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Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

Aviation Week & Space Technology editors take a look at some of the bigger-picture issues in the world of aerospace and defense

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Lux Capital Explains Thinking On A&D

A discussion with Lux Capital Co-Founder Josh Wolfe and Partner Bilal Zuberi about where the venture capital investment company is placing its bets and how it pinpoints successful new aerospace and defense technologies.


5 Nov 2021

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Behind the A380’s Downfall

Why the world’s largest passenger airplane never gained market lift — and what it means for the widebody segment.


28 Oct 2021

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A Decade of Disruption is Headed at Defense Companies

The consensus from the Aviation Week DefenseChain Conference was that defense primes and suppliers are about to see their world turned on their heads. Executive Editor Jen Dimascio talks with Business Editor Michael Bruno and Capital Alpha Partners Managing Director Byron Callan about the challenges ahead.


22 Oct 2021

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Why BizAv Is Hot Again

Aviation Week editors gather in Las Vegas to talk about the buoyant mood at 2021 NBAA-BACE and COVID-19’s silver lining for the business aviation industry.


13 Oct 2021

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IATA Targets Net Zero Emissions For Beleaguered Airline Industry

The world’s airlines gathered in Boston this week for the IATA AGM after a bruising last 18 months that has also seen sustainability rise up the agenda. Listen in as Aviation Week editors discuss what they were hearing at the event.


7 Oct 2021

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Confronting New Chinese Nuclear Weapons

Aviation Week editors discuss hot topics from the Air Force Association’s annual meeting including China’s massive buildup in nuclear capability, a change in acquisition approach at the Pentagon and the next competition for aerial refueling tankers.


28 Sep 2021

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Interview With The Inspiration4’s Jared Isaacman

The billionaire commander of the three-day mission to space talks about his experience and the importance of humans continuing to explore the heavens.


24 Sep 2021

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The Risks of Conducting Over the Horizon Strikes

With its exit from Afghanistan, the U.S. is beginning a new phase of drone warfare, conducting strikes there without forces on the ground. But is the current technology enough to safely execute the mission?


17 Sep 2021

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How 9/11 Unfolded At Aviation Week

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


10 Sep 2021

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Europe’s Travel Restrictions and the Fate of Aviation’s Recovery

Will surging COVID infections push back a recovery in aviation? And what’s behind Europe’s new restrictions on U.S. travelers? Listen in to find out.


2 Sep 2021

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