protect it from unfair regulation.

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