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AvTalk Episode 40: A Hurricane Approaches and the Wheels Fall Off

On this episode of AvTalk, tropical cyclones dominate the discussion. We also look at a close—or not so close—call in Kenya. And Crankyflier himself, Brett Snyder joins us to preview the upcoming LAX Dorkfest next weekend.

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut

We discuss the aviation effects of each storm and give some advice if you’re traveling through an affected airport.

Our dedicated page for Hurricane Florence

The AN-225 brings typhoon relief supplies to Guam

The AN-225 was used to bring typhoon relief supplies to Guam this week. We talk about its mission and Jason wonders why the AN-225 was needed at all.

Photo of the AN-225’s fax number

Photo of Concorde departing over the AN-225 in New York, 2002

Neos 767 and Ethiopian 737 over Kenya

We discuss a recent incident—or not—above Kenya and the ongoing airspace issues in the region.

Wheels fall off

A student pilot on her first ‘cross-country’ solo flight received an unexpected lesson when the right main wheel of her Piper fell off as she departed Beverly airport in Massachusetts. In communication with the air traffic controller and her flight instructor she safely landed the aircraft.

Flight data

Twitter thread with ATC audio from the incident.

Dorkfest 2018

Coming up on 22 September, we’ll be joining Crankyflier Brett Snyder for Cranky Dorkfest at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). We talk with Brett about what Dorkfest is and why you should come. Reasons include, but are not limited to: airplanes, In-N-Out burgers, airplanes, enjoying the company of other avgeeks, possibly unique airplanes, like Voodoo 1. If you do make the journey, look for Ian there, he’ll have some Flightradar24 goodies.

22 September | 11am – 1pm | The park across from the In-N-Out at LAX

Map to Dorkfest at LAX

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