Executive: Educated workforce key to success in the skies

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 06:01 PM.

“When you look at the expected lifespan of this aircraft, which should take us out to around 2040 or 2050 we’re only flown about 2 or 3 percent of the total flight hours, so in one sense it’s very experienced, but in another sense, we’re just getting started.”

The Marine Corps is currently replacing its legacy CH-46s and CH-53Es helicopters with Ospreys, which have greater range and speed.

“It’s on the East Coast, West Coast. It’s in Japan. It’s in England with Air Force Special Operations Command,” Rader said. “It’s in Florida and New Mexico, so you’re starting to see the airplane everywhere.”

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