The 2019 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando


2019 Air Warfare Symposium pic
2019 Air Warfare Symposium

One of the premier annual events hosted by the Air Force Association (AFA) is the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition. Scheduled to take place from February 27 to March 1 in Orlando, Florida, the 2019 event will bring together distinguished Air Force leaders, as well as government officials and academics. During the event, discussions on present and future challenges facing the aerospace community and Air Force will occur. In the past, the three-day event has been attended by high-ranking individuals including the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Director of the Air National Guard, and Chief of the Air Force Reserve.

The 2019 symposium will feature more than 50 aerospace companies that have produced innovative technologies in air warfare capability, as well as 12 hours of exhibit time and an outdoor barbecue dinner that will allow Air Force leaders to converse and exchange ideas with exhibitors. For more information on the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, please visit

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler ( spent over 28 years in the United States Air Force in various leadership capacities and now serves as the CEO of Buhler Consulting (, a Virginia-based defense and aerospace consultancy company. In addition to his Air Force experience, Carl Buhler is a member of the AFA.

The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance

The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance
The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance

In the aircraft business, an aircraft’s owner/operator is responsible for the aircraft’s maintenance. In its simplest form, aircraft maintenance ensures the proper functioning and the safety of aircrew and passengers, but is a very complicated and comprehensive process that involves cleaning aircraft components, applying corrosion prevention, lubricating moving parts, troubleshooting fuel systems, servicing hydraulics and more.

Additionally, aircraft maintenance involves physically checking and inspecting various parts to determine their state of wear and tear and actions to replace parts requiring replacing. Aircraft parts commonly checked during maintenance include the engine, fuel system, fuselage, avionics, electrical controls, and wings.

Depending on the type of aircraft, they have different maintenance schedules with some aircraft requiring maintenance based on periods of time while others require maintenance based on operating or flight hours/cycles.

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler served in the US Air Force for over 28 years specializing in aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics. He is currently the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC ( In this capacity, Carl Buhler provides consultant services to the aerospace, production, and defense industries with a focus on logistics and aircraft maintenance.