Jim Mathews

Jim Mathews
Executive Editor,
Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Jim Mathews is Executive Editor of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. Previously, Mathews oversaw the introduction of digital content tools to Aviation Week, and spent eight years as Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Daily, the worldwide business daily of the airline industry since 1939. 
 
He also developed and managed the news staff of the Aviation Week Group's private-online and open web portals, recruiting and leading a news team which won the 2006 Neal Award for best business news website.
 
 The Syracuse, N.Y., native has been a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, working in radio, magazines and daily trade journalism, and attended School of Visual Arts in New York. 
 
He has also been a volunteer firefighter/paramedic for 13 years in Fairfax County, Va., as well as a Civil Air Patrol mission aircrew member.

Articles
Mississippi Air Guard’s Cost-Effective Training 
One of the better-kept training secrets in the Air National Guard is becoming harder to ignore—the Mississippi ANG’s Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) in and around Gulfport.
USAF’s 'Care In The Air' Exceeds Expectations 
Doctors and nurses are increasingly working at the forefront of battlefields
Love Field Win Sets Stage For VX's Mid-Continent Hub 

Dallas Love Field is now poised to become Virgin America's third-largest base with the Justice Dept.'s decision, made public Friday, to transfer two Love Field gates from American Airlines to the California-based low-cost carrier.

UAS Unlikely In Large All-Cargo Operations: FedEx 

 

While FedEx can see a future in which small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) might be involved in air freight, FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith Thursday stopped short of predicting widespread use of UAS at the larger end of the spectrum, declaring that aircrews will likely remain essential to large aircraft operations for a long time.

FedEx Endorses IATA Aircraft-Tracking Review Plans 

 

Industry should back whatever emerges from an International Air Transport Association-convened task force examining aircraft tracking in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance, FedEx Corp. Chairman and CEO Fred Smith said Thursday.

He also added his voice to those calling on operators to embrace space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to track those aircraft with operating transponders, wherever they may be.

FedEx Endorses IATA Aircraft-Tracking Review Plans
Industry should back whatever emerges from an International Air Transport Association-convened task force examining aircraft tracking in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance, FedEx Corp.
UAS Unlikely In Large All-Cargo Operations: FedEx
While FedEx can see a future in which small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) might be involved in air freight, FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith today stopped short of predicting widespread use of UAS at the larger end of the spectrum, declaring that aircrews will likely remain essential to large aircraft operations for a long time.
 
“While we see a logical transition to unmanned, small-freighter aircraft, we believe well-trained aircrews will be required for large commercial, all-cargo aircraft for the foreseeable future for many reasons includin
Love Could Become Third-Largest Base For Virgin America 

Virgin America is counting on its bold moves in Dallas to spur enough demand to justify making Love Field its third-largest base, behind Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Earlier this month the airline said it wants to move its North Texas operations from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Love this fall, by securing two Love gates that American must shed as part of divestitures from the American/ US Airways merger.

Love Could Become Third-Largest Base For Virgin America 
As a gate-constrained airport, Love won’t offer much more room for growth, so Virgin America plans to take maximum advantage if it can get the gates it seeks. (Image: Airbus)
Aviation Week Intelligence Network Budget Digest Page Online 

BUDGET NEWS: With the release of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request, the Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s budget digest page is your one-stop source for news, data and analysis of programs and priorities as the request makes its way through Congress. AWIN subscribers can access the page at www.aviationweek.com/awin/USBudget2015.aspx

Textron Closes On Beech Buy, Elevates Ernest, Boisture Out 

Textron Friday closed on its acquisition of Beechcraft Corp. parent Beech Holdings, and said that with the deal complete it will combine Cessna, Beech and Hawker operations in a new segment—Textron Aviation—led by Cessna CEO Scott Ernest.

Beech CEO Bill Boisture will not continue on in the new company, a Beech spokesman confirmed.

Textron Closes On Acquisition Of Beech Holdings 

Textron Friday closed on its acquisition of Beechcraft Corp. parent Beech Holdings, and said that with the deal complete it will combine Cessna, Beech and Hawker operations in a new segment—Textron Aviation—led by Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. Beech CEO Bill Boisture will not continue on in the new company, a Beech spokesman confirmed. “Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker will each remain distinct brands to preserve their rich histories and respective strengths in the marketplace,” Textron said in a prepared statement March 14.

Textron Closes On Beech Buy, Elevates Ernest
Beech CEO Bill Boisture will not continue on in the new company
Honeywell GBAS To Service New Airport 

The U.K. government has selected Honeywell’s SmartPath ground-based augmentation system to complement a standard ground-based instrument landing system (ILS) at a new airport being built on St. Helena island.

The British overseas territory is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, 1,100 mi. from the African mainland and 700 mi. from the nearest diversion airport.

Holiday notice - president's day 

Aviation Daily will not publish an issue dated Feb. 17 due to the U.S. President’s Day holiday. Your next issue will be dated Feb. 18.

 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 16

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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