Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast
U.S. Scrambles To Develop New Rocket Engine In Wake Of Disagreements With Russia

Frank Morring, Bill Sweetman and Jim Asker discuss U.S. plans to develop new rocket engines and where U.S. capability might be in the near future.

Direct download: Sept_12_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am EST

Aviation Week senior editors Bill Sweetman, Amy Butler and Guy Norris talk to Joe Anselmo about the complex and unusual chain of events that left an aircraft in flames, revealed incipient problems in several Pratt & Whitney F135 engines, and continue to enforce stringent flight restrictions on the test and training fleets. 

Direct download: Check6_5Sept.mp3
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Aviation Week editors risk the risk that wildlife pose to airports and airlines, what the industry is doing about it - including some unconventional ideas - and why there’s still plenty of work to be done. 

Direct download: BirdStrike.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

A new venture is developing a low-cost launch vehicle to orbit small satellites. But two smaller companies bid for – and ultimately lost – contracts to build technology demonstrators for the U.S. Army’s next-generation rotorcraft. Listen in as we discuss the state of entrepreneurship in aerospace & defense.

Direct download: Aug_22_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

The State Of Innovation In A&D

In this week’s Check 6 podcast, our editors discuss the state of innovation in the aerospace and defense industry. The discussion touches on past innovations that are becoming a reality in today’s military forces, why the commercial sector is so much better at harnessing innovation and whether there is an innovation crisis in aerospace.

Direct download: Aug_15_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Commercial Engine Makers Face Acid Test

As CFM prepares to flight test the first Leap engines in California, and Airbus gets set to make the first flight of the PW1100G-powered A320neo, Executive Editor Jim Mathews discusses with Guy Norris, AW&ST Senior Editor for propulsion, the market, the challenges, the risks and some possible directions for the future.

Direct download: Aug_8_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

Flight-Tracking After MH370

IATA and ICAO are on a path to make sure aircraft cannot be lost without a trace. Executive Editor Jim Mathews discussed the action with Aviation Week & Space Technology senior editor for Avionics and Safety, John Croft and Air Transport World senior editor, Aaron Karp.

Direct download: Aug_1_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

Buk M-1 missile vs. Flight MH17: What Went Wrong?

Almost no one thinks the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was intentional. It’s hard to imagine an upside for Russia, Russian-backed separatists or Ukraine in blasting out of the sky an airliner full of civilians from nations not involved in the conflict. At the same time, the most capable, modern air-defense missile systems are not simple to operate. So what might have gone wrong that allowed a Buk-M1 missile to take down MH17?

Direct download: July_25_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

The shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine stunned the world. But in this incident, answers are emerging much more quickly than they did in the still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Flight MH370 earlier this year. In this week's Check 6 podcast, we delve into the incident and discuss the question of why the airplane was flying over a war zone in the first place. 

Direct download: Check6_MH17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Farnborough Air Show Commercial Outlook

Aviation Week editors take a look at the key talking points in commercial aviation ahead of the Farnborough air show.

Direct download: 7-11_Check_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EST