Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Diversity benefit companies in multiple ways. How can the aviation industry do a better job recruiting and tapping into a more diverse workforce? Get tips from FedEx Express VP air operations safety & airworthiness; Greg Jones, United Airlines chief diversity officer; and Cheryle Jackson, AAR senior VP global business development, who speak with Aviation Week’s Lee Ann Shay after a panel held at AAR on “IAWA Connect Chicago–The Importance of Diversity & Women in Aviation.”

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

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