James R. Asker

James R. Asker
Executive Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Jim has covered aerospace for more than 20 years and won numerous awards for his reporting and commentary.
 
He directed Aviation Week's coverage of the Columbia space shuttle accident, which was recognized with a 2004 Jesse H. Neal Award, the trade press equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and was finalist in 2005 and 2012. And in 2006, Jim won Journalist of the Year honors from the Royal Aeronautical Society and has twice won a McGraw-Hill Corporate Achievement Award.
 
Jim began covering space programs as a science reporter for The Houston Post, where he led the paper's prize-winning coverage of the Challenger shuttle accident and its aftermath and was a finalist in NASA’s Journalist In Space program. Jim is a graduate of Rice University and was a Knight Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT and Harvard, his studies included arms control, the Soviet military and U.S. defense planning and budgeting.

Articles
Podcast: What’s Interesting In The New Budget?
From X-planes to the “black budget” to where the U.S. is placing its technology bets for the future, our editors discuss what’s buried in President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request to Congress.
Podcast: The Future of Fighters and Air Force One 1
Our editors discuss adaptive engine technology, sixth-generation fighters, threats to the F-35 and the next presidential aircraft.
Podcast: Aftermath of the NTSB's 787 Battery Report 1
Aviation Week's John Croft and Sean Broderick discuss the NTSB's 787 battery recommendations with Jim Asker. Learn how Boeing fail-safed the battery and listen as we discuss how the aircraft was certified and still experienced serious problems.
Podcast: First Flight of NASA's Orion Crew Capsule

Aviation Week editors discuss the upcoming first flight test of NASA's Orion crew capsule which will move astronauts a little closer to Mars.

Podcast: Can Mitsubishi Succeed with the MRJ?
Executive Editor Jim Asker discusses the Japanese regional jet project with Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief Bradley Perrett and Jens Flottau, managing editor for commercial aviation.
Podcast: Match Made in Space -- New Companies and Traditional Giants
Major developments in Commercial Crew and rocket engines are the subject of this week’s podcast.
Harold Rosen Clinches A Lifetime Achievement Award 

The aerospace industry is replete with innovators, but occasionally there comes someone whose ideas and accomplishments make the term “innovator” seem not broad enough. Harold Rosen is that sort of innovator.

A team led by Rosen produced breakthroughs that kick-started an entire sector of the aerospace industry. That sector remains the most important commercial application of space technology. More than anyone, Rosen deserves to be called the father of the communications satellite.

U.S. Airlines See Improved Profits, But Fuel Hikes May Spell Trouble 

A 5% drop in fuel expenses enabled the U.S. airline industry to turn a modest profit in the first half of 2013, but a recent rise in jet fuel prices may not portend well for the coming months.

The 10 largest publicly traded U.S. airlines posted a combined net profit of $1.6 billion in the first half of 2013 on revenue of $72.8 billion, up from a $1.2 billion profit during the first six months of 2012. Net margins were 2.1%, compared with 1.6% in the first half of last year.

Quietly – Or Not – Embraer Has Become A 'Player'
When Brazilian airframer Embraer laid out a plan to fully expand into business aviation in 2005, the company had plans to become a “major player within 10” years. Eight years later, Ernest “Ernie” Edwards is pleased. (Legacy 600 photo: Embraer)
Embraer On Track For 2013 First Flight Of Legacy 450 

Embraer, accruing more than 150 hr. on its Legacy 500 midsize jet, hopes to have the smaller 450 join the flight test program by year’s end.

The company cut metal on the 450 light-mid aircraft in August and expects to finish the wing next month with the fuselage sections joining in July. This would put the 450 on pace for first flight sometime in the second half of 2013, about a year after the 500 first flew.

Cost-Benefit Case Lags Funding For NextGen Equipage
Though more than $1 billion in government-backed loans for FAA NextGen avionics could soon be available, airlines remain cautious about investing in the technologies even as the first milestone—equipping with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B)—approaches.
Embraer On Track For 2013 Flight Of 450
Embraer, accruing more than 150 hr. on its Legacy 500 midsize jet, hopes to have the smaller 450 join the flight test program by year’s end.
U.S. Coast Guard Rescuers Are Heroism Laureates 

A highlight of Aviation Week's Laureates gala is always the presentation of the award for heroism. This year, the recipients were the personnel of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., who rescued seafarers of the HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

GAO: Coast Guard Programs Do Not Reflect Actual Costs 

Pity the Coast Guard. Tasked with a nearly impossible set of missions— the nation's fifth armed service is the principal agency responsible for maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship—it has never benefited from the budget largesse showered on its counterparts in the Defense Department after 9/11.

Harris Wins NextGen’s DataComm Work 

A frequent critic of the FAA's progress on the $40 billion NextGen air traffic management (ATM) modernization program, Government Accountability Office (GAO) infrastructure guru Gerald Dillingham tells an industry gathering in Atlantic City, N.J., that the FAA needs to show some “little victories,” if it ever hopes to get airlines off the dime to invest in avionics to make NextGen work. As in response, the FAA came through with a bit more just two days later. It signed, sealed and delivered a $331 million contract to Florida's Harris Corp.

 
Blogs
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 11

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
Feb 24, 2015
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Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015
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AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More
Feb 21, 2015
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Saturday Spacewalk Kicks Off Addition of Commercial Crew Docking Ports to ISS 4

"I worked up a lather on that one," quipped NASA spacewalker Barry "Butch" Wilmore. "You guys have done just a superb job," noted Mission Control....More

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