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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 for a half hour every other week. 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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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 for a half hour every other week. If you're a new avgeek or just can't get enough aviation in your life, get your avgeek fix with us.

    AvTalk Episode 78: Climb into the Skynest

    AvTalk Episode 78: Climb into the Skynest

    On this episode of AvTalk, air traffic in China is down over 80% from the beginning of the year, the first Air France A380 enters retirement, and Air New Zealand’s Skynest may be a way to make ultra-long-haul economy a little less terrible.

    COVID19-related cancellations continue to grow

    Cancellations and reductions in service continue to expand as COVID19 cases reach beyond China. Following outbreaks in South Korea, Iran, and Italy, airlines are reevaluating their schedules or cancelling outright. Air traffic in China is down over 80%, while global traffic is down 4.4% in February compared to 2019.

    FOD bad

    Boeing is inspecting all of the undelivered 737 MAX for foreign object debris after things like tools and rags were found in the wing fuel tanks of some aircraft.

    Kazakhstan releases Bek Air update

    Kazakhstan released an animated video with data from the crashed Bek Air Fokker in Almaty this week, showing the aircraft only barely made it off the ground and suffered multiple tail strikes in an effort to gain altitude.

    Air Canada A319 loses a wheel

    An Air Canada A319 lost one of its right main gear wheels on its way from New York to Toronto last week. The flight performed a flypast in Toronto for visual confirmation of the missing wheel before making a safe landing. The NTSB and FAA have subsequently retrieved the wheel.

    Air Baltic A220 suffers engine failure

    An Air Baltic A220 en route from Riga to Malaga diverted safely to Bordeaux after one of its engines failed. The aircraft had just climbed from 37,000 feet to 39,000. We discuss how this incident fits with the previous Swiss A220 engine failures.

    Air New Zealand builds a Skynest

    In an effort to help economy cabin travelers get a little rest on ultra-long haul flights, Air New Zealand has come up with the Skynest concept. As we discuss, the general idea isn’t new, but implementation on an actual aircraft would be a first.

    Air France’s first A380 retired

    Air France’s first A380 made its final flight last week, retiring to Knock in Ireland. We discuss which airlines are planning to discard their A380s and what the secondary market looks like for the superjumbo.

    From new airlines to zombies

    We wade through a variety of airline finances, from start up airlines to those that just won’t die.

    A sandstorm from the Sahara covers the Canaries

    A sandstorm blown over the Canary Islands from the Sahara desert brought delays and cancellations over the weekend. Satellite imagery shows the extend of the storm.

    NATS releases colorized images of first control tower

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the world’s first air traffic control tower, NATS released a beautiful collection of colorized photos from the time. Worth a look for any aviation history buff.

    Let us know what you think

    Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving us 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.

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    AvTalk Episode 77: Jetting in the Jet Stream

    AvTalk Episode 77: Jetting in the Jet Stream

    On this episode of AvTalk, a Pegasus Airlines 737 overruns the runway in Istanbul, traffic to China grinds to a halt, Air Italy calls it quits, and the jet stream helps British Airways set a new record.

    Pegasus Airlines flight 2193

    On 5 February Pegasus Airlines flight 2193 overran the runway on landing in Istanbul. The aircraft slid down an embankment and broke in to three pieces. Three people onboard died as a result of their injuries. We discuss some of the factors investigators will be looking at as they begin their work.



    Air traffic in China cut by more than two-thirds

    Traffic in China has fallen by more than two-thirds since mid-January as impacts from Coronavirus travel restrictions and falling demand are felt throughout the aviation industry. We discuss some of the specific impacts on airlines and what some airlines are doing to mitigate the situation.



    Air Italy declares bankruptcy

    Air Italy announced it will cease operations on 25 February. Air Italy’s fleet has been grounded and all flights from 11 to 25 February will be operated by other carriers on behalf of the airline. We discuss our surprise—or lack thereof.



    British Airways sets a new record

    Thanks to a strong jet stream British Airways set a new speed record between New York and London. But the record was not without a bit of controversy. And plenty of misunderstandings about ground speed and ground speed. We break it all down and Jason gets to work on finding an appropriate trophy.



    High winds and snow banks

    And Icelandair 757 and a UTair 737 are going to need some heavy repair work after the 757’s right main gear collapsed after landing in strong winds in Reykjavik and the 737 hit a snowbank on final approach. Thankfully, no major injuries were reported.

    Investigative updates

    United Arab Emirates investigators released their final report on the failed go around and subsequent crash of Emirates 521 in Dubai. And the probe into an Avianca flight that suddenly lost 2,500 feet of altitude continues.

    Sippy cups required

    Following two instances where liquid spilled on the center console of the A350 flight caused engine shut downs, Airbus and EASA have determined that the A350 flight decks need liquid-free zones. Sippy cups all around!

    Let us know what you think

    Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving us 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.

     

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    AvTalk Episode 76: The Coronavirus Response

    AvTalk Episode 76: The Coronavirus Response

    On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the Coronavirus response, as authorities and airlines try to stop its spread. Kobe Bryant and his daughter are among those killed in a helicopter crash in California this past weekend. And Boeing’s 777X takes flight for the first time.

    Coronavirus repsonse

    Travel to and from China is being sharply curtailed as authorities and airlines work to stop the spread of the Coronavirus that originated in Wuhan in December. We discuss what airlines are doing thus far and what kind of impact an extensive reduction in flights in China could have.

    Note: this episode was recorded on Tuesday, 28 January, before many airlines announced their suspension of flights to cities in China.

    Kobe Bryant among those killed in helicopter crash

    Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were among those killed in a helicopter crash in California this past weekend. We discuss what data we have and what we don’t know.

    Boeing’s 777X makes first flight

    In a turn of good news for Boeing, the 777X successfully completed its first flight on 25 January. We talk about what the 777X means for Boeing right now and which airlines are keen to see it enter service.

    Money, money, money

    Air India is trying to sell itself, LOT Polish Airlines parent company PGL purchased Condor, South African Airways is parking A340s to save money, and Airbus agreed to a settlement in the investigation into major fraud committed by the company.

     

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    AvTalk Episode 75: The downing of PS752

    AvTalk Episode 75: The downing of PS752

    On this episode of AvTalk, we begin the year on a somber note to discuss the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 in Tehran and the effects of prohibitions by certain countries on flights in Iran and Iraq. We also dig in to some of the new documents released by Boeing regarding the 737 MAX and things do not look good.

    How we got here

    We discuss the chain of events that led to restrictions on operations in Iran and Iraq and the downing of PS752 by a surface to air missile just after take off from Iran. And we take a step back to look at larger airspace changes over the last 10 years.

    Boeing’s ‘damning’ new documents

    Documents released to Congress and FAA ‘paint a deeply disturbing picture’ of Boeing’s actions, regarding the certification of the 737 MAX, said the chair of the House committee investigating the 737 MAX. We walk through some of the documents and take a wider look at the role of company culture.





    The document release, which confirms that ‘Boeing rejected a proposed system safety upgrade to the MAX on the grounds that doing so would add cost by triggering a need for all pilots to have flight-simulator training to qualify to fly the MAX’ came just days after the manufacturer announced it would recommend simulator training for all pilots before the 737 MAX returns to service.



    2019 orders and deliveries

    We run the numbers on Airbus and Boeing 2019 orders and deliveries and find Airbus well ahead for the year, but not without challenges of its own.

    Hunting mystery drones in Colorado

    A fleet of drones has been spotted in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming and residents and authorities have no idea who is flying them. The military says it isn’t them, the FAA says they have no idea. Now federal, state, and local authorities are trying to track down the operators.

    Delta flight 89 dumps fuel on Los Angeles neighborhood

    The Delta 777 suffered an engine issue shortly after takeoff and returned to LAX for safe landing. In the process, the aircraft dumped fuel at a surprisingly low altitude over a neighborhood in Los Angeles County.

    Let us know what you think

    Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving us 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.

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    AvTalk Episode 74: Our favorite conversations from 2019

    AvTalk Episode 74: Our favorite conversations from 2019

    Happy New Year! On this episode of AvTalk we look back at some of our favorite conversations from 2019. We’ll be back with the first new episode of 2020 on 17 January.

    Mark Vanhoenacker

    We start by revisiting episode 56 and our conversation with Mark Vanhoenaker, a first officer with British Airways and a recent convert from the 747 to 787. Vanhoenaker is also the author of multiple books and we discuss his latest, How to Land a Plane.

    Maria Langer

    Next, in episode 62, we spoke with Maria Langer, who has a very specialized piloting job: she dries cherries using a helicopter.

    Joseph Tar Schmidt

    In episode 63 we chatted with Joseph Tar Schmidt, a regional airline pilot and accomplished violinist. On a recent Christmas flight, Tar Schmidt not only flew the plane, he serenaded his passengers too.

    Mark Zee

    NOTAMs are extremely important for flight safety as they make crews aware of any hazards or special operating instructions at an airport. They can also be long-winded, confusing, and sometimes downright silly. In episode 65, we talked with Mark Zee, the founder of OpsGroup, a professional aviation organization trying to reform the NOTAM.

    Lisa Norman

    And finally in episode 67, Qantas 787 fleet captain Lisa Norman joined us to talk about Qantas’ Project Sunrise and what it’s like to fly with a brain wave monitor attached to your head.

    Who would you like to hear from in 2020?

    As we plan our episodes for the year, we’d like to hear from you. Who should we talk to, what should we learn? Email us your thoughts. Thank you for listening!

     

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    AvTalk Episode 73: Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX

    AvTalk Episode 73: Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX

    On this episode of AvTalk, Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX, Harbour Air’s electric Beaver takes flight, and we run down the list of airlines that didn’t make it through 2019 and a few that could join that list very soon.

    Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX from January

    Boeing announced this week it will suspend production of the 737 MAX beginning in January. We discuss what that means for the company, the workers in Renton, and the 737 supply chain.

    Harbour Air’s electric Beaver

    Harbour Air debuted its all-electric DHC-2 Beaver last week, the first all-electric commercial aircraft.

    Qantas picks A350-1000 for Project Sunrise

    Qantas announced a modified version of the Airbus A350-1000 as its preferred aircraft for Project Sunrise flights. The airline is still in negotiations with Airbus for an order and still needs crew union approvals for the ultra-long haul flights to operate.

    Airlines that didn’t make it through 2019

    We walk through the airlines that ceased operations in 2019 and some that might still join the list.

    Let us know what you think

    Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving us 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.

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