Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast
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.
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Will there be fireworks, or harmony? Graham Warwick and Richard Aboulafia got together to discuss how big the UAM market will be.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Editors Guy Norris and Michael Bruno listened in as CEO Dennis Muilenburg fielded Wall Street’s questions. A few of his answers surprised them.

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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.

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At Aviation Week's inaugural UAM conference, editors discuss which air transport applications have the best chance of breaking out

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After the delivery of the KC-46A tanker, the service is looking to detach itself from future, platform-centric plans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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Defense analyst Steven Grundman joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the fiscal forces shaping U.S. defense market.

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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.  

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A year after giving its C Series program to Airbus, Bombardier unloads its turboprop business. Is the CRJ line next? Aviation Week editors discuss.

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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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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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