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Ares is the blog home of Aviation Week's defense team. We cover military operations and programs with a focus on technology and what that technology can do for the user in the field. Our area of responsibility includes industry, government and conflict zones through out the world. Our blog is read by industry professionals, military personnel, and anyone else with a professional stake in defense.

Ares contributors: Michael Bruno, Bill Sweetman, Sean Meade, David Fulghum, Amy Butler, Jen DiMascio, Jefferson MorrisGraham Warwick, Nicholas Fiorenza, Michael Fabey, Joe Anselmo, Guy Norris, Bradley Perrett and Christina Mackenzie

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    VIDEOS - Autonomous Helicopters in Action

    7:58 PM on Apr 18, 2014

    Autonomy for umanned (and manned) rotorcraft has taken a big step forward with recent demonstrations of the ability of testbed helicopters to autonomously select safe landing zones... Read More »
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    Experience Lift-off in a V-22

    5:47 PM on Apr 18, 2014

    Dan Katz writes:Check out this video from the rear ramp of an Osprey as it takes flight.I had the thrilling opportunity to ride in a V-22 at this year’s Navy League Expo and ... Read More »
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    Podcast: R&D Investment Crisis

    9:43 PM on Apr 17, 2014

    A squeeze on U.S. defense spending has caused Pentagon investment in research, development, test and evaluation spending to decline 28% since its peak in 2009, adjusting for inflat... Read More »

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Covering topics related to the full spectrum of commercial aviation. From aircraft developments and new airline orders to policy and passenger rights, to the lighthearted and sometimes outrageous, we analyze and comment on the latest happenings in commercial aviation.

Things with Wings contributors: Guy Norris, Michael Mecham, Rupa Haria, Adrian Schofield, Andrew Compart, 
Bradley Perrett, Madhu Unnikrishnan and Leithen Francis

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    Highlights of MRO Americas

    4:32 PM on Apr 16, 2014

    Thanks to all of the speakers, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors of MRO Americas in Phoenix. It was great to see so many of you last week.FYI, you can still view our MRO Amer... Read More »
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    Contrasting fortunes for old freighters in the California desert

    2:55 PM on Apr 15, 2014

    A recent visit to Mojave by Aviation Week found 4 MD-11 freighters stored awaiting new operators. Whilst the trend for widebody operators is still towards twinjets, there is s... Read More »
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    Australia-Europe On Etihad

    1:06 AM on Apr 14, 2014

    As anyone who has flown it will attest, Etihad Airways has an extremely impressive business class product in the highly competitive Australia-to-Europe market. The Gulf carriers ha... Read More »

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