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
Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 1

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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