Richard Aboulafia

Richard Aboulafia

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

Articles
Opinion: Boeing Should Not Lean On Labor To Cover 787 Losses 14
Investors loved Boeing’s fourth-quarter 2014 financials, but scratch a little deeper and there’s a serious problem.
Opinion: LRS-B And The Military Aircraft Industry 8
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?

 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"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
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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