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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.

AvTalk - Aviation Podcast Flightradar24

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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.

    Passing 100,000

    Passing 100,000

    On this episode of AvTalk, the industry recovery is expanding as we pass 100,000 commercial flights for the first time in over a year, the operator of the Transair flight that crashed in Hawaii is grounded by the FAA, and British Airways is quickly fixing its uncovered holes.

    Passing 100,000 flights

    For the first time since 13 March 2020, Flightradar24 tracked more than 100,000 commercial flights. We break down the numbers to see where recovery is taking hold and which regions are more precarious.

    FAA grounds Rhoades Aviation

    The FAA has grounded Rhoades Aviation, the operator of Transair flight 810. The investigation in to Rhoades began in 2020 and the FAA notified Rhoades of its intention to withdraw its maintenance inspection authority, a move that would effectively halt flights by the airline, two week prior to the ditching. We look at what the FAA has said and the time line of the process.

    British Airways fixing its uncovered holes

    British Airways has accelerated the process of covering the apex pin bore hole, which is located next to the nose landing gear down lock pin hole on 787. We discussed in depth last week why the cover is necessary.

    Alitalia, gone, but not gone at all

    Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), the successor airline to Alitalia will begin operations on 15 October. Italy has announced there will be a public tender for rights to the Alitalia name and branding. Ian and Jason get ready to bid.

    Malaysia Airlines trying to sell its six A380s

    Not much more to add than the headline, but Ian and Jason get ready to bid on these too.

    Send us your eVTOL questions

    On next week’s episode, we’ll sit down with Elan Head from eVTOL.com to learn more about electric vertical take off and landing aircraft development and what we need to be looking out for over the next few years. Email us with your questions.

    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
    Aviation, it’s electric!

    Aviation, it’s electric!

    United orders 200 Heart Aerospace electric regional aircraft, Porter finally confirms its E195-E2 order, and Boeing is now dealing with fresh 787 quality issues.

    Heart Aerospace gets a big order from United

    United Airlines and regional partner carrier Mesa Airlines ordered 200 Heart Aerospace ES-19 all-electric regional aircraft this week. The aircraft, still in development, is expected to fly with the airline by the end of the decade. We break down the order and investment in Heart Aerospace as well as walk through some of the challenges facing electric commercial aircraft.

    Heart Aerospace announcement | United Airlines announcement | Seth Miller’s route analysis

    Previously: United’s Supersonic order | United’s narrowbody order

    Porter Airlines confirms large E195-E2 order

    After months of denials, Porter Airlines finally confirmed it has ordered up to 80 Embraer E195-E2s. Porter currently operates a fleet of Dash 8 Q400s. The new jets are scheduled to join the airline beginning in the second half of 2022 and will fly to destinations in Canada, the US, and Caribbean from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

    Richard Branson’s weightlessness

    With this weekend’s trip space-adjacent portions of the atmosphere complete, we discuss a few competing ideas on the utility of these space “travel” projects.

    Jon Ostrower’s tweet | Jason’s response

    Fresh 787 quality issues

    Boeing has discovered another issue with its undelivered 787s, this time a problem with the forward pressure bulkhead. To address the issue, Boeing will further slow 787 production and delivered fewer 787s this year.

    UK AAIB issues update on BA boop

    The UK AAIB issued a special bulletin following the nose gear retraction incident on a British Airways 787 in London last month.

    Airbus and Boeing take different routes with customers

    Airbus and Boeing’s approach to order cancellations has been wildly different during the past 18 months. Following a Wall Street Journal article published this week breaking down the numbers, we discuss the possible long-term affects of these approaches.

    Saudi Arabia’s new plan to compete 20 years ago now

    Saudi Arabia announced plans to create a mega-hub connecting airline. We look at what they’re attempting and Jason has a few thoughts on the wisdom of the project.

    Airline Weekly article

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    • 40 min
    Ditching in the dark

    Ditching in the dark

    On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the ditching of a Transair 737-200 in Hawaii. Delta is headed to the used plane lot and we’re finally ready to launch Richard Branson into space.

    Transair 810 ditching in Hawaii

    A Transair 737 operated by Rhoades Aviation ditched in the water near Honolulu after suffering engine trouble. Both crew members of the cargo jet survived and were rescued by the US Coast Guard. We discuss what we know so far and what the 10-member NTSB investigative team is working on now.

    Delta hits the used plane lot for a deal

    The Air Current reports that Delta Air Lines will take used A350s from LATAM and 737-900ERs from Lion Air to grow its fleet following pandemic-related cuts. Delta withdrew its entire 777 fleet and parked a large number of narrowbody aircraft at the beginning of the pandemic.

    Mitsu-what now?

    Mitsubishi might be considering a restart of limited CRJ production. We entertain the notion for a brief moment.

    Air Astana sues Embraer

    Air Astana has sued Embraer over issues with its E190-E2 aircraft. We discuss the lawsuit and Embraer’s response.

    Launching Richard Branson into space

    Richard Branson will ride his Virgin Orbit’s VSS Unity into space on Sunday, 11 July. Set an alert for registration N202VG if you’d like to follow along.

    New from Flightradar24

    Check out our YouTube channel for our growing collection of flight videos, including our most recent that takes Gabriel Leigh on a surprise private flight. And if you’d like a version of the podcast with subtitles, the AvTalk playlist includes our most recent episodes.

    And we’ve added a new Widgets button to the bottom menu bar on Flightradar24.com. Control which widgets you see in the left sidebar and the order in which they appear. There’s also a new ‘Last Clicked Flights’ widget that displays the last 5 flights you’ve clicked on the site. Easily go back to one of the flights by clicking on it in the widget. Check it out and let us know what you think!

    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.

    • 30 min
    A real aircraft order

    A real aircraft order

    On this week’s episode, United announces a huge and real aircraft order, the Boeing 777X suffers another setback, and an airline in Alaska seeks to become the Icelandair of the northwest.

    The big United order

    Jason attends his first large industry event this week in Newark, as United announces an order for 270 737 MAX and A321neos. And big changes are coming to the cabin as well.

    Boeing’s 777X problem

    The FAA sent a letter to Boeing in May that was first reported this week advising the manufacturer that the 777X is not yet ready for certification flights. We discuss the latest set back for the 777X.

    Ravn’s new plan

    Alaskan airline Ravn has a plan to become the Icelandair of the northwest, using 757s to connect destinations in Asia to the lower 48 US states via Anchorage.

    Sky Lease overrun final report

    Canadian investigators issued their final report on the runway overrun and breakup of a Sky Lease Cargo 747 at Halifax in 2018. The full report can be found here.

    Special flights mentioned in the show



    * Qantas’ Brisbane to Vieux Fort cricket carriage.

    * Kalitta Air’s new livery

    * Air Canada’s special Fly the Flag livery 787

    * Lufthansa’s new special livery



    Following the Tour de France

    If you enjoy watching the Tour de France, we discuss how it gets from the cameras to your screen. Check out our blog post: How the Tour de France goes from cycle to screen.

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

    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.

    • 33 min
    Undesirable Retraction

    Undesirable Retraction

    On this episode of AvTalk, Southwest Airlines is getting a new CEO, airlines are running into the great training roadblock, and the 737 MAX still isn’t re-certified in China.

    Southwest Airlines’ CEO changes

    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly announced he will step down in February 2022, with Robert Jordan assuming the role. Kelly will remain with Southwest as Executive Chairman through 2026.

    Crew crunch causing cancellations

    Crew availability is affecting airlines’ ability to run as many flights as they’d like—with some airlines like American Airlines canceling hundreds of flights a day. The number of available crew is hampered by training and currency requirements that need to be completed before crew can fly.

    MAX updates

    The 737-10 MAX flew for the first time last week, marking the last first flight for variants of the MAX family. We also discuss the lack of certification for the MAX by China.

    Undesirable retraction

    A British Airways 787 (G-ZBJB) suffered a nose gear mishap on the ground in London last week. The nose gear retracted while the aircraft was parked and being loaded with cargo for a flight to Frankfurt.

    New liveries

    Southwest Airlines now has “Freedom One” and Skymark Airlines has a fresh Pokémon-themed 737.

    Checking Heathrow’s math

    Heathrow claimed Jazeera Airways’ new Kuwait City-London route was the longest operated by the A320neo, but Jason actually did the math and it’s not even close.

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

    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.

    • 36 min
    WTO look there's China

    WTO look there's China

    On this episode of AvTalk, the US and EU close the book on their aviation subsidies fight and turn their attention to China. CFM debuts its new RISE engine platform. And Airbus and Cathay Pacific are working on single pilot operations for the A350 in cruise.

    The EU and US make nice, turn their attention to China

    After nearly two decades of acrimony and countless back-and-forth legal challenges the European Union and United States have agreed to halt their fight over commercial aircraft subsidies at the World Trade Organization, and instead turn their attention to what they call “non-market economies,” e.g., China, as the competition to design and build the next commercial airliner expands.

    Airbus and Cathay Pacific working on A350 single pilot operations

    We explain Airbus’ proposal for single pilot operations on the A350 during cruise periods and some of the challenges that Airbus and any airline will have implementing single-pilot operations

    CFM RISEs to the occasion

    CFM, the joint venture between General Electric Aviation and Safran announced its new RISE program (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines), an engine platform build on open-rotor technology that targets a 20% reduction in emissions from current engines.

    US DOT wants $25.5 million from Air Canada

    Air Canada is facing a proposed $25.5 million fine from the US Department of Transportation for not refunding passengers for canceled flights during the pandemic. We break down what the DOT is saying and why Air Canada says it shouldn’t have to pay.

    Other aviation news

    Yes, other things happened! Ryanair got its first MAX, PLAY got its first aircraft, Lufthansa is sending big planes to small places, and South African Airways might soon be in private hands.

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

    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.

     

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

crystal mtn ,

Love this podcast love hearing about the max 10!

I got the privilege it wasn’t on purpose wasn’t planed, but I got to see the Boeing 737 max 10 land in Moses lake Washington. I really love this podcast you guys do a great job I can you put your heart into it. I myself have my own aviation podcast called Taking Flight. Listening to you podcast gives me some incite on how to do my own podcast. I think that your podcast is one nobody should miss. I’m gonna be buying a Cessna 150 and start my pilot training. I’m plan on being a CFI. Jason and Ian Keep up the great work guys!

aSoCalPilot ,

Interesting airlines news and analysis

I look forward to listening to this posdcast every 2 weeks when it’s released. Ian and Jason provide fascinating insights into current events in the airline industry. I appreciate their knowledge of the industry and their analysis of the events as they unfold. I highly recommend the podcast for anyone with an interest in the biz of airlines.

Jetpipe28 ,

Love the concept

But no, these aren’t experts.

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