150 episodes

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 • 407 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.

    Firing the customer

    Firing the customer

    Last week’s rollout of C-Band 5G wireless in the US wasn’t a total disaster, but it’s still a giant mess. And the dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways has reached new heights, with Airbus canceling Qatar’s order for 50 A321neo aircraft and Qatar responding with a video detailing the damage to its A350s.

    NOTAMs, AMOCs, ADs, oh my!

    The C-band 5G rollout didn’t result in the chaos and doom predicted by airlines and the FAA, but it was by no means smooth sailing. We talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what comes next.



    * 777 and 747-8 Airworthiness Directive



    Firing the customer

    The dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways reached new heights as Airbus canceled Qatar’s order for 50 A321neos and the airline released a video of the damage to its A350s. Meanwhile, things are cooking at Boeing where Qatar could become the launch customer of the 777XF shortly.

    Aircraft Piracy charges brought against Belarus officials

    The US has charged four Belarusian officials with aircraft piracy related to the forced diversion of Ryanair flight 4978. We discuss the charges and the new details revealed by the indictment.

    A Stowaway

    A Cargolux Italia 747 landed in Amsterdam this week carrying more than just cargo. A Stowaway managed to survive the journey from at least Nairobi in the wheel well of the aircraft.

    Airbus gives the Belugas their own airline

    As the BelugaXL takes over carrying Airbus aircraft components around Europe, the original Belugas will move on to their own cargo airline available for charter.



    * AvTalk episode on cargo airline operations



    Lufthansa looks to Italy

    Lufthansa is likely to take a stake in ITA Airways. ITA Airways for its part is also looking to bring back the Alitalia brand—which it originally said it wasn’t going to use—for an airline within an airline. And very little of any of this makes sense to us, but luckily we have Brett Snyder’s excellent breakdown of the situation.

    Boeing Wisks away $450 million

    Boeing has invested $450 million in Wisk Aero, an eVTOL manufacturer. We share their rationale for the investment and get an update on the 787 program delivery delays.

    Building Boom

    Boom announced construction of a factory in North Carolina for its Overture supersonic jet.

    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.

    • 47 min
    The US’s 5G fiasco

    The US’s 5G fiasco

    On this episode of AvTalk, we try to unpack what happened this week as C-band 5G wireless went live in the United States. And we talk with Matthew Wietstock from Western Michigan University about one of the paths young people can use to enter the aviation industry.

    The ‘5G’ fiasco

    US telecom companies turned on their C-band 5G transmitters this week and airlines were sent scrambling by the FAA trying to ensure their aircraft could operate safely. We discuss where this all started and what exactly is happening this week—and why it should have happened long before now.

    Matthew Wietstock — Aviation Ambassador

    We talk with Matthew Wietstock, an aviation ambassador at Western Michigan University, to learn about one of the ways people interested in aviation can get started in the industry.

    Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Eruption

    The volcanic eruption in Tonga had closed the the runway there after covering it completely in ash. The runway was cleared by hand allowing relief flights to begin arriving.

    Dubai runway incursion

    An Emirates 777 began its departure roll as another 777 was crossing the runway. The departing aircraft rejected its take off above 100 knots ground speed and exited the runway. Both aircraft then safely departed. The UAE is investigating.

    No lasers for you

    FedEx applied to attach laser-based anti-missile technology to Airbus A321 aircraft in 2019. That application came to light this week only to be quickly discontinued by the FAA. We walk through some of the big questions about this application, including the fact that FedEx doesn’t operate A321s.

    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.

    • 52 min
    Train versus plane

    Train versus plane

    On this episode of AvTalk, we break down Airbus and Boeing order and delivery numbers for 2021, the FAA’s mysterious ground stop in the western US, and an improbable double crash in California.

    Order and deliveries

    Airbus and Boeing reported the yearly order and delivery figures this week. We pick out some of the interesting bits and run the numbers.

    A most peculiar ground stop

    The FAA ground stopped traffic in the western US and actually forced some aircraft to land during a brief period on Monday before quickly giving the all-clear. What we know so far (Spoiler alert: not much).

    A double crash

    A pilot departing a small LA airport crashed his Cessna onto a railroad crossing and was pulled from the wreckage seconds before a train smashed the aircraft to bits.

    Aviastar-Tu’s Tu-204C ground fire

    While preparing to depart Hangzhou, the aircraft’s cargo area caught fire.

    Qantas returns the A380 to service

    Qantas operated its first A380 passenger flight since March 2020 this week, marking the early return of the Super Jumbo by the Australian airline.

    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.

    • 33 min
    EK231 and the stinking onion

    EK231 and the stinking onion

    On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower to discuss the concerning departure of Emirates flight EK231 from Dubai in late December. Plus, Allegiant orders 100 737 MAX.

    Allegiant goes for the MAX

    US ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant Air signed with Boeing for 50 firm orders plus 50 options and all sorts of extras from Boeing. We break down the order and why Allegiant made the jump from an all-Airbus fleet.

    Airlink Jetstream hits a bird, a big bird

    An Airlink Jetstream operating a charter flight in northern South Africa hit a bird, shattering one of the propellers, and sending debris into the cabin.

    LOT 787 window goes for smokey eyes

    A LOT 787 operating from Seoul to Warsaw experienced smoke in the cabin due to the malfunction of one of the aircraft’s windows shortly before landing.

    EK231 and the stinking onion

    The Air Current editor Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss a departure incident that occurred as EK231 was leaving Dubai for Washington on 20 December. We discuss what we know from the ADS-B data, Jon’s reporting, and what we still don’t know about this serious incident. You can read The Air Current’s initial reporting on the incident here.

    Snack after flying

    Air New Zealand will shift its snack service on domestic flights to after the flight has landed in order to promote 100% mask wearing on these flights.

    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.

    • 45 min
    Our favorite conversations from 2021

    Our favorite conversations from 2021

    On this final episode of AvTalk for 2021, we look back on some of our favorite conversations from the past year. Thank you to all our listeners, we truly appreciate the support.

    Running an airport in Antarctica

    We first hear from Sven Lidström of the Norwegian Polar Institute to learn about Troll Research Station in Antarctica and the station’s blue ice runway. | Listen to the original episode

    Breaking open the black boxes

    NTSB investigator Sean Payne walks us through the steps of an accident investigation and how data from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder are used.| Listen to the original episode

    Making sure it all works

    Finally, we talk with Airbus’ Chief test pilot to learn more about what exactly a test pilot does besides wearing those sweet orange flight suits. We talk with Malcolm Ridley about his career path, some highlights of his time at Airbus, and his favorite part of the job.| Listen to the original episode

    Further listening

    We also hosted  episodes that focused on the future of flight and where the aviation industry is headed in the next few years and next few decades.

    In episode 115, ‘Is BOOM all noise?’, Aerospace journalists John Walton and Jon Ostrower joined the show to discuss United Airlines’ order for Boom’s Supersonic Overture jet, and the likelihood of the aircraft ever entering service. Our discussion of United’s order for Boom’s proposed supersonic jet covers the challenges Boom and any airline seeking to fly the supersonic jet will encounter.

    For episode 122, we spoke with Elan Head, then editorial director of eVTOL.com to get a primer on the world of electric vertical take off and landing aircraft.

    Episode 130 took us to Toulouse for the Airbus Summit, where Ian and Gabriel heard Airbus’ vision for the future, including sustainable aviation fuel and electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft.

    And in our last new episode of the year, we wrapped up our two-part conversation with John Pitts and Richard Whitwell, who explained the challenges that Sustainable aviation fuel faces as the industry seeks to make it the dominant source of fuel.

     

     

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 2

    Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 2

    On this episode of Avtalk, Airbus picks up another big order before the close of 2021, Qatar sues Airbus over peeling paint on its A350s, and John Pitts and Richard Whitwell return for part two of our conversation about jet fuel as we learn about some of the challenges facing the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel.

    Airbus’ big win

    Following Qantas’ big order to replace its domestic fleet, KLM-Air France has followed suit, selecting Airbus to replace the KLM and Transavia single-aisle fleets.

    Qatar gets to court first

    Last week Airbus said it was investigating its legal options in its dispute with Qatar Airways over surface degradation on the A350. This week Qatar exercised its legal option and began proceedings against Airbus in London.

    The final A380 goes home

    Emirates took its last—and the last—A380 home as the superjumbo program comes to a close.

    Sustainable aviation fuel’s uphill climb

    In part 1 of our conversation with John Pitts and Richard Whitwell of eJet International we learned how fuel gets from the refinery to the aircraft. We pick up the conversation this week to learn about the challenges facing the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel and some of the technical and logistical hurdles that need to solved before SAF can power the aviation industry.

    Mr CEOs go to Washington

    CEOs from American, United, and Southwest airlines were called to Washington for an aviation oversight hearing and Southwest CEO Gary Kelly’s comments on masks on airplanes caught some attention. We take a step back and review what he said, how some people interpreted it, and the reality of the situation.

    Electric aviation takes a few steps forward

    Archer and Heart Aerospace both flew this week, taking small steps toward electric air travel.

    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.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
407 Ratings

407 Ratings

anakid62 ,

Wonderful

What a great podcast to listen to and even get a bit smarter about aviation and geek out about it, can’t wait for new episodes

TheFlightSimmer ,

Great podcast!

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. Fun and informative. Keep making the great show!

wanara90 ,

Fun and Educational

I always look forward to listening to this podcast every Friday. The hosts are amusing, knowledgeable, passionate about aviation, and humble enough to say when they get things wrong. They do a wonderful job of getting knowledgeable and interesting guests that always bring something unique to the table. Also, they don’t use super industry heavy language so people getting into aviation can understand what’s going on. Truly recommend!

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