SpaceX, NASA Target Mid-November For Crew-1 Launch

By Irene Klotz Nov 03, 2020
Falcon 9 engine issue delays first U.S.-launched ISS crew flight since the space shuttle.

Will Southwest Airlines Consider Acquiring The Airbus A220?

By Ben Goldstein Nov 02, 2020
Ask the Editors: Deciding whether to diversify away from the Boeing 737, Southwest must weigh the pros and cons of a dual fleet.
Airlines & Lessors

Sweden Proposes Arctic Circle Launch Site For Smallsats

By Tony Osborne Nov 02, 2020
Five European countries are now actively exploring or investing in small satellite launch facilities.
Commercial Space

787 Flight Tests Boost NASA Noise-Prediction Tools For Future Aircraft

By Guy Norris Nov 02, 2020
NASA tests on Boeing’s 787-10 ecoDemonstrator provided unprecedented system-level acoustic data for improving low-noise airliner designs.

The Week In Technology, Nov. 2-6, 2020

By Graham Warwick Nov 02, 2020
Tecnam’s electric; China unmanned test sites; Canadian AAM; Volocopter’s UAM backbone; Beam solar charger; Loon stratospheric record
Emerging Technologies

DLR-GE Project Looks At Propeller Noise For Regional Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Nov 02, 2020
Flight tests for the first time synchronously measured noise on the ground and on the aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

What Role Will Traditional OEMs Play In Future Of Space?

By Jen DiMascio Oct 30, 2020
Ask the Editors: Traditional OEMs are likely to maintain a large role in the future of space.

Life After Boeing: Embraer’s CEO On Going It Alone

Oct 30, 2020
Francisco Gomes Neto talks with Aviation Week in his first interview for the aerospace trade press.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Large-Cap A&D Players Eyed for Divestitures, Bolt-Ons

By Michael Bruno Oct 30, 2020
M&A activity among major A&D players is picking up again, but this time they are shedding assets or tacking on specialties.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Military Technology Could Bolster Bell’s Commercial Helicopters

By Tony Osborne Oct 30, 2020
Bell is looking to technology from its Model 360 Invictus as a potential template for a medium-size single-engine utility platform.
Air Dominance

NATO Nations Studying Future Rotorcraft Needs

By Tony Osborne Oct 30, 2020
History suggests it takes as long to develop a military medium rotorcraft as for a fighter, so NATO countries have taken the first steps.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Fast Five With Honeywell’s Mike Madsen

Oct 30, 2020
Why Honeywell Aerospace’s chief sees a bright future for the industry despite today’s COVID-19 woes.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plans More Powerful H3 To Cut Costs

By Bradley Perrett Oct 29, 2020
An enlarged second stage would have two engines and more propellant. Much more payload space can be provided.
Commercial Space

Airlines Revamping Fleets With Little Insight On Future

By Sean Broderick Oct 29, 2020
Some models, like the Airbus A380, are all but done for good.
Air Transport Month

One Carrier’s Shift Amid The Pandemic’s Rise

By Helen Massy-Beresford Oct 29, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Air France was early into a radical fleet shake-up set out by Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith in November.
Airlines & Lessors

The Week In Defense, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2020

By Jen DiMascio Oct 29, 2020
What’s next for U.S. Air Force tankers; Ecuador receives H145s; continued F-35 delays; and unmanned teaming for Wildcat.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Will Airbus Pull Work Back To Europe From Abroad?

By Jens Flottau Oct 28, 2020
Ask the Editors: Airbus’ strategy remains expanding its overseas market share, so the OEM is not likely to bring work back to Europe.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Unmanned Aerial Crop Spraying Offers Startup A Quick Route To Market

By Graham Warwick Oct 28, 2020
Pyka has FAA approval to begin trial operations at farms in California and Nevada.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Beijing Diversifies Ownership Of Its Airlines

By Bradley Perrett Oct 27, 2020
The government hopes its companies can become more efficient with outside investment. This is extending to airlines.
Airlines & Lessors

Chinese Space-Based Trackers May Add Carrier-Targeting Capability

By Steve Trimble Oct 27, 2020
The Oct. 12 launch of the Gaofen-13 satellite highlights China’s growing reconnaissance-strike complex from space.

Opinion: Why Airliner Manufacturing Could Go From Bad To Worse

By Richard Aboulafia Oct 26, 2020
If the current fragile jetliner market worsens, the U.S. and other governments might feel pressure to reconsider their nonintervention.
Airlines & Lessors

How May Hydrogen Propulsion Affect Hybrid-Electric Engine Development?

By Graham Warwick Oct 26, 2020
Ask the Editors: There is room for both and overlap between both, and who will win where will play out over the next decade.

Podcast: Embraer’s CEO on the Breakup With Boeing and Going It Alone

Oct 26, 2020
Listen in as CEO Francisco Gomes Neto gives his side of Embraer’s breakup with Boeing, what he thinks of finding new partners, and how he plans to steer the Brazilian aircraft company through the COVID-19 storm.

The Week in Technology, Oct. 26-30, 2020

By Graham Warwick Oct 26, 2020
Stratospheric cell mast; Heaviside favors elegance; Pipistrel picks Honeywell; Volansi flies vaccines; Iris enables BVLOS.
Emerging Technologies

U.S. Carriers Brace For Long, Choppy Road To Recovery

By Ben Goldstein Oct 26, 2020
A recovery to 2019 levels of profitability remains distant, but carriers believe they can stem daily losses in the medium-term future.
Airlines & Lessors