Michael Bruno

Michael Bruno
Senior Business Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Washington, Michael is Aviation Week's Senior Business Editor. He covers aviation, aerospace and defense businesses, supply chains and other related issues.
Since joining Aviation Week in 2005, Michael also has helped cover federal budgets and congressional affairs. For six years through 2012 he managed a unique team of defense and space reporters and freelance writers that garnered three Jesse H. Neal business journalism awards, established the award-winning Ares defense technology blog, and produced the former Defense Technology International monthly magazine. Michael periodically helps host Aviation Week’s annual DTAR, MRO Military and A&D Programs conferences, and speaks at other engagements.
Prior to Aviation Week, Michael was a reporter for the Washington Post and BNA covering businesses and federal acquisition. He has a master's in print journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's from Vanderbilt University.

A&D To See Mixed Credit Rating Environment Next Year 

Credit analysts at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services forecast that credit quality for U.S. airlines will continue to improve in 2015 due to cheaper energy costs, led by lower oil prices. “Industries that are likely to face headwinds in 2015 include oil and gas service providers and producers, coal miners, iron ore, traditional advertising and publishing, paper producers, and smaller defense contractors,” S&P said in unveiling its 2015 U.S. corporate credit outlook. 

Russian Defense Companies Show Strong Growth In 2013 
Sipri report on global arms sales shows Russia and emerging-market suppliers continuing to gain ground on companies in the U.S. and Western Europe.
Alcoa Buying German Titanium-Casting Company Tital 

Aerospace and aviation supplier Alcoa is continuing its roll-up of metals providers—and critical link-forming with giant manufacturers Airbus Group, Boeing and their engine makers—with a deal to buy German-based Tital.

Announced Dec. 15, the deal will establish Alcoa’s titanium-casting capabilities in Europe, while expanding the company’s overall aluminum-casting capacity. Tital boasts strong connections to European engine and aircraft manufacturers, such as Airbus, Safran’s Snecma, and Rolls-Royce.

Russian Arms Makers, Non-NATO Leaders Are Industry Growth Stories 
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s new report on annual trends and data in worldwide arms production and sales — excluding China, due to lack of data — shows Russian companies surging.
Esterline 2015 Outlook Disappoints; Sells Eclipse Unit 
The U.S. subsidiary of British aerospace and defense giant BAE Systems and Esterline of Washington state have agreed to a $28 million deal over Esterline’s Eclipse Electronic Systems business.
Alcoa Buying German Titanium-Casting Company Tital 
Announced Dec. 15, the deal will establish Alcoa’s titanium-casting capabilities in Europe, while expanding the company’s overall aluminum-casting capacity.
Defense Logistics Agency Names Favorite Suppliers 
The U.S. military’s Defense Logistics Agency is naming its best-performing suppliers as part of the Pentagon’s plan to name and shame industry into helping achieve better acquisition outcomes.
Spirit To Pay Triumph To Take Tulsa Wing Work 
Spirit AeroSystems and Triumph Group are following through on much-anticipated plans to transfer Gulfstream wing work packages in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from the former to the latter.
U.S. A&D Industry Is Leaving America Behind 4
American aerospace and defense companies are following growth overseas and trying to become just as “local” there as they are stateside.
New Pentagon Strategy For Technological Superiority Expected 

The so-called “Third Offset,” a Pentagon strategy for pursuing and developing new military technologies to overcome the likes of China and Russia, could be formally unveiled on Nov. 15.

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Near-, mid- and long-term air traffic management research and test initiatives at NASA are a major part of the ATM special. Specific projects described include research on the ground portion of single pilot operations and an update on the agency’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) air traffic management work. Beyond NASA we are looking at the latest industry efforts by Airbus ProSky and Boeing ATM....More
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More and more airlines are convinced that conventional wisdom has it wrong: Long-haul low-cost is a model that can work if it is well executed with modern, efficient fleets and work practices and process geared towards efficiency. We are taking a look at the major players in Europe and Asia-Pacific, where the concept is gaining the most traction: Lufthansa’s Eurowings, Norwegian, Scoot, Air Asia X and Jetstar are among the carriers evaluated...More
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