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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 • 436 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.

    Thanks Nancy

    Thanks Nancy

    On this episode of AvTalk, SPAR19 becomes the most tracked flight of all time, a bizarre mystery surrounds a tragic flight, and Seth Miller joins us to explain the proposed passenger refund rules from the US Department of Transportation.

    SPAR19 becomes Flightradar24’s most tracked flight ever

    The flight of a US Air Force C-40 from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei was followed by nearly 3 million people throughout the flight and more than 700,000 as it landed in Taiwan. We discuss the significance of the flight and how it affected Flightradar24’s infrastructure and what we’re doing now to ensure a better experience for everyone.

    FAA nearing final sign off on Boeing 787 deliveries

    The acting administrator of the FAA visited Boeing’s facilities in South Carolina this week ahead of an expected sign off on the resumption of 787 deliveries.

    Airbus cancels Qatar A350 orders

    Reuters is reporting that Airbus has canceled all remaining Qatar Airways A350 orders, striking 19 A350s from the books. This is the latest and most dramatic escalation in the long running dispute between the European airframer and Qatar.

    A bizarre tragedy in North Carolina

    A bizarre and tragic turn of events after a hard landing led to a damaged aircraft, one of the pilots of a CASA 212 jumped out of the aircraft—without a parachute—as the plane was attempting to make an emergency landing in Raleigh.

    New rules for refunds

    The US Department of Transportation is proposing new rules for when airlines must refund passenger fares. Seth Miller of PaxEx.aero joins us to explain the proposal and what it could mean if the new rules are enacted.

    How big should airplane seats be?

    The US FAA wants to know how large airplane seats should be. The request relates entirely to how large seats need to be to safely evacuate an aircraft, so before you submit your comment know that they don’t care how comfortable you are.

    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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    • 33 min
    Spirit turns its lonely eyes to Blue

    Spirit turns its lonely eyes to Blue

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, one chapter of the saga of Spirit Airlines comes to a close and another begins. We review the second quarter results for Boeing and Airbus and note some common themes. And we’re joined by Matt Chaifetz, CEO of Contour Airlines, to discuss the airline’s unique position as a public charter carrier offering mostly essential air service flights on well-appointed Embraer jets.

    Spirit turns its lonely eyes to Blue

    Spirit shareholders voted down Frontier’s merger proposal, setting the stage for a tie up with JetBlue.

    41 is an interesting number

    Jason apologizes for his utter wrongness as Qatar orders 25 + 25 737 MAX on the last day of the Farnborough Airshow. Plus, Condor’s post-show A320neo family order is very specific.

    A good Q2 for Airbus and Boeing, but similar challenges ahead

    Boeing and Airbus each reported decent earnings this week, but the warning from both major aircraft manufacturers was the same: the supply chain is the limiting factor.

    Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz

    Contour provides Part 135 public charter service to cities around the United States, mostly as part of the Essential Air Service program. We talk with Contour CEO Matt Chaifetz about the airline’s unique-for-now model, how the airline is dealing with pilot hiring, and some of the unexpected benefits for passengers.

    NTSB releases AA300 final report

    In April 2019, an American Airlines A321 departing New York (JFK) rolled to the left and struck an airport sign and the ground with its left wing. The pilots decided to return to JFK shortly after takeoff and the flight landed safely. The NTSB has released its long-awaited final report and it describes an incident that came close to being much, much worse. We break down the reports conclusions.

    Southwest attempted to thwart investigations

    In a new report by the Department of Transportation sent to the US Office of Special Counsel, the department investigated whistleblower complaints about the relationship between Southwest Airlines and the FAA, alleging that Southwest attempted to hamper investigations into its use of aircraft purchased outside the US, among other actions.

    TCAS for the win

    Two Pakistan International Airlines flights were en route over Iran when PK211 was cleared to descend into the path of PK286. Both aircraft received TCAS resolution advisories, with PK211 instructed to climb and PK286 instructed to descend.

    SpiceJet’s double trouble

    Indian regulators have limited SpiceJet’s flights to half its schedule for eight weeks. The Indian DGCA will also closely monitor SpiceJet’s activities after a series of incidents.

    How to turn the A400M into a fire truck

    Airbus has tested a modular fire fighting kit for the A400M. The roll on-roll off module can drop 20 tonnes of water in 10 seconds.

    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Farnborough a go go

    Farnborough a go go

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we recap the Farnborough Airshow, where the biggest news wasn’t aircraft orders, but the possible next generation of aircraft. A Meridian An-12BK crashes in Greece. And airports in Europe continue to cut flights as airlines figure out what to do next.

    Farnborough Airshow

    The biggest orders weren’t the biggest news at this year’s Farnborough Airshow. Delta’s order for 100 + 30 737-10 MAX was the largest at a show that saw just over half the number of orders as Paris 2019 and the lowest number of orders at at Farnborough in at least a decade. But there was plenty of other news, including Airbus and CFM’s announcement that CFM’s RISE open rotor engine will fly on an A380 demonstrator aircraft in the second half of the decade. Airbus also announced its Blue Condor hydrogen test flight campaign using a modified Arcus-J jet sailplane. Those test flights began this week. And supersonic hopeful Boom unveiled its redesigned aircraft now with four engines. But most importantly, it also announced a partnership with Northrop Grumman, which changes Ian’s perspective of Boom’s prospects slightly.

    Melting runways

    London experienced its highest-ever temperatures this week, topping 40℃ for the first time ever. At Luton Airport, the heat lead to ‘runway defects’ — the tar in the asphalt melted.

    Meridian An-12BK crashes in Greece

    A Meridian An-12BK en route from Niš to Amman crashed near Kavala, Greece, after reporting engine trouble and turning back over the Aegean Sea.

    Airports further reduce flights

    Frankfurt cuts more flights, Heathrow is threatening legal action against airlines unless they cut passenger numbers, and Amsterdam’s troubles are rolling right along.

    ICAO issues Ryanair 4978 report

    ICAO’s Fact Finding Investigation issued its report on the forced diversion of Ryanair 4978, concluding that Belarusian authorities were responsible for the diversion of the aircraft. Read the full report.

    SAS strike ends

    SAS and its pilots reached an agreement after a 15 day strike as the airline moves through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

    iMac in the exit row

    A passenger on a United Airlines flight last week had a bit more computing power than we’re used to seeing on board an aircraft.

    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
    Six feet from a very different ending

    Six feet from a very different ending

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we add extreme heat to the unpleasantness of this summer’s travel woes, one flight comes within six feet of a much different ending, and we begin a new special segment to stay up to date on merger news.

    The smoldering summer of suck becomes the sweltering summer of suck

    Airlines and airports continue to look for solutions to travel woes, with middling success. But Icelandair has come up with a way to ensure its Amsterdam flights operate on time: they’re sending their own baggage handlers on each flight. London’s Heathrow Airport is capping passengers at 100,000 per day, but there’s a wrinkle in that plan as far as the airlines are concerned. And Lufthansa is canceling another 2,000 flights through the end of August.

    Accidents and investigations

    A flight operated by Airhub Airlines into Paris came within six feet of a very different ending. A snow shovel could have prevented a Embraer E145 from landing on the grass in Presque Isle. The UK AAIB released their report on the crash of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen test aircraft and the conclusions are quite alarming. And the FAA will require rework on fire suppression switches on the Boeing 787.

    Money, money, money

    Airline earnings season kicks off with results from Delta Air Lines. Delta made a profit of $735 million in the second quarter, but their earnings call revealed a lot going on behind that number. Boeing had its best quarter since before the pandemic in terms of aircraft deliveries. And Aer Lingus reached a settlement with a young boy burned by hot chocolate. Plus, our chief mergers and acquisitions correspondent, Airline Weekly editor Ned Russell joins us for an update on the Spirit Airlines merger saga.

    It’s electric! Maybe

    A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation examines the prospect for larger electric aircraft and the news is mixed.

    Rowdy goes home

    We end the show on a high note as Rowdy the cat, who had given everyone the slip for weeks in Boston, is finally on their way home.

    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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    • 59 min
    The smoldering summer of suck

    The smoldering summer of suck

    On this episode of AvTalk, Chinese airlines place a massive Airbus order, a holey Emirates A380, and the smoldering summer of suck rolls on as airlines continue to scramble to trim flights and resize their schedules.

    Chinese airlines order 300 Airbus aircraft

    Chinese airlines combined for an order of nearly 300 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. We discuss who ordered what and when the airlines will start taking delivery.

    The holey Emirates A380

    An Emirates A380 en route from Dubai to Brisbane suffered a blow tire in the main landing gear. That blown tire punctured a panel on the wing root fairing. The initial reporting of the event by non-specialist media unfortunately created the impression that the incident left a hole in the fuselage. Ian rants a bit.

    SAS files for bankruptcy

    SAS pilots are on strike. The airline is canceling 50% of its flights each day. They’ve filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States. How SAS got to this point and what might happen next.

    The summer of suck

    “Everyone sucks right now,” says Jason. And he’s not wrong. We discuss continuing schedule removals, like British Airways cancellation of 10,000 additional flights through August and Air Canada’s 15% summer trim. Plus upcoming strikes, computer glitches, and other operational challenges are making this summer’s travel season a most unpleasant experience for everyone involved.

    United Airlines 737-9 MAX lands on wrong runway

    A United 737-9 MAX arriving in Pittsburgh from Chicago landed on the wrong runway after experiencing multiple computer failures. The aircraft arrived safely and was back in service for its next flight. We discuss what we know so far about the NTSB’s investigation.

    Spirit’s win in Newark

    Spirit Airlines picked up 16 runway timings at Newark. But it’s a win that could all be for naught.

    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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    • 48 min
    I'll take the top bunk

    I'll take the top bunk

    On this week’s episode of AvTalk, it’s a good week to be an A380, JetBlue and Frontier go another round over Spirit, and Air New Zealand officially announces the SkyNest is coming.

    The A380 is dead, long live the A380

    Asiana Airlines and Korean Air put a few of their A380s back in service this week and the big announcement came from Lufthansa, which says it will return the double-decker to service from summer 2023.

    JetBlue and Frontier go another round

    Frontier increased its offer, then JetBlue increased its offer, then…

    Delta waivers

    Delta Air Lines issued proactive system wide change waivers ahead of the July 4th weekend. Other US airlines haven’t gone that far, but things are bad across the board.

    Air New Zealand’s SkyNest

    If you’re flying economy on Air New Zealand’s longest flights from 2024, you’ll be able to bunk up with 5 of your closest strangers in the new SkyNest.

    Deutsche Bahn joining Star Alliance

    German rail operator will join Star Alliance, the first non-airline to join.

    The US DOT Inspector General opens review of Boeing

    The US Department of Transportation’s Inspector General will investigate Boeing’s 737 MAX and 787 programs.

    Dutch governments cuts Schiphol flights

    Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam will be required to cut flights by 12% from 2019 levels. KLM isn’t happy.

    Dublin could call in the army

    Authorities have floated the idea of calling in the Army to assist at Dublin airport as travelers have continued to endure long security queues.

    Breeze is… bad

    Breeze Airways is not doing well. At all.

    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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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
436 Ratings

436 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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