January 22, 2018

What’s on the Horizon in the New Year?

What’s on the horizon for 2018? Shifts on the business side and reorganization of acquisitions and technology at the Pentagon, new focus on the warfighter, budget cap discussions, and even new uniforms for sailors, to name a few.

Scrambling to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown

shutdown 2017

Congress is scrambling to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans push for a short-term funding measure.

Congress Hears Report on Aviation Readiness

aviation readiness

Just one-third of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets were fully mission-capable and ready to “fight tonight” as of October, the head of Naval Air Forces told Congress. “The demand for naval aviation forces greatly exceeds our ability to supply those forces,” VADM Troy Shoemaker said.

US Assembles Military Might in Pacific

Military Might

The US is amassing its military power in the Pacific region.

Reaper Drones Help Combat Wildfires

drones fighting wildfires

Remotely piloted Air Force drones were put to work to help combat the recent California wildfires. MQ-9 Reapers from the Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing were put into service in Northern California.

Airport Open House Draws From Land & Air

st. mary's airport

The St. Mary’s Airport Open House showcased the planes, drones, pilots, and businesses turning the airport into a regional hub of pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Visitors could see and touch, and in some cases climb into the cockpits of the aircraft filling the tarmac.

Valve Suspected in Hornets’ & Growlers’ Hypoxia

Hypoxia Hornet

Researchers studying hypoxia incidents say a valve has been identified and might be causing problematic cabin pressure changes in F/A-18E and F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during flight.

FAA: Drones Hurricane Response ‘Landmark’

drone

The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration said, despite some problems during Hurricane Harvey in Houston, drone usage in responses to both Harvey and Irma would prove an evolutionary landmark for unmanned aviation.

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

The Next Generation Jammer program has passed its design review during recent testing at NAS Pax River, NAVAIR officials say.

T-45 Training Grounded Indefinitely

T-45

The Navy has extended the grounding of all of its T-45 training jets indefinitely after a  group of instructor pilots refused to fly the aircraft. The service’s engineers need to figure out what’s causing a spike in dangerous physical symptoms in pilots brought on by a drop in oxygen in the cockpit.