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An aviation podcast by aviation geeks for anyone who looks up when they hear an airplane fly overhead. Listen in as Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz bring you aviation news, views, and special guests every Friday. If you're a new avgeek or just can't get enough aviation in your life, get your avgeek fix with us.

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    • 4.8 • 211 Ratings

An aviation podcast by aviation geeks for anyone who looks up when they hear an airplane fly overhead. Listen in as Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz bring you aviation news, views, and special guests every Friday. If you're a new avgeek or just can't get enough aviation in your life, get your avgeek fix with us.

    Boeing earnings and arraignment, NTSB comments again

    Boeing earnings and arraignment, NTSB comments again

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Boeing reports its financial results for 2022, we preview Boeing’s arraignment on fraud charges in Texas, the NTSB issues more comments on the Ethiopian 302 final report, and we learn what brought down the air traffic control system in the Philippines earlier this month.

    Boeing’s big week

    Boeing reported a full year loss, but positive free cash flow on increasingly positive order and delivery numbers. We dig in to the numbers that seem to be a bit of good news. Meanwhile in Texas, Boeing is arraigned on fraud charges it thought it had settled in 2021 with a deferred prosecution agreement. We break down what’s happening with the case.

    And Boeing’s last 747 now wears a special—if small—nod to Joe Sutter.

    Somalia airspace now “A” okay

    Somali airspace has been upgraded to Class A, meaning air traffic control services are once again operating up to international standards. The resumption of full ATC service comes after 30 years.

    Philippines ATC just “conked out”

    The power went out, then the backup power didn’t work. Then technicians fried the computers with too much power. That’s the very short version of what happened in the Philippines earlier this month.

    NTSB issues second round of comments on ET302 final report

    The NTSB issued a second set of comments on the Ethiopian 302 final report after concluding that the report includes findings that are “unsupported by evidence — for example, that aircraft electrical problems caused erroneous angle-of-attack (AOA) output.”

    Airbus hopes new holey foil is holy grail for A350 paint problem

    In late 2022, Airbus began using a new perforated copper foil in the aft fuselage section of its A350s, which it hopes will resolve the issues of paint peeling away from the aircraft’s skin. That issue remains at the center of a $2 billion lawsuit filed by Qatar Airways that continues to work its way through the High Court in London.

    Russian regulator approves aircraft cannibalization

    Russia’s aviation safety regulator has greenlit Russian operators to install non-OEM approved spare parts in their Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

    Want to buy an Uzbekistan Airways 757?

    Uzbekistan Airways ordered a dozen A320neo family aircraft this week and remains committed to divesting its older Boeing models. Want to buy an older 757 or two?

    That wasn’t so hard, was it?

    United completed the radio altimeter retrofit of its Airbus aircraft for 5G interference mitigation.

    ZeroAvia hydrogen aircraft makes first flight

    ZeroAvia’s hydrogen powered Dornier 228 made its first flight last week.

    Swiss is naming its A220s and Jason is a coward who won’t even try to pronounce the names

    Swiss will name 20 of its A220s after Swiss tourist destinations. Jason wanted to talk about it on the show, but didn’t want to read the list…

    C919 makes it into the schedule for the first time

    The C919 is in the China Eastern schedule for the first time. Flights MU9191 and MU9192 are now scheduled for the end of February.

    Thank you for listening!

    Thank you so much for listening to AvTalk! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just email us. And tell that friend who asked you for a podcast recommendation that AvTalk is the one they want to listen to next.

    • 42 min
    One crashed, two came close

    One crashed, two came close

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we discuss the crash of Yeti Airlines flight 691, a major safety incident in New York that could have been much worse, and Gabriel Leigh sits down with John Nilsson of Swedavia to learn about what airports are doing to get ready for electric and hydrogen powered aircraft.

    Yeti Airlines flight 691 crashes in Pokhara

    A Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500 en route from Kathmandu crashed on approach to Pokhara this week. We discuss what we know so far and the status of the investigation.

    Delta 1943: Cancel take off clearance!

    We unpack what we know about last week’s runway incursion at JFK Airport in New York as AA106 crossed the active runway as DL1943 was on its take off roll.

    Delta comes up short in Amsterdam

    A Delta A330 touched down well before the runway touchdown zone in Amsterdam.

    Qantas

    A Qantas 737 suffered an engine failure. But the real story is how incredibly wrong some publications got the story.

    NOTAM

    An update on the FAA NOTAM outage.

    Lufthansa

    Lufthansa is ready to move forward with a stand alone bid for ITA Airways, initially planning on a minority stake.

    737 MAX back in service with China

    China Southern operated the first Chinese 737 MAX flight since March 2019 this week. The MAX is back in China.

    How can airports support the future of aviation?

    John Nilsson is the strategic manager for electric and hydrogen aircraft at Swedavia, the Swedish airports authority. That puts him at the forefront of creating the airport of the future that can support new types of aircraft. Gabriel Leigh sat down with Nilsson at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport to learn more.

    NASA awards sustainable flight demonstrator project to Boeing

    NASA has awarded the the sustainable flight demonstrator project to Boeing, contributing $425 million to the development of the Transonic truss-braced wing concept. The concept, which Boeing hopes to fly by the end of the decade with feature longer, thinner wings that traditional aircraft with diagonal supports between the wing and the fuselage.

    Thank you for listening!

    Thank you so much for listening to AvTalk! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just email us. And tell that friend who asked you for a podcast recommendation that AvTalk is the one they want to listen to next.



     

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    • 47 min
    Organ Transplant Logistics

    Organ Transplant Logistics

    On this episode of AvTalk, we walk through what we know (so far) about the FAA’s NOTAM system outage. And Casey Humphries from the United Network for Organ Sharing and Chris Curran of New England Donor Services join us to explain how transplant organs get from donor to recipient and the critical role played by the aviation industry.

    The great NOTAM outage of 2023

    On Tuesday afternoon the FAA system that provides air crews and dispatchers with NOTAMs (NOtice to Air Missions) stopped working. By Wednesday morning, the FAA took the decision to ground flights across the US while the system was rebooted and tested. We discuss what we know (so far) and what the practical effects of the outage have been.



    🎧 Listen to our episode all about NOTAMs — what they are, what they do, and why most pilots hate them.

    Raising regional pilot pay proves problem, possibly

    We discuss a recent article by friend of the show Ned Russell, quoting comments by a financial analyst that American Airlines’ move to raise regional pilot pay is a bet that has backfired.

    Airbus and Boeing 2022 Deliveries

    Airbus and Boeing delivered over 1000 aircraft combined, but the number fell short of expectations.

    Organ Transplant Logistics

    Casey Humphries is the Logistical Products Service Line Leader for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Chris Curran is SVP of Organ Utilization for New England Donor Services. They join the show to explain the logistics involved in getting an organ for transplant from donor to recipient. We discuss how organ transportation has changed over the past 25 years and the many challenges to getting it right each and every time in literal matters of life and death.

    Quick takes

    China Southern may put the 737 MAX back into service this weekend, the last 747 is painted, Alaska Airlines retired its A320 fleet, FedEx retired its DC-10 fleet, and a Delta 767 diversion to Madrid gets the avgeek detective agency up and running.

    Thank you for listening!

    Thank you so much for listening to AvTalk! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just email us. And tell that friend who asked you for a podcast recommendation that AvTalk is the one they want to listen to next.



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The problem with the ET302 final report

    The problem with the ET302 final report

    On our first episode of 2023, we see how Southwest has recovered from its meltdown; investigators issue their final report on ET302, but the NTSB and BEA have more to add; and airspace in the Philippines is recovered after a power outage closed the entire Manila FIR to flights.

    Southwest’s recovery

    Southwest Airlines’ operations returned to normal over the past week as the airline seeks to alleviate customer anger following the operational meltdown of the airline the week of Christmas. What’s the airline doing to solve the problem and make customers whole?

    Investigators issue ET302 final report, but NTSB & BEA have issues

    Ethiopian investigators finally released their final report on the crash of ET302 just before the end of 2022. But the NTSB and BEA have taken the unusual step of publishing public comments on the report.

    Philippines airspace closed due to power failure

    The Manila FIR was closed to traffic at the start of the year due to a power failure at the main air traffic control facility in the country.

    China drops quarantine

    China will drop quarantine for arriving international passengers beginning 8 January. The US will reintroduce a Covid test requirement for passengers arriving from China on 5 January. And round and round we go.

    San Diego fuel issues

    Issues with the fueling infrastructure at San Diego have led to some odd short flights by some international airlines for technical stops before continuing on.

    “Emergency” landings in Iran

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: four former Turkish Airlines A340s that have been in storage in South Africa for a few years and recently re-registered in Burkina Faso were being transported to Uzbekistan, but all developed in-flight “emergencies” over Iran and had to land in Tehran.

    Aeroflot buys 10 777-300ERs

    Using a provision added to the EU sanctions regime in April, Aeroflot has bought out 10 777-300ERs it had leased from VEB.

    Jetstar’s Bali mistake

    Jetstar upgauged its Bali flight from Melbourne on 27 December, but didn’t tell the Bali airport that a 787 would be coming. The airport was unable to accommodate a 787 at the time, so the flight turned back to Melbourne.

    Airlines we lost in 2022

    There weren’t all that many airlines that stopped operating in 2022. We take a look at Brett Snyder’s yearly list to see which planes are now parked.

    A new flight tracking record

    In 2022, we set a new record for total number of flights tracked, but commercial flight recovery remains in stasis.

    Thank you for listening!

    Thank you so much for listening to AvTalk! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just email us. And tell that friend who asked you for a podcast recommendation that AvTalk is the one they want to listen to next.



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    • 51 min
    Our favorite conversations from 2022

    Our favorite conversations from 2022

    From people who live and breath the nuts and bolts of running an airline to journalists covering the business of aviation, our conversations took us all over the world and down more than one rabbit hole. To close out the year, we revisit some of our favorite AvTalk conversations from 2022.

    Flying Zero G

    Novespace chairman and former astronaut Jean-François Clervoy explains the physics of parabolic flights and we find out that we came very close to seeing a much different aircraft used for these zero g flights. And Pilot Bertrand Rameau explains exactly how pilots perform the parabola maneuver and what it takes to become a zero g pilot.

    Making sure the airline keeps moving

    Michael Karrels is a dispatcher for a major legacy airline in the US. He joined us to discuss what it’s like to be a dispatcher and how the work of a dispatcher differs in the US compared to other countries. Michael’s own Flying and Life podcast is a great jumping off point for going deeper into the life of a dispatcher.

    Thank you for listening!

    Thank you so much for listening to AvTalk! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just email us. And tell that friend who asked you for a podcast recommendation that AvTalk is the one they want to listen to next.

    Happy new year and happy tracking!

     

    • 57 min
    Southwest Airlines’ Operational Meltdown

    Southwest Airlines’ Operational Meltdown

    On this special episode of AvTalk, we’ve reproduced the audio from our video live stream episode about Southwest Airlines’ cancellations and operational meltdown that began with massive storms across the United States on 22 December and morphed into a IT infrastructure nightmare for the airline and its passengers.

    You can replay the video live stream here if you prefer.

     

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

hoboctn-nta ,

Great podcast

Two guys talking informatively about airplanes. Always entertaining and interesting. I would strongly recommend subscribing.

Monkeyman142997 ,

The BEST podcast ever!

This is the BEST podcast ever, I’ve listened to most of them and I just love every thing about it, keep it up! Also, on one of your podcasts you did the quiz thing with fans but then you haven’t done it since? What happened there?! But anyways ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🛬🧈

jackdavison ,

I change my mind!

I’ve listened since day one and originally gave a 3 or 4 starrer, but this podcast has aged like a fine wine and I look forward to Fridays partly because of it. Informative and to the point, a little dry at times but if you want humour and wit go listen to something else.
I’d enjoy a listener’s questions section or side-podcast containing this. Otherwise,
Friendly knowledgeable chaps.
Thank you.

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