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24 October, 2014: Can Mitsubishi Succeed with the MRJ?

Executive Editor Jim Asker discusses the Japanese regional jet project with Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief Bradley Perrett and Jens Flottau, managing editor for commercial aviation.

17 October, 2014: Could The Fusion Age Be Upon Us?

Joe Anselmo and Graham Warwick ask Guy Norris about his story on Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and their Compact Fusion Reactor.

10 October, 2014: Why Are So Many of Europe’s Pilots Going on Strike?

Joe Anselmo and Jens Flottau discuss the economics of the strikes, especially Air France and Lufthansa.

1 October, 2014: F-22 -- From First Flight to Operational Debut

Jen Dimascio, Bill Sweetman and Amy Butler discuss the history of the F-22 with all its quirks.

26 September, 2014: A320 First Flight and the State of Single-Aisles

Joe Anselmo, Guy Norris and Jens Flottau discuss the Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo first flight this week and what it means for the industry.

19 September, 2014: Match Made in Space: New Companies and Traditional Giants

Major developments in Commercial Crew and rocket engines are the subject of this week’s podcast.

12 September, 2014: New Rocket Engine

Where is the U.S. positioned on rocket engines now and in the near future?


5 September, 2014: F135 Engine Fire

We discuss the chain of events that left an aircraft in flames and revealed incipient problems in several Pratt & Whitney F135 engines.


29 August, 2014: Bird Strike

Our editors discuss the risk that wildlife pose to airports and airlines, what the industry is doing about it - including some unconvential ideas - and why there's still plenty of work to be done. 


22 August, 2014: Is There Room for Entrepreneurs in Aerospace and Defense?

A new venture is developing a low-cost launch vehicle to orbit small satellites. But two smaller companies bid for – and ultimately lost – contracts to build technology demonstrators for the U.S. Army’s next-generation rotorcraft. Listen in as we discuss the state of entrepreneurship in aerospace & defense.


15 August, 2014: The State of Innovation in A&D

Our discussion touches on past innovations that are becoming a reality in today’s military forces, why the commercial sector is so much better at harnessing innovation and whether there is an innovation crisis in aerospace.


8 August, 2014: Commercial Engine Makers Face Acid Test

As CFM prepares to flight test the first Leap engines in California, and Airbus gets set to make the first flight of the PW1100G-powered A320neo, Executive Editor Jim Mathews and Guy Norris, AW&ST Senior Editor for propulsion, discuss the market, the challenges, the risks and some possible directions for the future.


1 August, 2014: Flight-Tracking After MH370

Our editors discuss the mishap and IATA and ICAO's path to correct the situation with a slate of near, mid- and long-term initiatives.


25 July 2014: Buk M-1 Missile vs. Flight MH17. What Went Wrong?

What might have gone wrong that allowed a Buk-M1 missile to take down MH17? How often have airliners been shot down, either accidentally or intentionally? And how hard is it to do?


18 July 2014: Flight MH17 Shootdown

The shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine stunned the world. But in this incident, answers are emerging much more quickly than they did in the still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Flight MH370 earlier this year.


11 July 2014: The Commercial Side of Farnborough

In this week’s Check 6 podcast, Aviation Week Managing Editor Jens Flottau and Senior Editor Guy Norris join Editor in Chief Joe Anselmo to talk about some commercial topics that will be at the forefront at Farnborough. Joe also discusses the pre-show interview that he and Managing Editor Graham Warwick had with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.


3 July 2014: The F-35 Goes International

Our editors discuss the F-35’s deployment to the U.K., the evolution of Europe’s fighters in the face of competition and how those European fighters will interact with the JSF.


27 June 2014: Ex-Im Bank and the Boeing-Airbus Trade Dispute

Aviation Week editors discuss the bureaucratic 'mumbo-jumbo' surrounding the battle over re-authorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank.


20 June 2014: The State of Human Deep Space Exploration

Longtime space editors Jim Asker and Frank Morring discuss this week's cover package including new system development, the proposed asteroid mission, the next robotic mission to Mars, commercial participation, the human life science involved, budgetary considerations, international cooperation, and our ultimate current goal: Mars. Listen all the way to the end when Frank gives his opinion on how likely a human trip to Mars really is.


13 June 2014: Airbus, the A350 and other musings from Toulouse

Rupa Haria, Joe Anselmo and Jens Flottau were in Tolouse for the annual Airbus Innovation Days. In this week’s Check 6 podcast, they discuss what implications the Emirates cancellation could have on the A350 program. Some people have speculated here on that Emirates could be looking at the Boeing 747-8i instead, but Jens explains why that’s unlikely. We also discuss the progress of the A320neo and its slice of the total narrowbody pie. Finally, is a bubble really brewing?


6 June 2014: The Argument For An Airbus A380neo

Proposals for an “A380neo” gained fresh momentum at IATA's annual general meeting in Doha, propelled by Emirates, the A380’s dominant customer/operator. In this week’s Check 6 podcast, we discuss the odds are of Airbus moving forward with a re-engined A380, why Rolls Royce is interested in the project and why GE and Pratt are not.


1 June 2014: IATA AGM Preview

Aviation Week's editors kick around a few thoughts on what the themes of this year's conference might be. Will Qatar's gleaming new Hammad International Airport be able to the region's phenomenal airline traffic growth? How will the fight over whether Gulf carriers are subsidized -- or not -- play out? And who benefits from open-skies agreements?


30 May 2014: Top Performing Airlines - The Winners & Losers

Aviation Week's annual Top Performing Airlines study reveals some surprising results and interesting trends. Aviation Week editors discuss why Latin American carriers are the stars of the show, why Easyjet is dominating the rankings in Europe and why Asian carriers, which once ranked high on the study, have dropped down the list.


23 May 2014: Airbus, Reengining the A330 and Rolls-Royce 

As Airbus draws closer to a decision on whether to re-engine the A330 or not, Aviation Week editors discuss the implications for Airbus and its engine suppliers.


16 May 2014: Is China's Business Aviation Market Bound To Disappoint? 

What are the factors that will keep the Chinese business aviation market from reaching its potential for the next decade?


9 May 2014: New Small UAVs, Their Rules and Tasers

The week before the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference, AvWeek editors get together to talk about some of the latest innovations and complications surrounding the UAV market.


2 May 2014: What A Week In Space!

Aviation Week editors discuss SpaceX’s suit against the U.S. Air Force, U.S. sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, the merger of Orbital Sciences and ATK and how they’re all related.


25 April 2014: What IS An Airplane?

Is it really possible that 111 years since the first powered flight of an aircraft carrying a human we're debating what an aircraft is?


18 April 2014: R&D Investment Crisis

Pentagon investment in R&D is down, but contractors aren't making up the difference. What factors are at work?


11 April 2014: Additive Manufacturing

Imagine a day when overhaul shops will be able to just print replacement parts. The time and cost savings could be huge, but how will the technology be adapted for the aerospace industry?


4 April 2014: Broadband Onboard

Broadband data is coming to airplanes in a big way. It will influence both passengers in the cabin and operations in the cockpit.


28 March 2014: The Problems Of Russia

What do the initial sanctions by the West on Russian and Ukrainian provocateurs of the former’s invasion of the latter’s Crimean region mean for Western aerospace and defense? Reaction so far has been mild, but that could change.


21 March 2014: MH370 Search Technologies

Aviation Week editors talk in-depth about the technologies being used in the search for flight MH370 and what their limitations are. The discussion also delves into what the aircraft's black box would reveal - and not reveal - if it were recovered.


14 March 2014: MH370 Questions & Answers

A panel of Aviation Week editors talk about the search and rescue mission for flight MH370, air navigation and asset tracking. 


7 March 2014: Federal Budget - Fear & Loathing In DC

Aviation Week editors discuss the Pentagon's 2015 budget request.


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