Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

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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After years of planning for major milestones such as declaring the F-35A ready for combat, the U.S. Air Force is finally realizing a few of its dreams. In addition to moving past the fighter’s development, the service is also looking ahead to developing a new set of aircraft and weapons that will define its future. In the last two weeks, the Air Force has inched forward a its plans to develop a new training aircraft and started competitions to replace the Minuteman ICBM and its nuclear-capable air-launched cruise missile. Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman and Defense Editor James Drew provide the details.

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After years of planning for major milestones such as declaring the F-35A ready for combat, the U.S. Air Force is finally realizing a few of its dreams. In addition to moving past the fighter’s development, the service is also looking ahead to developing a new set of aircraft and weapons that will define its future. In the last two weeks, the Air Force has inched forward a its plans to develop a new training aircraft and started competitions to replace the Minuteman ICBM and its nuclear-capable air-launched cruise missile. Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman and Defense Editor James Drew provide the details.

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Editors from Aviation Week and Aviation Daily discuss why demand for Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s has slowed to a trickle, and explain how new narrowbody airplanes could shake up the trans-Atlantic airline market. 

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NASA and other governments may have an end date for the International Space Station, but private companies are creating their own for commercial purposes. Senior Space Editor Frank Morring discusses plans for new commercial space modules from which other companies can launch small satellites, or use the advantages of microgravity for new ventures such as one with a plan to manufacture faster fiber optics.

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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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Technology Editor Graham Warwick discusses the 70-hr. flight and ponders the future of electric propulsion with correspondent Theirry Dubois, who recounts highlights from his satellite interview with Si2's solo pilot, Bertrand Piccard, while he was over the Atlantic.

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