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AvTalk Episode 188: Harassed by a Drone

On this episode of AvTalk, Ian is harassed by a mystery drone, Cathay Pacific resumes flying over Russia, and pilot Mark Vanhoenacker joins us to discuss his new book, Imagine a City.

Ian gets harassed by a mystery drone

While grocery shopping, Ian gets harassed by a DJI Mavic 3.

Boeing hosts its first investor day in 4 years

Boeing tried to reassure its investors with the first investor day since 2018. What did we learn?

China Southern’s MAX-imum confusion

It’s in the schedule, it’s canceled. Was it actually going to fly or is this phantom filings? And keep an eye on flight CZ3690.

American Airlines drops code share on Cathay’s flight to New York

Because Cathay Pacific is back to flying over Russia on its flight between New York and Hong Kong, American Airlines has dropped its code share. Cathay Pacific is also taking a very liberal view on “far-eastern Russia.” Read more about Cathay Pacific’s route adjustment here.

Qantas celebrates 100th anniversary of first flight

Qantas made its first flight on 2 November 1922, carrying mail from Charleville to Cloncurry via Longreach.

Pilot Paul McGinness (third from L) prepares to depart from Charleville for Longreach on 2 November 1922. The mailbag containing 106 letters is proudly displayed in front of the Qantas FK8 aircraft.
Pilot Paul McGinness (third from L) prepares to depart from Charleville for Longreach on 2 November 1922. The mailbag containing 106 letters is proudly displayed in front of the Qantas FK8 aircraft.

Mexico looks to cabotage to fill its route gap

Mexico is considering letting foreign airlines fly domestic routes.

Passenger start lavatory fire on El Al flight

A passenger attempting to put out a cigarette instead lit the trash bin on fire in the lavatory.

Imagine a City with Mark Vanhoenacker

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker is a 787 pilot with a major European airline and an accomplished author. He joins us to discuss his latest book, Imagine a City, about experiencing urban environments as a pilot and how that perspective changes how you approach a city.

Night drones are for bananas

Drones will be used for the first time at night to spray banana crops in Costa Rica.

Strike authorization

Delta and United pilots move to strike, but your Thanksgiving plans are safe.

Viva’s nearly dry tanks

A Viva aircraft dealt with storms at multiple airports as it attempted to land, arriving its its second choice diversion airport with just over 200kg of fuel remaining.

Ural’s bad brakes

A Ural Airlines A320 landed with the main landing gear brakes locked. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

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Things we got wrong

    • It is a DJI Mavic 3, not a Maverick as mispronounced by Ian
    • This was Boeing first investor day in four (4) years, not three.
    • Cathay Pacific story first reported by Bloomberg (Ian was right, before he was wrong. Jamie Freed first reported China Southern Airlines’ scheduled return of the 737 MAX.)

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