Richard Aboulafia

Richard Aboulafia

Contributing columnist Richard Aboulafia is vice president of analysis at Teal Group. He is based in Washington.

Articles
Opinion: LRS-B And The Military Aircraft Industry 5
Students of post-Cold War aerospace are intimately familiar with the Last Supper.
Opinion: A&D Mood Swing Benefits U.S. Sales  1
The U.S. market again is playing a leading role in all major aviation segments.
Opinion: Reengining Works Great. What About Retrofits?  7
It has been decades since anyone reengined an in-service jetliner. Can engine retrofits make a comeback?
Opinion: Greatest Long-Term Threat To Boeing Is The Loss Of Talent  23
The problem is that Boeing corporate management is taking a one-size-fits-all approach to labor relations.
Opinion: Bombardier's Uncertain Future 11
Spring and summer setbacks leave many open questions about the airframer’s direction
Opinion: F-35 Absent, And Stuck In Second Gear  16
Grounding could jeopardize export orders
Opinion: Bizjet Growth Eclipsing Stagnant Military Market
Markets meet for high-end bizjets, combat aircraft
The Next Big Medium Thing 1
The case for a scaled-up successor to the Boeing 757
Airbus Product, Organizational Needs Conflict 

Airbus is at a crossroads. It needs to address its major twin-aisle product line disadvantage to Boeing, while simultaneously implementing organizational reforms that could leave the company with less cash for new product development.

Opinion: Airbus Twin-Aisles—Big Needs, Limited Means
Airbus has big twin-aisle needs, but limited means.
U.S. Military Aircraft Fly Toward A Waterfall
The past few months have seen stark harbingers of looming pain.
Mind The Gulf
The Big Three carriers' vast expansion plans and their implications
Scorpion—Bold Idea, But Where’s The Market? 

Textron, in partnership with Airland Enterprises, recently unveiled the Scorpion, a largely clean-sheet light combat/ISR jet that is being prepared for a first flight this month (see photo). New military aircraft are so scarce that any new prototype is bound to garner attention, including an Aviation Week cover story (AW&ST Sept. 16, p. 22), and it's good to see innovation make an appearance in the aerospace and defense industry. Yet, despite all the talk of paradigm shifting, low costs and “80% solutions,” what exactly is the market for this product?

China’s Aerospace Strategy In Trouble 

As a prospective new entrant to the aviation industry, it's hard to be better positioned than China. The country offers the second biggest national market in the world, one that is growing ever larger and more important and benefits from plenty of engineering talent. It's difficult to believe China will not eventually have some kind of large aerospace industry as long as it stays a national priority.

 
Blogs
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015
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Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015
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AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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