AvTalk Episode 52: No, that seatback camera isn’t spying on you

On this episode of AvTalk, we review what we know about the crash of Atlas Air 3591, incredulously read through the Aeromexico Connect flight 2431 report, recap our correct predictions about the A380, and Jason and Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren head to Florida for some rare planespotting.

Atlas Air 3591

We discuss what we know so far about the crash of Atlas Air 3591 and the current status of the NTSB’s investigation.

Aeromexico Connect Crash Report

Mexican authorities released a report detailing the circumstances surrounding the crash of Aeromexico Connect flight 2431—and they are not good. We discuss the report’s findings including wind shear conditions and an unqualified pilot at the controls.

A380 Production to end in 2021

As soon as we finished recording the last episode, Airbus announced that they’re shuttering the A380 production line in 2021 after existing orders are built.

Jason and Jeremy head to Miami for some rare planespotting

Jason is joined by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren in southern Florida for some planespotting, including Convairs and rare cargo airlines.

Norwegian 737 MAX stuck in Iran flies home

The Norwegian 737 MAX LN-BKE, which had been stuck in Shiraz, Iran for more than two months after diverting with an engine issue, left Iran last week after receiving a new engine. The aircraft has since been put back in service.

The camera in your seatback is not spying on you

Jason explains the controversy surrounding the seatback cameras installed on various airlines and what they’re actually used for. Spoiler alert: they’re not used at all.

Special liveries to see

British Airways is adding its second heritage livery, the BEA scheme to an A319 and Austrian has gone back to the 1980s with its latest retro livery.

Winds in Gibraltar

Landing in Gibraltar is always subject to the special set of wind conditions that develop thanks to the massive rock, but BA492’s go around this week caught our attention. As the aircraft climbs, there’s a noticeable roll movement to the right and left. We’ve heard various explanations, but would love to hear from an A320 family pilot who might have insight. Please get in touch if that’s you.

Stop throwing coins into the engine

Another incident of coins being thrown into an engine in China. We’ve seen this before, but this time the airline is suing the passenger to recoup the costs incurred.

Our new flight information panel

We released a new responsive flight information panel visible when following flights on Flightradar24.com. We’ve made the info panel cleaner, clearer, and added additional information about each flight. Ian touches on some of the notable features. You can learn more about it here.

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