Kevin Michaels

Kevin Michaels

Contributing columnist Kevin Michaels is Global Managing Director -- Aviation Consulting and Services for ICF International. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Articles
Opinion: Bold Moves Reposition The Once-Staid Alcoa
The last nine months were earth-shattering for Alcoa.
Opinion: How Bombardier Can Bounce Back 12
Bombardier’s cancellation of the Lear 85 is symptomatic of two much larger issues that the company must confront in the near future.
Opinion: ICF Sees A380neo Launch Likely In 2015  20
Canceling the A380 program after just a decade of production would be a political catastrophe not only for Airbus, but also for Europe.
Opinion: Rolls-Royce Should Revisit Its Corporate Strategy  1
Until recently, the future appeared bright for aeroengine titan Rolls-Royce.
Opinion: Government, University Commitments Keys To Aerospace Engineering  2
Last month, Michigan celebrated the centennial of aeronautical engineering in the U.S.
Opinion: Surplus Parts Provide New Savings Avenue For Airlines 
The surplus parts market comes of age
Airlines Forced To Revisit Their Freight Strategies 
How an industry went from growth leader to laggard
Opinion: Comac Tie-Up With Bombardier A Win-Win 1
Customer support will be crucial to the C919’s success
Opinion: China's Bumpy Road To Growth
Why China’s business aviation market is bound to disappoint
Aeroengines’ New Golden Age
How four aeroengine companies are pacing industry innovation
New Horizons For Aerospace Suppliers
Why OEMs are flocking to the U.S., Mexico and Singapore
Opinion: How Cheaper Oil Could Help, Hurt Aviation
What lower fuel costs would mean for aviation
OEMs Increase Production, Squeeze Suppliers
How Airbus and Boeing are boosting profit margins
High Hopes Dashed For Air Travel Growth 
Aviation stakeholders should contemplate a slower-growth future--including lower maintenance expenditures.
Materials Companies Highlight Supply-Chain Streamlining 
Tier 4 consolidation is reshaping supply chain.
 
Blogs
Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 4

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 7

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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