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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 88: 262 out of 860

    AvTalk Episode 88: 262 out of 860

    On this episode of AvTalk, we look at the preliminary report from the crash of Pakistan International Airlines flight 8303. We also discuss the recent disturbing news about fraudulent pilot licenses in Pakistan and the response of authorities around the world. Meanwhile, the 737 MAX has begun certification flights with the FAA and July is set to bring a variety of changes to airline fleets and schedules.

    PK8303 preliminary report

    We dissect the preliminary report from Pakistan’s AAIB to discuss what we know so far about the crash.

    ‘Fake’ pilot licenses in Pakistan

    In his briefing on the preliminary report from PK8303, Pakistan’s aviation minister announced 262 out of 860 pilots in Pakistan had ‘fake’ pilot licenses. 150 PIA pilots have been grounded so far and the European regulator EASA has now banned PIA from operating to European destinations through the end of 2020.

    737 MAX takes major step towards recertification

    Boeing and FAA conducted the long-awaited certification test flights for the 737 MAX this week, a major milestone in the aircraft’s long road back to commercial service. While the flights these mark an important chapter in returning the MAX to the skies, there are still many steps to be completed before the plane can carry passengers.

    Airbus to cut 15,000 jobs

    Airbus is planning to cut 15,000 jobs through 2021, cutting 5,000 employees each from Germany and France, 1700 in the UK, 900 in Spain, and the balance to come from locations around the world.

    Chinese Big 3 take delivery of their first ARJ21s

    Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern all took delivery of their first COMAC ARJ21s this week.

    French BEA to analyze the data recorders from PS752

    Iran will send the data recorders from the downed Ukrainian 737 to French air investigative authority BEA for analysis beginning the week of 20 July.

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    • 42 min
    AvTalk Episode 87: 100 kilograms of silica

    AvTalk Episode 87: 100 kilograms of silica

    On this episode of AvTalk, we look at the signs of recovery around the world as aircraft are reactivated and passenger numbers rise. And we chat with Gabriel Leigh about how airlines and aircraft storage professionals safely store and reactivate aircraft.

    Moving forward

    Most signs seem to be pointing in the right direction as airlines prepare their schedules for the coming months. Some airlines in Europe have restarted flights, while airlines around the world continue to add to the planned operations by removing aircraft from storage. However, this week’s lock down in Beijing and the subsequent cancellation of hundreds of flights could foreshadow a larger reaction to any second wave.

    Most airlines around the world have now adopted some sort mask policy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and other diseases), but major US airlines have taken things a step further and said they will ban passengers who refuse to wear a mask onboard.

    Further reading: OpsGroup article on North Atlantic diversion airport restrictions

    How to store an aircraft

    We welcome Gabriel Leigh to the show to discuss his recent article on aircraft storage and some of the surprising things he learned reporting the story.

    Mudding in an A321

    A VietJet A321 exited the runway and became stuck in the mud after landing in wet conditions in Ho Chi Minh City. Thankfully no one was injured. Because of that incident an EVA Air flight held for five hours waiting to land.

    737 MAX nearing certification (possibly)

    Based on reporting from Jon Ostrower at The Air Current, the FAA certification flight for the 737 MAX could come by the end of the month. We walk through what that might mean and express a healthy dose of skepticism.

    Let us know what you think

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    • 43 min
    AvTalk Episode 86: What’s next: a roundtable discussion

    AvTalk Episode 86: What’s next: a roundtable discussion

    On this episode of AvTalk, we see what the initial data tells us about the crash of Pakistan International Airlines flight 8303. And we sit down for a roundtable discussion about the state of the industry and where aviation is headed as the normally busy summer travel season begins.

    PK8303 crash in Karachi

    Pakistan International Airlines flight PK8303 crashed while attempting to landing in Karachi on 22 May. Flight 8303 was en route from Lahore when it crashed near the airport after conducting a go around and during its second landing attempt. We walk through the initial ADS-B data and the progress of the investigation so far.

    Sichuan Airlines flight 8633 final report

    Chinese investigators issued a final report on Sichuan Airlines flight 8633 this week. The Airbus A319’s right main windscreen ruptured and separated from the aircraft, partially pulling the first officer out of the aircraft. The aircraft diverted safely to Chengdu. The investigators found that the likely cause of incident was a damaged windscreen seal leading to water damage to the anti-ice heating wire near the windscreen, which in turn led to electrical discharge and the eventual rupture of the entire windscreen.

    ICAO releases CART framework for restarting flights

    ICAO’s Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) released guidelines this week designed to help airlines and airports restart flights in safe manner. We discuss some of the basics of the guidelines and where we think there might be room for improvement.

    Roundtable: what’s next for aviation?

    Journalists Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Seth Miller, Edward Russell, and pilot Joseph Tar Schmidt join Ian and Jason for a roundtable discussion to share various perspectives on the state of the aviation industry and what might come next.

    Let us know what you think and get an AvTalk t-shirt

    We want to hear from you and we want to give you a t-shirt! Leave a review on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to the podcast and take a screenshot of the review. Email it to us with your name, address, and t-shirt size and we’ll send you an AvTalk t-shirt. Simple, easy, and the t-shirts are soft.

     

     

     

    • 48 min
    AvTalk Episode 85: We’ll see

    AvTalk Episode 85: We’ll see

    On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the extremely rare incident where a Southwest Airlines 737 struck and killed someone on the runway while landing in Austin. We also see which airlines are continuing to shrink their fleets. And we take a look at the traffic numbers to see where flights are starting to creep up.

    Southwest Airlines 737 strikes person on the runway

    A person was struck and killed by a landing Southwest Airlines 737 at Austin Airport on 7 May. The person was on Runway 17R as flight WN1392 touched down in Austin from Dallas. Authorities have since identified the person who was struck and determined they were not supposed to be on the airfield.

    Fleet retirements

    Delta is retiring its 777s by the end of the year, Singapore Airlines has retired their 777-200ERs, and other airlines are making similar moves.

    Bankruptcy, reorganization, and for sale signs

    We run down the list of airlines working on raising capital, reorganizing their operations, and trying to find buyers. Anyone want to buy Jet Airways?

    Watch out for sheep on the runway

    An incident where an An-124 had to divert due to a closed runway leads Ian deep into the FAA’s new NOTAM retrieval service.

    Garmin Autoland certified on first aircraft

    The Garmin Autoland system has been certified for use on the Piper M600 SLS.

    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.

    • 29 min
    AvTalk Episode 84: Completing the trifecta

    AvTalk Episode 84: Completing the trifecta

    On this episode of AvTalk, more airlines say goodbye to sizable portions of their fleets while one airline will press an A380 into cargo service. And pilot Jon Weiswasser joins us to talk about his trifecta—landing at Newark, La Guardia, and JFK during the same flight in a Vans RV-8.

    Fleet retirements spreading far and wide

    Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, American Airlines, and others took big steps this week to reduce their fleet sizes, with some of our favorite aircraft now slated for desert retirement communities.

    Qantas puts Project Sunrise on hold

    Lacking both passenger demand and the cash to buy the planes from Airbus, Qantas has put its ultra-long haul ambitions on hold.

    Lufthansa Technik’s A380 cargo conversion

    Lufthansa Technik announced it will convert a passenger A380 to carry cargo only by removing the the seats and making other interior modifications for an undisclosed airlines. We not-so-wildly speculate which airline that may be.

    Norwegian lives to fly another day

    Always down, but seemingly never out, Norwegian will live to fly another day thanks to an agreement with bondholders.

    Bomb threat closes Anchorage Airport, diverts the An-225

    A bomb threat to a China Airlines Cargo flight caused it to divert to Anchorage last week, which closed the airport during the investigation. The closure forced the An-225, the world’s largest cargo aircraft, to divert to Fairbanks and then ferry back.

    Jon Weiswasser completes the trifecta

    Jon Weiswasser is a doctor, the drummer for Eagles tribute band Eaglemania, and a pilot with an engrossing YouTube channel called Life in the Fast Lane and he joins us to talk about completing the trifecta—landing at Newark, La Guardia, and JFK during the same flight in a Vans RV-8.

    Generally good news

    We close the show with a few bits of mostly good news because we could all use a little good news these days.

    • 47 min
    AvTalk Episode 83: Have we hit the bottom?

    AvTalk Episode 83: Have we hit the bottom?

    On this episode of AvTalk, we look at some COVID-19 related aviation innovation, Seth Miller returns to help us understand how airlines are navigating the CARES Act, and we talk with Karan Singh from the Lufthansa Group to learn more about managing hundreds of repatriation flights.

    Airlines over the brink

    Airlines around the world are in trouble as people stay home and planes are parked. We walk through which airlines are fighting for their financial lives.

    How do you show you CARES?

    Seth Miller returns to help us understand how airlines are navigating the CARES act and what it means for airlines, passengers, and airports in the US.

    Links we discussed with Seth

    Spirit Airlines ‘milk run’ idea

    Which airlines got CARES Act exemptions

    How the DOT initially explained their CARES Act requirements

    Updated DOT requirements for CARES Act funding

    What else is changing?

    We take a look at some of the areas of the aviation industry that are changing due to COVID-19, from aircraft deliveries to seating innovation.

    And here’s the link to the Titan Airways A318 landing on St Helena.

    Getting home

    We talk with Karan Singh of the Lufthansa Group to find out what it takes to operate over 400 repatriation flights across 7 airlines and 106 airports and some of the challenges along the way.

    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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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

Cyrus_21 ,

The best AvGeeks podcast bar none

Excellent presentation and both informative & entertaining.

Great dynamic between Ian & Jason. The production quality is superior to competing podcasts.

Also, it's good that they come up with new episodes every 2 weeks even during this pandemic.

One word of advice: do an optional postamble on podcast release date to cover news that almost always breaks after an episode is wrapped up.

Nuovo ,

Awesome podcast

As someone who has been involved in travel since I was a child as traveler, travel agent at age 12 in a family agency, private pilot and intensely frequent flyer (multi million miler), and avid plane spotter, this podcast is fascinating for me thank you I listen now religiously!

Mbuckeye ,

Excellent airplane chatting

I’ve been listening to AvTalk for about 2 years and love the podcast. It’s a great blend of industry news and fun stories. They’ve routinely have interviews with pilots or other industry experts. Keep up the great work!

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