AvTalk - Aviation Podcast
Summary: 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, aerospace journalist John Walton joins us for a wide ranging discussion about aircraft and airlines new and old. And we speak with Joe Duval, the chief test pilot at Honeywell Aerospace about what it’s like to fly a 757 with an engine attached to the fuselage and some of the other interesting projects he’s working on. Download a transcript of this episode Lufthansa Group’s Aircraft Order Lufthansa Group announced an order for new aircraft for its Lufthansa, Swiss, and Lufthansa Cargo airlines. We discuss why this relatively small order is of interest. ‘Papa Fox’—Austria’s new (to them) 777 Labor Relations We explore the turmoil at Air France, which recently saw its CEO resign and is dealing with crew strikes, and where the airline possibly goes from here. We also return to Joon, which presents an interesting challenge and opportunity for Air France. Joe Duval, Chief Test Pilot and Site Leader, Honeywell Aerospace Joe Duval is the chief test pilot for Honeywell Aerospace and leads the team of test pilots who operate aircraft ranging from the Boeing 757 to the Embraer E170 to the Convair CV-580. We talk with Joe about his job and what its like to fly a wide range of aircraft in a unique environment. The JCPOA and Aircraft Orders With the recent withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal), we look at what’s next for Boeing and the orders from Iranian airlines. A bigger picture on engine issues We talk about how consolidation in the aerospace industry affects how airlines can react to problems, like issues affecting a whole family of engines.
On this episode of AvTalk, we take an in depth look at Southwest flight 1380, including some of the media coverage after the accident. And we talk to Jon Ostrower about the new Emergency Airworthiness Directive requiring inspections of the CFM56-7B engine. We also see how engine issues are affecting the 787-9 and we try to best Airbus in a rebranding of the C Series. Download a transcript of this episode Southwest flight 1380 On 17 April 2018, Southwest Airlines flight 1380 from New York to Dallas suffered an uncontained engine failure of the number 1 engine. The aircraft diverted safely to Philadelphia. Debris from the engine impacted the fuselage, breaking one of the cabin windows, and leading to the death of one passenger. We discuss the accident, how it has been covered in the media, and we talk to Jon Ostrower about the ongoing efforts to ensure a similar accident does not occur. FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive regarding CFM56-7B engines EASA Airworthiness Directive regarding CFM56-7B engines Previously proposed FAA AD regarding CFM56-7B engines Rolls Royce Trent 1000 Engine issues are also plaguing the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine, which powers roughly a quarter of the 787-9 fleet. The need for inspections and remediation has led to multiple airlines, including Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic, LATAM, and British Airways to find workarounds to keep their operations running. Some airlines have employed wet leases while others are bringing retired aircraft out of storage. EASA Airworthiness Directive regarding Trent 1000 engines Help us rebrand the C Series Now that it has acquired the C Series, Airbus is considering rebranding the aircraft to fit in with the rest of the Airbus family of aircraft. The reported proposal will see the CS100 and the CS330 renamed as the A210 and A230, respectively. We think you can do better. Email us with your suggestions for what you think Airbus should call the C Series. Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, Gavin Werbeloff steps in for Jason as we dig into the numbers around some recent aircraft orders. And we send Jason to Hamburg for the Aircraft Interiors Expo. Download a transcript of this episode Flights in eastern Mediterranean EASA issued a rapid alert notification for traffic in the eastern Mediterranean / Nicosia FIR. We talk about what that is and how it does and does not affect air traffic. American Airlines adds more 787s Gavin helps us understand the numbers behind American Airlines’ recent new Boeing 787 order and we explore the case of the disappearing A350 order. IAG takes a stake in Norwegian Airline holding company IAG—owners of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling—took a stake in Norwegian this week in advance of possible take over talks. We explore what this might mean for Norwegian, IAG, and the airline industry writ large. Aircraft Interiors Expo Jason and Seth Miller join us from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany to fill us in on some of the new developments affecting the passenger experience that we may soon see onboard our flights. Guys. @RockwellCollins built a thermoelectric cooling and heating chip into a galley sidewall. Using the Peltier Effect, it warms cookies and chills drinks for passenger self service. Warm cookies!! #AIX18 #PaxEx pic.twitter.com/2WV0zGBPzU — Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) April 10, 2018 myFlightradar24 As promised, Gavin’s travels from 2017 as seen on myFlightradar24. Learn more about myFlightradar24 here. Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity makes first powered flight Space Ship Two made its first powered flight, a big step towards space. We tracked it with MLAT, but it turns out MLAT at supersonic speeds is a bit of a challenge. Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, Air India and Qantas make history and Singapore Airlines takes home the first 787-10. Plus, Ken Hoke is back to fill us in on RVSM airspace. Download a transcript of this episode. Air India flies to Tel Aviv through Saudi Arabia On 22 March, Air India’s inaugural Delhi-Tel Aviv flight became the first commercial flight to transit Saudi Arabian airspace en route to Israel in 70 years. AI139 will operate thrice weekly service between Delhi and Tel Aviv, overflying Saudi Arabian airspace to save approximately two hours over the previous fastest routing between India and Israel. A new kangaroo route Qantas launched the first ever non-stop flight between Australia and the United Kingdom last week, connecting Perth and London via a 17 hour flight. The new QF9 also becomes the world’s second longest flight (by distance) at 14,500 km. Qantas’ first flights between Australia and London took four days and stopped in six cities in between London and Australia. Singapore takes delivery of the first 787-10 Singapore took delivery of the first 787-10, the largest member of the 787 family. An-225 prepares for commercial work The An-225 is set to fly in April. We’re awaiting on the finalized schedule, but look for it to be flying over Europe soon. Here’s video of its first test flight after being equipped with ADS-B. An A330 or Piper PA-28? An A330 had an identity crisis and look at the reasons why. RVSM airspace Captain Ken Hoke returns with a new glossary term: RVSM airspace. Things we promised to put in the show notes It’s (mostly) done! I have put together my own little @yvrairport @LEGO_Group airport. #AvGeek pic.twitter.com/jMqIXa2Jle — Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) March 26, 2018 Let us know what you think 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.
In this episode, we celebrate 1 year of AvTalk! We talk to aerospace journalist Jon Ostrower about Boeing’s new mid-market airplane, the 10,000th 737 rolls off the production line, and the massive GE9X flies for the first time. Boeing’s NMA We talk with Jon Ostrower to learn more about Boeing’s plan for the NMA, the manufacturer’s first new airplane since the 787. You can read Jon’s in-depth reporting on the NMA here. The 10,000th 737 The 10,000th 737 ever produced rolled off the production line this week. N8717M, a 737 MAX 8, will go home with Southwest Airlines soon. The GE9X Flies The GE9X, which will power the Boeing 777X, flew for the first time this week aboard GE Aviation’s 747-400 flying test bed. Recent Crashes and MLAT Coverage We discuss recent crashes and how the data available is affected by how the aircraft were tracked. Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome UPS Airlines captain Ken Hoke for an extended conversation about life as a cargo pilot. We also discuss some recent deliveries, certifications, and another recent crash. An Extended Conversation with Captain Ken Hoke Ken Hoke, a captain flying the 757 and 767 for UPS Airlines joins us for an extended conversation about flying cargo. Captain Hoke explained Metars for us in our last episode, and has contributed to our blog in the past, giving us great information on go-arounds and what happens when an aircraft squawks 7700. Certified and Delivered Embraer E190-E2 certified, Boeing 737 MAX 9 certified, Airbus A350-1000 delivered. Plus, a random journey for an Embraer E175. Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, we get an update on the investigation into the crash of Saratov Airlines flight 703, two airlines suffer engine incidents, we explain why London City Airport closed for a day, and we learn once and for all how to use a Metar. Download a full transcript of this episode Saratov Airlines flight 703 Saratov Airlines flight 703 crashed shorty after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. The flight was operated by an Antonov An-148-100B, registered RA-61704. Russian officials have released a preliminary report on the crash, available here. Flightradar24 data from flight 703 United Airlines flight 1175 United 1175 suffered an engine issue en route from San Francisco to Honolulu, losing the cowling and additional parts from its right engine about 45 minutes before landing. The flight landed safely in Honolulu. that looks bad, plane and simple ✈️ #ua1175 pic.twitter.com/EKXUxDBw9q — Erik Haddad (@erikhaddad) February 13, 2018 Delta Air Lines flight 55 A Delta flight from Lagos to Atlanta also suffered an engine issue shortly after takeoff. That flight returned to Lagos safely and passengers were evacuated via emergency slides on the runway. A handful of non-serious injuries were reported. London City’s (World War II) bomb scare London City Airport was closed for a day after the discovery of World War II ordnance near the end of the runway. The device was removed for safe detonation elsewhere and the airport reopened. Lufthansa’s new livery Lufthansa introduced their new livery as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the iconic crane logo. We try to figure out if we like it. The new livery is currently painted on 747-8I D-ABYA and A321 D-AISP. The A321LR’s first big test Airbus sent the new A321LR on its first big test flight this week across the Atlantic Ocean from Paris to New York. Metar? What’s that? Captain Ken Hoke explains what a Metar is and how its used in aviation. Metar resources See current and historical Metars Decoding a Metar
On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower to discuss the surprise ruling by the ITC in the Boeing—Bombardier C Series tariff case. We round up some news from the past few weeks and we answer the age old question: how many plumbers does it take to fix a broken lavatory? ITC rules in favor of the C Series In a surprise ruling, the ITC voted in favor of the C Series, and against Boeing, in a trade dispute that has wide-ranging implications for the aviation industry. We invite CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower back to the program to discuss what the ruling means for the industry and where Bombardier and Boeing go from here. Plugged up plane plunges plumbers’ plans We recap the past few weeks in aviation, including the Norwegian flight with 85 plumbers aboard that needed to return to Oslo… because the toilets stopped working. Elsewhere, Alaska Airlines unveiled the first former Virgin America A320 to wear the Alaska livery, the 787-10 earned FAA certification, WOW Air sent and A321neo from Reykjavik to Los Angeles, and Mike Isler continues to have one of the best jobs in the world. More @Delta air-to-air work with the Airbus A350 in California. No passengers on board, pre-coordinated flight. pic.twitter.com/NAFfWQ60Fz — Mike Isler (@MikeIsler) January 30, 2018 Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk we recap the meltdown at JFK Airport in New York after a blizzard that forced some flights to wait over 7 hours for a gate. A 737 tries to go swimming in the Black Sea. We review the 2017 Airbus and Boeing delivery numbers. And we remember a few moments from this week in aviation history. JFK Meltdown We addressed JFK’s meltdown in a special YouTube episode, but in this episode we look in to see if the situation has been resolved. Spoiler: it hasn’t. We also talk about the various investigations underway and Jason offers some ideas on how to fix it. This week in Aviation History This week marked the 9th anniversary of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, the successful water landing and evacuation of a US Airways A320 in the Hudson River, and the 10th anniversary of the BA38 forced landing at London-Heathrow after losing power in both engines. 2017 Airbus and Boeing Delivery Numbers We review the Airbus and Boeing delivery numbers for 2017 and hit some of the highlights. We also talk about how financially ill-equipped we are to purchase an aircraft from either manufacturer. Pegasus PC8622 A Pegasus 737 overran the runway in Trabzon this week, sliding down a cliff toward the Black Sea. The daylight images of the Pegasus Airlines 737-800 that ran off the runway at Trabzon (and off a cliff) are just unreal. https://t.co/rrBk1mQ6ut Curiously, the network blurred out the branding on the aircraft. (via IHA News) pic.twitter.com/tpQJ8QyzgC — Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) January 14, 2018 Goodbye Redwood As part of the Alaska Airlines + Virgin America merger, the airlines are now operating under the Alaska operating certificate and the Virgin America callsign ‘Redwood’ has gone away. We’re also keeping an eye on N625VA, which may be the first former Virgin America A320 in Alaska Airlines paint. Ground Stop Our first in a series of glossary terms. What’s a ground stop? We answer that question. Let us know what you think 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.
Happy new year from AvTalk! We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our first new episode of the year. In this episode, we revisit three interviews from our earlier episodes that really stood out to us. 225,000 pounds of ketchup First up is Andrew Poure, who filled us in on the world of cargo airlines and how getting things from A to B is not as simple as it seems. Listen to the full episode The future of Chinese aviation Just after the first flight of the COMAC C919 in May, we sat down with Jon Ostrower, CNN’s aviation editor to learn more about where the C919 fits into the airliner landscape and how the Chinese aviation market is reshaping the industry. Listen to the full episode Low-cost, long-haul Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren has covered some amazing aviation stories over the years, from the final flight of the last passenger DC-10 to the first flight of the A350, Jeremy has been all over the world capturing the world of flight. But one story he wasn’t sure he wanted to cover was 9 hours in a Norwegian 737 MAX on delivery from Seattle to Oslo. But Jeremy did go, and we had him on to discuss that trip and to talk about the proliferation of long-haul, low-cost carriers around the world. Listen to the full episode Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, we look back at 2017 for an aviation year in review and look forward to what may happen in 2018. Download a transcript of this episode Editor’s note: we recorded this episode prior to news of a possible Boeing acquisition of Embraer breaking. This is surely now at the top of the list of things to watch in 2018. 2017 In our survey we asked listeners to tell us what they thought the biggest stories of the year were. By far, the Airbus + Bombardier news was mentioned the most. Also of note were the various airline bankruptcies, and multiple retirements of 747s from fleets around the world. 2018 We also look ahead to 2018 and some bold—and not-so-bold—predictions about the year ahead. Thank you! Thank you for listening! We’re thrilled to have finished 21 episodes and we’re looking forward to the year ahead. Happy Holidays and happy new year! 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, we head to Stockholm to go inside Flightradar24. We sit down with co-founder Mikael Robertsson to learn how FR24 got started, and we talk to chief technology officer, Sean Atkinson to learn more about how FR24 works. We also check-in on a volcano in Bali, the world’s largest turboprop aircraft, and our favorite new airline, Joon. Download a transcript of this episode The Antonov An-22 The world’s largest turboprop, the Antonov An-22 is flying this week and drawing the eyes and ears of many in the UK, Finland, Canada, and Cuba. Take a look at the video I caught of the @AirlinesAntonov AN22 approaching @manairport pic.twitter.com/sLYlpmwlIk — Martin Orme (@ormey150873) December 2, 2017 Mt Agung eruption cancels flights in Bali The eruption of Mt Agung and the resulting ash cloud led to the cancellation of flights in Bali. We talk about why volcanic ash and aircraft engines don’t mix. Iraqi airspace reopens to international overflights After a few years of avoiding Iraqi airspace, airlines are beginning to return to the country. We talk about what this might mean for your next flight. How Flightradar24 got started We sit down with Mikael Robertsson, co-founder of Flightradar24 to talk about how it all got started and how an empty sky in 2010 was a big leap for flight tracking. We flew on planes Ian and Jason offer mini-trip reports on the flights to Stockholm. Spoiler: Jason’s trip was a bit rougher than Ian’s. How Flightradar24 works Chief Technology Officer Sean Atkinson joins the podcast to talk about how Flightradar24 works. Joon! Joon, our favorite coffee shop inside a pet store that is ‘also an airline’ launched service this week. Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Seth Miller to discuss his recent adventures on a variety of Japanese low-cost carriers and his flight on the COMAC ARJ 21. He also fills us in on the status of Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift and the upcoming Operation Gift Lift. And we recap the massive order book of the Dubai Airshow and check in on a few A380s in the news. Download a transcript of this episode (pdf) Dubai Airshow recap Airlines and leasing companies walked away from the Dubai Airshow this year with over 800 orders for new aircraft. The largest order, from Indigo Partners will see 430 aircraft delivered to 4 low-cost carriers. Fly Dubai also placed a large order, purchasing up to 225 Boeing 737 MAX. Emirates also ordered 40 Boeing 787-10, adding a new type to its fleet. Take an A380, leave an A380 The damaged Air France A380 in Goose Bay will get the engine needed for weight and balance to ferry back to Europe on 3 operable engines. The damaged engine will be ferried back to Europe for further examination. A detailed explanation and the flight schedule for the engine transport is available here. The first commercial A380 recently returned to lessor by Singapore Airlines may see new life with Hifly soon, but many questions still remain about who it will be operating for or if the plane will actually fly again. In conversation with Seth Miller The Delta A350 inaugural flight, 5 Japanese low-cost carriers in 44 hours, a flight on the COMAC ARJ21, and Operation Puerto Rico Gift Lift. We chat with Seth Miller about his recent adventures and a very worthy cause. The A350-1000 receives EASA & FAA certification After almost a year of flight tests, the Airbus A350-1000 has received certification from EASA and the FAA, paving the way for delivery to the launch customer Qatar Airways toward the end of the year. AvTalk episode 20 from Stockholm Ian and Jason head to Stockholm in a few weeks to record episode 20. We’ll be talking about how Flightradar24 works and some upcoming projects. If you have questions about Flightradar24, email us and we’ll do our best to answer them in Episode 20. Let us know what you think 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.
In this episode of AvTalk, we send Jason to Hawaii on the final United Airlines 747 flight, the Maho Beach Cam comes back after Hurricane Irma, and Emirates takes delivery of its 100th Airbus A380. A United 747 Farewell After nearly 50 years of service, United Airlines retired its 747 fleet in style this week with a recreation of its first 747 flight from 1970. Jason, and many, many other avgeeks, were on board to celebrate the end of an era. We dig deep into the airline’s 747 history and talk with some of the people on board to see what the United 747 meant to them. On departure from San Francisco, the flight made a special flypast of the Golden Gate bridge. We got a special departure from @United out of SFO. Low and slow over the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown. #UA747farewell pic.twitter.com/lfXpoP9kkh — Ryan McBride (@rpmcb) November 8, 2017 The Maho Beach Cam Returns After being destroyed in Hurricane Irma, the Maho Beach Cam has returned, broadcasting live from next to the runway in St Maarten. Head over to MahoBeachCam.com to see and hear live traffic and track flights thanks to the Flightradar24 receiver hosted next to the camera. Emirates gets its 100th A380 Emirates took delivery of its 100th A380 this week. A6-EUV will enter revenue service shortly. Emirates still has dozens of A380s on order and rumors are swirling that they will announce additional orders at this year’s Dubai Air Show. Pilots to Follow on Twitter Last week we asked followers on Twitter about the pilots they like to follow. The response was impressive and we’ve compiled a list. Get the details here. Let us know what you think 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.
On this episode of AvTalk, we sit down with Jon Ostrower, CNN’s aviation editor, for an extended conversation about the recent Airbus and Bombardier C Series news. Jason makes a quick trip to France for the A330neo’s first flight, we go around for one last pass at Air Berlin, and we run through some news you may have missed in the past few weeks. The Airbus A330neo first flight Jason made the trip to Toulouse for the A330neo’s first flight. We talk about what’s new on the neo and one of its defining features. A final go around at Air Berlin Listen at 6:07 Air Berlin’s final long-haul flight featured a low pass and go around by the pilots in Düsseldorf, which has caused quite a stir. We discuss the flight and preview Air Berlin’s final flight on 27 October. Airbus + C Series Listen at 10:31 We sit down for an extended conversation with Jon Ostrower, CNN’s aviation editor, about the joint future of Airbus and the Bombardier C Series. How’d we get here, what does it mean for Airbus and the C Series, and what does it mean for the competitive landscape? Aviation news round-up Listen at 42:48 Southwest announces their finally headed to Hawaii, Alaska Airlines retires its last Combi, an Air Canada flight makes news in San Francisco again, and United brings its 747 Friend Ship to say goodbye to employees. 225,000 pounds of ketchup and other stories from the cargo world Coming up Captain Ken Hoke will join us to talk about go arounds and how they help enhance flight safety. Hoke, who runs the AeroSavvy blog, recently published a guest post with some fantastic in-depth information on go arounds on the Flightradar24 blog. We’ll have him on the podcast to discuss his piece and dig a little deeper. Let us know what you think 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.