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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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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

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Aviation Week editors discuss what’s behind Boeing’s push into the lucrative services business — and why some Tier I suppliers are balking.

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 Aviation Week’s defense team discusses how Europe’s defense partnerships are evolving.

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Two experts on combat aircraft return for additional debate about the quality of testing and ultimate cost of the Joint Strike Fighter.

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Two experts on combat aircraft with two very different perspectives on the F-35 debate the pros and cons of the Pentagon’s costliest and most controversial fighter.

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It’s not just rocket scientists gathering at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual Propulsion & Energy conference, held this year in Atlanta. This is a mecca for turbine engineers, hypersonics researchers and, in a new development, those energized by the emerging field of electrified aircraft propulsion. Aviation Week technology writers Guy Norris and Graham Warwick discuss the thrusts of this year’s conference.

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Stealth aircraft may be good at limiting detection by radar, and while designers are also getting better at concealing an infrared signature, sensor technology is catching up. That’s why in the future, stealth aircraft will demand more than new designs – but also new ways of thinking.

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NASA’s Space Launch System is moving at a glacial pace.In the meantime, commercial space companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are pressing ahead. Who will win the race to Mars?

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As Boeing dribbled out concept details, the Paris Air Show was rife with speculation about plans for the company’s New Mid-size Airplane.  Aviation Week editors Guy Norris and Jens Flottau and Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Ron Epstein discuss the NMA’s market potential, design details and what airlines are saying they want.

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From the F-35’s maiden Paris aerial display, the emergence of eastern players, the potential end of the A380 program . . . and a few tidbits on Boeing’s new midsize airplane, listen in to a lively debate as our team on the ground discuss the main events at the Paris Air Show. 

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As many in the aerospace industry and their customers head to the Paris Air Show, we look at the key programs, what to watch for and hidden gems. Join Graham Warwick, our managing editor for technology, Guy Norris, Los Angeles bureau chief, and Executive Editor Jim Asker for the discussion.

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From Washington, Aviation Week editors discuss proposals for privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system and handicap the odds of President Donald Trump’s new proposal winning passage on Capitol Hill.

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As the world’s airline executives gather in Cancun, Mexico, what are the most urget issues facing the industry?

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Digits over widgets and don’t overlook the backlog. In the latest Aviation Week Check 6 Podcast with Accenture, Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno sits down with John Schmidt, Accenture global A&D lead, and Joyce Kline, A&D digital lead for North America, to talk about the trends and forecasts ahead of the Paris airshow this month.

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Aviation Week's guest evaluation pilot Tim Wuerfel is an A320 captain at Lufthansa and previously a Boeing 737 captain. Listen in as he discusses his first impressions after flying Airbus’s popular A321neo.

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By 2023, Turkey’s centenary, President Tayyip Edogan wants the nation’s aerospace industry to fly its indigenous TF-X fighter. But the new fighter is just the one example, as Turkey is developing a trainer/light attack aircraft, UAVs, missiles, helicopters and a gallium-nitride-based AESA radar.

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The first revamped Boeing narrowbody – the 737-8 – is scheduled to be delivered to launch customer Malindo Air later this month. But the schedule hit a snag this week after Boeing paused the flight test program owing to engine issues.

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Uber has announced plans for an air taxi service. Other companies are working on personal aviation ideas, too. How realistic are these plans? The answers might surprise you.

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Aviation Week editors weigh in on Emirates cutbacks and the Trump administration’s electronics ban.
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With a limited budget and a strategic need for airpower, the U.S. Air Force is weighing its future fighter fleet options. Our editors discuss the idea of retiring National Guard F-15s in favor of upgrading F-16s.

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Is adding more seats really going to revive flagging sales for the world’s largest passenger aircraft? Or is the A380 already too large? Listen in as our editors discuss.

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ATW and Aviation Daily editors discuss multiple mishaps and backlash after video of passenger’s violent removal goes viral 

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The United Launch Alliance is close to choosing an engine for its Vulcan rocket between Blue Origin’s BE-4 and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1. Meanwhile Orbital ATK is pitching a solid rocket motor for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch system. Aviation Week editors have the details.

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store, including the commercial aerospace industry’s growth, new orders, aircraft deliveries and challenges. Aviation Week Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with John Schmidt, managing director and global aerospace and defense lead at Accenture.

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Aviation Week talks with the FAA Associate Administration for Aviation Safety, Peggy Gilligan, about the most pressing safety challenges and opportunities facing the FAA and the aviation industry. As safety chief, Gilligan is the responsible for setting, overseeing and enforcing safety standards for pilots, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, airlines, manufacturers and repair stations. She commands a workforce of more than 7,000 employees across the U.S. and a budget of more than $1 billion a year. She will be retiring from the FAA on Mar. 31 after a 37-year career at the FAA.

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The U.S. and UK governments banned the use of large electronic devices in the cabins of flights from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Aviation Week editors discuss whether this ban will actually accomplish its security goals and how the new rules could cost the Persian Gulf airlines business traffic.

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Airshows can be great fun, and most come off without incident. But the safety record of airshows is spotty, and there have been some horrific crashes. How do shows approach safety? Why do things go wrong? And what can be done to make them safer? Aviation Week pilots John Croft and Fred George and Executive Editor Jim Asker explore some crashes and consider how to make shows and demonstration flights safer.

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Aviation Week Editors Jen DiMascio, Lara Seligman and Graham Warwick talk with Marine Lt. Col. David Berke. The team at Aviation Week has reported on the F-35 program for years from a programmatic and technical perspective. But Berke, who has flown the F-22, the F-35 and the F-18, tells them why the F-35 is a superior aircraft.

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Blue Origin’s New Glenn is one among many launch companies that will lend a hand to companies eager to send spacecraft into orbit in a market where technological change can be faster than the pace of production.

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Leonardo and European researchers have big plans for civil tiltrotors.

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Limitations on the F-35’s strike capability may prompt fresh thinking in the military about how it uses and upgrades existing aircraft.

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As U.S. research pokes along, China and Russia make rapid advances. Editors Guy Norris and Graham Warwick explain.

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In this week’s Check 6 with Accenture, Aviation Week Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno and Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo talk with John Schmidt, who leads Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense practice, about President Donald Trump, international trade and the aerospace and defense sector, and impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on industry.

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Has the 'jetmania' trend returned as cheaper, used regional jets flood the market? Can they compete with new, more-efficient turboprops? Join our editors from Aviation Week as they discuss this market issue.

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Bombardier’s new airliner carves out a new niche. Our pilots are impressed with its automation and handling—and the creature comforts for passengers.

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After spending billions in investments in foreign airlines and new aircraft, Etihad’s CEO James Hogan is being replaced. With less appetite for risk and growth, what’s next for the Abu Dhabi-based airline?

 

Meanwhile, Emirates Airline has rattled the feathers of U.S. legacy carriers with this week’s announcement of a new service between Athens and New York. How will the Trump administration react? Listen in as our editors discuss.

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It’s a cat-mouse-game as old as warfare -- one military tries to move unseen, the other side tries to spot the enemy before he knows it. Senior Defense Analyst Dan Katz, Managing Editor Graham Warwick and Executive Editor Jim Asker discuss the latest in stealth technology and counterstealth. Plus: Why did the U.S. use the expensive, stealthy B-2 bomber against the Islamic State insurgents, who do not have sophisticated air defenses?

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AIAA’s SciTech conference is happening this week in Grapevine, Texas. Listen in as our editors discuss the new developments, highlights and big questions facing the aerospace community.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, his deputy, Bob Work, and procurement czar Frank Kendall have squeezed procurement costs and reached out for new technologies. Will their reforms last?

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