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The federal government’s shutdown is affecting some of Washington state’s smaller aerospace companies, even though the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) so far has been unscathed.

Cub Crafters Inc., which makes light single-engine aircraft in Yakima, is running out of its authority delegated by the Federal Aviation Administration to deliver airplanes. Unless there is a change, the 140-person company will lose its ability to deliver aircraft next week, said CEO Jim Richmond.

Many FAA employees have been furloughed by the government shutdown.

“We can’t operate without the FAA,” Richmond said. “We haven’t stopped work yet, but we won’t be able to deliver any we’re making after next week.” read more »

Inslee will ask Legislature to extend Washington's aerospace tax incentives

Winning assembly of the Boeing 777X was on the minds of several hundred gathered at the eighth annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit in Everett on Oct. 2.

“We’re not making a political case to pressure Boeing to build the 777X in Washington. We are working hard, very hard to make the business case, provide the facts and data, to prove that the state is the best place to build the 777X,” said Alex Pietsch, director of the governor’s Office of Aerospace, in a morning presentation called Washington State Strategy to Win the 777X.

Pietsch didn’t actually talk much about winning the 777X, but he did say why it mattered. Data that he showed, from a new study just completed about the impacts of aerospace on the region, indicate that parts for the 777 and assembling it generate 19,800 jobs, second only to the 737, and account for 27 percent of Boeing’s overall Washington employment. read more »


Starting Oct. 1 Alaska Airlines passengers will sip coffee from new high-technology plastic cups, the product of a fast-growing company in Arlington.

Right now, Alaska gets its paper cups for in-flight service from a manufacturer in China. But the new cups, made by Washington-based MicroGreen Corp., are expected to cost one third less, weigh half as much, insulate twice as well, and will be completely recyclable.

“In-flight recycling and using sustainable products is an important part of our on-board product and company values,” said Lisa Luchau, director of onboard food and beverage for Alaska Airlines, a unit of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), in an email. “This cup meets those needs better than our current cup.” read more »


Sequestration or not, the Navy will increase its presence in Washington state, with more people and more capable ships.

This was the assessment offered by Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a talk Sept. 24 at Seattle’s Rainier Club.

The talk was coordinated by the Slade Gorton International Policy Center, a unit of the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle. Former Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., attended.

The context of Greenert’s comments was the Navy’s shift of its presence and equipment to the Pacific region, with a particular focus on balancing the rising power of China. By the end of the decade, about 60 percent of the Navy’s vessels will be in the Pacific, versus half now, Greenert said. read more »

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