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Aviation Week's Check 6 Podcast

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

Customer Reviews

Aviation Week “Check 6” is “Best of Class"

Check 6 is new, but the quality of the writing, and the editing, is “Best of Class”.
I have been reading the print edition for 35+ years.
They have provided the best MH 370 analysis to date

Good content, sad production values

I’ve been listening to this podcast for almost the entire length of its on-and-off run. The original podcast had terrible production values, to the point where it was almost painful to listen to. Literally like “Lets have a conference call and put a recorder next to the speakerphone.” This current run is better, each party speaking seems to be doing a local recording and they mix it all together in post. I can tell you this because you can still occasionally overhear bits of speakerphone talk in transitions between speakers. The current episode I am listening to now has loud typing noises and system alerts in the background. At least you can’t hear people eating, but they can do much better. AvWeek has a talented pool of resources with industry knowledge. Its a shame their podcast can’t meet the quality of their talent and print products. Despite these flaws I would recommend anyone with an interest in aerospace have a listen.

Hard to Listen to Excellent Content

Check 6 has very knowlegeable hosts talking about everything happening in Aerospace. The content is always interesting and well presented. The hosts generally do a good job of explaining the content. If you're in the aerospace world, it's a great show.

Unfortunately it's also incredibly painful to listen to. Production value is very low. The main issue is audio quality - often hosts are clearly calling in over a telephone, or worse, speakerphone. Volume levels are all over the place, making it sometimes literally painful to listen to. Beeps and Boops from cell phones and laptops in the background are fairly common, as is banging away at a keyboard. For a show that attempts to have a serious discussion, the production quality makes it hard to maintain that level of professionalism.

Additionally, the main host changes every week. As a result, none of them ever seem to get better at it. It's always a bit awkward. Having one constant host with rotating co-hosts lets the experienced host guide the show and lead any new co-hosts or guests.

1) Buy good Microphones for all your regulars.
2) Silence your cellphones and laptops when you record.
3) Pick a main host.

The content of the show is great, but I'm sure the production is turning away listeners. It usually backs up in my queue before I slog through them.

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