Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast (general)

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

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

 

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

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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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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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In an environment where a Tweet can move markets, the head of the Aerospace Industries Association is urging companies to stick to the facts.

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Nuclear weapons captured the interest of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the issue of how to counter Russian and Chinese weapons will be at the forefront of the whoever wins the presidency. AvWeek editors discuss some of those pending issues: programs to upgrade nuclear ICBMS, cruise missiles and bomber aircraft – and how to afford it all.

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The business aviation industry is waiting with baited breath for new technologies, airplanes and engines to enter the marketplace. But there were innovations aplenty at this year’s NBAA Convention and Exhibition, from morphing wings to printed engines to supersonic jets. Listen in as our editors on site at the convention discuss these technologies and other major developments in the business aviation industry.

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Ahead of the NBAA exhibition and conference in Orlando, Fl next week, our editors discuss the state of the business aviation industry, the factors that could help revive it and how retrofitting used aircraft is the next big thing.

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How airframe and engine contractors are responding to the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift plans. Oh, and a bit about the F-35, too.

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Why the transfer of propellant, the budget and the effects of long stays in space are still challenges facing SpaceX’s dazzling proposal. They are achievable though, Dan Dunbacher, a Purdue University professor and former NASA official tells Aviation Week’s Frank Morring.

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Nearly two months after the attempted coup in Turkey, the Turkish air force is facing a severe pilot shortage. London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne and Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman describe the unfolding events there, as well as the U.S. military’s thoughts on training pilots worldwide. Plus, what military officers in Baltic countries are thinking about air power.

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Brain drain to Silicon Valley? A wave of retirements? Offshoring mania? The results of Aviation Week’s 2016 Workforce Study say otherwise.

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Editors Graham Warwick, James Drew and Lara Seligman discuss the nuances in the fierce competition for the lucrative U.S. Air Force trainer replacement jet.

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Self-flying aircraft are even further off than self-driving cars. But technologies that assist pilots are advancing—including one that will take control of the aircraft to avoid a collision if humans do not react quickly enough. Engineering Editor Guy Norris, Avionics and Safety Editor John Croft and Executive Editor Jim Asker bring you up to date and explore what might be possible.

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Following last week’s Emirates Boeing 777 crash in Dubai, a video circulated on social media showing passengers delaying the evacuation by retrieving belongings from overhead bins while the aircraft was on fire. The incident highlights the major issues facing airline safety experts and cabin crew when passengers ignore safety briefings. Our editors discuss what the industry can do to prevent bag-toting passengers from becoming a risk to themselves and others, and what is known about the crash so far.

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Our editors are at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Listen in as they discuss key developments including the future of the A380 and what a middle-of-the-market airplane will look like. Also, F-35 finally made its long-awaited debut at the show and stunned our team with its hovering capabilities.​

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The British people have spoken, and their decision has caused reverberations around the world. The U.K.'s aerospace sector is the largest in Europe and second largest in the world. What does the Brexit vote mean for the future of the sector? Our editors discuss the short- and medium-term impact.

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From Boeing’s difficulties on the tanker program to its shift toward fighter sustainment and upgrades, Aviation Week editors analyze their recent conversation with Leanne Caret, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

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Our editors compare impressions from the first joint Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Aerospace Systems media day. 

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At this year’s IATA annual general meeting in Dublin, the Middle East carriers once again dominated the news. While the CEOs of Delta and Emirates refused to engage in a public spat over open dkies, Qatar Airways was considerably less restrained. Aircraft tracking was also high on the agenda, but no consensus was reached on how to resolve the issue. Listen in as our editors discuss all this and the latest on Qatar Airways refusing its first A320neo.

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Our editors were at this year’s Airbus Innovation Days in Hamburg, where Airbus executives were vocal about supply chain issues they’ve encountered with both the A320neo and A350. The narrowbody was built as what Airbus COO Tom Williams described as a “glider” due to issues with its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines. And the A350 is playing catch up as Airbus tries to maintain its ambitious delivery plans despite troubles with cabin component suppliers. A potential stretched version of Boeing’s 737 MAX was dubbed "Mad Max" by Airbus sales chief John Leahy, who is also looking at the case for a stretched A350-1000. Listen as our editors discuss all this and more.

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NASA-backed Private Spacecraft Programs

As the International Space Station approaches the end of its service life, NASA is supporting Boeing and SpaceX efforts to build commercial crew vehicles  that can take crew to the ISS and later commercial space stations. Aviation Week editors discuss those efforts, as well as the money NASA may save in supporting SpaceX’s Red Dragon, which the commercial spaceflight company intends to land on Mars using supersonic retro-propulsion technology.

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The mental health of pilots and the privacy of their records and consultations with doctors is back in the news following the report by French air safety investigators on the crash of a Germanwings A320 in the Alps last year. Jim Asker, Jens Flottau and John Croft discuss the issues and what might be done to prevent such tragedies.  

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The race for routes to Cuba by U.S. carriers is on. Will there be enough demand for flights to cities other than Havana? Is Cuba ready for a rapid increase in tourism? Join our editors as they discuss the possibilities for this new market.

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Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno and aerospace analyst Kevin Michaels discuss how massive supplier tie-up would have been "a stick in the eye" to Airbus and Boeing.

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As Air Canada provides a boost with C Series orders, editors discuss the merits of a proposed investment by the Canadian government.

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On the sidelines of this week's air show, our Aviation Week editors discuss whether Airbus really has the edge over Boeing it claims and what defense hardware is in high demand in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Virtual reality. Crowd-sourcing weather data. Co-pilots on the ground. Changes are coming to flight operations, maintenance and training. Executive Editor Jim Asker and Avionics and Safety Editor John Croft discuss the next-generation hardware and new techniques that will boost safety and save money.

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As Boeing rolls out the first 737 MAX, Senior Editor Guy Norris and Aviation Week Intelligence Network Forecaster Brian Kough discuss what the re-engined airliner means to Boeing and whether Airbus can hold on to the neon’s 60/40 advantage in orders.

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The last Dubai Airshow saw record-breaking orders for commercial airliners. Not so this year, but our onsite editors say that’s not necessarily something to worry about. They explain why in this report from the show.

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With all the secrecy surrounding the Pentagon's Long-Range Strike Bomber competition, the winner was hard to predict. But AvWeek's editors discuss some of Northrop’s strengths that are not readily apparent. That includes experience with the particular kind of stealth technology needed for a long-range bomber as well as some of the company's business side decisions that may have made it attractive in this $21.4 billion contest.

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As business talks between Bombardier and Airbus fall apart, Aviation Week editors discuss why the new cutting-edge passenger jet is facing severe headwinds in the market--and whether Bombardier has the resources to see it through.

 

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For the foreseeable future, national security space launches will keep the United Launch Alliance and enginemaker Aerojet in business. But the outlook down the road is full of change and opportunity, as Blue Origin plans to build a new launch vehicle and test facility in Florida and will team up with ULA on a new Vulcan rocket.

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This week’s Check 6 marks the start of a series of special features running before Aviation Week & Space Technology’s 100th anniversary in August 2016 with a discussion of stealth and counterstealth technology.

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What if commercial pilots never had to learn to fly IFR? The distinction between instrument flight rules and visual flight rules (VFR) may go away in the not-too-distant future. What if the Black Hawk successor offered military pilots a 360-degree, all-weather view on a touch screen that could easily be reconfigured? These are the sort of things we might see in next-gen cockpits. Join Aviation Week editors Jim Asker, John Croft and Graham Warwick in peering into the future.

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Berkshire Hathaway’s bid to acquire Precision Castparts and Google’s restructuring are among the developments discussed by Executive Editor Jim Asker, Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo and Graham Warwick, the managing editor for technology. Their wide-ranging discussion also touches on GKN, Alcoa, US Airways, Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and Sikorsky.

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Here what disciplines have the most demand, salaries, sign-on bonuses, and the value that work and life balance plays in the compensation package.

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Aviation Week editors discuss the latest news surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on March 8, 2014. If a “flaperon” found on the island this week is indeed from the Boeing 777-200ER, what does its location and condition tell us about the final minutes of the Beijing-bound widebody jet?

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Federal officials are investigating American, United, Delta and Southwest airlines to determine if they are coordinating efforts to keep capacity down so that ticket prices remain high. If they are found in violation of antitrust laws, they could face huge fines. Executive Editor Jim Asker and Jens Flottau, managing editor for commercial aviation, discuss the case and how it relates to the carriers’ battles against competitors based in the Middle East and Norwegian Air International. They also recount a 1982 incident that landed an American Airlines CEO in court for a conversation with a competitor.

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What will happen when New Horizons hurtles past the icy dwarf planet and its five moons on July 14?
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Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo talks with Managing Editor Jens Flottau and Aviation Daily Editor-In-Chief Madhu Unnikrishnan about an escalation in the battle — and why U.S. Airlines are not unified in their stance.
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Wide-ranging interviews with Tom Enders, Jim McNerney, Alain Bellemare and Fred Curado, the chief executives of four big aerospace companies, are in the latest issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Editor-In-Chief Joe Anselmo, Executive Editor Jim Asker and Managing Editors Jens Flottau and Graham Warwick discuss the CEO's comments on commercial airplanes, defense, space, business aviation, R&D and their companies’ prospects for the future.  

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Aviation Week defense editors on the recent success of Dassault’s Rafale and Saab’s Gripen fighters and what that means for the rest of the market. Will it spell doom for the Eurofighter Typhoon? Does Boeing’s F-18 have a shot at more orders in Kuwait. And a peek at the upcoming competition for a Turkish fighter.

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The Rise of the Civilian UAV Industry

Until now, the military has driven development of unmanned aerial vehicles. But the U.S. Navy X-47B’s recent aerial refueling demonstration could be a transition point for the fledgling industry, in which commercial players are increasingly pushing the technical edge.

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Brewing Crisis in the Baltic

As NATO and Russia are stepping up air patrols in and around Eastern Europe – including an increasing amount of flights with transponders turned off – aviation safety officials are scrambling to keep the skies safe for commercial airlines.

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India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Surprise

India hit the reset button on stalled contract talks with Dassault, opting for a government-to-government sale of 36 Rafale fighters. Aviation Week editors Amy Svitak, Bill Sweetman and Jen DiMascio discuss what the deal means for India, Dassault and future combat aircraft competitions.

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Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook

Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more.

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Inside Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan Development

This week's Check 6 podcast comes to you from Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn. Editors Joe Anselmo and Guy Norris sat down with Greg Gernhardt, the president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, to talk about the company’s geared turbofan engine and its battle for market share with the CFM LEAP-X.

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How Do We Keep Pilots From Crashing Planes?

Aviation has become technically safer and safer. Is it now time to address the pilot as a safety concern? The community has successfully addressed wind shear and controlled flight into terrain. Unintended consequences are certain, as we are seeing in the case of locked cockpit doors, and overly specific solutions are usually not flexible enough to work. Distributed cockpit operations with crew support on the ground could be one means of addressing the problem. The industry is so safe because it has tackled its problems. Technology should be able to help us failsafe pilot actions.

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Space Industry At An Inflection Point

Aviation Week editors discuss the Satellite 2015 Telecom Conference and the state of private investment and technological advances.

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Talking 777 Upgrades And Bubble Trouble

Back from the ISTAT Americas conference, Aviation Week editors discuss debate of an order bubble, new 777 upgrades, the A380neo concept and Bombardier’s CSeries.

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Exciting And Strange Developments From Heli-Expo

Aviation Week editors discuss the latest from Orlando: What Bristow's tiltrotor bet means for the future of rotorcraft, Airbus Helicopters's H160 unveiling and more.

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Flight Tracking One Year After MH370

Aviation Week editors Jim Asker, John Croft and Michael Fabey discuss the ongoing search for MH370 and the outlook for changes to flight tracking.

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Saving Bombardier

Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick and Joe Anselmo and Business & Commercial Aviation’s Bill Garvey talk about what’s ailing Bombardier in commercial and business aviation and its move to bring in aerospace veteran Alain Bellemare to fix things.

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Is The Pilot Shortage For Real?

Our editors discuss the global pilot shortage and why the solution is not as simple as paying American regional pilots more.

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What’s Interesting In The New Budget?

From X-planes to the “black budget” to where the U.S. is placing its technology bets for the future, Aviation Week editor's discuss what’s buried in President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request to Congress.

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The Future of Fighters and Air Force One

Jim Asker, Guy Norris and Amy Butler discuss adaptive engine technology, sixth-generation fighters, threats to the F-35 and the next presidential aircraft.

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U.S. Defense Budget

A preview of programs and issues to watch for during the first week of February, when the Pentagon makes its budget request to Congress.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Aviation Week's 2014 Person of the Year: Vladimir Putin

Aviation Week editors discuss the reasons behind our selection of Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year for 2014.

Direct download: 1-14-15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

The Future of Aerospace

Aviation Week editors Graham Warwick and Guy Norris discuss with Joe Anselmo what the future looks like from the annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference. Topics include cockpit automation, air-launch to space, truss-braced wings, small core engines and hybrid/blended wing bodies.

Is innovation alive and well in the industry? What is the place of younger engineers?

Direct download: 1-9Check6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Aerospace and Defense 2015

Aviation Week editors discuss what they expect in the year to come and what surprised them in 2014.

Direct download: 12-19_Check_6.mp3
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The Hunt for A Foreign Submarine Hunt Off Of Scotland

London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne and International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman discuss the U.K.'s recent trouble hunting for a possibly Russian submarine and what it says about their state or readiness.

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Aftermath of the NTSB's 787 Battery Report

Learn how Boeing fail-safed the battery and listen as we discuss how the aircraft was certified and still experienced serious problems.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

F-35C Carrier Trials

Aviaiton Week editors discuss the F-35C and its ongoing carrier trials.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

A Terrible Week in Commercial Space

Senior Space Editor Frank Morring and Senior Editor Guy Norris discuss the failures by Orbital Sciences and Virgin Galactic with Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo.

Direct download: Nov_7_Check_6.mp3
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Can Mitsubishi Succeed with the MRJ?

Executive Editor Jim Asker discusses the Japanese regional jet project with Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief Bradley Perrett and Jens Flottau, managing editor for commercial aviation.

Direct download: 10-24_Check_6.mp3
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Could The Fusion Age Be Upon Us?

Joe Anselmo and Graham Warwick ask Guy Norris about his story on Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and their Compact Fusion Reactor.

Direct download: 10-17_Check_6.mp3
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Why Are So Many of Europe’s Pilots Going on Strike?

Joe Anselmo and Jens Flottau discuss the economics of the strikes, especially Air France and Lufthansa.

Direct download: Check_6_Oct_9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

F-22: From First Flight to Operational Debut

Jen Dimascio, Bill Sweetman and Amy Butler discuss the history of the F-22 with all its quirks.

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