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Aviation Week & Space Technology editors take a look at some of the bigger-picture issues in the world of aerospace and defense

Episode Date
Podcast: Fast Five With Flight School Association Chief Robert Rockmaker

The founder, president and CEO of the Flight School Association of North America, discusses how the organization benefits student pilots as well as training organizations and the post-COVID-19 outlook.

Oct 15, 2020
Tech Talk: NASA’s Dragonfly Mission To Titan

In this special edition Check 6 Tech Talk in conjunction with IAC 2020 we speak to Elizabeth Turtle, the principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming Dragonfly mission, which seeks to explore the surface of Titan with a rotorcraft. Dragonfly’s unique dual-quadcopter will land at multiple sites over a nearly three-year baseline mission, assessing the mysterious Saturnian moon’s past and present habitability. Recently delayed by one year due to COVID-related budget pressures, Dragonfly is expected to launch in 2027.

Oct 14, 2020
Boeing 737 MAX Return Nears As 787 Bids Adieu To Seattle

Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick and Guy Norris discuss the latest ups, downs, and relocations at Boeing.

Oct 09, 2020
Hailing the Air Taxi

Secretive startup Joby Aviation let Aviation Week’s Guy Norris witness a flight test of its new electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft. He and Graham Warwick discuss what he saw – and why the air taxi market is for real.

Oct 01, 2020
Airbus' Ambitious Hydrogen Plans

Airbus announced three different aircraft concepts for a hydrogen-powered aircraft that is to enter service in 2035. The company is making key technology choices early and still has massive challenges ahead: technological, regulatory and in convincing industry partners to participate. Aviation Week editors Guy Norris, Thierry Dubois and Jens Flottau discuss the key issues ahead.

Sep 25, 2020
What’s Next for the U.S. Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance Program

Aviation Week editors discuss the roots of the service’s Next Generation Air Dominance program, its use of digital engineering to speed development and some of the obstacles it may face in the future.

Sep 18, 2020
Planning For An Aerospace Recovery

With the commercial aviation manufacturers and suppliers still reeling from COVID-19, Eric Fanning, president of the Aerospace Industries Association discusses ways in which it is trying to maintain the industrial base and position companies for a recovery.

Sep 10, 2020
Are Commercial Aircraft Production Plans Still Too High?

Aviation Week editors discuss why Airbus and Boeing will need to further trim output to ride out the COVID-19 crisis.

Sep 03, 2020
The U.S. Hypersonics Program Matures

In the last few weeks, Aviation Week editors Steve Trimble and Guy Norris have learned new information about several U.S. hypersonic weapons efforts. Listen in as they tell executive editor Jen DiMascio about the developments, which include the revelation that the Air Force is studying intercontinental-range hypersonics that could be nuclear-armed and confirmation of the creation of a multi-mission platform with a multi-cycle engine that could be the path toward a SR-72 intelligence-gathering vehicle.

Beyond those potential future programs, they discuss the construction of a new Dynetics facility in Huntsville, Alabama, likely to be the first U.S. factory that will be able to produce hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of hypersonic glide vehicles in the coming years.

Aug 25, 2020
Could Military Sustainment Shifts Impact Broader Aftermarket?

Changes in military sustainment--including the push for agile development and the use of cloud-based software—could hint at broader shifts in the overall aftermarket. Listen as Aviation Week speaks to Accenture’s aerospace team talks about these developments.

Aug 21, 2020
Should More Airline Passengers Be Screened for COVID-19?

Airport testing centers are up and running in Germany as airlines look to screening to help revive traffic, but a similar effort in the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction. Aviation Week air transport editors discuss the latest.

Aug 13, 2020
Fast Five With Amy Spowart, Head Of The National Aviation Hall Of Fame

Amy Spowart, president and chief executive of the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, speaks about the organization based in the birthplace of aviation.

Aug 07, 2020
Inside the U.S. Return to Launching Humans to Space

This week, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Benhken splashed down in their SpaceX Dragon capsule in the Gulf of Mexico after two months at the International Space Station. Aviation Week editors Irene Klotz and Mark Carreau discuss their experience covering human spaceflight from the days of the shuttle until now and where the Commercial Crew program is headed.

Aug 07, 2020
Bracing for COVID-19’s Second Punch

A new surge in U.S. coronavirus cases has stalled a fragile recovery in airline traffic. Listen in as Accenture’s aerospace team reveals the strategies they’re giving aerospace CEOs for now and into 2021.

Jul 31, 2020
Behind the Curtain With Aerospace CEOs

Aviation Week editors provide their behind-the-scenes impressions from interviews with the CEOs of Airbus, Boeing, Lufthansa Technik and Raytheon Technologies.

Jul 24, 2020
Fast Five With Mark Clark, Who Specializes In Marketing Warbirds

Clark is the president and owner of Courtesy Aircraft. The company has be involved in the sale of more than 3,000 former military aircraft.

Jul 23, 2020
Fast Five With Tim Obitts, President of National Air Transportation Association

Obitts discusses how the organization that represents FBOs and charter and fractional ownership operators is dealing with COVID-19.

Jul 23, 2020
Sustainability and Supersonics: An Interview with Aerion CEO Tom Vice

With the groundbreaking of Aerion’s new Florida headquarters approaching, company CEO Tom Vice talks to Guy Norris about the design, development, and sustainability of its newly reconfigured AS2 supersonic business jet.

Jul 22, 2020
Why Rolls-Royce Is Charging Ahead With The UltraFan

As an UltraFan demonstrator is prepared for 2021 tests, chief engineer Andy Geer tells Aviation Week editors about Rolls' faith in a market recovery—and why UltraFan will be an engine for all seasons.

Jul 20, 2020
Leader Interview: Chris Calio, Pratt & Whitney

Since taking the helm at Pratt & Whitney from outgoing Bob Leduc at the turn of the year, the company’s new president Chris Calio has been steering the engine maker through a sea of challenges. Ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to implementing upgrades to the PW1100 geared turbofan, all this has happened as P&W completed its mega merger with Raytheon—a transaction which officially closed in early April.

Listen in as Calio talks down the line to Senior Propulsion Editor Guy Norris as part of Aviation Week’s Flight Path Forward series about his hopes for the company’s commercial and military engine businesses, the road to sustainability and managing through the pandemic to a long term market recovery as part of a bigger company. Sponsored by Accenture.

Jul 17, 2020
Leader Interview: Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck

The founder of the small-launch company discusses a recent failure of the Electron rocket launch, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, and Rocket Lab’s evolution from manufacturing rockets to building spacecraft.

Jul 17, 2020
Fast Five With Roei Ganzarski, CEO Of magniX

BCA Editor-in-Chief and Ganzarski discuss the potential for electric propulsion to make trips of 125-500 mi. more affordable for aircraft carrying 5-12 passengers.

Jul 16, 2020
Leader Interview: Lee Hui Fung, ST Engineering

Lee Hui Fung, Smart MRO VP at ST Engineering Aerospace, is pioneering the prototyping and adoption of new technologies in MRO. She has found that the COVID-19 crisis has actually been an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of some innovations.

Listen in to this special interview brought to you by Accenture as part of Aviation Week’s Flight Path Forward series as Chief Editor MRO Lee Ann Shay calls Lee Hui Fung in Singapore to hear how the pandemic has changed the rate of smart MRO adoption.

Jul 16, 2020
How To Regain Passenger Confidence In Flying

A recent IATA survey has shown that passenger concerns are flying are still paramount. Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick, Bill Carey, Ben Goldstein and Jens Flottau discuss what airlines and airports can realistically do to protect passengers from being infected with COVID-19 and what the role of governments should be.

Jul 10, 2020
How To Regain Passenger Confidence In Flying

A recent IATA survey has shown that passenger concerns are flying are still paramount. Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick, Bill Carey, Ben Goldstein and Jens Flottau discuss what airlines and airports can realistically do to protect passengers from being infected with COVID-19 and what the role of governments should be.

Jul 09, 2020
Little Green Jets

The civil war in Libya is morphing into a fluid security situation. Russian military aircraft have arrived to support private contractors backed by the Russian government. Aviation Week editors and analysts discuss how the security void has presented Middle Eastern nations with an opportunity to test their ability to fight with Turkish and Chinese UAVs.

Jun 30, 2020
Will My Supply Chain Survive COVID-19?

Face it: you don’t really know your supply chain. Even when times were good in A&D manufacturing, regular deliveries required repeated heroics. Now that COVID-19 has upended commercial aviation, OEMs and top-tier customers must get better insight into their suppliers as the chance of missing parts – even whole providers – is increasing. In this episode of Check 6 with Accenture, we talk with John Schmidt, the firm’s global A&D lead, and Joyce Kline, a leader in applied intelligence, on how to get smarter about your suppliers.

Jun 26, 2020
Boom’s Sustainable Supersonic

Listen in as editors Guy Norris and Joe Anselmo discuss how the project to develop the 21st Century’s first civil supersonic airliner is moving forward and have their questions answered by Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl.

Jun 25, 2020
Hypersonics: Where the Technology is and Where it is Going

From a competition among the world’s militaries to create weapons that can hit targets 1,000 mi. away within minutes, to innovations that could enable rapid civilian travel from New York to Hong Kong and multi-stage access to space, the pursuit of hypersonic technologies are pushing the limits of national budgets and the laws of physics.

Jun 18, 2020
Hypersonics: Where the Technology is and Where it is Going

From a competition among the world’s militaries to create weapons that can hit targets 1,000 mi. away within minutes, to innovations that could enable rapid civilian travel from New York to Hong Kong and multi-stage access to space, the pursuit of hypersonic technologies are pushing the limits of national budgets and the laws of physics.

Jun 18, 2020
Why Did Mitsubishi Furlough the SpaceJet?

The drive to develop Japan’s first commercial aircraft since 1974 hits another stumbling block as flight tests are halted and production is shut down. Aviation Week editors discuss whether the regional jet program will survive—and whether its troubles will benefit Embraer.

Jun 11, 2020
Is It Safe To Fly?

An ICAO task force has released recommendations on how to minimize COVID-19 risks on airplanes and in airports. Will it be enough to convince nervous travelers to fly again? Listen in as Aviation Week’s editors delve into the details.

Jun 04, 2020
SpaceX COO On Prospects For Starship Launcher

With preparations for SpaceX’s first human spaceflight drawing to a close, the company's president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell talks with Aviation Week & Space Technology space editor Irene Klotz about lessons learned for Starship and plans for the rollout of Starlink.

May 27, 2020
Elon Musk Interview

In an exclusive interview with Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses the riskiest part of the upcoming NASA Commercial Crew Demo-2 launch, the need to further reduce launch costs and the prospects for the Starlink internet service project.

May 26, 2020
Why Bombers Are Back

The U.S. Air Force, in the midst of modernizing its bomber fleet, launched a competition on May 19 for 608 engines to keep the B-52 Stratofortress in business beyond 2030. Aviation Week editors Jen DiMascio, Steve Trimble and Guy Norris discuss the competition and what's driving the global resurgence in platforms with firepower.

May 22, 2020
What A&D Companies Should Invest In After COVID-19

Companies across the board are slashing costs, preserving cash, and trying to adjust to a new normal after the novel coronavirus throttled down business prospects. But there is one area they are sure to spend even more money on in the coming years as industry regroups after COVID-19. Listen in as Aviation Week and Accenture discuss what to watch for in technology investments.

May 15, 2020
FedEx Operations During COVID-19

Dave Lange of FedEx Express talks with Lee Ann Shay about changes in cargo operations, including flying international charter relief missions, during the pandemic.

May 11, 2020
International Fighter Competitions

On the heels of Germany’s proposal to purchase both Eurofighter Typhoons and Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets, Aviation Week editors Jen DiMascio, Tony Osborne and Steve Trimble discuss ongoing fighter competitions around the world, highlighting one of the most dynamic markets in aerospace.

May 07, 2020
Why Was Embraer Left At The Altar?

Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia joins Aviation Week editors Joe Anselmo, Jens Flottau and Michael Bruno on Check 6 to discuss the sudden collapse of the $4.2 billion tie-up and its implications for both companies—and for Airbus.

Apr 30, 2020
Three Scenarios for Aviation After COVID-19

Practically everyone in commercial aerospace is scrambling to figure out how deeply, and for how long, COVID-19 will affect the industry. 

Two longtime aerospace experts from consultancy Roland Berger, Manfred Hader and Robert Thomson, join Aviation Week senior business editor Michael Bruno on Check 6 to discuss what may occur. 

They offer three scenarios and further insight into how the coronavirus will upend the airliner world. The takeaway: while it will be years before normal returns, the better question is what does normal look like?

Apr 21, 2020
Dragon Lady Heading Into the Future After Six Decades

With Lockheed Martin’s U-2S poised for a comprehensive avionics upgrade that will position the spy plane at the heart of the U.S. Air Force’s ambitious next-generation airborne battle management plan, Aviation Week senior editor Guy Norris and defense editor Steve Trimble join executive editor Graham Warwick on Check 6 to discuss what appears to be a new lease of life for the famed Dragon Lady.

You can read Guy's cover story on the U-2S in Aviation Week & Space Technology here.

Apr 17, 2020
How the A&D Supply Chain Is Coping With COVID-19

Airbus has slashed near-term airliner production, and Boeing’s cuts could be worse. Air traffic has collapsed, and fewer aircraft will need to be repaired. Meanwhile, factories everywhere face the dilemma of how to stay in operation with worker absences as high as 50%. Listen in as Vivek Saxena, managing director of Advisory Aerospace, speaks with Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick and Michael Bruno about how the supply chain is coping with COVID-19.

Apr 09, 2020
AAR Positioning for Post-COVID-19

John Holmes, president and CEO of AAR Corp., joined the company right before 9/11 and has seen it weather turbulent economic storms. He speaks with Lee Ann Shay, Aviation Week’s chief editor MRO, about how the company is preparing itself for the post COVID-19 crisis.

Apr 02, 2020
What COVID-19 Portends for Defense, Now and in the Future

Will the coronavirus pandemic completely change how the defense budget is prioritized nationally? Steve Grundman, principal of Grundman Advisory, joins Aviation Week editors.

Mar 24, 2020
Harrier 809

As society is consumed by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, this week we bring you something completely different. 

Ahead of the launch of his new book Harrier 809, aviation author and historian Rowland White joins Aviation Week’s London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne on Check 6 to discuss the story of Britain’s legendary jump jet and its role in the Falklands War.

Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus And Other Black Swans

As COVID-19 coronavirus panic reaches the U.S., aviation has yet another crisis on its hands.
Listen in as Aerodynamic Advisory's Kevin Michaels and Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia join Aviation Week editors to discuss the perfect storm that has hit the industry—and what’s coming next.

Mar 11, 2020
The End of the Fighter Era?

SpaceX’s Elon Musk may have stunned the Air Force Association with his statement that the time for manned fighter aircraft has passed. Aviation Week editors explain why that was shocking – and why it wasn’t.

Mar 06, 2020
How will the MAX change aircraft certification?

Some lawmakers think the FAA’s certification process is broken. Are they right? Listen as Aviation Week’s safety and technology editors weigh in.

Feb 28, 2020
What’s Next for Bombardier?

Its decision to shed commercial aviation and rail divisions may not be enough, given the crowded business aviation market.

Feb 21, 2020
Singapore Airshow—Major Highs and Lows

This year’s Singapore Airshow, overshadowed by coronavirus, had fewer attendees and exhibitors. But the show wasn’t devoid of news—including a possible major development from Boeing. Listen in as our team discusses.

Feb 12, 2020
Embrace Automation Aviation Aftermarket

The aviation aftermarket still uses as lot of paper—but that is not going to be the case forever. In this fragmented, global industry where the same companies can compete and cooperate, figuring out how to share and leverage data and technologies within a shared ecosystem is key. Aviation Week Chief Editor MRO Lee Ann Shay talks with Accenture Global A&D Lead John Schmidt and A&D Aftermarket Lead Jon Baker about this and how technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality are already making an impact on MRO—from optimizing inventory and maintenance planning to improving customer service on a technical level.

Feb 06, 2020
Rotor Focus

Senior editor Guy Norris and London bureau chief Tony Osborne are joined by Vertical Flight Society executive director Michael Hirschberg as they review a busy Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim, California.

Feb 03, 2020
Reset at Boeing

As the 777X makes its first flight, Boeing pulls back on the NMA and announces its first annual loss in a generation. Aviation Week's editors discuss the implications. 

Jan 30, 2020
Sustainable SuperSonics?

A new era of high speed civil flight is beckoning but are commercial supersonic or even hypersonic aircraft justifiable amid rising concerns over aviation’s environmental impact? Guy Norris and Graham Warwick discuss this and other topics from AIAA’s annual SciTech forum where the global challenge of achieving sustainable aviation took center stage.

Jan 22, 2020
Podcast: What Happened in Iran?

Aviation Week editors discuss how the Ukraine International Airlines flight found itself in the path of a SA-15 and what can be done to prevent future tragedies.

Jan 14, 2020
Fast Five: Kurt Robinson, Robinson Helicopter

Kurt Robinson of Robinson Helicopter Co., discusses the momentum toward urban air mobility, single pilot IFR and electrification of aviation with Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine.

Jan 14, 2020
Airlines and Climate Change

Airlines For America’s Nancy Young says the industry is making huge strides in making aviation cleaner. Is it enough? Listen in – and then you decide.

Jan 10, 2020
MAX Production Halt: Why, And What's Next?

What is known and not known about the coming production halt to the Boeing 737 MAX? Could Boeing and its suppliers take a hit?

Dec 19, 2019
The Art of Forecasting

IATA is forecasting higher profits for the airline industry in 2020. But it had to revise its 2019 forecast down twice, and there is a large degree of uncertainty going into 2020, including trade tensions that continue to weigh heavily on airlines. The timing of the return of the Boeing 737 MAX is also adding uncertainty to airline planning and the capacity outlook. Aviation Week Network Executive Editor for Commercial Aviation Jens Flottau discusses the issues with Air Transport World Editor-In-Chief Karen Walker and Aviation Week Regulatory Reporter Ben Goldstein.

Dec 13, 2019
A Peek at Aviation’s Future 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President Barry Butler discusses innovation and the red-hot jobs market with our visiting editors. 

Dec 06, 2019
Fast Five: Lance Toland, Associates Aviation Insurance

William Garvey, Editor-in-Chief of Business & Commercial Aviation, speaks to Lance Toland of Associates Aviation Insurance about current trends in aviation insurance, especially with single pilot aircraft.

Dec 02, 2019
The Four-Way Race to Send the U.S. Air Force to Space

Aviation Week editors discuss how a government watchdog has changed the military’s effort to choose two launch providers from a field of Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.

Nov 27, 2019
Dubai Air Show: A Tail Of Two Shows For Boeing

While the first new orders for the 737 MAX are now coming in, Boeing also lost a competition for the KC-46 against the Airbus A330-based MRTT. Meanwhile, while Airbus scored a big A350 win with Emirates, Boeing is still negotiating with the airline. Listen in as our editors discuss the key highs and lows from day three of the 2019 Dubai Air Show.  

Nov 19, 2019
Multibillion Dollar Orders Return To Dubai

After a lacklustre first day at the Dubai Airshow, the multi-billion dollar orders for commercial jets the show is famous for have finally begun rolling in. Plus, find out more about Russian Helicopters’ new light helicopter and the new marketing name for the Boeing-Embraer KC-390 airlifter. Listen in as our editors discuss the day’s events.

Nov 18, 2019
Podcast: Dubai 2019 - Reflecting On How The Aviation Landscape Is Evolving

Commercial and defense announcements show how priorities and business are changing, Aviation Week editors conclude. Listen in as they discuss the news emerging at the Dubai Air Show and what it all means.

Nov 17, 2019
Challenges for Southwest, SpaceX and C4ISR

It’s been a busy week in aviation and aerospace as Southwest Airlines rethinks the future of its Boeing 737 fleet, SpaceX launches dozens of satellites, and L-3’s co-founder makes a C4ISR play.

Nov 14, 2019
Fast Five: David Horton, President of Schweizer RSG

David Horton began working on the Schweizer acquisition from Lockheed Martin in 2017. His private goal? Earning a rotary-wing rating. Listen in as William Garvey, editor-in-chief of BCA, discusses the process and the plans with Horton.

Nov 11, 2019
Let’s Make a Deal

Our editors take the pulse of the industry at Aviation Week’s Mergers and Acquisitions Conference

Nov 08, 2019
Podcast: Boeing On The Hot Seat

Aviation Week editors discuss Dennis Muilenburg’s performance before Congress and what Europe’s top aviation regulator says about the Max returning to flight.

Nov 01, 2019
Podcast: Boeing On The Hot Seat

Aviation Week editors discuss Dennis Muilenburg’s performance before Congress and what Europe’s top aviation regulator says about the Max returning to flight.

Nov 01, 2019
Podcast: Boeing on the Hot Seat

Aviation Week editors discuss Dennis Muilenburg’s performance before Congress and what Europe’s top aviation regulator says about the Max returning to flight.

Nov 01, 2019
Is BizAv Entering The Third Age Of Aviation?

The biggest noise at this year’s NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas came from Gulfstream with the unveiling of its new $75 million G700. But the topic of how the industry can become more sustainable is becoming louder. And with electric aircraft entering the mix, where is the industry heading next? Listen in as our editors discuss.

Oct 25, 2019
A Stealth Surprise: RQ-180 Goes Operational

Nearly years after Aviation Week confirmed the existence of the stealthy RQ-180, new reporting suggests the Northrop Grumman high-altitude unmanned aircraft system has a new home base in California and has been ready to fly operational missions since at least 2017. Aviation Week editors Guy Norris, Steve Trimble, and Graham Warwick discuss the details of the latest story, along with some of the implications the reporting poses for the acquisition and operational communities. 

Oct 24, 2019
Commercial Aerospace Business Forecast: Down but Not Out

The Boeing 737 MAX fiasco has become a punch to the gut for the commercial aerospace market this year, and when combined with China and European trade wars and tariffs, the sector will emerge bruised and scratched. But longer term, advisers still see growth and exciting changes as new technologies alter everything from how aircraft fly to how companies make money. Aviation Week Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Accenture Global A&D Lead John Schmidt and North American A&D Lead Brian Legan.

Oct 15, 2019
Podcast: A big lift for Army aviation?

As the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting set to begin on Oct. 14 in Washington DC, the service’s leadership has embarked on the most ambitious modernization agenda for the aviation branch in over 40 years. Within a decade, the Army hopes to field a new attack reconnaissance aircraft and a long range assault aircraft with greater speed, range and payload than anything it operates today. Aviation Week editors Lee Hudson, Steve Trimble and Graham Warwick look at the current state of two competitive prototyping programs now underway, and raise questions about the affordability and benefits of the Army’s goals.

Oct 14, 2019
Sustainability And Speed ‘Downunder’

Are these seemingly mutually exclusive goals attainable in an increasingly environmentally concerned world? It was on the agenda at the International Society for Air Breathing Engines (ISABE) conference in Canberra, Australia, from where senior editor Guy Norris discusses everything from biofuels and more electric aviation to hypersonics and long range commercial operations with the Society’s Prof. Ric Parker and Prof. Andrew Neely.

Oct 03, 2019
Podcast: U.S. and Europe Nearing Aerospace Trade War

Aviation Week Executive Editor Jens Flottau and Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno explain how Europe and the U.S. find themselves on the precipice of a ruling that could prevent U.S. airlines from taking delivery of Airbus aircraft and European airlines from accepting Boeing ones.

Sep 26, 2019
A New Century Series For the Air Force?

In an exclusive interview, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper lays out a plan for a new way to make a “century series” of aircraft. Aviation Week editors Steve Trimble, Lee Hudson and Jen DiMascio process what that might mean for the military and current manufacturing base.

Sep 20, 2019
Podcast: Why the U.S. Military Can’t Go It Alone

Pentagon veteran Steve Grundman joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the state of U.S. cooperation with military allies

Sep 13, 2019
Can the Aerospace Industry Shake its White, Male Image?

Aerospace and defense companies increasingly recognize that adding a more diverse workforce can help it become more competitive globally, but this year’s workforce study by Aviation Week, in partnership with AIA and AIAA points to the fact that there is more work to be done.

Sep 05, 2019
Can Aerospace Shrug Off Trade Wars and the MAX?

Aviation Week editors discuss how the analysts remain optimistic for the prospects of the aerospace and defense industry despite the U.S. trade war with China, rising deficits and Boeing’s difficulties with the 737 MAX.

Aug 30, 2019
Fast Five: John McKenna, Chairman of Recreational Aviation Foundation

John McKenna, Chairman of Recreational Aviation Foundation speaks with William Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation.

Aug 28, 2019
Propulsion—The Power Behind Aviation (and Space)
Advances in aerospace vehicles almost always follow advances in propulsion. And propulsion technology continues to advance, creating new opportunities. So what is in store for the future? Attending the AIAA Propulsion & Energy conference in Indianapolis, senior editor Guy Norris and technology editor Graham Warwick discuss possibilities raging from nuclear rockets to electric aircraft.
Aug 23, 2019
Is the UAM Market Overhyped?

Will there be fireworks, or harmony? Graham Warwick and Richard Aboulafia got together to discuss how big the UAM market will be.

Aug 15, 2019
Countering Hypersonics

The U.S. is stepping up work on defending against hypersonic missile even as its pursues several, seemingly competing high-speed strike weapon programs. Our editors dig deep into what the Pentagon is up to in the rapidly evolving field of offensive and defensive hypersonics.

Aug 09, 2019
Nuclear Modernization: The Point of No Return?

Boeing’s exit from the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent program to replace the U.S.’s nuclear ICBMs leave the Air Force with Northrop as a lone contractor. Aviation Week editoris discuss the company’s possible motivation and what it means for the future of the Pentagon’s nuclear program.

Aug 01, 2019
Live from EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh

The annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture focuses on innovation and battery powered aircraft. Listen as Fred George and Molly McMillin report live from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Jul 26, 2019
Britain’s Defense Buying Boom

Aviation Week editors Steve Trimble and Tony Osborne take stock of the major developments unfolding at the UK’s premier defense air show – from Sweden’s participation in the UK’s Tempest fighter program, details about a new unmanned combat air vehicle, a hypersonic weapon and an expansion into space.

Jul 26, 2019
Getting Back to the Moon and Mars

In the midst of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, NASA is making dramatic moves in its human exploration directorate. Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz discusses the changes and what they mean for the agency’s future.


Jul 17, 2019
Interview with Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

Astronaut Michael Collins speaks with Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz about the meaning of his time on the Moon, his thoughts on the current space program, what he would like to see transpire 50 years from now and more.

Jul 10, 2019
The Long Road to AIM-260, the U.S.’s Newest Missile

Over many years, the Air Force quietly developed a missile that is compatible with the AIM-120’s form factor but has a much longer range.

Jun 27, 2019
Highlights from the Paris Air Show

What did we see and what was missing at the Paris Air Show?  Listen in as our editors discuss the highs and lows from the biannual aerospace industry gathering at Le Bourget.

Jun 20, 2019
Maintenance Outsourcing: Why The Debate?

A summit held in Washington took aim at airline outsourcing, which is not new. Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, spoke at the event as the single dissenting voice. MacLeod speaks with Lee Ann Shay, chief editor MRO for Aviation Week Network, about the controversy.

Jun 14, 2019
United Technologies, Raytheon and the A&D M&A

The aerospace and defense landscape was altered almost overnight with the proposal to merge United Technologies and Raytheon. The would-be Raytheon Technologies looms as one of the largest A&D contractors ever, and could be a research powerhouse – if it passes regulatory review first. Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo speaks with Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno and Senior Military Editor Steve Trimble about the reasons for and the consequences of this mega-merger.

Jun 13, 2019
Flight Testing The World’s Biggest Engine

As work continues towards first flight of the GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9, senior editor Guy Norris talks to GE Aviation chief test pilot Jon Ohman about what’s involved with  flight tests of the world’s largest turbofan on the company’s specially modified 747-400.

Jun 09, 2019
What Everyone Will Be Talking About At The Paris Airshow

There are a handful of hot topics guaranteed to come up at the Paris air show. Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Accenture A&D leader John Schmidt and Joyce Kline about what will be on everyone’s lips, as well as what might serve as a few surprises at the big annual European event. 

Jun 04, 2019
Will Boeing Deliver on T-X Promise?

Boeing Defense officials say new processes, procedures and design allowed them to outbid competitors on multi-billion-dollar contracts last year, including the next-generation T-X trainer and MQ-25 carrier-based aerial refueling tanker. Aviation Week editors discuss their pitch and past record of delivering on the major programs.

May 31, 2019
Airbus – Looking Ahead

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and his management colleagues have taken over little over a month ago. Now, weeks before the Paris Air Show, the new leadership team has given first indications on strategy and priorities. What are the key takes? Aviation Week Network editors discuss.

May 23, 2019
Business Aviation Under Siege

Safety and security have always been a given in the business aviation industry. Now, attention has turned to adding sustainability to the mix, with alternative jet fuel leading the news at EBACE this year.

Also, in the aftermath of the Boeing MAX crashes, are changes needed to the ODA process? Listen in as our editors discuss this and more from Geneva, Switzerland.

May 22, 2019
When Will the Boeing 737 MAX Fly Again?

As Boeing nears finalization of its proposed fix to the 737 MAX since the fleet-wide grounding in March, our editors discuss the ramifications for pilot proficiency, automation and other civil aircraft programs.

May 17, 2019
Podcast: Which LEO Constellations Will Survive?

Some 80,000 satellites are proposed to begin flying in low Earth orbit, but the talk at the Satellite 2019 was about which companies have the strongest leg up and which launch providers will take them to space.

May 10, 2019
Why Your Company Is Trailing in the Digital Race

Feel like your company is not innovating fast enough? You are probably right. Chances are your company is not doing enough to drive digital change in its culture, products and services. In the latest Check 6 with Accenture, Aviation Week’s Michael Bruno talks with Accenture Managing Directors John Schmidt and Chris Tridico on how the A&D industry is wrestling with the challenges, from figuring out where to invest to what to expect.


May 02, 2019
Boeing Chief Faces the Fire on NMA

Editors Guy Norris and Michael Bruno listened in as CEO Dennis Muilenburg fielded Wall Street’s questions. A few of his answers surprised them.

Apr 25, 2019
How The U.S. Is Reorganizing For Space Warfare

The U.S. military is debating everything from creating a sixth service for space to a unified combatant command to how to architect and buy a new generation of satellites.

Apr 17, 2019
Urban Air Mobility: Breaking Out, or Overhyped?

At Aviation Week's inaugural UAM conference, editors discuss which air transport applications have the best chance of breaking out

Apr 11, 2019
Behind The F-35’s New Aerial Tricks

Since first flight of the original F-35 test aircraft more than 12 years ago, the U.S. military has given the public only one glimpse of the aircraft’s hotly contested dogfighting chops — and that was nearly two years ago at the Paris Air Show. That’s changing this year. Defense Editor Steve Trimble talks with U.S. Air Force F-35 Demo Pilot Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson about the new display’s public debut on March 30 in Melbourne, Florida.

Apr 03, 2019
Boeing and Congress, on MCAS and the 737 MAX

Just back from Seattle, where Boeing was briefing regulators and operators on its upgrades to the MCAS control law implicated in to 737 MAX fatal crashes, senior editor Guy Norris talks with managing editor Graham Warwick about the changes, Congress’s grilling of the FAA’s Administrator and the ramifications of both for the MAX, for certification and, perhaps in the long term, for automation in airliner cockpits.


Mar 29, 2019
New Twists in 737 MAX Saga

Aviation Week editors discuss the latest from the two MAX accident investigations and look back at the compromises that led to the controversial MCAS system.

Mar 22, 2019
MAX Family Groundings: What Next?

In the aftermath of global groundings of the Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft, our editors discuss what measures need to be taken to overcome the crisis for the OEM and operators. 

Mar 15, 2019
Rotary Innovations From Helicopters To eVTOLs

From the latest commercial helicopter news to the irresistible growth of eVTOLs and novel hybrid-electric propulsion systems, listen to Tony Osborne and Guy Norris as they discuss the highlights of HAI’s recent Heli Expo 2019 convention from a freezing week in Atlanta.

Mar 12, 2019
Putting Odds on Boeing's NMA

Why did Rolls-Royce say “no thank you” to Boeing’s NMA? How might Airbus respond? Listen in as we discuss the risks of launching a new mid-market airliner.

Mar 08, 2019
Can Aviation Do More to Combat Climate Change

Impressive improvements in aircraft fuel burn and carbon emissions are being offset by the industry’s rapid growth. Listen in as our editors discuss the quandary and possible solutions.  

Mar 01, 2019
How Russia is Expanding S-400 Exports

From the loss of 40N6E missiles in the English Channel to Russia’s attempt to  sell the air defense system to Saudi Arabia, and the politics of sanctions, Defense Editor Steve Trimble discusses new developments from the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

Feb 21, 2019
How Electric Propulsion Will Shock the Aerospace Industry

The number of electric-propulsion aircraft projects continues to climb at a staggering rate. What is more, 2019 could be a year of many firsts. Bye Aerospace flew its Sun Flyer 2 prototype fitted with a Siemens motor Feb. 8, and MagniX has revealed its intent for November, just to name a few. For years, Robert Thomson and Nikhil Sachdeva of Roland Berger have been tracking and analyzing all the well-known and semi-secret projects – now counting 140-plus. In this week’s episode of Check 6, they talk with Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno about the big changes to come for the aerospace industry.

Feb 16, 2019
Will the Boeing 747 Outlive the Airbus A380?

Marking 50th anniversary of first 747 flight, our editors discuss the “giant jet’s” rocky beginnings, how much of a future it has left and whether Airbus will shutter the A380 line.

Feb 08, 2019
The U.S. Air Force’s Vision for Future Refueling

After the delivery of the KC-46A tanker, the service is looking to detach itself from future, platform-centric plans.

Feb 01, 2019
Podcast: Surprise Ending for Stratolaunch Engine, Launcher Programs

Aviation Week editors discuss the shocking turnabout for the late Paul Allen’s air-launch space company and other recent churn in the space launch market.

Jan 24, 2019
How U.S. Shutdown, Brexit Are Messing Up Aviation

Unpaid controllers, delayed certifications and a European regulatory quagmire are just some of the impacts of political crisis across two continents. Listen in as our editors discuss.

Jan 17, 2019
Looking Into The Future At SciTech

From transonic truss-braced wing designs to learning lessons from Apollo, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris report from this year’s AIAA SciTech conference in San Diego, California.

Jan 11, 2019
Help Wanted: Must Love Airplanes

Need workers? Got workers but they don’t have the right skills? After decades of shedding employees, A&D finds itself in a race to staff-up ahead of everything from near-peer national security threats to just staying ahead of tech industry disruptors. What should companies do? In this episode of Aviation Week Check 6 with Accenture, Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Accenture A&D Lead John Schmidt and Communication, Media and Technology Managing Director Jessica Kane, who offer a game plan.

Jan 09, 2019
Who is Pat Shanahan?

Aviation Week editors discuss Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan’s career as Boeing’s Mr. Fix-It and whether he will stand up to President Trump

Jan 03, 2019
Predictions for 2019: What’s Next in Aerospace

From the advent of suborbital tourism to the launch of massive communication satellite constellations, space looms large in Aviation Week’s crystal ball. Listen is as our editors discuss the year ahead. 

Dec 19, 2018
Airbus Doubles Down on Alabama

Airbus' Mobile, Alabama production line delivers its 100th A320-family jet as it prepares to break ground on a new A220 factory that will nearly double employment. General manager Daryl Taylor shares details with Aviation Week’s Joe Anselmo and Michael Bruno.

Dec 14, 2018
Peril for the Pentagon?

Defense analyst Steven Grundman joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the fiscal forces shaping U.S. defense market.

Dec 07, 2018
Meet the Air & Space Museum’s Visionary New Leader

Why Ellen Stofan is confident humans will follow robots to Mars in less than 20 years and how she plans to bring the 42-year-old institution back to the future.  

Nov 30, 2018
Bombardier’s Big Shrink

A year after giving its C Series program to Airbus, Bombardier unloads its turboprop business. Is the CRJ line next? Aviation Week editors discuss.

Nov 16, 2018
From China to New Zealand, the Latest in Launchers

China is drawing on existing technology with a proposed new manned launch vehicle, Moon rocket and is tweaking the design to make its Long March 8 reusable. Keep listening as Aviation Week editors reveal details of the Chinese space program and commercial endeavors by Rocketlab and SpaceX.

Nov 16, 2018
Airshow China 2018

A swarm of drone projects appeared at China's biennial air show. UAC discussed the schedule of the CR929 widebody airliner.

Nov 09, 2018
Rolls-Royce’s Perfect Storm

UK engine company’s should be celebrating a year of record production. Instead the end of 2018 cannot come soon enough. Our editors discuss Rolls’ production delays and its long-term future.

Nov 02, 2018
Defense Trends: From Sales to Saudis, Budgets, Mergers and More

Capital Alpha Partners’ Byron Callan joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the outlook for defense spending, the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and Boeing’s recent contractual dominance at the Pentagon.

Oct 26, 2018
High Speed to Low Speed at NBAA

From flying cars to supersonics, and new midsize jets to the state of the market, Aviation Week and BCA editors review a National Business Aviation Association convention boldly venturing where no NBAA has gone before.

Oct 17, 2018
The U.S. Army Gets its Groove Back

After years of fighting counterinsurgency campaigns, the U.S. Army has realized it is outgunned by Russian and Chinese artillery. The service has a $25 billion plan to match and surpass the shortfalls – on multiple fronts. Aviation Week’s U.S. defense team discusses multiple modernization programs under way including long-range precision fires, future rotorcraft and tactical UAVs.

Oct 13, 2018
Why Boeing Just Can’t Lose

MQ-25 and MH-139 competitions. But could the OEM’s strategy backfire in the long run? Aviation Week editors and Teal Group’s Richard Aboulafia break it down.

Oct 05, 2018
Gateways, Starshades, Exoearths and Hypersonics

The mood at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ co-located Space forum and Spaceplanes and Hypersonics conference in Orlando was bullish amid growing investment in space infrastructure and hypersonic development. Aviation Week editors Guy Norris and Graham Warwick join up once again to discuss their findings.

Sep 27, 2018
T-X Trainer Predictions and the Future of the U.S. Air Force

From the upcoming T-38 replacement decision to the future of the Jstars replacement program and the F-35’s massive production ramp-up, Aviation Week editors discuss what happened on the sidelines of the Air Force Association’s annual meeting.

Sep 20, 2018
DARPA’s Future; Boeing’s Production Woes

Where the Pentagon is focusing cutting-edge R&D and what Boeing is telling investors about its airplane production crunch are the focus of this week’s discussion.

Sep 10, 2018
Boeing’s Big MQ-25 Win

The U.S. Navy has picked a winner for its hotly contested, unmanned, carrier-based aircraft, but will the losers go away quietly? Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the program.

Sep 05, 2018
Boeing’s Big MQ-25 Win

The U.S. Navy has picked a winner for its hotly contested, unmanned, carrier-based aircraft, but will the losers go away quietly? Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the program.

Sep 05, 2018
Boeing’s Big MQ-25 Win

he U.S. Navy has picked a winner for its hotly contested, unmanned, carrier-based aircraft, but will the losers go away quietly? Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the program.

Sep 05, 2018
B-52s for the Next Generation

Aviation Week editors piece together the U.S. Air Force’s emerging initiatives to revamp the 1950s-era bomber for long-range strike missions.

Aug 31, 2018
The Leading Edge of Electric Propulsion, Hypersonics

Aviation Week editors discuss the viability of hybrid-electric aircraft and the Pentagon’s new zeal for hypersonic.

Aug 20, 2018
Darpa’s Space Shakeup

Guest star Fred Kennedy, the director of Darpa’s Tactical Technology Office, talks to Aviation Week about ways to revolutionize satellites, space launch and the U.S. Air Force’s reliance on stealth.

Aug 10, 2018
A New Ecosystem in Space

The reduction in space launch costs and anticipation of thousands of small satellites is attracting $2-3 billion in investment in newly seeded types of businesses - from those that gather and analyze data to others that manage space traffic and communications signals and more.

Aug 05, 2018
Podcast: The End of J-Stars

Congress is on the verge of killing off the Air Force’s $7 billion program to replace its aging E-8C battle management aircraft, which will allow the service the leeway it sought to move to a networked command and control architecture.

Jul 27, 2018
The Tempest of Farnborough

Noticeable absences from military aircraft in the aerial display disappointing many show-goers. But on the business front, change is in the air. Listen in as Aviation Week Network editors discuss highlights and lowlights at the show. Including Britain’s future fighter vision: is it a storm in a teacup, or will it really happen?

Jul 18, 2018
What Airlines Want From Boeing’s NMA

Analyst Ron Epstein discusses findings from extensive new survey with Aviation Week editors.

Jul 15, 2018
The Electrification of Air . . . And Space

The hot subject at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Propulsion & Energy conference in Cincinnatti, Ohio, on July 9-13 was electrification—of aircraft, spacecraft and even the surface of the Moon. Hybrid propulsion, electric thrusters, nuclear powerplants, even hypersonic engines—Aviation Week editors Guy Norris and Graham Warwick take time off from covering the conference (and watching the World Cup) to discuss some of technologies that are changing thinking on power in aerospace.

Jul 12, 2018
Farnborough: Don’t Come Home Without the Digits

Airshows traditionally have been about new aircraft, engines and other aviation advances, but probably not this year at the Farnborough International Airshow. Instead, look and listen for the buzz around the digitalization of the aerospace and defense industries. Forget composite materials and Sharklets; think blockchain and artificial intelligence. This Check 6 with Accenture discusses the real technologies quietly making over A&D as we know it.


Jul 06, 2018
Hidden Gems at AIAA Aviation 2018

Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick have been in Atlanta, Georgia, for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Aviation 2018 conference. They talk about insights from the many panels and presentations and some hidden gems in the exhibition hall.

Jun 29, 2018
Rep. Rogers on Why the U.S. Needs a Space Corps

When President Donald Trump announced at the National Space Corps that the U.S. would pursue a Space Force, it appeared to come out of the blue. In fact, Congress has been working its way toward that very goal, and its chief supporter in the House, Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Ala.) joins Aviation Week to explain how that might unfold.

Jun 21, 2018
Airbus’ Industrial Crisis

One hundred A320neos can’t be delivered because they don’t have engines. Aviation Week editors discuss.

Jun 15, 2018
Are Chinese-made Drones Doubling As Spies?

U.S. Senate is concerned that China’s government is accessing data from commercial UAVs. Are the concerns justified? Listen in as our editors discuss.

Jun 07, 2018
Tougher Times Ahead For Airlines?

With fuel rising, IATA members are facing higher costs and need to determine how they can react. Aviation Week Network editors discuss industry options and key takeaways from the global airline summit in Sydney.

Jun 05, 2018
Nightmare Is Over As Confidence Returns to Business Aviation

The business aviation industry gathered in Geneva for this year’s EBACE convention buoyed by an uplift in market conditions. Big players had plenty to announce and show. Listen in as our team on the ground discusses some of the key developments from EBACE 2018.

May 30, 2018
The Wild Ride at Uber’s Elevate Summit

At its second Elevate Summit in Los Angeles last week, Uber described an ambitious end-state vision for its aerial ridesharing initiative. Guy Norris and Graham Warwick were there for the eye-opening presentation and discuss the challenges to realizing Uber’s vision with Mark Moore, the man behind its plans to fill the skies over the world’s most congested cities with electric VTOL air taxis.

May 18, 2018
Winners and Losers as Trump Scuttles Iran Deal

Airbus and Boeing could be stuck with dozens of passenger airplanes, but missile defense sales could see an uptick. Aviation Week editors discuss the unfolding scenarios.

May 10, 2018
What’s the Holdup on Air Traffic Modernization?

Aviation Week Network editors discuss what needs to be done to move forward and why business aviation isn’t more enthusiastic.

May 04, 2018
Small Launchers Speed into Service

The rising demand for small satellites is aligning with rapid growth in companies such as Virgin Orbit, Vector, Rocket Labs and others. Plus, Aviation Week editors assess prospects for sending humans to suborbital space this year.

Apr 27, 2018
U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center Tackles Aviation Mishaps

As the U.S. military confronts an alarming spike in non-combat related aviation accidents, it falls to the services’ sustainment enterprises to take a hard look at safety and maintenance processes. U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center Chief Lt. Gen. Lee Levy joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the recent mishaps, how incorporating new technology like additive manufacturing and robotics can help make maintenance more efficient, and how to get control of F-35 sustainment costs.

Apr 19, 2018
Sizing Up the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Competition

In the three-way race to make an unmanned carrier-based tanker aircraft, Boeing, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin have revealed new design details, including their choice of engine, and in one case, the ability to carry weapons.

Apr 15, 2018
Can Industry Help Alleviate The Pilot Shortage?

President of CAE’s Defence & Security Group Gene Colabatistto joins Aviation Week Editors Lara Seligman and Graham Warwick to discuss innovative ways contractors can help combat the U.S. Air Force’s acute pilot shortage, both in the manned aircraft and Remotely Piloted Aircraft community.

Apr 03, 2018
The New Speed of Thought in A&D

Artificial intelligence, augmented reality and other new digital technologies are infiltrating aerospace and defense businesses faster than expected, a new report claims. More than 80% of leading executives expect to see AI systems working alongside their human employees in just the next few years, and 70% plan for it to take two years or less for new and emerging technology adoption overall. Half of them report already investing in related tech including AI, Internet of Things connectivity, robotics and autonomous machines. In the latest Check 6 with Accenture, Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno discusses these forecasts with John Schmidt, managing director and the global aerospace and defense lead at Accenture, and Mark Miller, another managing director who leads Accenture’s Technology Advisory Practice for Communications, Media and Technology in North America.

Apr 02, 2018
How Skunk Works and SpaceX are Pushing the Edge

Editors Guy Norris and Graham Warwick discuss unveiling of tailless UAV and SpaceX’s unique testing strategy

Apr 01, 2018
A Wild Week In Aerospace

Defense contractors win big as a U.S. budget deal supercharges military funding, but commercial contractors could be casualties as a U.S.-China trade dispute escalates. Aviation Week editors weigh in on the implications.

Mar 24, 2018
Airbus Space’s View of the Satellite Market

Aviation Week editors talk with Nicolas Chamussy about its OneWeb venture into the small satellite, low Earth orbit market and navigating the dramatic changes in the industry.

Mar 16, 2018
The New Cold War Footing

Aviation Week’s team of U.S.-based defense editors discuss the shift in the U.S. military from planning to fight counterinsurgency campaigns to preparing for great-power technological warfare.

Mar 10, 2018
Electric Dreams – A Reality Check on Urban Air Taxis

Uber's Director of Aviation Engineering and eVTOL leading light Mark Moore talks with Aviation Week’s Tony Osborne and Guy Norris about the coming revolution in urban air mobility—a key talking point at this year's HAI Helo-Expo convention in Las Vegas.


Mar 01, 2018
A Look at the Future of the International Space Station

The National Space Council traveled to Kennedy Space Center to discuss how private space companies and other countries can participate as NASA scales back its financial support for the station in the years to come.

Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz provides highlights from the fate of the space station to U.S. cooperation with China on civil space and the potential to remove regulations to speed commercial development.


Feb 23, 2018
Decoding the U.S. Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget

Aviation Week defense editors discuss how the Pentagon plans to return to a Cold-War footing by maintaining its investments in nuclear weapons and increasing funding for scores of aircraft programs old and new and emerging technologies. That said, the Air Force did make some difficult choices, sending contractors reeling with the cancelation of a plan to replace its Jstars battlefield surveillance aircraft.

Feb 16, 2018
Power Games: Growing Fight to Power Chinese-Russian 21st Century Widebody

Nuggets of information coming from OEMs at this year’s Singapore Airshow give us a big insight into future-focused programs, including engine decisions for the joint Sino-Russian widebody, Boeing’s new midsize airplane, design freeze of the 737 MAX10, and the continued ramp-up of production rates. Listen in as our team at the show discusses all this and more.

Feb 08, 2018
Boeing’s Trade Dispute and the Industry’s Future

What’s next for the commercial aviation and airline industry? And what’s the fallout of Boeing’s latest trade dispute? Listen in as analyst Richard Aboulafia talks to Aviation Week and ATW editors about the current state of affairs.

Jan 30, 2018
Artificial Intelligence in Aerospace Manufacturing

Aerospace manufacturers are beginning to make big-dollar investments in artificial intelligence. Long predicted as a business trend, 2018 increasingly looks like a year that AI hits home in industry, from corporate offices to the factory floor. How is the technology being put to use? What do A&D companies need to think of now as AI spreads across the industry in earnest. Michael Bruno, Aviation Week Network’s senior business editor talks with John Schmidt, managing director and the global aerospace and defense lead at Accenture, and Dan O’Hara, the firm’s artificial intelligence growth and strategy lead.

Jan 26, 2018
Hypersonics, And Things That Go Boom In The Desert

Speed matters on this week’s podcast as technical editor Graham Warwick talks to senior editor Guy Norris about his story on Boeing’s reusable hypersonic demonstrator concept and the rapidly evolving developments in hypersonics over the past year since he broke the story about the U.S. losing its lead in this increasingly important area of defense technology.

Jan 26, 2018
What's Ahead for a $183 Billion Market

Aviation Week forecaster and editors predict what’s in store for aviation MRO in 2018

Jan 20, 2018
No Losers In 2017 Airbus-Boeing Battle

Aviation Week editors and the Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s chief forecaster delve into a record-breaking year and discuss why the show will go on.

Jan 17, 2018
Advanced propulsion, hand waving and R2-D2; AIAA SciTech Day 2

Pratt & Whitney’s executive director for advanced programs and technologies James Kenyon joins Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick to talk about adaptive engines and high-speed propulsion in the second of three planned Check 6 podcasts from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Scitech conference in Kissimmee, Florida.

Jan 11, 2018
Quiet SuperSonics To Printed Engines at AIAA SciTech

Propulsion for quiet supersonic airliners, industry’s digital transformation and GE’s vision for additive manufacturing are the topics discussed by Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick in the first of three Check 6 podcasts recorded live from the exhibit floor at AIAA’s SciTech 2018 conference in Kissimmee, Florida.

Jan 10, 2018
Why Tom Enders Is Our Person of the Year

Jens Flottau discusses how Airbus chief had an outsized impact on the aviation industry—and his company—in 2017.

Jan 05, 2018
Meet L3 Technologies’ New CEO

Chris Kubasik sets his sights on the defense upturn and transformative technologies


Jan 01, 2018
2018 Outlook for Space

Space editors Irene Klotz and Guy Norris predict they’ll have to clone themselves to keep up with all the space milestones that are likely in 2018. A few: SpaceX plans to launch its heaviest rocket to date, the United Launch Alliance aims to choose an engine for its Vulcan rocket, OneWeb will begin launching satellites for its mega-constellation and humans may take flights to suborbital space.

Dec 20, 2017
Aerion, Silvercrest and 2018 Tech Predictions

Aerion announces plans with Lockheed Martin for its supersonic business jet, surprise news from Dassault, and the exciting aerospace trends and changes we expect in 2018.

Dec 15, 2017
The Boom Continues

The airline industry is confident about 2018 prospects and see no end of the up-cycle. But there are risks and rising costs. Managing Editor Commercial Jens Flottau discusses the IATA outlook with Karen Walker, Air Transport World’s Editor-in-Chief, and Madhu Unnikrishnan, Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Daily.

Dec 08, 2017
Airbus After Leahy

Airbus turns to an outsider for its new sales chief. Our editors discuss the prosperity—and problems—that he will inherit.

Nov 29, 2017
Inside the Middle East Air War

As airstrikes in Syria and Iraq begin to wind down, they are ramping up in Afghanistan and relying on precision munitions to reduce concerns about mounting civilian casualties.

Nov 22, 2017
Dubai Airshow's Unexpected Highlights

Some events at the Dubai Airshow were unexpected, while some expected ones did not happen. Emirates again appeared to be ruling the world of large aircraft orders, while the UAE's manufacturing industry is burgeoning. Aviation Week's Managing Editor of Commercial, Jens Flottau, and London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne tell France Bureau Chief Thierry Dubois what they saw at the Dubai airshow.

Nov 17, 2017
Combat Aircraft Safety

A look at two important pilot safety issues: one, the mysterious causes of hypoxia-like symptoms in pilots. And two, a new technology that could prevent crashes in the air as well as into the ground.

Nov 08, 2017
How Stealth Technology Changed the World

Aviation Week editors sat down with John Griffin, a member of the “Pioneers of Stealth.” The pioneers are group of engineers, contractors and members of the military who worked on stealth programs from 1970s to the first flight of the B-2 in the late 1990s and continue to meet to share stories about the early days of the technology.

Nov 02, 2017
Combat Drones To Missile Targets: The Rise Of Kratos

This week on Check 6, Aviation Week's U.S. defense editor James Drew speaks with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions CEO Eric DeMarco. We discuss the tectonic shifts in the U.S. defense industrial landscape, from industry consolidation to snapping up ex-bomber engineers. DeMarco talks about his company's new drone shop, first flight of the Valkyrie, Patriot Games, ballistic missile targets, and intercepting satellite spoofers on the battlefield.

Oct 26, 2017
A Trio of Pentagon Combat Aircraft Competitions

A look at the state of play on the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 carrier-based aerial-refueling UAV, to the U.S. Air Force’s attempt to replace its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and its T-X advanced combat trainer program.

Oct 20, 2017
Protectionist Threat to Aviation?

Teal Group’s Richard Aboulafia joins Aviation Week and Air Transport World editors to discuss the ramifications of trade complaints by Boeing and U.S. airlines.

Oct 11, 2017
SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket and other New Space Surprises

From the International Astronautical Congress to the creation of the U.S. National Space Council, a look at changes in the market.

Oct 06, 2017
Blockchain Is More Than Buzz

Blockchain goes far beyond Bitcoin and its potential in the aviation industry is enormous. In this Aviation Check 6 podcast, Chief Editor MRO Lee Ann Shay sits down with John Schmidt, who leads Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense Practice, and Craig Gottlieb, the practice’s principal director for innovation and thought leadership.

Sep 29, 2017
The New Scarce Commodity: Pilots

From U.S. Air Force generals to Chinese civil authorities, the push is on to find more pilots. Aviation Week editors discuss.

Sep 28, 2017
Scoops, Scrapes and Other Tidbits from AFA’s Annual Meeting

The proposed Northrop-Orbital merger, Boeing’s bad week and a new entrant to the U.S. Air Force’s Huey replacement competition.

Sep 21, 2017
Boeing Versus Bombardier

Aviation Week editors delve into the C Series price dumping battle and opine on whether there is a better way for the industry to settle its differences.

Sep 15, 2017
U.S. Out of Easy Options in North Korea

As tensions between on the Korean peninsula grow hotter and hotter, imposing costs on the U.S. military, Aviation Week editors discuss whether it is time to learn how to live with a nuclear North Korea.

Sep 06, 2017
Perlan II Seeks World Altitude Record

Guy Norris, Aviation Week Senior editor, talks to us from El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina where he hopes to witness the Perlan Mission II achieve a new world altitude record.

Aug 31, 2017
From F-16 To F-35: A Test Pilot's View

Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman interviews Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn, the man that flew the F-35's premiere aerobatic performance at the Paris Air Show this summer, about what it's like to flight test both the F-16 and the Joint Strike Fighter. In this episode, Flynn discusses his decades of experience testing cutting-edge aviation technology, including his work on development of thrust vectoring on the F-16 and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, as well as what's next for the F-35.

Aug 22, 2017
The Cockpit of the Future

Curved touch screens, augmented reality, integrated smart systems that drastically reduce pilot workload—all these are coming in the no-to-distant future


Aug 17, 2017
Pilotless Airliners–How Realistic? How Soon?

Will large aircraft ever fly with no pilot on board? It is inevitable, our panel says. But what about passenger acceptance?

Aug 11, 2017