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 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 3

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 18

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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