Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast (general)

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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