•Aircrew Safety. The AT-6 meets today’s USAF pilot size requirements; the Super Tucano does not.
•Weapons Safety. All AT-6 weapons testing was accomplished with USAF Non-nuclear Munitions Safety Board oversight; Super Tucano testing was not, and the aircraft does not meet the board’s standards.
Lastly, George notes that long-term financial staying power of the company is a key risk factor. The contracting officer judged Beechcraft to be financially responsible just like Embraer. The facts don’t support George’s conclusion that “the Air Force made the best choice for LAS” and the facts are why we have asked the GAO to review the USAF’s decision, again.