Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

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.

Direct download: Can_Airshow_and_Demonstration_Flights_Be_Made_Safer.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Check6_031317.mp3
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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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