Michael O. Lavitt

Director of Editorial Content Production

New York City, NY


Michael O. Lavitt, Director of Editorial Content Production for Aviation Week, has extensive experience in both traditional print and new media. He began his career as a reporter with daily newspapers, worked on developing online services in Chicago and New York in the mid-1980s and then joined Aviation Week & Space Technology as a news editor. He held a variety of positions at Aviation Week, including new products editor, and was the founding editor of AviationWeek.com. Mike covered the early part of the TWA 800 probe and was the first journalist to interview the flight attendants who stopped shoe bomber Richard Reid from destroying an American Airlines jet. He played a key role in Aviation Week Network’s transition from a publisher of print magazines and newsletters to a multimedia provider of news, data and analysis. Today Mike is responsible for all phases of editorial production and operations of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), AviationWeek.com and the group’s three magazines and three paid newsletters.


Podcast: How 9/11 Unfolded At Aviation Week

Sep 10, 2021
Aviation Week editors witnessed terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and flew on missions guarding the capital. Listen to their stories.

AirVenture Draws More Visitors, Aircraft After One-Year Absence

By Molly McMillin Aug 04, 2021
The 68th annual gathering in Oshkosh included a number of aircraft and system air show debuts and spotlighted humanitarian missions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

AirVenture Campers Shelter As Storm's Fury Narrowly Misses Oshkosh

By Molly McMillin Jul 29, 2021
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was running buses to evacuate EAA AirVenture Oshkosh campers to shelters the evening of July 28 as high winds, hail and tornadoes threatened the area and the thousands of aircraft on the field.
Aircraft & Propulsion