The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry achieved record revenue and profits in 2012 on the strength of a surging commercial aviation market. Industry revenue and operating profit increased 2% and 4%, respectively. Median Top-Performing Companies (TPC) scores for the largest A&D companies improved to their highest levels since 2007, the year before the Great Recession. Mid-size company scores were flat, but remained at historic highs, and smaller company scores dropped considerably, after a brief peak last year.
For the past 20 years, Aviation Week has conducted the Workforce Study to answer some basic questions about the aerospace & defense (A&D) industry’s ability to meet ever-changing customer requirements through the innovation, ingenuity and capability of its people....More
The future of aviation operations lies in the ability to leverage all available data sources in real-time to maximize efficiency and safety, enhancing the industry’s bottom line while improving the passenger experience....More
Compression molded Discontinuous Long Fiber (DLF) composites continue to see successful Aerospace adoption for metal replacement opportunities. There is no question that these thermoplastic composites are a viable non-metallic option for production of complex-shape aircraft components....More
On a business jet, the cabin experience is crucial to the satisfaction of an executive and his or her team. In the past this often meant larger — and more, and higher definition — screens, along with more buttons, bells and whistles....More
As programs of record across the commercial, space and defense segments of the aerospace and defense industry have grown more complex, program and project leaders have been forced to look beyond the technical and production challenges they face....More