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AvTalk Episode 45: Tossing a FUD Grenade

On this episode of AvTalk, The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the investigation into the crash of Lion Air 610 and the attention now being paid to Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). We also discuss Airbus’ plans for future aircraft development and the many incidents that occurred over the last two weeks, from Air Astana’s loss of control incident to runway overruns in Halifax and Gerorgetown.

Air Astana loss-of-control incident in Lisbon

An Air Astana E190 experienced a serious loss-of-control incident in Lisbon shortly after departure from Alverca Airport. The crew, which was conducting a post-maintenance ferry flight back to Kazakhstan, safely diverted to Beja Air Base.


In Halifax, a SkyLease Cargo 747 overran the runway while landing from Chicago, while an Air Jamaica 757 overran the runway in Georgetown after returning to the airport due to a hydraulic issue.

Man struck by 737 in Moscow

A departing Aeroflot 737 fatally struck man on the airfield in Moscow earlier this week. Unaware they had struck the man, the flight proceeded as normal to Athens.

Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS)

We welcome back Jon Ostrower to the show to learn more about the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) introduced by Boeing on the 737 MAX. This system and how familiar its features are to 737 MAX pilots has become a focus in the aftermath of the crash of Lion Air 610.

Airbus’ future

We also talk with Jon about Airbus’ intentions for its future aircraft portfolio, including a new narrow body aircraft and a re-engining of the A350.

Virgin Orbit carries LauncherOne rocket with Cosmic Girl 747 for the first time

Virgin Orbit, which intends to use a rocket mounted under the wing of a modified 747 to launch small satellites into orbit, completed its first captive carry of the rocket this week in California.

The oldest flying 747-100 makes its final flight

N747GE, the oldest flying 747-100, made its final flight to the Pima Air & Space Museum this week. GE Aviation had retired the aircraft from service a year ago. The aircraft had been used for engine development, including the GE90.

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