Chinese Airlines Resume Growth After Peak Season Setback

By Adrian Schofield Apr 20, 2021
China’s domestic capacity has surged back after a COVID-19 spike put the brakes on the country’s busiest travel period.
Airlines & Lessors

The Week In Technology, April 19-23, 2021

By Graham Warwick Apr 20, 2021
EHang’s longer-range eVTOL; Aska flying car; Pipistrel cargo UAV for China; Xwing autonomy demo; and ANA flies Wingcopter.
Emerging Technologies
Podcast: Flight on Mars—An Interview with Smithsonian’s Ellen Stofan
After a successful first flight of the Ingenuity on Mars, Ellen Stofan, under secretary for science and research at the Smithsonian Institution, talks with Aviation Week editors about the historic nature of the mission, coming 117 years after the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
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Opinion: Three Reforms Essential To Continuing U.S. Space Leadership

Charles Beames Apr 19, 2021
The nation needs to declassify technology, rely on private industry and compete for routine space missions.
Space
Spirit AeroSystems Grows Lean, Digital To Prepare For Airline Recovery
Long-sought changes have the potential to turn Spirit’s 20th-century-style factories into marvels of digitally driven lean manufacturing.
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Webinar: The Future of Military Helicopters

This webinar took place April 16, 2021 and sponsored by Carlise.

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New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections, April 19, 2021
Recent appointments, promotions and honors in the aviation and aerospace industry.
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Competitive Fractures Begin To Show As Funding Flows Into UAM Market
With some 100 companies vying to enter the advanced air mobility industry, the competition was bound to get bloody sooner or later.
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NASA Prepares For First Powered Flight On Mars

By Irene Klotz Apr 16, 2021
The clock is ticking for a high-risk, high-reward technology demonstration.
Space
First Take, April 19, 2021
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
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Letters From Our Readers, April 19, 2021

Apr 16, 2021
Readers write about cockpit automation, the Mars Perseverance lander, the Boeing 757 and KC-46, and space tourism.
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Aerospace Calendar And Aviation Week Events, April 19, 2021

Apr 16, 2021
A roundup of upcoming conferences, exhibitions and summits.
Aviation Week & Space Technology

MRO Market Changes And Trends To Expect In Pandemic Recovery

By Lee Ann Shay Apr 16, 2021
Aviation Week editors answer questions about the direction of the MRO industry as commercial aviation climbs out of the crisis.
MRO
New 737 MAX Issue Tests Boeing’s Resolve
Repairs to in-service, stored aircraft likely.
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Grounding Issues

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MRO Sees Hopeful Signs For Pandemic Recovery

By Lee Ann Shay Apr 15, 2021
Despite ongoing concerns, MRO providers seeing room to hope as airline traffic rebounds.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

How Delta TechOps Is Transforming Itself

By Lee Ann Shay Apr 15, 2021
Delta TechOps’ new $100 million test cell in 2019 was just the start of its investment and transition.
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Week In Defense, April 15-22, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Apr 15, 2021
Hunt for hypersonic interceptor; Smith wants May 10 budget request; Air Force’s SIAW shift, and Austin scraps European drawdown.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Lockheed Shows Some New Space Mojo With Block Buy From Startup ABL

By Irene Klotz Apr 15, 2021
Startup ABL’s launcher is well-sized for Lockheed’s new satellite bus.
Commercial Space
U.S. Army-Air Force Rivalry Heats Up Over Long-Range Strike
An intense private feud erupted publicly over Air Force objections to Army plans to encroach on long-range strike mission.
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Podcast: Boeing’s Latest 737 MAX Headache

Apr 15, 2021
Power unit glitch forces new MAX groundings and adds to quality control woes. But is it a storm in a teacup? Listen in as Aviation Week’s editors analyze Boeing’s latest challenge.
Air Transport

Convergence Of Challenges To Strain French Supply Chain Further

By Thierry Dubois Apr 15, 2021
With the end of government support in the offing, French lobbying group GIFAS frets about a transition period for small suppliers.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Airbus’ High-Speed Rotary-Wing Racer Takes Shape

By Tony Osborne Apr 14, 2021
Racer’s development has involved industry and academia from across Europe.
Aircraft & Propulsion

PW4000 Aftermarket Hit By Passenger Service Reductions

By Sean Broderick Apr 14, 2021
How reduced widebody utilization due to COVID-19-related passenger service declines will affect the PW4000 aftermarket.
Aircraft & Propulsion
Opinion: The Latest Challenge For Defense Primes
The “fleet” of defense competitors has been growing in recent years, and new entrants may have different tactics, resources and goals.
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Prime Competition

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Southwest Orders More MAXs While U.S. Majors Retrench

By Ben Goldstein Apr 14, 2021
Analysts say a return to pre-crisis levels of aircraft demand remains far off.
Airlines & Lessors