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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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    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 188 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.

    United CEO Scott Kirby on SAFs

    United CEO Scott Kirby on SAFs

    On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby to discuss the airline’s push into sustainable aviation fuel and where he sees the industry going. And we finally get more details on the problems that have kept 13 Qatar Airways A350s grounded for months.

    Omicron variant leads to fresh border restrictions

    The discovery of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19, has led to a fresh wave of border restrictions and new rules for travelers.

    Plane producer ponders peeling paint problems

    Months after Qatari regulators grounded a portion of the Qatar Airways A350 fleet due to cracking and peeling paint, we finally have some more information on the situation thanks to reporting from Reuters. We discuss what is actually a wider issue affecting multiple airlines and what Airbus is doing about it.

    Want to fly on the people squisher?

    Cebu Pacific’s new A330neo seats a lot of people in a one-class configuration. Good luck.

    United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    This week, United operated a Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight with passengers for the first time. We talked with United CEO Scott Kirby about the flight and what role he sees for SAFs in the industry moving forward.

    Hifly brings the A340 to Antarctica

    Hifly landed an A340 in Antarctica for the first time ever last week. See more on how they did it.

    Polar Bears!

    And turning to the north, we have polar bears on the runway in Qikiqtarjuaq.

    Let us know what you think (and let your friends know too!)

    Thank you so much for listening! 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.

    • 32 min
    Catching up with Air Baltic’s CEO and Chief Pilot

    Catching up with Air Baltic’s CEO and Chief Pilot

    This week’s episode of AvTalk takes us back to the Baltic region for interviews with airBaltic’s CEO Martin Gauss and the airline’s chief pilot Gerhard Ramcke. Jason gets the week off and we mark the 50th anniversary of the hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305.

    Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305

    On November 24, 1971, ‘Dan Cooper’ boarded flight 305 bound for Seattle and jumped into aviation history.

    Catching up with airBaltic

    In March, we talked with airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss about how his airline was managing through the pandemic. Gabriel Leigh recently sat down with Gauss again to see how thing are going now. Leigh also talks with airBaltic’s chief pilot Gerhard Ramcke about the switch to an all A220 fleet and how the airline has managed its pilot corps through the pandemic.

    Let us know what you think (and let your friends know too!)

    Thank you so much for listening! 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.

    • 11 min
    The 2021 Dubai Airshow

    The 2021 Dubai Airshow

    On this episode of AvTalk, we recap the new from the 2021 Dubai Airshow and some great news for Boeing and the 737 MAX.

    Dubai Airshow

    We recap the aircraft orders and other highlights from the Dubai Airshow. And check out our full show recap from Gabriel Leigh over on our YouTube channel coming out on Monday, 22 November.

    China moves forward on the MAX

    There’s finally some good news for Boeing as Reuters reports that Chinese regulators are satisfied with Boeing’s changes to the MAX and have now asked Chinese airlines to offer input ahead of recertification.

    Lynx Air coming to Canada

    Just a few years ago Canada lacked any low-cost carriers, let alone ultra-low cost options. Now, there are multiple competing airlines and Lynx Air aims to join the fray.

    ITA wants to get hitched

    ITA Chairman Alfredo Altavilla pitches a marriage with Lufthansa in rather interesting language.

    The NTSB goes to space

    The NTSB released its 2020 traffic report this week, show the decrease in flight hours and accidents. They also announced their intention to head to space.

    Let us know what you think (and let your friends know too!)

    Thank you so much for listening! 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.

    • 40 min
    The grand reopening

    The grand reopening

    On this episode of AvTalk, the US is once again open to for travel. We sit down with Max Tremaine from Sherpa to learn about the restrictions still in place and what trends his company is seeing as more of the world reopens to travelers. Plus, Boeing and families of Ethiopian 302 crash victims reach a major settlement agreement.

    Boeing suits settled

    | Over the weekend, shareholders suing Boeing’s board of directors settled their suit, with $237.5 million to be paid to Boeing by the board’s insurers with no admission of any liability by the board.

    Separately on Tuesday, Boeing and the families of all but two of the victims of Ethiopian flight 302 agreed to a settlement that names Boeing the sole party responsible for the crash while avoiding punitive damages and limiting any future legal action by the families against Boeing.

    Climate action: aviation edition

      | With COP26, the United Nations’ climate conference ongoing in Glasgow, the United States released its 2021Aviation Climate Action Plan. We discuss the plan, its benefits, and where it falls short.

    Max Tremaine, Sherpa co-founder and CEO

      | Sherpa co-founder and CEO Max Tremaine joins us to talk about how their company founded to help travelers navigate the visa process for their destination quickly retooled to help travelers understand COVID-related border restrictions and the unlikely sources that tip them off restrictions are about to change.

    This week’s good news

    | British Airways and Virgin Atlantic celebrated the grand reopening of the US to vaccinated travelers by conducting parallel departures from London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday. Embraer unveiled four new concept aircraft. Qantas brought its first A380 back to Australia ahead of restarting service early next year. Airbus conducted its first transatlantic Fellofly flight. The Grumman Albatross is making a comeback. And finally, Air France puts on a show with its A220.

    • 52 min
    Jet Pack man isn't real

    Jet Pack man isn't real

    On this episode of AvTalk, the Transair 737 is raised from the ocean floor, the FAA is concerned the radio may be too loud, and we’re sad to say, jet pack man isn’t real.

    Transair 810 recovered from the ocean floor

    | Transair 810, the 737-200 freighter that ditched south of Honolulu a few months ago, has been recovered. The NTSB has shipped the data recorders to its lab.

    A380s get the knife

    | A former Singapore Airlines A380 is being scrapped in Singapore and its not a pretty sight. And Emirates is scrapping their first A380 and will make much of the aircraft available for sale as upcycled products.

    FAA cautions about new interference with aircraft radio altimeters

    | The FAA has warned that a new portion of radio spectrum being deployed for 5G has the possibility to interfere with aircraft radio altimeters.

    American Airlines takes the hot potato

    | Last week was American Airlines’ turn at a multi-day operational breakdown. Over a three day period the airline canceled nearly 3,000 flights.

    How are the new airlines doing?

    | We learn about an airline that wants to start a new airline with a not-so-crazy merger. And we check in on aha!, Avelo, and ITA.

    Flying the French cooking oil express

    | Airbus and its partners completed a test flight with the A319neo with one engine powered completely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    Is the Jet Pack Man mystery solved?

    | Pilots in Los Angeles were seeing a person with a Jet Pack flying near LAX. After an investigation, it turns out that the actual sightings might be even stranger.

    Let us know what you think (and let your friends know too!)

    Thank you so much for listening! 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.

    • 39 min
    Airbus Chief Test Pilot Malcolm Ridley

    Airbus Chief Test Pilot Malcolm Ridley

    Airbus chief test pilot Malcolm Ridley

    On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Malcolm Ridley, Airbus’ Chief test pilot to learn more about what exactly a test pilot does besides wearing those sweet orange flight suits. We talk with Malcolm Ridley about his career path, some highlights of his time at Airbus, and his favorite part of the job.

    Let us know what you think (and let your friends know too!)

    Thank you so much for listening! 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.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

Nicknames are such a pain ,

Great podcast even for people with no knowledge of the topic.

I always have an enjoyable time listening to this podcast whilst commuting. It’s like sitting around a table with mates talking about a topic you enjoy even though you have absolutely no knowledge of the industry but just love planes!

Camera Crew Craig ,

Pandemic companion and for the future

Really enjoy this podcast guys. Listening in the UK and started about a year ago with plenty of time on my hands to fill and a shift from music to podcasts kept me engaged, it gave me an opportunity to learn more about aviation from just a light plane spotting background. Whether I’m on a run or in the car. It’s kept me company the past year and given me lots of new knowledge 😀

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Not interesting

Two boring Americans talking airplanes with there own opinions they need other views.

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