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

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Check 6 With Accenture: The Next World After This: A&D Enters the Metaverse
Your aerospace or defense business is about to enter a whole new world: the metaverse. A mix of the physical and digital realms, the metaverse is an unmapped—but not unknown—territory that looms beyond Industry 4.0. OEMs and Tier 1s already are entering the domain with cloud computing, virtual reality and quantum computing. Where they go, so go suppliers. Join us as Aviation Week talks with Accenture aerospace and defense leaders about how, and specifically when, the A&D sector will migrate and what it means for completing the mission, serving customers and making money.
May 20, 2022
The Future Of Air Assault

The war in Ukraine is revealing the vulnerability of attack helicopters to man-portable air-defense systems. Defense analyst Sash Tusa joins Aviation Week editors to discuss options that the U.S. Army will consider at its EDGE 22 exercise, how manufacturers could protect future rotorcraft and whether those ideas make sense.

May 13, 2022
Airbus Up, Boeing Down And The Diverging Duopoly

First-quarter 2022 financial reports from Airbus and Boeing were snapshots of the different fates the two leading airframers face. Commercial program malaise, defense aircraft charges and growing debt plagued Boeing, while Airbus doubles-down on producing as many as 89 narrowbodies a month, when counting both the A320neo family and A220 programs. 

In this episode of Check 6, Commercial Executive Editor Jens Flottau and Senior Editor Guy Norris speak with Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno about the increasingly diverging paths within the duopoly.

May 06, 2022
A Target on Tactical Aircraft

Aviation Week editors make sense of recommended reductions to the number of F-35 and F-15EX fighters the U.S. Air Force plan to buy in the coming years.

Apr 29, 2022
50 Years Of Innovation

Former Collins Aerospace executive John Borghese joins Aviation Week executive editors Graham Warwick and Carole Hedden to reflect on the last 50 years of innovation in aerospace and look at what is coming down the pipe. They discuss the most significant changes in that half century, as well as what they consider to be the greatest challenges ahead for aerospace.

Apr 22, 2022
Check 6 With Accenture: The New Gameplan for Sustainable Aviation
Like with safety in a previous generation, commercial aviation is going through another existential moment. This time it is about environmental concerns, with sustainability the overarching goal. What lies ahead are opportunities to pick low-hanging fruit but also the need to make controversial culture changes. How does commercial aviation get here?

Aviation Week talks with Accenture aerospace leaders who unveil a new industrywide gameplan.

Apr 15, 2022
Inside Boom Supersonic

As the company readies its flight demonstrator, CEO Blake Scholl explains how he plans to revive supersonic air travel. 

Aviation Week's Joe Anselmo and Guy Norris hear about Boom's sustainability credentials, public acceptance of supersonic and the market appetite for such an aircraft.

Apr 07, 2022
With New Leader, Where Does Boeing Defense Go Now?

Aviation Week editors discuss Ted Colbert's appointment and the challenges he faces as the new head of Boeing's $26 billion defense and space unit.

Apr 01, 2022
The Outlook: Modernizing Rate Forecasting

Join PwC’s Gregg Pilotte, Mike Stetz, and Jessica Benson on The Outlook. They discuss how A&D companies are modernizing their rate development and forward pricing processes, with a focus on automation and integration with broader planning and forecasting solutions.

Mar 28, 2022
China, Boeing And A Mysterious Crash

Aviation Week editors and guest Richard Aboulafia delve into the implications of this week’s tragic 737-800 crash in China and where the investigation stands.

Mar 24, 2022
Mobilizing Military Aid For The War In Ukraine
In addition to the weapons that NATO is planning to send to Ukraine, in a dramatic role reversal, Russia is appealing to China for help in replenishing its weapons stocks.

Aviation Week editors Jen DiMascio, Steve Trimble and Tony Osborne discuss the flow of materiel on both sides of the wrenching conflict after weeks of fighting.

Mar 16, 2022
Putin’s War And Commercial Aviation

Bank of America’s Ron Epstein joins our experts to assess the industry’s reliance on Russian metals and whether lessors could lose hundreds of aircraft.

Mar 10, 2022
Tier 2 Aerospace Suppliers At Breaking Point
Recorded on the floor at the Aviation Week Commercial Aviation Suppliers Conference in Los Angeles, listen in as Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Alex Krutz, managing director of Patriot Industrial Partners, about why Tier 2 in the supply chain warrants close scrutiny as a point of concern in coming years.
Mar 04, 2022
Assessing Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
A discussion about the opening days of Russia’s war on its neighbor Ukraine and how that renewed Europe’s focus on defending the continent.
Mar 02, 2022
AAM Skeptic Vs. AAM Booster

Will the AAM market grow to $50 billion a year? Listen as

Richard Aboulafia and Mike Dyment debate the merits, and Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick weighs in with his thoughts.

Feb 23, 2022
Singapore Airshow Special
After jumping through numerous hoops, Aviation Week editors made it to the 2022 edition of the Singapore Airshow. Listen in as they give their takes on the event and discuss the key themes in defense and commercial so far.
Feb 15, 2022
Is Airbus Unstoppable?

Boeing will have to pay a big price if it wants to bring the duopoly back to parity—and suppliers should be worried if it doesn’t.

Feb 11, 2022
The Good, Bad, Ugly And Hopeful Story At Boeing

Amid ugly write downs and program woes, Boeing launches a new freighter, cashes in on an Airbus dispute and places a half-billion-dollar bet on the future. 

Feb 04, 2022
Sizing Up the U.S. Defense Industrial Base
Despite the challenges facing companies supplying the U.S. military, analysts Byron Callan and Steve Grundman see signs of strength and evolution.
Jan 26, 2022
AIAA SciTech Surprises—Sustainability And Hypersonics In San Diego

Forced to go virtual in 2021 because of the pandemic, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual SciTech forum returned in January 2022 as an in-person conference with some virtual access.

Listen in as Senior Editor Guy Norris discusses the success and surprises at this important aerospace event with Graham Warwick, Executive Editor for Technology.

Jan 21, 2022
What Could Go Wrong In 2022

As the aerospace industry learns to live with COVID, it faces other big challenges from a stressed supply chain to geopolitical disruptions. Listen in as our editors discuss.

Jan 14, 2022
Aviation Vs. 5G

White House-brokered negotiations helped airlines dodge a bullet—for now. Listen in as our editors explain why the aviation industry is so concerned.

Jan 07, 2022
Inside Three Major Fighter Decisions

Aviation Week editors provide context and insights into Finland’s decision to buy the F-35, the UAE’s deal for 80 Rafales and Canada’s looming fighter decision and look ahead at what’s next for the market.

Dec 17, 2021
State of the Industry: Where Aerospace is Headed in 2022

Listen in as Scott Thompson, PwC’s Global Aerospace and Defense Leader, delves into key drivers in commercial aviation, defense, and space

Dec 13, 2021
Check 6 With Accenture: Executive Survey Sees Aerospace Supplier Confidence Reach New Low
Results of the latest Accenture Commercial Aerospace Insight Report, first released to Aviation Week, point to a new low in supplier confidence after the double-whammy of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Boeing 737 MAX shutdown. When can the industrial base expect to see business growing again? What keeps executives up at night now? Listen as Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talk with John Schmidt, Accenture global A&D lead, and Jeff Wheless, global A&D research lead.
Dec 10, 2021
Why Can't Boeing Deliver the 787?
Listen in as Aviation Week editors unpack the complicated set of problems that have beset the revolutionary aircraft program. 
Dec 03, 2021
FlyZero's Greener Goals

In the wake of the COP26 Climate conference Aviation Week editors talk to leaders of FlyZero, a UK government-backed Aerospace Technology Institute project targeting zero-carbon emission commercial aviation by 2030. 

Aviation Week’s Guy Norris and Graham Warwick take a deeper dive into what FlyZero is all about with project director Chris Gear and chief propulsion engineer Simon Webb.

Nov 25, 2021
Podcast: Back To Basics

This week in Dubai, the aerospace industry met at an international air show for the first time since Singapore 2020. Aviation Week Network editors discuss their impressions, the news and trends emerging from what turned out to be a surprisingly buoyant event.

This podcast is sponsored by Collins Aerospace

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Nov 16, 2021
Podcast: Commercial Aviation At The Dubai Airshow

As the Dubai Airshow is seeing a resuscitation of giant orders, our commercial aviation experts are discussing the development of new freighters and regional aircraft upgrades against a backdrop of ramping-up production. Debating are Karen Walker, ATW editor-in-chief, Jens Flottau, executive editor, commercial aviation, and Guy Norris, senior editor. ShowNews editor-in-chief Thierry Dubois is moderating.

Nov 15, 2021
Podcast: Trending Topics In Defense At The Dubai Airshow

The UAE’s interest in the F-35 was one of the major talking points of the last Dubai Airshow, but with a formal order placed by Abu Dhabi, the topic is conspicuous by its absence at the 2021 edition. Our defense editors ask why in the first of our Dubai Airshow podcasts. Also discussed, ballistic missile protection for the region, and is Russia’s Sukhoi starting a trend in aviation-related perfumes?

This podcast is sponsored by Collins Aerospace.

Collins Aerospace is on a mission to deliver breakthrough technologies for customers across commercial aviation, defense and space.

Learn more at CollinsAerospace.com.

Nov 14, 2021
Lux Capital Explains Thinking On A&D

A discussion with Lux Capital Co-Founder Josh Wolfe and Partner Bilal Zuberi about where the venture capital investment company is placing its bets and how it pinpoints successful new aerospace and defense technologies.

Nov 05, 2021
Behind the A380’s Downfall

Why the world’s largest passenger airplane never gained market lift — and what it means for the widebody segment.

Oct 28, 2021
A Decade of Disruption is Headed at Defense Companies

The consensus from the Aviation Week DefenseChain Conference was that defense primes and suppliers are about to see their world turned on their heads. Executive Editor Jen Dimascio talks with Business Editor Michael Bruno and Capital Alpha Partners Managing Director Byron Callan about the challenges ahead.

Oct 22, 2021
Why BizAv Is Hot Again

Aviation Week editors gather in Las Vegas to talk about the buoyant mood at 2021 NBAA-BACE and COVID-19’s silver lining for the business aviation industry.

Oct 13, 2021
IATA Targets Net Zero Emissions For Beleaguered Airline Industry

The world’s airlines gathered in Boston this week for the IATA AGM after a bruising last 18 months that has also seen sustainability rise up the agenda.

Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss what they were hearing at the event.

Oct 07, 2021
Confronting New Chinese Nuclear Weapons

Aviation Week editors discuss hot topics from the Air Force Association’s annual meeting including China’s massive buildup in nuclear capability, a change in acquisition approach at the Pentagon and the next competition for aerial refueling tankers.

Sep 28, 2021
Interview With The Inspiration4’s Jared Isaacman

The billionaire commander of the three-day mission to space talks about his experience and the importance of humans continuing to explore the heavens.

Sep 24, 2021
The Risks of Conducting Over the Horizon Strikes

With its exit from Afghanistan, the U.S. is beginning a new phase of drone warfare, conducting strikes there without forces on the ground. But is the current technology enough to safely execute the mission?

Sep 17, 2021
How 9/11 Unfolded At Aviation Week

Aviation Week editors witnessed terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and flew on missions guarding the capital. Listen to their stories.

Sep 10, 2021
Europe’s Travel Restrictions and the Fate of Aviation’s Recovery

Will surging COVID infections push back a recovery in aviation? And what’s behind Europe’s new restrictions on U.S. travelers? Listen in to find out.

Sep 02, 2021
Highlights from the Space Symposium

NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion are big-government programs trying to keep pace in a marketplace increasingly dominated by commercial industry, meanwhile, the U.S. military is looking to build bridges to international partners, that same commercial industry and to the intelligence community.

Aug 26, 2021
Why a Market Digital Twin is Critical to AAM's Success

Using a "digital twin" to model market demand and behaviors will help AAM players understand and trigger mass adoption. Listen in as Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick delves into the details with two PwC experts.

Aug 24, 2021
Inside A New Skunk Works Factory

A newly opened factory on the Skunk Works complex heralds a new era and a return to series manufacturing by Lockheed Martin's 78-year-old advanced development programs business unit. Aviation Week Defense Editor Steve Trimble attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 10. He talks with fellow editor Guy Norris about what he saw and what it means for the next wave of military aircraft production.

Aug 20, 2021
A New Player in the Transatlantic Market: How Will JetBlue Shake Things Up?

Listen in as Aviation Week Network editors discuss what could be one of the most significant developments in long-haul commercial air travel as New York’s JetBlue starts daily service to London.

Aug 12, 2021
Behind The Headlines At Boeing And Airbus

Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss why Boeing’s next clean sheet airplane may be a long way off and why Airbus’ CEO is mad at a key supplier.

Aug 05, 2021
Report From Oshkosh, 2021’s Biggest Air Show By Any Measure

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture always draws more people than any other air show. The mood is optimistic as people see the economy rebounding. Humanitarian organizations that use aircraft to support their mission also have a large presence. Listen in as Aviation Week editors on the ground discuss what's caught their eye this year. 

Jul 29, 2021
Sizing Up Russia’s New Light Fighter

Sukhoi rolled out the model of a new fighter aircraft during the MAKS show in Russia targeting the export market. Aviation Week editors discuss the design and its prospects in a crowded market.

Jul 23, 2021
eSTOL Aircraft Break Into AAM Reality Index

In the most recent release of the Advanced Air Mobility Reality Index, Electra and Airflow hit the top 20 list with their eSTOL aircraft. Aviation Week's Graham Warwick and Sergio Cecutta of SMG Consulting discuss the market feasibility of eSTOL and the challenges that lie ahead.

Jul 15, 2021
Winners And Losers In United’s Big Aircraft Order

Listen in as Aviation Week editors delve into the nuances of United Airlines’ decision to buy 200 Boeing 737 MAXs and Airbus A321neos and what it means for the regional jet market.

Jul 08, 2021
What can companies and individuals do to encourage race and gender equity?

Bird Guess, president/CEO of The Racial Equity Group, and Dr. Rebecca Keiser, chief of research security strategy and policy at the National Science Foundation, provide context and concrete actions.

Jul 01, 2021
Interview with ULA’s Tory Bruno

The president and CEO of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) discusses the company’s upcoming first launch of the new Vulcan rocket, the impact of the Space Force and the future of space transportation.

Tory Bruno touched on a number of topics in this wide-ranging interview with Aviation Week editors Jen DiMascio and Irene Klotz. Here is a guide to the discussion:

1:05 ULA Vulcan Centaur overview
2:05 Vulcan first launch
2:22 Blue Origin BE-4 engine is the Vulcan’s pacing item
2:52 Astrobotic Peregrine first commercial lunar lander
4:00 Peregrine mission will be delayed to 2022
5:18 BE-4 challenges
6:20 Vulcan tanking test and Pathfinder vehicle
7:24 Sierra Space mission
9:23 Atlas to continue National Security Space Phase 2 missions
12:05 Reaction to Government Accountability Office report
13:03 National Security Space Launch Phase 3 Technologies
17:13 Flying unpredictable orbits
19:28 How the Space Force has changed ULA operations
23:04 Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage reusability
25:42 Commercial applications for new upper stage capabilities
28:00 The logistics of getting and sustaining humans on the moon
29:16 How to get 20%-30% more payload to the moon
31:40 Will ULA remain a launch company?
32:36 Corporate responsibility in space
39:06 Launching into congested areas of space
41:58 Integrated air and space traffic management
43:35 Is there a limit to space traffic?
49:04 Where ULA puts its space junk
51:40 What are ULA’s new big problems?

Jun 24, 2021
Check 6 With Accenture: The Dollars and Sense of 1s and 0s in A&D Manufacturing
It is 2 a.m., do you know where your digital twin is? Once buzzwords, the aerospace and defense industrial base is embracing the digital thread in manufacturing at an increasing pace. Managers see a future where digital twin approaches go from just product design to the whole supply system. Coupled with other technological leaps, such as working from anywhere on any device, digitization promises many benefits but also challenges. Costs, cyber risks and human capital challenges loom. Aviation Week talks with Accenture advisors on the outlook.
Jun 15, 2021
Giddy And Nervous In LA

The 2021 SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Industry Supplier Conference in LA this month provided many executives and advisors the first opportunity to gather again since COVID-19 shut down the sector a year before.

Aviation Week Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group, Ron Epstein of Bank of America and Kevin Michaels of AeroDynamic Advisory about the state of industry, the future, and the past.

Jun 11, 2021
NTSB’s Robert Sumwalt On Next Steps For Safety

Before his retirement on June 30, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt shares insights into some key things that would make the aviation industry safer—and how to do it.

Jun 09, 2021
Ranking the AAM Leaders – an Inside View

Ranking the leading players in the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) market is a full-time task as companies almost daily announce product or investment milestones. As Aviation Week launches a new publication dedicated to the AAM ecosystem, technology editor Graham Warwick and senior editor Guy Norris are joined by SMG Consulting’s Sergio Cecutta to discuss the thinking behind the latest update of his AAM Reality Index.

Jun 04, 2021
Will Aircraft Production Come Roaring Back?

Both Airbus and Boeing are looking in big boosts in production of their narrowbody jets. But with some regions of the world still closed to outsiders, the widebody market is a different story. Listen in as Aviation Week editors break down the situation. 

May 28, 2021
Check 6 With Accenture: The Digital Revolution Has Only Just Begun
Industry leaders say it is a question of when – not if – markets will surpass pre-pandemic business levels. But make no mistake, A&D has been forever changed by the effects of the outbreak, and there is no better place to see that makeover than in the digital revolution sweeping industry. Accenture’s TechVision 2021 found 89% of executives say employees face the largest and fastest change in history. Listen as Accenture leaders and Aviation Week dive into what it means for A&D.
May 21, 2021
Dassault’s BizJet Power Play

It’s $75 million Falcon 10X will take on Gulfstream and Bombardier in the ultra-long-range market—and aims to correct a mistake made decades ago. Listen in as Aviation Week editors Joe Anselmo, Molly McMillin and Thierry Dubois discuss with analyst Richard Aboulafia.

May 11, 2021
Giving Autonomous Aircraft a Moral Compass

Will we ever be able to trust an autonomous aircraft? Mark Skoog, the principal investigator for autonomy at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, joins Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick and Guy Norris to discuss an effort to enable autonomous aircraft to be programmed with internal values and rules of behavior to ensure they are safe. Listen in.

May 06, 2021
JetClub Launches in Europe
BCA editor Bill Carey speaks with Vishal Hiremath, co-founder of fractional ownership company JetIt, about plans to launch sister company JetClub in Europe.
May 03, 2021
Explaining the F-35’s Cost and Programmatic Issues

After a blistering congressional hearing, Aviation Week editors break down some of the F-35 program’s recent struggles and cost issues to develop the program and maintain and operate the fighter.

Apr 28, 2021
Flight on Mars—An Interview with Smithsonian’s Ellen Stofan

After a successful first flight of the Ingenuity on Mars, the under secretary for science and research at the Smithsonian Institution Ellen Stofan talks with Aviation Week editors about the historic nature of the mission, coming 117 years after the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Apr 19, 2021
Behind The Scenes At Sun ‘n Fun

Greg Gibson, Sun ‘n Fun airshow director and chief marketing officer, speaks with Molly McMillin, Aviation Week managing editor of business aviation, about the return of the aerospace expo and the importance of the show, following last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the number of exhibitors is down 20% from typical years this time, attendance is setting records. Is this show laying the groundwork for AirVenture Oshkosh in July?

Apr 15, 2021
Boeing’s Latest 737 MAX Headache

Power unit glitch forces new MAX groundings and adds to quality control woes. But is it a storm in a teacup? Listen in as Aviation Week’s editors analyze Boeing’s latest challenge.

Apr 15, 2021
Is U.S. Aviation Leading the Way out of the COVID Crisis?

Air travel is surging back in the U.S., but the opposite is happening in other regions. Aviation Week’s editors and forecasters explain why—and what it means for airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

Apr 09, 2021
Skyborg Express

Skyborg could also be a cargo delivery aircraft. The program launched by Air Force Research Laboratory is mainly known for developing artificial intelligence for a new family of unmanned combat air vehicles, but the program also includes Volansi's cargo delivery system.

We talk with Volansi CEO Hannan Parvizian and newly appointed board member Will Roper, formerly assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, about how Volansi could become the next Skyborg. 

Mar 29, 2021
Should Aerospace Fear the Red Dragon or Ride It?

China could become the world’s largest commercial aviation system by the middle of the decade. Up to recently, Western suppliers were integral to the Asia giant’s aerospace development, and the relationship was mutually beneficial. But with the new Biden administration potentially following the former Trump administration’s more-adversarial approaches, and with Comac’s C919 hitting new milestones, a new era is dawning on the trans-Pacific paradigm. In this episode of Check 6, Aviation Week Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with consultant Alex Krutz of Patriot Industrial Partners about what suppliers need to think about now for the future of U.S.-China aerospace.

Mar 25, 2021
Nanoracks’ CEO On Commercializing Space

Nanoracks CEO Jeff Manber predicts that by the end of the year, private space companies will have more discretionary money to spend than the U.S. federal government. Listen in as he provides an update on his company’s acquisition by Voyager space and more.

Mar 19, 2021
UAM Skeptics On The Hot Seat

Nineteen months after they predicted UAM would be a niche market, Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick and Teal Group’s Richard Aboulafia are back to address why investors are now pouring billions of dollars into the emerging sector. 

Mar 15, 2021
Learjet: An Inside View From Those Who’ve Been There

Don Grommesh, Bill Lear’s employee No. 8, served as chief engineer, vice president of Learjet engineering and vice president and general manager of customer service.

Al Higdon, Joined Lear Jet in 1964 and helped make Learjet a household name. Higdon, now retired, is co-founder of Sullivan, Higdon & Sink, now Signal Theory.

Dave Franson, joined Learjet as director of public affairs from 1997 and served for seven years. Franson is now president of the Wichita Aero Club.

Mar 10, 2021
Check 6 With Accenture: Up, Down or Sideways – the Commercial Aero Business Look-Ahead
It has been a roller coaster ride in aerospace over the last year. From how to keep up with demand, to how to keep the lights on, to how to restructure and even rebound – the A&D sector has seen it all since this time last year when Covid-19 was just beginning to register worldwide. One year on, how is industry responding and what do A&D leaders think will happen in the coming months and years? In this edition of Check 6 with Accenture, Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno explores these topics with John Schmidt, Accenture’s global A&D lead, and Jeff Wheless, global A&D research leader.
Mar 05, 2021
Interview with Inspiration4’s Civilian Commander

Aviation Week editors talk with Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4Payments, and the man about to command first all-civilian mission on board a SpaceX Dragon capsule.

Mar 03, 2021
Engine Trouble

As the Pentagon is grappling with how to maintain the F135 engine powering F-35 fighters, the engine on a Boeing airliner failed on a flight in the western U.S. Aviation Week editors discuss what these incidents mean for safety and reliability as well as the future of military engines.

Feb 26, 2021
Dennis Muilenburg’s Bet on the Future

Listen in as the former Boeing CEO and his new business partner Kirsten Bartok Touw discuss plans to invest in transformational aerospace technologies—and why the next 20 years could be the best ever.

Feb 19, 2021
Air Force One: Flying Fortress

The special episode of the podcast offers the full recording of an interview with Scott Bateman, the executive producer of a new documentary about the U.S. President's long-range transport fleet. 

Feb 13, 2021
Podcast: What Are SPACs -- And Why Are They Important To A&D?

Investors are putting billions into urban air mobility and space projects, hoping to strike the next Tesla. Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss the trend.

Feb 12, 2021
The Evolution of the Reaper

The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9, proposed as a way to facilitate communications in the late 1990s, really caught on as a way for the U.S. to track insurgents during its so-called war on terrorism.

Since then, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has revolutionized warfare, but will its future hold? Aviation Week editors discuss potential changes for the platform in the U.S. and abroad.

Feb 05, 2021
Did The Pandemic Solve The Pilot Shortage? What Lies Ahead For Business Aviation?

Before the pandemic, demand for professional pilots was intense and the long-term outlook predicted severe shortages. The pandemic and decrease in air travel has led to widespread pilot layoffs and furloughs. Did COVID-19 suddenly solve the pilot shortage problem? What lies ahead for business aviation once the pandemic subsides? Will the shortage return?

Feb 04, 2021
Suddenly, The MAX Is Boeing’s Good News

As Europe clears the MAX's return, 777X and 787 woes cap a horrible year and record loss for Boeing. Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss.

Jan 29, 2021
Using The Power Of Data To Drive A Competitive Advantage

Listen in as PwC experts discuss how understanding and leveraging data can help aerospace companies win.

Jan 27, 2021
Tech Talk: How Universal Hydrogen Plans To Disrupt Aviation

Universal Hydrogen wants to enable zero-emissions commercial aviation by tacking the two biggest challenges: creating a distribution infrastructure and kick-starting demand for hydrogen. So the startup plans to build a logistics system and modify regional aircraft to use the zero-carbon fuel.

To discuss the company’s plans, technology editor Graham Warwick is joined by Universal Hydrogen’s co-founder and CEO, serial disruptor Paul Eremenko, along with Andy Marsh, CEO of fuel-cell and green-hydrogen producer Plug Power, and Roei Ganzarski, CEO of electric propulsion developer MagniX.

Jan 22, 2021
Is Boeing Shortchanging Its Future?

Critics worry R&D cuts will hamper ability to catch Airbus. Veteran aerospace analyst Ron Epstein joins Aviation Week’s Guy Norris to discuss.

Jan 15, 2021
Aerion AS2 Program Update

Matthew Mejía, Aerion chief financial officer and executive vice president strategy and investor relations, discusses the status of the AS2 supersonic business jet program with Bill Carey, Business and Commercial Aviation senior editor.

Jan 08, 2021
Picking The UAM Winners – The Inside Story

In this week’s podcast, we go behind the scenes for a glimpse into how the cover story of the Jan 11-24 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology took shape. Senior Editor Guy Norris is joined by Executive Editor for Technology Graham Warwick and Sergio Cecutta, founder and partner at SMG Consulting, to talk about picking the winners in the urban air mobility (UAM) race. Sergio explains the thinking behind SMG’s new Advanced Air Mobility Reality Index - https://aamrealityindex.com - an effort to pierce the hype surrounding this hot new sector of aviation.

Jan 08, 2021
Interview with U.S. Space Force Chief

Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations, looks back at the first year of operations for the U.S. Space Force and ahead at what is to come for the sixth military service in 2021.

Dec 14, 2020
Inside Boeing 777X Flight Test Program

Aviation Week’s Guy Norris just visited Boeing Field, where he talked with 777X program leaders. Listen in for an update on the program’s status – and the certification and market challenges that lie ahead.

Dec 11, 2020
How Chang’e 5 Fits into China’s Space Program

The latest mission to return a sample from the lunar surface is part of China’s internally focused effort to put humans on the Moon. Aviation Week editors discuss the project on the latest episode of Check 6.

Dec 03, 2020
Military Aircraft Opportunities in Europe

In addition to a planned uptick in defense spending in the UK, nations across Europe are planning to overhaul their fighter fleets in the coming decade.

Nov 27, 2020
Interview With Space Development Agency Director

Space Development Agency director Derek Tournear joins Aviation Week editors to discuss how its system of space tracking and transport satellites will revolutionize the U.S. military and the challenges it will face along the way.

Nov 10, 2020
Flying and Buying, How COVID-19 is Changing Airline Strategies

With aircraft production poised to accelerate in 2021, an Aviation Week analysis of proprietary aircraft operational data shows the precipitous fall in utilization for many aircraft workhorses. Listen in as our editors break it all down.

Nov 05, 2020
Preparing Your Digital Supply Chain For The New World

Listen in as PwC’s experts discuss aerospace supply chain risks, prospects for consolidation and why “reshoring” of production is for real.

Nov 02, 2020
Podcast: Fast Five With Aviation Attorney Kent Jackson

Aviation attorney, pilot and Business & Commercial Aviation legal columnist tells pilots and mechanics how to stay out of trouble with the FAA, challenges facing airports and more.

Oct 31, 2020
Embraer’s CEO on the Breakup With Boeing and Going It Alone

Listen in as CEO Francisco Gomes Neto gives his side of Embraer’s breakup with Boeing, what he thinks of finding new partners, and how he plans to steer the Brazilian aircraft company through the COVID-19 storm.

Oct 26, 2020
In It For The Long Haul

How can industry stay resilient and ready to meet increases while facing its bleakest forecast in history? Listen in as Accenture share their insights on these issues and potential outcomes.

Oct 23, 2020
Podcast: Fast Five With Flight School Association Chief Robert Rockmaker

The founder, president and CEO of the Flight School Association of North America, discusses how the organization benefits student pilots as well as training organizations and the post-COVID-19 outlook.

Oct 15, 2020
Tech Talk: NASA’s Dragonfly Mission To Titan

In this special edition Check 6 Tech Talk in conjunction with IAC 2020 we speak to Elizabeth Turtle, the principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming Dragonfly mission, which seeks to explore the surface of Titan with a rotorcraft. Dragonfly’s unique dual-quadcopter will land at multiple sites over a nearly three-year baseline mission, assessing the mysterious Saturnian moon’s past and present habitability. Recently delayed by one year due to COVID-related budget pressures, Dragonfly is expected to launch in 2027.

Oct 14, 2020
Boeing 737 MAX Return Nears As 787 Bids Adieu To Seattle

Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick and Guy Norris discuss the latest ups, downs, and relocations at Boeing.

Oct 09, 2020
Hailing the Air Taxi

Secretive startup Joby Aviation let Aviation Week’s Guy Norris witness a flight test of its new electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft. He and Graham Warwick discuss what he saw – and why the air taxi market is for real.

Oct 01, 2020
Airbus' Ambitious Hydrogen Plans

Airbus announced three different aircraft concepts for a hydrogen-powered aircraft that is to enter service in 2035. The company is making key technology choices early and still has massive challenges ahead: technological, regulatory and in convincing industry partners to participate. Aviation Week editors Guy Norris, Thierry Dubois and Jens Flottau discuss the key issues ahead.

Sep 25, 2020
What’s Next for the U.S. Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance Program

Aviation Week editors discuss the roots of the service’s Next Generation Air Dominance program, its use of digital engineering to speed development and some of the obstacles it may face in the future.

Sep 18, 2020
Planning For An Aerospace Recovery

With the commercial aviation manufacturers and suppliers still reeling from COVID-19, Eric Fanning, president of the Aerospace Industries Association discusses ways in which it is trying to maintain the industrial base and position companies for a recovery.

Sep 10, 2020
Are Commercial Aircraft Production Plans Still Too High?

Aviation Week editors discuss why Airbus and Boeing will need to further trim output to ride out the COVID-19 crisis.

Sep 03, 2020
The U.S. Hypersonics Program Matures

In the last few weeks, Aviation Week editors Steve Trimble and Guy Norris have learned new information about several U.S. hypersonic weapons efforts. Listen in as they tell executive editor Jen DiMascio about the developments, which include the revelation that the Air Force is studying intercontinental-range hypersonics that could be nuclear-armed and confirmation of the creation of a multi-mission platform with a multi-cycle engine that could be the path toward a SR-72 intelligence-gathering vehicle.

Beyond those potential future programs, they discuss the construction of a new Dynetics facility in Huntsville, Alabama, likely to be the first U.S. factory that will be able to produce hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of hypersonic glide vehicles in the coming years.

Aug 25, 2020