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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 • 430 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.

    It was a hit and run

    It was a hit and run

    On this episode of AvTalk, a RED Air MD-82 goes off the runway in Miami, JetBlue puts up more money for Spirit, the first 100% SAF flight, and Laurence Hambrook, Flightradar24’s product team lead joins us for a sneak peek at what’s coming up next.

    RED Air MD-82 goes off the runway in Miami

    A RED Air MD-82 suffered a landing gear collapse and slid off the runway in Miami. Then, while the plane was on fire, passengers stopped to get their luggage before evacuating.

    JetBlue sweetens its Spirit offer

    With its latest offer JetBlue seems to take front runner status for acquiring Spirit Airlines.

    First 100% SAF flight lands in Stockholm

    BRA, ATR, and NESTE completed the first 100% sustainable aviation fuel flight in a commercial aircraft this week.

    What’s coming next from Flightradar24

    Flightradar24 product team lead Laurence Hambrook joins the show to offer a sneak peek at what’s coming next.

    More flight cuts

    Airlines and airports in Europe and the United States are cutting flights—again. As lines operational difficulties continue to mount more airlines are taking an axe to their schedules.

    ITA’s hit and run

    In a bizarre tale of miscommunication, an ITA Airways A330 struck an Air France 777 and then departed New York without so much as leaving a note.

    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.



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    • 45 min
    Patience packed, but will it be enough?

    Patience packed, but will it be enough?

    On this episode of AvTalk, Ian heads to Stockholm, while Jason is joined by Seth Miller in Hamburg for the Aircraft Interiors Expo. We preview some of the innovations from the expo, including one that promises to make your seat less swampy and one that none of us want to see on an airline any time soon.

    How much patience do I need to pack?

    As we’ve said before, getting through the airport is going to be rough this summer. But how rough is it? We break down where things are working and where the pain points are based on our experiences this week and the reports listeners have helpfully sent in. Thankfully, one big hurdle is now gone as the US dropped pre-departure Covid test requirements as of this week.

    Inside the Aircraft Interiors Expo

    Jason and Seth Miller are in Hamburg for the Aircraft Interiors Expo, where companies are showing off the newest features and products they hope airlines will bring to the cabin in a few year’s time. From new screens to seats that promise to get rid of “airplane seat swamp-ass,” Jason and Seth give us the highlights.

    Airbus A321XLR makes first flight

    Airbus’ longest-range variant of the A321 made its first flight this week from Hamburg. What makes the A321XLR special?

    Wizz Air CEO tells staff to sleep better

    Wizz Air’s CEO told staff in a video message that that ‘we are all fatigued, but sometimes it is required to take the extra mile,’ as he discussed operational difficulties. As it turns out, this isn’t a great thing to say.

    Airlander picks up an ‘order’

    Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrum has placed a ‘reservation agreement’ for HAV’s Airlander 10 airship for delivery beginning 2026. This caught us by surprise for a variety of reasons.

    Regional pilots getting a pay bump, for now

    Regional pilots operating for wholly-owned subsidiaries of American Airlines will receive a bump in pay, for now. We break down the agreement and what it could mean for regional carriers moving forward.

    The ExpressJet mystery

    United Airlines recently divested itself of ExpressJet. But, who owns it now?

    Switzerland closes for a few hours

    Swiss airspace was closed for a brief period on Wednesday after a computer failure.

    Denmark comes in with the cash

    With Sweden saying no to SAS’ request for additional liquidity, Denmark has signaled that they’re ready to add cash to the airline in a bid to accomplish the airline’s restructuring plan.

    Norse launches their longships

    Long-haul, low-cost Norse launched flights this week with an inaugural trip between Oslo and New York.

    CemAir picks up a few CRJs

    South African carrier CemAir will take delivery of a pair of ex-SAS CRJs as it continues to grow its fleet.

    Judge greenlights DOJ’s NEA lawsuit

    In a ruling this week, a judge moved forward the US DOJ’s suit against the American Airlines — JetBlue Northeast Alliance, setting the trial for September.

    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.



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    • 54 min
    Could SAS be the new Alitalia?

    Could SAS be the new Alitalia?

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Spirit pulls its vote after JetBlue sweetens its offer. More airlines are proactively canceling flights to avoid disruptions this summer. And could SAS be the new Alitalia?

    Spirit delays merger vote after fresh JetBlue offer

    Spirit Airlines delayed the planned vote on Frontier’s offer to buy the airline after JetBlue returned with a fresh offer. We discuss what’s changed — and what hasn’t.

    Airlines increase preemptive flight cancellations

    Lufthansa became the latest airline to preemptively cancel flights this week as airlines try to navigate the busy summer season.

    The US wants to seize Abramovich’s planes

    The US Department of Justice has moved to seize two aircraft owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Abramovich’s 787-8 is currently in Dubai and his Gulfstream G650ER is in Moscow.

    Impounded Aerflot A330 flies back to Russia

    An Aeroflot A330 that had been impounded in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was allowed to return to Russia after being parked for a week. Lessor AerCap tried to repossess the aircraft, but was unsuccessful after Sri Lankan authorities intervened.

    Could SAS become the new Alitalia?

    SAS received a bit of good news from the Swedish government this week, but it didn’t get a commitment for fresh cash. The airline has been struggling financially and needs near $1 billion in capital for its turn-around plan.

    Man wrongly imprisoned sues American Airlines

    A man who says he was wrongly imprisoned in New Mexico for 17 days is suing American Airlines, saying it was the airline’s negligence that led to a warrant being issued for his arrest.

    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.

     



    Read a transcript of Episode 167

    • 44 min
    You can’t stick that plug there

    You can’t stick that plug there

    On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined once again by journalist John Walton to understand the problems we’re seeing at airports mainly in Europe as passengers are waiting hours to check in and clear security. We also discuss KLM’s newly announced Premium Economy cabin and some baffling design choices by the airline.

    Tara Air Twin Otter crashes in Nepal

    A Tara Air Twin Otter flying from Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal lost contact with air traffic control about 12 minutes after take off. The aircraft was flying through poor visibility when it impacted a mountainside.

    Boeing’s 787s getting back on track

    Lufthansa announced this week it expects to put its first 787 in service by the end of the summer and there’s reason to be optimistic this time around. The FAA has issued a new airworthiness directive for the quality issues that have stopped Boeing from delivering the 787 since late 2020.

    Airport queues are a disaster

    Independent aviation journalist John Walton joins us to discuss the multiple airport meltdowns we’re seeing as summer travel kicks into high gear. Where are the bottlenecks, what can be done about them, and what you can do if you’re traveling to make your journey as stress free as possible.

    KLM’s new Premium Economy cabin

    We also chat with Walton about KLM’s new Premium Economy cabin and some of the rather baffling design choices they’ve made when it comes to keeping your device charged up during your trip.

    South African airline Comair halts flights

    South African carrier Comair, which operates flights for British Airways and separately as Kulula, has suspended flights due to lack of operating funds. The airline has previously suspended flights multiple times during the pandemic.

    Qatar-Airbus judge asks everyone to work together

    A ruling by the judge in the case between Qatar Airways and Airbus has led to another round of recriminations between the two parties, as well as a message from the judge that they should be working together to get the Qatari Civil Aviation Authority to view the issue as cosmetic and not as an airworthiness issue.

    Norwegian orders the MAX, again

    Norwegian is ordering the 737 MAX again, but this time it’s just replacing its existing fleet.

    FAA wants to revoke Rhoades Aviation’s certificate

    The FAA has concluded its investigation in Rhoades Aviation, the airline operating Transair flight 810 that crashed into a bay south of Honolulu last year. The agency is proposing to revoke the airlines operating certificate.

    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.

     

    • 56 min
    LufthITA Cruise Lines

    LufthITA Cruise Lines

    On this episode of AvTalk, Jet Airways gets its AOC, Lufthansa and MSC Group bid for ITA Airways, and Boeing implements a new safety system.

    Jet Airways returns

    A reincarnated Jet Airways received its operating certificate this week. The airline originally ceased operations in 2019.

    Lufthansa and MSC Group bid for ITA Airways

    Lufthansa and shipping group MSC have jointly bid for 80% of ITA Airways, leaving the Italian government with a 20% stake in the airline. MSC Group would take 60% to Lufthansa’s 20% if the bid is accepted.

    Air France teases new La Premiere cabin

    Air France will be bringing its first class La Premiere cabin to additional aircraft and updating the cabin.

    Boeing implementing new safety system

    Boeing is implementing a new company-wide Safety Management System as it seeks to change the culture within the company that led to the crash of two 737 MAX aircraft and numerous quality issues with other aircraft projects.

    Pilot union opposes raising retirement age

    The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) opposes two proposals proponents say will help ease the pilot shortage. ALPA says it opposes a plan to raise the pilot retirement age in the US above 65 as well as Republic Airways proposal to give their trainees an r-ATP at 750 hours.

    Russian airlines can’t sell UK slots

    Due to sanctions, Russian airlines can’t sell their slots for UK airports, which means they’ll lose them come October.

    More 5G C Band fun

    The 5G C band saga continues as the FAA issues new guidance on some radio altimeters that will need to be replaced within the year and others that will need to be replaced with a few years time.

    IAG places 737 MAX order

    IAG placed a MAX order this week, but it’s a far cry from previous intentions.

    Welcome to Luton

    A prankster has added a large Welcome to Luton sign just outside Gatwick Airport in London.

    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.

    • 44 min
    JetBlue vs Spirit 2: This time it’s hostile

    JetBlue vs Spirit 2: This time it’s hostile

    On this episode of AvTalk, CNBC airline reporter Leslie Josephs returns to update us on the the latest in JetBlue’s battle to take over Spirit Airlines. Plus, updates on the incredible landing by a passenger in Florida last week, and a new report out this week points to intentional action in the crash of China Eastern 5735.

    Update on the Florida passenger landing

    Last week a passenger landed a Cessna in Palm Beach after the pilot became incapacitated. This week we learned that the pilot was safely transported to the hospital and successfully treated for a serious medical condition and is expected to recover.

    China Eastern 5735 black box assessment points to intentional act — US official

    The Wall Street Journal reported this week that black box data has lead US officials to believe the crash of China Eastern 5735 to be an intentional act. We discuss the Journal’s reporting and the caveats to that assessment.

    Brazilian regulator warns E175 operators to check their winglets

    Weeks after an Embraer E175 lost a winglet over Alabama, Brazilian regulators are asking E175 operators to inspect their wingtips for cracking.

    Southwest more involved in MAX pilot requirements than previously known — lawsuit

    A lawsuit in Texas alleges that Southwest Airlines was more involved in the requirements for pilots transitioning to the 737 MAX from the 737NG than previously known.

    ATR unveils the EVO

    ATR took the cover off its updated turboprop aircraft this week. We cover what we know so far and what work is ahead to bring the aircraft to life.

    JetBlue vs Spirit 2: this time it’s hostile

    After Spirit rejected JetBlue’s offer to acquire the airline, JetBlue is back with a hostile bid to take control of the airline. CNBC airline reporter Leslie Josephs joins us to break down the status of the offer from JetBlue, the Frontier-Spirit merger agreement, and when we could get some clarity on what happens next.

    Updates and bulletins

    Pratt and Whitney 777s can return to service, FAA issues 787 and 777 autopilot bulletin, first customer C919 makes first flight.

    That’s absurd

    A captive audience has long meant airport prices are higher than elsewhere, but a $27 beer in New York led authorities to crack down on abusive pricing. We want to know, what’s the most you’ve ever paid for something at an airport where you knew you were being ripped off?

    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.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
430 Ratings

430 Ratings

TheFlightSimmer ,

Great podcast, but where’s Ken?!?!

I love listening to this podcast. AvTalk quite literally helps me get to sleep. For about six months now, I have listened to this podcast. I have listened all the episodes multiple times and have almost never been disappointed. Easily one of the best (and my personal favorite) aviation podcast. Every one of the guests has been great, especially Ken and his glossary terms. What happened to those?! They were a personal favorite of mine. Fun and informative. Keep making the great show!

JWFox54 ,

The Best Aviation Centric Podcast

The AvTalk podcast is best aviation centric podcast period. The focus is mostly in the transport / airline category with an occasional detour to private aviation. The reason I like it so much is the conversational style of the two hosts versus some podcasts with a single host talking forever.

crystal mtn ,

It’s better

As long as the topic isn’t about a controversial topic (covid) it’s the best aviation podcast out there. Ian and Jason are hands down, the best aviation podcasters out there. From how the industry is changing. To, Boeing’s stupid moves. You are most likely to hear and be updated about the lates aviation news.

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