Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast Podcast

Aviation Week & Space Technology editors take a look at some of the bigger-picture issues in the world of aerospace and defense

Is the UAM Market Overhyped?
Will there be fireworks, or harmony? Graham Warwick and Richard Aboulafia got together to discuss how big the UAM market will be....

Countering Hypersonics
The U.S. is stepping up work on defending against hypersonic missile even as its pursues several, seemingly competing high-speed strike weapon programs. Our editors dig deep into what the Pentagon is up to in the rapidly evolving field of offensive and defensive hypersonics....

Nuclear Modernization: The Point of No Return?
Boeing’s exit from the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent program to replace the U.S.’s nuclear ICBMs leave the Air Force with Northrop as a lone contractor. Aviation Week editoris discuss the company’s possible motivation and what it means for the future of the Pentagon’s nuclear program....


Live from EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh
The annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture focuses on innovation and battery powered aircraft. Listen as Fred George and Molly McMillin report live from Oshkosh, Wisconsin....

Britain’s Defense Buying Boom
Aviation Week editors Steve Trimble and Tony Osborne take stock of the major developments unfolding at the UK’s premier defense air show – from Sweden’s participation in the UK’s Tempest fighter program, details about a new unmanned combat air vehicle, a hypersonic weapon and an expansion into space....

Getting Back to the Moon and Mars
In the midst of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, NASA is making dramatic moves in its human exploration directorate. Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz discusses the changes and what they mean for the agency’s future....


Interview with Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins
Astronaut Michael Collins speaks with Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz about the meaning of his time on the Moon, his thoughts on the current space program, what he would like to see transpire 50 years from now and more....

Highlights from the Paris Air Show
What did we see and what was missing at the Paris Air Show?  Listen in as our editors discuss the highs and lows from the biannual aerospace industry gathering at Le Bourget....


Maintenance Outsourcing: Why The Debate?
A summit held in Washington took aim at airline outsourcing, which is not new. Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, spoke at the event as the single dissenting voice. MacLeod speaks with Lee Ann Shay, chief editor MRO for Aviation Week Network, about the controversy....

United Technologies, Raytheon and the A&D M&A
The aerospace and defense landscape was altered almost overnight with the proposal to merge United Technologies and Raytheon. The would-be Raytheon Technologies looms as one of the largest A&D contractors ever, and could be a research powerhouse – if it passes regulatory review first. Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo speaks with Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno and Senior Military Editor Steve Trimble about the reasons for and the consequences of this mega-merger....

Flight Testing The World’s Biggest Engine
As work continues towards first flight of the GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9, senior editor Guy Norris talks to GE Aviation chief test pilot Jon Ohman about what’s involved with  flight tests of the world’s largest turbofan on the company’s specially modified 747-400....


What Everyone Will Be Talking About At The Paris Airshow
There are a handful of hot topics guaranteed to come up at the Paris air show. Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Accenture A&D leader John Schmidt and Joyce Kline about what will be on everyone’s lips, as well as what might serve as a few surprises at the big annual European event....

Will Boeing Deliver on T-X Promise?
Boeing Defense officials say new processes, procedures and design allowed them to outbid competitors on multi-billion-dollar contracts last year, including the next-generation T-X trainer and MQ-25 carrier-based aerial refueling tanker. Aviation Week editors discuss their pitch and past record of delivering on the major programs....

Airbus – Looking Ahead
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and his management colleagues have taken over little over a month ago. Now, weeks before the Paris Air Show, the new leadership team has given first indications on strategy and priorities. What are the key takes? Aviation Week Network editors discuss....


Business Aviation Under Siege
Safety and security have always been a given in the business aviation industry. Now, attention has turned to adding sustainability to the mix, with alternative jet fuel leading the news at EBACE this year. Also, in the aftermath of the Boeing MAX crashes, are changes needed to the ODA process? Listen in as our editors discuss this and more from Geneva, Switzerland....

When Will the Boeing 737 MAX Fly Again?
As Boeing nears finalization of its proposed fix to the 737 MAX since the fleet-wide grounding in March, our editors discuss the ramifications for pilot proficiency, automation and other civil aircraft programs....

Podcast: Which LEO Constellations Will Survive?
Some 80,000 satellites are proposed to begin flying in low Earth orbit, but the talk at the Satellite 2019 was about which companies have the strongest leg up and which launch providers will take them to space....


Why Your Company Is Trailing in the Digital Race
Feel like your company is not innovating fast enough? You are probably right. Chances are your company is not doing enough to drive digital change in its culture, products and services. In the latest Check 6 with Accenture, Aviation Week’s Michael Bruno talks with Accenture Managing Directors John Schmidt and Chris Tridico on how the A&D industry is wrestling with the challenges, from figuring out where to invest to what to expect....

Boeing Chief Faces the Fire on NMA
Editors Guy Norris and Michael Bruno listened in as CEO Dennis Muilenburg fielded Wall Street’s questions. A few of his answers surprised them....

How The U.S. Is Reorganizing For Space Warfare
The U.S. military is debating everything from creating a sixth service for space to a unified combatant command to how to architect and buy a new generation of satellites....


Behind The F-35’s New Aerial Tricks
Since first flight of the original F-35 test aircraft more than 12 years ago, the U.S. military has given the public only one glimpse of the aircraft’s hotly contested dogfighting chops — and that was nearly two years ago at the Paris Air Show. That’s changing this year. Defense Editor Steve Trimble talks with U.S. Air Force F-35 Demo Pilot Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson about the new display’s public debut on March 30 in Melbourne, Florida....

Boeing and Congress, on MCAS and the 737 MAX
Just back from Seattle, where Boeing was briefing regulators and operators on its upgrades to the MCAS control law implicated in to 737 MAX fatal crashes, senior editor Guy Norris talks with managing editor Graham Warwick about the changes, Congress’s grilling of the FAA’s Administrator and the ramifications of both for the MAX, for certification and, perhaps in the long term, for automation in airliner cockpits....


New Twists in 737 MAX Saga
Aviation Week editors discuss the latest from the two MAX accident investigations and look back at the compromises that led to the controversial MCAS system....

MAX Family Groundings: What Next?
In the aftermath of global groundings of the Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft, our editors discuss what measures need to be taken to overcome the crisis for the OEM and operators....

Rotary Innovations From Helicopters To eVTOLs
From the latest commercial helicopter news to the irresistible growth of eVTOLs and novel hybrid-electric propulsion systems, listen to Tony Osborne and Guy Norris as they discuss the highlights of HAI’s recent Heli Expo 2019 convention from a freezing week in Atlanta....


Putting Odds on Boeing's NMA
Why did Rolls-Royce say “no thank you” to Boeing’s NMA? How might Airbus respond? Listen in as we discuss the risks of launching a new mid-market airliner....

Can Aviation Do More to Combat Climate Change
Impressive improvements in aircraft fuel burn and carbon emissions are being offset by the industry’s rapid growth. Listen in as our editors discuss the quandary and possible solutions....

How Russia is Expanding S-400 Exports
From the loss of 40N6E missiles in the English Channel to Russia’s attempt to  sell the air defense system to Saudi Arabia, and the politics of sanctions, Defense Editor Steve Trimble discusses new developments from the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi....


How Electric Propulsion Will Shock the Aerospace Industry
The number of electric-propulsion aircraft projects continues to climb at a staggering rate. What is more, 2019 could be a year of many firsts. Bye Aerospace flew its Sun Flyer 2 prototype fitted with a Siemens motor Feb. 8, and MagniX has revealed its intent for November, just to name a few. For years, Robert Thomson and Nikhil Sachdeva of Roland Berger have been tracking and analyzing all the well-known and semi-secret projects – now counting 140-plus. In this week’s episode of Check 6, they talk with Sen...

Will the Boeing 747 Outlive the Airbus A380?
Marking 50th anniversary of first 747 flight, our editors discuss the “giant jet’s” rocky beginnings, how much of a future it has left and whether Airbus will shutter the A380 line....


How U.S. Shutdown, Brexit Are Messing Up Aviation
Unpaid controllers, delayed certifications and a European regulatory quagmire are just some of the impacts of political crisis across two continents. Listen in as our editors discuss....

Looking Into The Future At SciTech
From transonic truss-braced wing designs to learning lessons from Apollo, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris report from this year’s AIAA SciTech conference in San Diego, California....


Help Wanted: Must Love Airplanes
Need workers? Got workers but they don’t have the right skills? After decades of shedding employees, A&D finds itself in a race to staff-up ahead of everything from near-peer national security threats to just staying ahead of tech industry disruptors. What should companies do? In this episode of Aviation Week Check 6 with Accenture, Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Accenture A&D Lead John Schmidt and Communication, Media and Technology Managing Director Jessica Kane, who offer a game plan....

Who is Pat Shanahan?
Aviation Week editors discuss Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan’s career as Boeing’s Mr. Fix-It and whether he will stand up to President Trump...

Predictions for 2019: What’s Next in Aerospace
From the advent of suborbital tourism to the launch of massive communication satellite constellations, space looms large in Aviation Week’s crystal ball. Listen is as our editors discuss the year ahead....


Airbus Doubles Down on Alabama
Airbus' Mobile, Alabama production line delivers its 100th A320-family jet as it prepares to break ground on a new A220 factory that will nearly double employment. General manager Daryl Taylor shares details with Aviation Week’s Joe Anselmo and Michael Bruno....

Peril for the Pentagon?
Defense analyst Steven Grundman joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the fiscal forces shaping U.S. defense market....


Bombardier’s Big Shrink
A year after giving its C Series program to Airbus, Bombardier unloads its turboprop business. Is the CRJ line next? Aviation Week editors discuss....

From China to New Zealand, the Latest in Launchers
China is drawing on existing technology with a proposed new manned launch vehicle, Moon rocket and is tweaking the design to make its Long March 8 reusable. Keep listening as Aviation Week editors reveal details of the Chinese space program and commercial endeavors by Rocketlab and SpaceX....

Airshow China 2018
A swarm of drone projects appeared at China's biennial air show. UAC discussed the schedule of the CR929 widebody airliner....


Rolls-Royce’s Perfect Storm
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....

Defense Trends: From Sales to Saudis, Budgets, Mergers and More
Capital Alpha Partners’ Byron Callan joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the outlook for defense spending, the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and Boeing’s recent contractual dominance at the Pentagon....

High Speed to Low Speed at NBAA
From flying cars to supersonics, and new midsize jets to the state of the market, Aviation Week and BCA editors review a National Business Aviation Association convention boldly venturing where no NBAA has gone before....


The U.S. Army Gets its Groove Back
After years of fighting counterinsurgency campaigns, the U.S. Army has realized it is outgunned by Russian and Chinese artillery. The service has a $25 billion plan to match and surpass the shortfalls – on multiple fronts. Aviation Week’s U.S. defense team discusses multiple modernization programs under way including long-range precision fires, future rotorcraft and tactical UAVs....

Why Boeing Just Can’t Lose
MQ-25 and MH-139 competitions. But could the OEM’s strategy backfire in the long run? Aviation Week editors and Teal Group’s Richard Aboulafia break it down....

Gateways, Starshades, Exoearths and Hypersonics
The mood at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ co-located Space forum and Spaceplanes and Hypersonics conference in Orlando was bullish amid growing investment in space infrastructure and hypersonic development. Aviation Week editors Guy Norris and Graham Warwick join up once again to discuss their findings....


T-X Trainer Predictions and the Future of the U.S. Air Force
From the upcoming T-38 replacement decision to the future of the Jstars replacement program and the F-35’s massive production ramp-up, Aviation Week editors discuss what happened on the sidelines of the Air Force Association’s annual meeting....

DARPA’s Future; Boeing’s Production Woes
Where the Pentagon is focusing cutting-edge R&D and what Boeing is telling investors about its airplane production crunch are the focus of this week’s discussion....

Boeing’s Big MQ-25 Win
The U.S. Navy has picked a winner for its hotly contested, unmanned, carrier-based aircraft, but will the losers go away quietly? Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the program....


Boeing’s Big MQ-25 Win
The U.S. Navy has picked a winner for its hotly contested, unmanned, carrier-based aircraft, but will the losers go away quietly? Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the program....

Boeing’s Big MQ-25 Win
he U.S. Navy has picked a winner for its hotly contested, unmanned, carrier-based aircraft, but will the losers go away quietly? Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the program....

B-52s for the Next Generation
Aviation Week editors piece together the U.S. Air Force’s emerging initiatives to revamp the 1950s-era bomber for long-range strike missions....


Darpa’s Space Shakeup
Guest star Fred Kennedy, the director of Darpa’s Tactical Technology Office, talks to Aviation Week about ways to revolutionize satellites, space launch and the U.S. Air Force’s reliance on stealth....

A New Ecosystem in Space
The reduction in space launch costs and anticipation of thousands of small satellites is attracting $2-3 billion in investment in newly seeded types of businesses - from those that gather and analyze data to others that manage space traffic and communications signals and more....


Podcast: The End of J-Stars
Congress is on the verge of killing off the Air Force’s $7 billion program to replace its aging E-8C battle management aircraft, which will allow the service the leeway it sought to move to a networked command and control architecture....

The Tempest of Farnborough
Noticeable absences from military aircraft in the aerial display disappointing many show-goers. But on the business front, change is in the air. Listen in as Aviation Week Network editors discuss highlights and lowlights at the show. Including Britain’s future fighter vision: is it a storm in a teacup, or will it really happen?...


The Electrification of Air . . . And Space
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....

Farnborough: Don’t Come Home Without the Digits
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....

Hidden Gems at AIAA Aviation 2018
Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick have been in Atlanta, Georgia, for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Aviation 2018 conference. They talk about insights from the many panels and presentations and some hidden gems in the exhibition hall....


Rep. Rogers on Why the U.S. Needs a Space Corps
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....

Airbus’ Industrial Crisis
One hundred A320neos can’t be delivered because they don’t have engines. Aviation Week editors discuss....

Are Chinese-made Drones Doubling As Spies?
U.S. Senate is concerned that China’s government is accessing data from commercial UAVs. Are the concerns justified? Listen in as our editors discuss....


Tougher Times Ahead For Airlines?
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....

Nightmare Is Over As Confidence Returns to Business Aviation
The business aviation industry gathered in Geneva for this year’s EBACE convention buoyed by an uplift in market conditions. Big players had plenty to announce and show. Listen in as our team on the ground discusses some of the key developments from EBACE 2018....

The Wild Ride at Uber’s Elevate Summit
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....


Winners and Losers as Trump Scuttles Iran Deal
Airbus and Boeing could be stuck with dozens of passenger airplanes, but missile defense sales could see an uptick. Aviation Week editors discuss the unfolding scenarios....

Small Launchers Speed into Service
The rising demand for small satellites is aligning with rapid growth in companies such as Virgin Orbit, Vector, Rocket Labs and others. Plus, Aviation Week editors assess prospects for sending humans to suborbital space this year....


U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center Tackles Aviation Mishaps
As the U.S. military confronts an alarming spike in non-combat related aviation accidents, it falls to the services’ sustainment enterprises to take a hard look at safety and maintenance processes. U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center Chief Lt. Gen. Lee Levy joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the recent mishaps, how incorporating new technology like additive manufacturing and robotics can help make maintenance more efficient, and how to get control of F-35 sustainment costs....

Sizing Up the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Competition
In the three-way race to make an unmanned carrier-based tanker aircraft, Boeing, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin have revealed new design details, including their choice of engine, and in one case, the ability to carry weapons....

Can Industry Help Alleviate The Pilot Shortage?
President of CAE’s Defence & Security Group Gene Colabatistto joins Aviation Week Editors Lara Seligman and Graham Warwick to discuss innovative ways contractors can help combat the U.S. Air Force’s acute pilot shortage, both in the manned aircraft and Remotely Piloted Aircraft community....


The New Speed of Thought in A&D
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 au...

A Wild Week In Aerospace
Defense contractors win big as a U.S. budget deal supercharges military funding, but commercial contractors could be casualties as a U.S.-China trade dispute escalates. Aviation Week editors weigh in on the implications....


Airbus Space’s View of the Satellite Market
Aviation Week editors talk with Nicolas Chamussy about its OneWeb venture into the small satellite, low Earth orbit market and navigating the dramatic changes in the industry....

The New Cold War Footing
Aviation Week’s team of U.S.-based defense editors discuss the shift in the U.S. military from planning to fight counterinsurgency campaigns to preparing for great-power technological warfare....

Electric Dreams – A Reality Check on Urban Air Taxis
Uber's Director of Aviation Engineering and eVTOL leading light Mark Moore talks with Aviation Week’s Tony Osborne and Guy Norris about the coming revolution in urban air mobility—a key talking point at this year's HAI Helo-Expo convention in Las Vegas....


A Look at the Future of the International Space Station
The National Space Council traveled to Kennedy Space Center to discuss how private space companies and other countries can participate as NASA scales back its financial support for the station in the years to come. Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz provides highlights from the fate of the space station to U.S. cooperation with China on civil space and the potential to remove regulations to speed commercial development....

Decoding the U.S. Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget
Aviation Week defense editors discuss how the Pentagon plans to return to a Cold-War footing by maintaining its investments in nuclear weapons and increasing funding for scores of aircraft programs old and new and emerging technologies. That said, the Air Force did make some difficult choices, sending contractors reeling with the cancelation of a plan to replace its Jstars battlefield surveillance aircraft....

Power Games: Growing Fight to Power Chinese-Russian 21st Century Widebody
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....


Boeing’s Trade Dispute and the Industry’s Future
What’s next for the commercial aviation and airline industry? And what’s the fallout of Boeing’s latest trade dispute? Listen in as analyst Richard Aboulafia talks to Aviation Week and ATW editors about the current state of affairs....

Artificial Intelligence in Aerospace Manufacturing
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 defe...

Hypersonics, And Things That Go Boom In The Desert
Speed matters on this week’s podcast as technical editor Graham Warwick talks to senior editor Guy Norris about his story on Boeing’s reusable hypersonic demonstrator concept and the rapidly evolving developments in hypersonics over the past year since he broke the story about the U.S. losing its lead in this increasingly important area of defense technology....


No Losers In 2017 Airbus-Boeing Battle
Aviation Week editors and the Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s chief forecaster delve into a record-breaking year and discuss why the show will go on....

Advanced propulsion, hand waving and R2-D2; AIAA SciTech Day 2
Pratt & Whitney’s executive director for advanced programs and technologies James Kenyon joins Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick to talk about adaptive engines and high-speed propulsion in the second of three planned Check 6 podcasts from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Scitech conference in Kissimmee, Florida....


Quiet SuperSonics To Printed Engines at AIAA SciTech
Propulsion for quiet supersonic airliners, industry’s digital transformation and GE’s vision for additive manufacturing are the topics discussed by Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick in the first of three Check 6 podcasts recorded live from the exhibit floor at AIAA’s SciTech 2018 conference in Kissimmee, Florida....


2018 Outlook for Space
Space editors Irene Klotz and Guy Norris predict they’ll have to clone themselves to keep up with all the space milestones that are likely in 2018. A few: SpaceX plans to launch its heaviest rocket to date, the United Launch Alliance aims to choose an engine for its Vulcan rocket, OneWeb will begin launching satellites for its mega-constellation and humans may take flights to suborbital space....

Aerion, Silvercrest and 2018 Tech Predictions
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....

The Boom Continues
The airline industry is confident about 2018 prospects and see no end of the up-cycle. But there are risks and rising costs. Managing Editor Commercial Jens Flottau discusses the IATA outlook with Karen Walker, Air Transport World’s Editor-in-Chief, and Madhu Unnikrishnan, Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Daily....


Airbus After Leahy
Airbus turns to an outsider for its new sales chief. Our editors discuss the prosperity—and problems—that he will inherit....

Inside the Middle East Air War
As airstrikes in Syria and Iraq begin to wind down, they are ramping up in Afghanistan and relying on precision munitions to reduce concerns about mounting civilian casualties....

Dubai Airshow's Unexpected Highlights
Some events at the Dubai Airshow were unexpected, while some expected ones did not happen. Emirates again appeared to be ruling the world of large aircraft orders, while the UAE's manufacturing industry is burgeoning. Aviation Week's Managing Editor of Commercial, Jens Flottau, and London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne tell France Bureau Chief Thierry Dubois what they saw at the Dubai airshow....


Combat Aircraft Safety
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....

How Stealth Technology Changed the World
Aviation Week editors sat down with John Griffin, a member of the “Pioneers of Stealth.” The pioneers are group of engineers, contractors and members of the military who worked on stealth programs from 1970s to the first flight of the B-2 in the late 1990s and continue to meet to share stories about the early days of the technology....

Combat Drones To Missile Targets: The Rise Of Kratos
This week on Check 6, Aviation Week's U.S. defense editor James Drew speaks with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions CEO Eric DeMarco. We discuss the tectonic shifts in the U.S. defense industrial landscape, from industry consolidation to snapping up ex-bomber engineers. DeMarco talks about his company's new drone shop, first flight of the Valkyrie, Patriot Games, ballistic missile targets, and intercepting satellite spoofers on the battlefield....


A Trio of Pentagon Combat Aircraft Competitions
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....

Protectionist Threat to Aviation?
Teal Group’s Richard Aboulafia joins Aviation Week and Air Transport World editors to discuss the ramifications of trade complaints by Boeing and U.S. airlines....


Blockchain Is More Than Buzz
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....

The New Scarce Commodity: Pilots
From U.S. Air Force generals to Chinese civil authorities, the push is on to find more pilots. Aviation Week editors discuss....


Boeing Versus Bombardier
Aviation Week editors delve into the C Series price dumping battle and opine on whether there is a better way for the industry to settle its differences....

U.S. Out of Easy Options in North Korea
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....

Perlan II Seeks World Altitude Record
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....


From F-16 To F-35: A Test Pilot's View
Pentagon Editor Lara Seligman interviews Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn, the man that flew the F-35's premiere aerobatic performance at the Paris Air Show this summer, about what it's like to flight test both the F-16 and the Joint Strike Fighter. In this episode, Flynn discusses his decades of experience testing cutting-edge aviation technology, including his work on development of thrust vectoring on the F-16 and the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, as well as what's next for the F-35...

The Cockpit of the Future
Curved touch screens, augmented reality, integrated smart systems that drastically reduce pilot workload—all these are coming in the no-to-distant future...


Podcast: Battle for the Aftermarket
Aviation Week editors discuss what’s behind Boeing’s push into the lucrative services business — and why some Tier I suppliers are balking....

Part II: F-35 in the Crossfire
Two experts on combat aircraft return for additional debate about the quality of testing and ultimate cost of the Joint Strike Fighter....


Part I: F-35 in the Crossfire
Two experts on combat aircraft with two very different perspectives on the F-35 debate the pros and cons of the Pentagon’s costliest and most controversial fighter....

A Peek Inside the Future of Aerospace Propulsion
It’s not just rocket scientists gathering at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual Propulsion & Energy conference, held this year in Atlanta. This is a mecca for turbine engineers, hypersonics researchers and, in a new development, those energized by the emerging field of electrified aircraft propulsion. Aviation Week technology writers Guy Norris and Graham Warwick discuss the thrusts of this year’s conference....

Inside Infrared and the Future of Stealth Technology
Stealth aircraft may be good at limiting detection by radar, and while designers are also getting better at concealing an infrared signature, sensor technology is catching up. That’s why in the future, stealth aircraft will demand more than new designs – but also new ways of thinking....


Podcast: The Future of Heavy-Lift Space Launchers
NASA’s Space Launch System is moving at a glacial pace.In the meantime, commercial space companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are pressing ahead. Who will win the race to Mars?...

Lifting the Veil on Boeing’s NMA
As Boeing dribbled out concept details, the Paris Air Show was rife with speculation about plans for the company’s New Mid-size Airplane.  Aviation Week editors Guy Norris and Jens Flottau and Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Ron Epstein discuss the NMA’s market potential, design details and what airlines are saying they want....

What's Hot (Literally) at the Paris Air Show
From the F-35’s maiden Paris aerial display, the emergence of eastern players, the potential end of the A380 program . . . and a few tidbits on Boeing’s new midsize airplane, listen in to a lively debate as our team on the ground discuss the main events at the Paris Air Show....


Programs To Watch At Paris Air Show
As many in the aerospace industry and their customers head to the Paris Air Show, we look at the key programs, what to watch for and hidden gems. Join Graham Warwick, our managing editor for technology, Guy Norris, Los Angeles bureau chief, and Executive Editor Jim Asker for the discussion....

The State Of The Airline Industry
As the world’s airline executives gather in Cancun, Mexico, what are the most urget issues facing the industry?...


Paris Airshow Preview: Market Realities, Big Data and Industry Growth
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....

Pilot's View: Flying the Airbus A321neo
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....

Turkey’s Aerospace Ambitions
By 2023, Turkey’s centenary, President Tayyip Edogan wants the nation’s aerospace industry to fly its indigenous TF-X fighter. But the new fighter is just the one example, as Turkey is developing a trainer/light attack aircraft, UAVs, missiles, helicopters and a gallium-nitride-based AESA radar....


Boeing’s 737 MAX 8: How It Flies and When Will It Fly?
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....

Uber’s Flying Taxi Plan and Personal Aviation
Uber has announced plans for an air taxi service. Other companies are working on personal aviation ideas, too. How realistic are these plans? The answers might surprise you....


Will The Airbus A380 Ever Make A Profit?
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....

United in Crisis
ATW and Aviation Daily editors discuss multiple mishaps and backlash after video of passenger’s violent removal goes viral...


The Race to Develop New Rocket Engines
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....

Growing Pains for Commercial Aero in 2017
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....