Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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