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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: 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
Podcast: 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
Podcast: 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
Podcast: 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
Podcast: 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
Podcast: 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
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