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.

Bill Could Ease Way For Ex-Im Bank 
The U.S. Export-Import Bank has remained hobbled by tea party lawmakers who refuse to allow a quorum of directors to take seats, but that may be changing if some other Republicans and Democrats have their way.
Boeing Unveils $2B In Charges On 787, 747 and Tanker 
Boeing late July 21 announced after-tax charges totaling $2.1 billion, including $393 million on the U.S. Air Force KC-46 tanker and $847 million on the 787.
FAA Extension Leaves Much To Do  1
With its latest short-term extension of FAA reauthorization, lawmakers on Capitol Hill gave themselves more time to mull major changes to U.S. aviation policy, such as whether to outsource air traffic management. But too much time also could make things harder.
Japan Bank Announces New Leasing Fund 
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (SuMi Trust), one of Japan’s well-known financial institutions, and Novus Aviation Capital, a global aircraft leasing platform, on July 20 announced the launch of the $200 million Ortus Aircraft Leasing Fund.
Triumph Follows Spirit’s Lead In Tier 1 Turnaround 
New CEOs at top Tier 1 aerospace suppliers Spirit AeroSystems and Triumph Group tackle the competing pressures of meeting high production-rate demands while reducing supply-chain costs.
Republicans Push Boeing-Iran Ban  15
GOP-controlled House passes language that could block Treasury Department from issuing license necessary to allow sale of U.S. commercial aircraft to Iran.
From Tailwinds To Headwinds, Business Is Slowing 
While the environment is not quite recessionary, industry can expect a business slowdown this year.
Asia-Pacific Airlines Top Manufacturing Concern Lists 

As the Farnborough International Airshow kicked off relatively unimpressively this week in regards to new commercial aircraft orders, aerospace and defense consultants continue to issue reports pointing to potential attrition in the commercial aircraft manufacturing backlog, particularly by Asia-Pacific regional customers.                                         

Study: Less Satellite Tinkering, More Building 
A coming wave of low Earth orbit satellite constellations will force a step change in satellite manufacturing, with builders having to become more “industrial-like,” according to a July report from global business advisory firm AlixPartners.
Spirit AeroSystems Aims For Steady Savings And Growth
Tom Gentile, the incoming CEO of aerostructures and engine parts giant Spirit AeroSystems, is so unassuming that a stranger can literally bump into him alone in the halls of the company’s Wichita headquarters and receive an unnecessary apology.
Suppliers Unveil Major Additive Manufacturing Investments 
Suppliers increasingly distinguish themselves with investments in additive manufacturing.
Forecast Sees Historic SmallSat, Launch Market 
Euroconsult says around 200 organizations built a smallsat between 2006 and 2015, and the coming decade will show a similar pattern, with the results about to be evident in orbit.
Raytheon And Thales End, Rework Joint Ventures 
With signs emerging earlier this year that all was not going as well as it once did, Raytheon and Thales have divvied up and downsized their defense joint ventures (JVs).
Industry Observers See Second-Half Slowing 
Ahead of midyear reports to Wall Street by public companies, and on the heels of Britain’s “Brexit” vote to leave the EU, analysts and consultants covering the aerospace and defense (A&D) sectors see a general slowdown in business activity.
Industry Observers See Slowdown In Second Half 
Ahead of midyear reports to Wall Street by public companies, and on the heels of Britain’s “Brexit” vote to leave the EU, analysts and consultants covering the aerospace and defense (A&D) sectors see a general slowdown in business activity.

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