November 14, 2011

AviationWeek.com

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MAINTENANCE

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For the complete current issue, archives and more, go to: AviationWeek.com/awst Free to subscribers. PROGRAM DELAYS Because the F-35 program is running five years behind schedule, the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are looking at extending service life for F-16s, F-15s, A-lOs, F/A-18s and AV-8Bs.
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FROM THE WEB

Comments from readers on AviationWeek.com AW&ST Beijing Bureau Chief Bradley Perrett's article on Shenzhou 8 launch elicited: delphinius 100 saying: Don’t blindly assume China “wants” to conduct missions to ISS or that China “wants” to compete with Russia for human transport there.
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MAINTENANCE

Boeing Eyes RFID for Parts Boeing, now formally offering radiofrequency identification (RFID) to keep parts-records in aircraft already in service, is looking at introducing the technology as factory standard on commercial and military aircraft. The company expects the FAA to certify the system by year-end, says program manager Phil Coop.
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THE INSIDE TRACK

Flexible Markets

Maker of little-noticed cables reacts to recession and competition

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GAS AND GO

It’s among the world’s largest oil companies, but ExxonMobil says it is done serving business aviation and is shuttering its Avitat system. In the doing, it’s merely following other Big Oil outfits. Many within the fixed-base operations and fueling business say they’ve anticipated the withdrawal for some time.
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MRO

An Edge, For NoW W

Some in the Chinese maintenance sector see the country’s competitiveness slipping

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Buy Not Make

As primes shift to integrator role, supply-chain efficiency is more essential

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Reality Bites

Airbus delays A350-900 entry into service and terminates A340 production

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Hard Sell

Program leaders must get a handle on their projects’ value in order to defend them

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EXPORT CONTROLS

Reform Movement

Removing aircraft parts from munitions list advances effort to overhaul export controls

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