Senior Editor, Aircraft Systems & Safety

Penton   •  

Arlington, VA

Industry: Advertising & Marketing Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 371 days ago

This position is responsible for leading the technical coverage of aircraft systems, avionics and cabin systems, aircraft connectivity and air traffic management operations primarily for commercial/civil aviation. In addition, this position is responsible for covering safety topics, including reporting about aviation accidents and general safety trends and safety regulation.

This senior role will be expected to develop and expand relationships within the FAA, NTSB and comparable regulatory, safety and investigative bodies outside the U.S.


  • Develops high-value content for Aviation Week & Space Technology, the Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Air Transport World (print and digital), Show News and other publications.
    • Cover aircraft systems, including avionics, aircraft connectivity, inflight entertainment, maintenance systems, data analytics.
    • Cover (flight) testing of aircraft systems and safety equipment for commercial and civil air transport.
    • Cover advanced and foundational avionics and safety-equipment technology. research across aerospace, from academia to industry and government agencies.
    • Coordinate and lead special technology packages in aircraft and safety systems.
    • Cover aircraft accidents and accident reports.
    • Write regular features about industry safety trends.
    • Cover pilot training – curricula changes.
    • In coordination with appropriate staff editors, provide in-depth technical updates on air transport systems, such as next-generation air traffic management and the European Single Sky initiative. 
  • Develop diverse industry source base and enhance knowledge of industry.
    • Annual technical visits to manufacturers of aircraft systems and safety-related equipment in the U.S. and Europe.
    • Lead aircraft systems and safety-related coverage for Aviation Week team at selected air shows, industry trade shows and conferences.
    • Report developments from technical conferences. 
  • Further Aviation Week’s reputation as the go-to source for technical information in aviation and aerospace.
    • Social media contributions through tweeting, podcasts, videos and interactive graphics (in coordination with our producers and Art Department).
    • Coordinate aircraft systems and safety-related coverage among Aviation Week Network’s U.S., Asia-Pacific and European teams.
    • Maintain high visibility in industry by moderating conferences and through interviews on television and radio. 



  • BA degree, science and technology studies a plus; 10-15 years’ experiencereporting and writing on the aviation, aerospace and defense industries.
  • Proficiency in aerospace technologies. Excellent research and analytical capabilities, with an ability to interpret a variety of technical and business topics and explain in a clear and concise writing style.
  • Works well in a team environment, focusing on collaboration and adapting to the needs and deadlines issued by managing editors. Coaches and mentors otherreporters on aircraft systems, safety and other technical topics.
  • Ability to generate unique, original content on a regular basis that reinforces Aviation Week Network’s reputation as the “go-to” source for aviation and aerospace professionals.
  • Regularly seeks new learning opportunities and displays a keen sense of curiosity.


  • Experience in social media/online tools.
  • Ability to write about systems for military aircraft.
  • Private pilot’s license.
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