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Richard Aboulafia is Vice President, Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects for clients in the commercial and military aircraft field, and has advised numerous aerospace companies. He also writes and edits Teal's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. Richard also writes publicly about the aviation field, with numerous articles in Aviation Week, Aerospace America, and other publications. Frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications, he has appeared on numerous television news programs and has spoken at a wide variety of conferences.
May 14, 2017 :: April 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Northern Border Watchers,

One easy mistake to make, in war or business, is emphasizing tactics over strategy. Broadly, Tactics are the Hows: plans and execution; Strategy is the Whys: the long-term goals and agendas. They are...   [More]

May 10, 2017 :: Why Things Are Looking Up For Boeing Military Aircraft - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

May 8, 2017 :: A Reality Check On China's C919 Jetliner -

May 7, 2017 :: Business Aircraft: Myriad Disappointments, Little Consolation - Pro Pilot

April 18, 2017 :: Trump's Radical About-Face Is Welcome News For Aircraft Industry -

April 10, 2017 :: March 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Pre-Disrupted Aero Universe Inhabitants,

New Aircraft Concepts! We’ve got New Aircraft Concepts! After decades of zero market entrants, there’s a sudden flood of new big ideas. A few wannabe aircraft companies are usually around, but concept drawings have prol...   [More]

March 31, 2017 :: Boeing’s Twin-Aisle Midsize Jet Faces Big Challenges - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

March 3, 2017 :: February 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Aero-Theologians,

“God Bless Boeing.” Thus spoke President Trump, on his visit to Boeing Charleston earlier this month. For any business, if a president believes he can bring God’s blessings, it’s best to go along with him. The downside is th...   [More]

February 21, 2017 :: Trump’s F-35C Vs. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Idea: An Interesting Debate…Four Years Ago - The National Interest

February 13, 2017 :: T-X Is Lockheed’s To Lose, And Boeing’s To Win - Aviation Week & Space Technology

February 1, 2017 :: January 2017 Letter - Dear Fellow Forlorn Trade Fans,

Useful corporate management anecdote: in business, there are A players, B players, and C players. They all see Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about a brilliant octogenarian Japanese chef. The A players watch the movie, ...   [More]

January 11, 2017 :: The End Of The Supercycle - Aviation Week & Space Technology (paywall)

December 26, 2016 :: Putin's Christmas Wish: Pain For The US Aircraft Industry -

December 19, 2016 :: December 2016 Letter - Dear Fellow Brexit, Turkey Coup, Mideast Horror, and, oh, right…US Election…Survivors,

Last year’s December letter presented the companies and aircraft that experienced a strange mix of very good and very bad fortune in 2015. This year was a lot less ambiguous; so, I’m...   [More]

December 13, 2016 :: Upcoming Speech: National Aeronautic Association - January 17 in Washington DC

December 10, 2016 :: November 2016 Letter - Dear Fellow Election Hangover Sufferers,

Defense programs and requirements are complicated. What capabilities and technologies do the nation’s armed forces need? What can the US afford? What metrics are best to assess program effectiveness, contrac...   [More]

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