The civil war in Libya is morphing into a fluid security situation. Russian military aircraft have arrived to support private contractors backed by the Russian government. Aviation Week editors and analysts discuss how the security void has presented Middle Eastern nations with an opportunity to test their ability to fight with Turkish and Chinese UAVs.
Face it: you don’t really know your supply chain. Even when times were good in A&D manufacturing, regular deliveries required repeated heroics. Now that COVID-19 has upended commercial aviation, OEMs and top-tier customers must get better insight into their suppliers as the chance of missing parts – even whole providers – is increasing. In this episode of Check 6 with Accenture, we talk with John Schmidt, the firm’s global A&D lead, and Joyce Kline, a leader in applied intelligence, on how to get smarter about your suppliers.
Listen in as editors Guy Norris and Joe Anselmo discuss how the project to develop the 21st Century’s first civil supersonic airliner is moving forward and have their questions answered by Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl.
From a competition among the world’s militaries to create weapons that can hit targets 1,000 mi. away within minutes, to innovations that could enable rapid civilian travel from New York to Hong Kong and multi-stage access to space, the pursuit of hypersonic technologies are pushing the limits of national budgets and the laws of physics.
The drive to develop Japan’s first commercial aircraft since 1974 hits another stumbling block as flight tests are halted and production is shut down. Aviation Week editors discuss whether the regional jet program will survive—and whether its troubles will benefit Embraer.
An ICAO task force has released recommendations on how to minimize COVID-19 risks on airplanes and in airports. Will it be enough to convince nervous travelers to fly again? Listen in as Aviation Week’s editors delve into the details.
With preparations for SpaceX’s first human spaceflight drawing to a close, the company's president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell talks with Aviation Week & Space Technology space editor Irene Klotz about lessons learned for Starship and plans for the rollout of Starlink.
In an exclusive interview with Aviation Week Space Editor Irene Klotz, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses the riskiest part of the upcoming NASA Commercial Crew Demo-2 launch, the need to further reduce launch costs and the prospects for the Starlink internet service project.
The U.S. Air Force, in the midst of modernizing its bomber fleet, launched a competition on May 19 for 608 engines to keep the B-52 Stratofortress in business beyond 2030. Aviation Week editors Jen DiMascio, Steve Trimble and Guy Norris discuss the competition and what's driving the global resurgence in platforms with firepower.
Companies across the board are slashing costs, preserving cash, and trying to adjust to a new normal after the novel coronavirus throttled down business prospects. But there is one area they are sure to spend even more money on in the coming years as industry regroups after COVID-19. Listen in as Aviation Week and Accenture discuss what to watch for in technology investments.
On the heels of Germany’s proposal to purchase both Eurofighter Typhoons and Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets, Aviation Week editors Jen DiMascio, Tony Osborne and Steve Trimble discuss ongoing fighter competitions around the world, highlighting one of the most dynamic markets in aerospace.
Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia joins Aviation Week editors Joe Anselmo, Jens Flottau and Michael Bruno on Check 6 to discuss the sudden collapse of the $4.2 billion tie-up and its implications for both companies—and for Airbus.
Practically everyone in commercial aerospace is scrambling to figure out how deeply, and for how long, COVID-19 will affect the industry. Two longtime aerospace experts from consultancy Roland Berger, Manfred Hader and Robert Thomson, join Aviation Week senior business editor Michael Bruno on Check 6 to discuss what may occur. They offer three scenarios and further insight into how the coronavirus will upend the airliner world. The takeaway: while it will be years before normal returns, the better question is what does normal look like?
With Lockheed Martin’s U-2S poised for a comprehensive avionics upgrade that will position the spy plane at the heart of the U.S. Air Force’s ambitious next-generation airborne battle management plan, Aviation Week senior editor Guy Norris and defense editor Steve Trimble join executive editor Graham Warwick on Check 6 to discuss what appears to be a new lease of life for the famed Dragon Lady. You can read Guy's cover story on the U-2S in Aviation Week & Space Technology here.
Airbus has slashed near-term airliner production, and Boeing’s cuts could be worse. Air traffic has collapsed, and fewer aircraft will need to be repaired. Meanwhile, factories everywhere face the dilemma of how to stay in operation with worker absences as high as 50%. Listen in as Vivek Saxena, managing director of Advisory Aerospace, speaks with Aviation Week editors Sean Broderick and Michael Bruno about how the supply chain is coping with COVID-19.
John Holmes, president and CEO of AAR Corp., joined the company right before 9/11 and has seen it weather turbulent economic storms. He speaks with Lee Ann Shay, Aviation Week’s chief editor MRO, about how the company is preparing itself for the post COVID-19 crisis.
As society is consumed by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, this week we bring you something completely different. Ahead of the launch of his new book Harrier 809, aviation author and historian Rowland White joins Aviation Week’s London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne on Check 6 to discuss the story of Britain’s legendary jump jet and its role in the Falklands War.
As COVID-19 coronavirus panic reaches the U.S., aviation has yet another crisis on its hands. Listen in as Aerodynamic Advisory's Kevin Michaels and Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia join Aviation Week editors to discuss the perfect storm that has hit the industry—and what’s coming next.
SpaceX’s Elon Musk may have stunned the Air Force Association with his statement that the time for manned fighter aircraft has passed. Aviation Week editors explain why that was shocking – and why it wasn’t.
This year’s Singapore Airshow, overshadowed by coronavirus, had fewer attendees and exhibitors. But the show wasn’t devoid of news—including a possible major development from Boeing. Listen in as our team discusses.
The aviation aftermarket still uses as lot of paper—but that is not going to be the case forever. In this fragmented, global industry where the same companies can compete and cooperate, figuring out how to share and leverage data and technologies within a shared ecosystem is key. Aviation Week Chief Editor MRO Lee Ann Shay talks with Accenture Global A&D Lead John Schmidt and A&D Aftermarket Lead Jon Baker about this and how technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality are already making an impact on MRO—from optimizing inventory and maintenance planning to improving customer service on a technical level.
A new era of high speed civil flight is beckoning but are commercial supersonic or even hypersonic aircraft justifiable amid rising concerns over aviation’s environmental impact? Guy Norris and Graham Warwick discuss this and other topics from AIAA’s annual SciTech forum where the global challenge of achieving sustainable aviation took center stage.
Kurt Robinson of Robinson Helicopter Co., discusses the momentum toward urban air mobility, single pilot IFR and electrification of aviation with Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine.
IATA is forecasting higher profits for the airline industry in 2020. But it had to revise its 2019 forecast down twice, and there is a large degree of uncertainty going into 2020, including trade tensions that continue to weigh heavily on airlines. The timing of the return of the Boeing 737 MAX is also adding uncertainty to airline planning and the capacity outlook. Aviation Week Network Executive Editor for Commercial Aviation Jens Flottau discusses the issues with Air Transport World Editor-In-Chief Karen Walker and Aviation Week Regulatory Reporter Ben Goldstein.
William Garvey, Editor-in-Chief of Business & Commercial Aviation, speaks to Lance Toland of Associates Aviation Insurance about current trends in aviation insurance, especially with single pilot aircraft.
Aviation Week editors discuss how a government watchdog has changed the military’s effort to choose two launch providers from a field of Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
While the first new orders for the 737 MAX are now coming in, Boeing also lost a competition for the KC-46 against the Airbus A330-based MRTT. Meanwhile, while Airbus scored a big A350 win with Emirates, Boeing is still negotiating with the airline. Listen in as our editors discuss the key highs and lows from day three of the 2019 Dubai Air Show.
After a lacklustre first day at the Dubai Airshow, the multi-billion dollar orders for commercial jets the show is famous for have finally begun rolling in. Plus, find out more about Russian Helicopters’ new light helicopter and the new marketing name for the Boeing-Embraer KC-390 airlifter. Listen in as our editors discuss the day’s events.
Commercial and defense announcements show how priorities and business are changing, Aviation Week editors conclude. Listen in as they discuss the news emerging at the Dubai Air Show and what it all means.
David Horton began working on the Schweizer acquisition from Lockheed Martin in 2017. His private goal? Earning a rotary-wing rating. Listen in as William Garvey, editor-in-chief of BCA, discusses the process and the plans with Horton.
The biggest noise at this year’s NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas came from Gulfstream with the unveiling of its new $75 million G700. But the topic of how the industry can become more sustainable is becoming louder. And with electric aircraft entering the mix, where is the industry heading next? Listen in as our editors discuss.
Nearly years after Aviation Week confirmed the existence of the stealthy RQ-180, new reporting suggests the Northrop Grumman high-altitude unmanned aircraft system has a new home base in California and has been ready to fly operational missions since at least 2017. Aviation Week editors Guy Norris, Steve Trimble, and Graham Warwick discuss the details of the latest story, along with some of the implications the reporting poses for the acquisition and operational communities.
The Boeing 737 MAX fiasco has become a punch to the gut for the commercial aerospace market this year, and when combined with China and European trade wars and tariffs, the sector will emerge bruised and scratched. But longer term, advisers still see growth and exciting changes as new technologies alter everything from how aircraft fly to how companies make money. Aviation Week Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno talks with Accenture Global A&D Lead John Schmidt and North American A&D Lead Brian Legan.
As the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting set to begin on Oct. 14 in Washington DC, the service’s leadership has embarked on the most ambitious modernization agenda for the aviation branch in over 40 years. Within a decade, the Army hopes to field a new attack reconnaissance aircraft and a long range assault aircraft with greater speed, range and payload than anything it operates today. Aviation Week editors Lee Hudson, Steve Trimble and Graham Warwick look at the current state of two competitive prototyping programs now underway, and raise questions about the affordability and benefits of the Army’s goals.
Are these seemingly mutually exclusive goals attainable in an increasingly environmentally concerned world? It was on the agenda at the International Society for Air Breathing Engines (ISABE) conference in Canberra, Australia, from where senior editor Guy Norris discusses everything from biofuels and more electric aviation to hypersonics and long range commercial operations with the Society’s Prof. Ric Parker and Prof. Andrew Neely.
Aviation Week Executive Editor Jens Flottau and Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno explain how Europe and the U.S. find themselves on the precipice of a ruling that could prevent U.S. airlines from taking delivery of Airbus aircraft and European airlines from accepting Boeing ones.
In an exclusive interview, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper lays out a plan for a new way to make a “century series” of aircraft. Aviation Week editors Steve Trimble, Lee Hudson and Jen DiMascio process what that might mean for the military and current manufacturing base.
Aerospace and defense companies increasingly recognize that adding a more diverse workforce can help it become more competitive globally, but this year’s workforce study by Aviation Week, in partnership with AIA and AIAA points to the fact that there is more work to be done.
Aviation Week editors discuss how the analysts remain optimistic for the prospects of the aerospace and defense industry despite the U.S. trade war with China, rising deficits and Boeing’s difficulties with the 737 MAX.
Advances in aerospace vehicles almost always follow advances in propulsion. And propulsion technology continues to advance, creating new opportunities. So what is in store for the future? Attending the AIAA Propulsion & Energy conference in Indianapolis, senior editor Guy Norris and technology editor Graham Warwick discuss possibilities raging from nuclear rockets to electric aircraft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Senior Business Editor Michael Bruno about the big changes to come for the aerospace industry.
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.
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' 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.