Jim Mathews

Executive Editor/Data & Analysis, Aviation Week

Executive Editor of the award-winning Aviation Week Intelligence Network and Senior Director for Online Editorial and Data/Analytics at Aviation Week.


Previously, I oversaw the introduction of digital content tools to the AW editorial team, and was Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Daily for eight years. Developed and managed the news staff of the public and subscription-only news portals.


A reporter, editor and editorial manager for more than 30 years, I've worked in radio, TV and print journalism, including 25 years here at Aviation Week. I've flown, or flown in, more than 20 aircraft types, including MD-90/Boeing 717, C-17 airlifter, C-130, F/A-18, F-16, UH-60, UH-1, T-6, IA.63, T-45 Goshawk, BAe Hawk 200, Airbus A318, A320, A330, A340, A380, Boeing 720 flying testbed, Boeing 767, 777, 747-400 and...Concorde. Among others...


I have a Six Sigma Green Belt.


When I'm not doing this, I'm a volunteer firefighter, paramedic, and search-and-rescue aircrew member. I love flying, anything.

Posts by Jim Mathews

in Ares Jul 25, 2014

Understanding How Casualties Are Counted

In researching our cover package on aeromedical evacuation, one of the hardest things to grapple with was how to count casualties. It turns out....More
British Airways Concorde taking off
in Things With Wings May 17, 2014

'Ode to Concorde' Taking Shape

Word of a film project to create a 'visual poem' celebrating Concorde prompts recollections of my own Concorde flight....More
in Things With Wings Apr 28, 2014

Podcast: What IS an Airplane?

Is it possible that 111 years after the Wright Brothers' first flight the world's two premier aviation safety organizations are debating what....More
in Things With Wings Mar 24, 2014

How The Pros Look For Missing Aircraft

Right now, the world is learning that two dozen ships, nine aircraft and even a few repurposed satellites are not enough to find an airplane – or....More
in Ares Aug 05, 2013

Are States Overstepping On Civil UAS?

In nearly all the 50 U.S. states, lawmakers have taken aim at law-enforcement's use, or potential use, of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). As of mid-....More
in Things With Wings Aug 01, 2013

A Striking Situation

Birds are becoming a greater threat to aviation every day, even as pilots remain mostly mum when they experience bird-strikes -- much to scientists'....More
From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Oct 8, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 18

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More
Sep 18, 2015

The U.S.-Russian Moon Landing That Never Happened (1963) 8

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is well known for the 1961 speech to Congress in which he made the Apollo program a national goal. Less remembered is his controversial offer two years later to cooperate with the Soviet Union on a manned lunar landing....More
Sep 10, 2015

Airbus A380 Is Your Hotel In The Sky (2001) 5

In a September 2001 advertisement, Airbus promised to bring glamour back to passenger travel with its new A380, comparing the double-decker airliner to a hotel....More
Sep 9, 2015

Pratt & Whitney's Record Behind the DC-6 Record (1947) 2

Pratt & Whitney takes to the cover of AVIATION to credit its Double Wasp engines for the DC-6's record transatlantic flight....More
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