On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the massive aviation impacts of Hurricane Irma. From Caribbean devastation to a total lack of flights in the air over Florida for more than a day, we take an in-depth look at what’s happened and how the recovery effort has begun. And Jason’s 15-minutes of television fame comes from an unexpected source.

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma moved through the Caribbean and Florida last week, leaving a devastating path of destruction in its wake. We talk about the effects of Irma on aviation from the Leeward Islands to Atlanta and check in on some of the more harder hit areas like St. Maarten.

Jason walks us through how a Delta flight to San Juan became a viral sensation.

DL302 departing San Juan in between two bands of Hurricane Irma

Jason, go make your bed

We run down the list of rescue flights and post-Irma evacuation and supply flights and take a look at where airlines parked planes out of Irma’s path. We also talk about the planes that didn’t make it out ahead of the storm.

We also take a look at how Irma affected ADS-B coverage in the area of the storm, and how that’s made for increased use of estimated coverage.

Red pins indicate Flightradar24 ADS-B receivers that are currently offline

The Hurricane Hunters were also busy during Irma and we talk about how they help forecast the hurricane’s path.


Tracking the Pope’s Travels

We talk about the Pope’s travels and how that means a bit more work for the Flighradar24 servers.

Our Bi-weekly Air Berlin Update

We check in on Air Berlin’s insolvency and how it’s affecting other airlines as well.

United Decides More, but Smaller

United shifted its order of Airbus A350s to more aircraft, but a smaller variant.

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