Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast (general)

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT