51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

06/08/2011
06/08/2011 - The 51st Fighter Wing airmen are partaking in the 2011 Korea Pacific Air Forces Command Operational Readiness Inspection. An ORI is conducted to evaluate and measure the ability of units with a wartime, contingency orforce sustainment mission to perform operations plan and assigned tasks. Inspectable areas include initial…

An Update from the SLD Forum

06/07/2011
The current Sound Off Column looks at Why Gates II Would Fire Gates I. http://www.sldforum.com/2011/06/why-gates-ii-would-fire-gates-i/ A recent Sound Off Column looks at an historic PR fumble in the Super Tucano versus AT-6 public fight. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2725392/posts The new terms of reference for the next forum which will address “What does the…

C-17 Maintainers

06/07/2011
06/07/2011 - Aircraft breakdowns can interrupt operations. Staff Sgt. Charles McNamara tells us about a stand by team downrange who helps keep aircraft moving.The C-17 has an excellent maintainence record, in large part due to the acquisition of modern aircraft.  The fleet is newer than any other core fleet in…

UK Pilot Comments on Flying the A400M

06/07/2011
06/02/2011: In a brief during the Airbus Military Trade media event, the A400M head test pilot, Ed Strongman, provided an update on the status of the flight test program.  Over the past 18 months there have seen significant flight-testing within the program. As of May 10, 2011, 55 pilots have flown…

Crafting a new AEW Platform

06/06/2011
06/04/2011: The most widely reported story from the Airbus Military Media event was the announcement of a new AEW platform in development. See, for example, the following: http://rpdefense.over-blog.com/article-airbus-military-lifts-veil-on-c-295-aew-study-74143248.html http://www.air-cosmos.com/defense/201105190151129/le-c-295-se-transforme-en-awacs.html http://www.ainonline.com/ain-air-transport-perspective/single-publication-story/article/aewc-version-of-c295-to-fly-29796/ http://www.aviation-office.com/news/16164.html http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3A27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3Ab2e923e8-0f7f-4742-a3b2-810a52e706dc&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest [slidepress gallery='crafting-a-new-aew-platform'] Photo Credit: Airbus Military Here the C-295 is being used as a test bed for the…

Trade Deficit In Advanced Technology Products Is Soaring To New Records

06/06/2011
Originally published in Manufacturing and Technology News, May 17, 2011 By Charles McMillion, President, MBG Information Services, Washington, D.C. 06/06/2011 - The United States continues to lose production in the global economy, according to the first quarter 2011-trade figures for goods and services released by the Census Bureau on May…