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AvTalk Episode 95: Buddy Start

On this episode of AvTalk, the FAA releases the Flight Standardization Board Report for the 737 MAX, which details the training pilots will need before they can fly the aircraft. And we’re joined by Steve Giordano of Jet Test and Transport to learn about a fascinating niche in the aviation industry.

737 MAX training standards released

The FAA Flight Standardization Board released its draft standards for pilot training for the 737 MAX. We discuss the 5 major tasks pilots will need to accomplish and what else remains as the MAX moves toward certification.

Boeing moving all 787 production to South Carolina

As expected, Boeing is moving all 787 production to South Carolina. What does this mean for the 787 and what might it mean for Boeing’s footprint in the Pacific Northwest?

COVID-related changes

Some airlines are converting more aircraft to cargo configurations, others are saying goodbye to aircraft early. And some airlines are starting new routes they wouldn’t normally consider. We run down the ways COVID continues to affect how airlines are managing.

Steve Giordano — Jet Test and Transport

From returning 5 737s to their lessor across and ocean in the middle of a pandemic to making sure a recent cargo conversion meets regulatory requirements, Steve Giordano and his team at Jet Test and Transport are busy these days. We talk with Steve about one of the most unusual and interesting jobs in aviation.

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