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Welcome to the AvTalk Aviation Podcast

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An aviation podcast by aviation geeks for anyone who looks up when they hear an airplane fly overhead. Listen in as Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz bring you aviation news, views, and special guests every Friday. If you’re a new avgeek or just can’t get enough aviation in your life, get your avgeek fix with us.

Meet your hosts

Ian Petchenik

Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast, Ian grew up at the end of the runway in Chicago and fell in love with aviation at a young age.

Jason Rabinowitz

An AvGeek who researches and writes about all things airlines, airplanes, transit and travel. Co-host of Flightradar24’s AvTalk podcast.

Gabriel Leigh

Having been fascinated by airplanes since he can remember, Gabriel writes about transport, travel and more for publications like The New York Times, Monocle and Forbes.
Latest episode
On this episode of AvTalk, we try to unpack what happened this week as C-band 5G wireless went live in the United States. And we talk with Matthew Wietstock from Western Michigan University about one of the paths young people can use to enter the aviation industry. The ‘5G’ fiasco US telecom companies turned…

Recent reviews

Fltof2
5/5
“Excellent show. Keeps me informed of the latest developments in the airline industry, and many of the interviews with guests have been fantastic!”
K/M/S
5/5

“Among aviation podcasts, this one is a shining star: it features interviews with very interesting people in “the biz”, intelligent humor, professionalism and no posturing.”

who62500
5/5
“This is a very informative AND entertaining podcast if you are even remotely into aviation. Ian and Jason work well off of each other to make for a very pleasant listen.”
Timmy Dedock
5/5
“I’ve worked for a major aircraft manufacturer for 8 years and just recently discovered the aviation talk podcasting industry. I love the insight shared and great interviews from all around the aviation industry.”
Previous episodes

Episode 146: Train versus plane

On this episode of AvTalk, we break down Airbus and Boeing order and delivery…

AvTalk Episode 145: EK231 and the stinking onion

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower to…

AvTalk Episode 144: Our favorite conversations from 2021

On this final episode of AvTalk for 2021, we look back on some of…

AvTalk Episode 143: Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 2

On this episode of Avtalk, Airbus picks up another big order before the close…

AvTalk Episode 142: Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 1

On this very full episode of AvTalk, we recount our travels back from Stockholm,…

AvTalk Episode 141: China greenlights the 737 MAX

On this episode of AvTalk, we travel to Stockholm for a julbord, China’s aviation…

AvTalk Episode 140: United CEO Scott Kirby on SAFs

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby to…

AvTalk Episode 139: Catching up with airBaltic’s CEO and Chief Pilot

This week’s episode of AvTalk takes us back to the Baltic region for interviews…

AvTalk Episode 138: The 2021 Dubai Airshow

On this episode of AvTalk, we recap the new from the 2021 Dubai Airshow…

AvTalk Episode 137: The grand reopening

On this episode of AvTalk, the US is once again open to for travel….

AvTalk Episode 136: Jet Pack Man isn’t real

On this episode of AvTalk, the Transair 737 is raised from the ocean floor,…

AvTalk Episode 135: Airbus Chief Test Pilot Malcolm Ridley

Airbus chief test pilot Malcolm Ridley On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by…

AvTalk Episode 134: Nobody cares about number 2

On this episode of AvTalk, we look forward to the 8th of November, when…

AvTalk Episode 133: Southwest, ATC, and the rumor mill

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the breakdown of Southwest Airlines’ operations over…

AvTalk Episode 132: Net Zero at the IATAAGM

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Seth Miller joins the show to fill us…

AvTalk Episode 131: When pigs… stand next to a runway?

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re back at our desks, HNA is going to…

AvTalk Episode 130: The Airbus Summit

On this episode of AvTalk, we join the Airbus Summit in Toulouse to see…

AvTalk Episode 129: A maddening report

On this episode of AvTalk, we get ready for a busy week of travel…

AvTalk Episode 128: The Raccoon Returns

On this episode of AvTalk, the Raccoon returns! Plus, the FAA is keeping Virgin…

AvTalk Episode 127: Getting into the boxes business

On this episode of AvTalk, the Kabul Airlift ends and the last US military…

AvTalk Episode 126: The Kabul Airlift

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the ongoing Kabul Airlift, the activation of…

AvTalk Episode 125: Chaos in Kabul

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the rapidly devolving situation in Kabul, Afghanistan….

AvTalk Episode 124: Get out your smelling salts

On this episode of AvTalk, the 737 MAX begins recertification flights in China, US…

AvTalk Episode 123: Cockpit Casual with Steve Giordano

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Steve Giordano of Jet Test and…

AvTalk Episode 122: Everything you need to know about eVTOL aircraft

On this episode of AvTalk, we sit down with Elan Head, editorial director of…

AvTalk Episode 121: Passing 100,000

On this episode of AvTalk, the industry recovery is expanding as we pass 100,000…

AvTalk Episode 120: Aviation, it’s electric!

United orders 200 Heart Aerospace electric regional aircraft, Porter finally confirms its E195-E2 order,…

AvTalk Episode 119: Ditching in the dark

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the ditching of a Transair 737-200 in…

AvTalk Episode 118: A real aircraft order

On this week’s episode, United announces a huge and real aircraft order, the Boeing…

AvTalk Episode 117: Undesirable Retraction

On this episode of AvTalk, Southwest Airlines is getting a new CEO, airlines are…

AvTalk Episode 116: WTO look there’s China

On this episode of AvTalk, the US and EU close the book on their…

AvTalk Episode 115: Is Boom all noise?

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome aerospace journalists John Walton and Jon Ostrower…

AvTalk Episode 114: Shootin’ the Breeze

On this episode of AvTalk, we try to fit in as many Breeze Airways…

AvTalk Episode 113: Ryanair flight 4978 forced to land in Belarus

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the forcible diversion of a Ryanair flight…

AvTalk Episode 112: They walked away from a mid-air collision

On this episode of AvTalk, a Metroliner and SR22 collide over Denver and everyone…

AvTalk Episode 111: NTSB Investigator Sean Payne, Part 2

On this episode of AvTalk, we continue our conversation with NTSB investigator Sean Payne…

AvTalk Episode 110: NTSB Investigator Sean Payne, Part 1

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome Sean Payne, an investigator with the US…

AvTalk Episode 109: Meet Frugal the Squirrel

On this episode of AvTalk, the densest version of the 737 MAX is certified,…

AvTalk Episode 108: Ian does his best to pronounce Fagradalsfjall

On this episode, we check on Iceland’s erupting volcano, dig through the Ukraine International…

AvTalk Episode 107: Strong words from Sir Tim Clark

On this episode of AvTalk, we mark two years since the crash of Ethiopian…

AvTalk Episode 106: How to run an airport in Antarctica

On this very special episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Sven Lidström of the…

AvTalk Episode 105: It’s raining engine parts

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss what we know so far about the…

AvTalk Episode 104: Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter

On this episode of AvTalk, Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter joins Gabriel Leigh for…

AvTalk Episode 103: Ian’s plan to save Norwegian with GameStop cash

On this episode of AvTalk, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the United…

AvTalk Episode 102: The crash of Sriwijaya Air flight 182

On this episode of AvTalk, we review what we know so far about the…

AvTalk Episode 101: Our favorite conversations from 2020

Happy New Year! This week we’re looking back at a couple of our favorite…

AvTalk Episode 100: Good riddance 2020

On our 100th episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by John Walton to learn about…

AvTalk Episode 99: Solving the mystery of the whale song

On this episode of AvTalk, whale songs, a Vulcan howl, Chewbaca’s greeting—whatever you want…

AvTalk Episode 98: The MAX is back

On this episode, The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the FAA’s…

AvTalk Episode 97: The Piston-powered Episode

On this episode of AvTalk, the impossible has happened—Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport is open! We…

AvTalk Episode 96: Everything is strange and nothing makes sense

On this episode of AvTalk, the longest flight in the world is set to…

AvTalk Episode 95: Buddy Start

On this episode of AvTalk, the FAA releases the Flight Standardization Board Report for…

AvTalk Episode 94: What a mess

On this episode of AvTalk, the last A380 rolls out of assembly, more aircraft…

AvTalk Episode 93: Shimmy Shake

On this episode of AvTalk we’ve got jet packs, a bunch of helium balloons…

AvTalk Episode 92: Not great, not great at all

On this episode of AvTalk, the FedEx 767 emergency landing at LAX, Canada takes…

AvTalk Episode 91: The public comment period

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the proposed Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive…

AvTalk Episode 90: Long live the Queen

On this episode of AvTalk we say goodbye to a big chunk of the…

AvTalk Episode 89: The recovery that isn’t

On this episode of AvTalk, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization details the chain of events…

AvTalk Episode 88: 262 out of 860

On this episode of AvTalk, we look at the preliminary report from the crash…

AvTalk Episode 87: 100 kilograms of silica

On this episode of AvTalk, we look at the signs of recovery around the…

AvTalk Episode 86: What’s next: a roundtable discussion

On this episode of AvTalk, we see what the initial data tells us about…

AvTalk Episode 85: We’ll see

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the extremely rare incident where a Southwest…

AvTalk Episode 84: Completing the trifecta

On this episode of AvTalk, more airlines say goodbye to sizable portions of their…

AvTalk Episode 83: Have we hit the bottom?

On this episode of AvTalk, we look at some COVID-19 related aviation innovation, Seth…

AvTalk Episode 82: Setting all the wrong records

On this episode of AvTalk, we see how far air traffic fell in March…

AvTalk Episode 81: ATC 0

On this episode of AvTalk, we review which airlines and countries have now canceled…

AvTalk Episode 80: Grinding to a halt

On this special episode of AvTalk, Jason and Ian take stock of how the…

AvTalk Episode 79: It’s nothing short of a crisis

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back The Air Current editor-in-chief John Ostrower…

AvTalk Episode 78: Climb into the Skynest

On this episode of AvTalk, air traffic in China is down over 80% from…

AvTalk Episode 77: Jetting in the Jet Stream

On this episode of AvTalk, a Pegasus Airlines 737 overruns the runway in Istanbul,…

AvTalk Episode 76: The Coronavirus Response

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the Coronavirus response, as authorities and airlines…

AvTalk Episode 75: The downing of PS752

On this episode of AvTalk, we begin the year on a somber note to…

AvTalk Episode 74: Our favorite conversations from 2019

Happy New Year! On this episode of AvTalk we look back at some of…

AvTalk Episode 73: Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX

On this episode of AvTalk, Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX, Harbour Air’s…

AvTalk Episode 72: United’s Single Aisle Surprise

On this episode of AvTalk, our reaction to United Airlines’ surprise order for 50…

AvTalk Episode 71: Firm Orders

On this week’s episode, our resident numbers expert Gavin Werbeloff joins us to make…

AvTalk Episode 70: Fat Fingers in Amsterdam

On this episode of AvTalk, we chat with Ian Matthews—a Flight Maintenance Engineer for…

AvTalk Episode 69: A special 737 MAX update

Return to service — if? when? On this special episode of AvTalk, we welcome…

ANNOUNCEMENT: No AvTalk episode this week, special episode next week

We unfortunately won’t have a new episode for you this week, but we will…

AvTalk Episode 68: Cracked Pickle Forks

Cracked pickle forks have been found on dozens of inspected 737NGs, the 737 MAX’s…

AvTalk Episode 67: Operation Matterhorn

On this episode of AvTalk, we review an awful week for European airlines and…

AvTalk Episode 66: Our Super Avgeek Week

On this episode of AvTalk, we head to Roswell, New Mexico for the Super80…

AvTalk Episode 65: NOTAM’d

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome OpsGroup founder Mark Zee to discuss NOTAMs…

AvTalk Episode 64: AvTalk summer spectacular

On this episode of AvTalk, our quickest 737 MAX update yet, protesters snarl traffic…

AvTalk Episode 63: Sir, you can’t dump that fuel here

On this episode of AvTalk, we talk with Joseph Tar Schmidt, a regional airline…

AvTalk Episode 62: Drying Cherries with a Helicopter

On this episode of AvTalk, we talk to pilot Maria Langer about what it’s…

AvTalk Episode 61: La Compagnie co-founder Jean-Charles Perino

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Jean Charles Perino, co-founder of La…

AvTalk Episode 60: A Paris Surprise

On this episode of AvTalk, aviation journalist John Walton joins us from the Paris…

AvTalk Episode 59: From Regional Jet to Space Jet

On this episode of AvTalk, Mitsubishi sets its eyes on the CRJ program, we…

AvTalk Episode 58: Flying Nostalgia

On this episode of AvTalk, we get an update on the Aeroflot 1492 accident….

AvTalk Special Episode: A 737 MAX Update

On this special episode of AvTalk, we welcome The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower…

AvTalk Episode 57: In an evacuation, leave everything

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Aeroflot 1492 in Moscow, Miami Air’s runway…

AvTalk Episode 56: How to land a plane

On this episode of AvTalk, Jet Airways halts flights, the FAA lays out its…

AvTalk Episode 55: The ET302 Preliminary Report

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the Ethiopian investigators’ preliminary report on the…

AvTalk Episode 54: the 737 MAX MCAS Software Update

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Boeing’s MCAS software update, the continued grounding…

AvTalk Episode 53: Ethiopian 302 and the grounding of the 737 MAX

On this episode of AvTalk we’re joined by The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower…

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…

AvTalk Episode 51: The end of the line for the A380

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Airbus’ plans for the future of the…

AvTalk Episode 50: AvTalk and the 747 turn 50

On this episode of AvTalk, we celebrate our 50th episode and the 50th anniversary…

AvTalk Episode 49: Shut it down

On this episode of AvTalk, Indonesia finds the Lion Air 610 cockpit voice recorder,…

Episode 48: Aviation 2018: the good, the bad, and the weird

2018 was a year of highs, lows, and head scratchers. We take you through…

AvTalk Episode 47: Emotional Support Chicken

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the recent incidents allegedly involving drones, Norwegian…

AvTalk Episode 46: Pickled Herring

On this episode of AvTalk, Indonesian investigators release a preliminary report on Lion Air…

AvTalk Episode 45: Tossing a FUD Grenade

On this episode of AvTalk, The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower joins us to…

AvTalk Episode 44: The crash of Lion Air flight 610

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason heads to South Africa, we discuss the crash…

AvTalk Episode 43: A Little Brick Wall Won’t Stop a 737

On this episode of AvTalk, an Air India Express 737 clips a brick wall,…

AvTalk Episode 42: An Episode 60 Years in the Making

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason and Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren report on their visit to…

AvTalk Episode 41: Mistakes Were Made

On this episode of AvTalk, Seth Miller joins us as he and Jason take…

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…

AvTalk Episode 39: A Broken Flux Capacitator

On this episode of AvTalk, we spend as little amount of time talking about…

AvTalk Episode 38: The Horizon Q400 Incident

On this episode of AvTalk we welcome Jon Ostrower back to the program to…

AvTalk Episode 37: Pushing Buttons and Pulling Levers

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Aeromexico flight 2431 and what we know…

AvTalk Episode 36: Meet the new plane, same as the old plane

On this episode of AvTalk, we review the order book from the Farnborough Airshow…

AvTalk Episode 35: A Whale of a Time

On this episode of AvTalk we break records, we learn more about aircraft leasing…

AvTalk Episode 34: No Experience Necessary

On this episode of AvTalk, the A330neo sets off on a 5 continent adventure,…

AvTalk Episode 33: Parts for Sale, Inquire Within

On this episode of AvTalk, the first A380s to fly passengers find out their…

AvTalk Episode 32: Jet Assisted Take Off

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the aviation incidents that have occurred in…

AvTalk Episode 31: Aviation Uncertainty

On this episode of AvTalk, aerospace journalist John Walton joins us for a wide…

AvTalk Episode 30: Engine Trouble

On this episode of AvTalk, we take an in depth look at Southwest flight…

AvTalk Episode 29: Alerts, Orders, and Interiors

On this episode of AvTalk, Gavin Werbeloff steps in for Jason as we dig…

AvTalk Episode 28: Air India and Qantas Make History

On this episode of AvTalk, Air India and Qantas make history and Singapore Airlines…

AvTalk Episode 27: Just Don’t Call It a 757

In this episode, we celebrate 1 year of AvTalk! We talk to aerospace journalist…

AvTalk Episode 26: A 767 Full of King Cakes

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome UPS Airlines captain Ken Hoke for an…

AvTalk Episode 25: Saratov Airlines Flight 703

On this episode of AvTalk, we get an update on the investigation into the…

AvTalk Episode 24: A Big Win for Bombardier

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower to…

AvTalk Episode 23: Ground Stop

On this episode of AvTalk we recap the meltdown at JFK Airport in New…

AvTalk Episode 22: AvTalk Revisited: Selected Interviews from 2017

Happy new year from AvTalk! We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our first…

AvTalk Episode 21: 2017 Aviation Year in Review

On this episode of AvTalk, we look back at 2017 for an aviation year…

AvTalk Episode 20: A Look Inside Flightradar24

On this episode of AvTalk, we head to Stockholm to go inside Flightradar24. We…

AvTalk Episode 19: They Bought How Many Planes!?

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Seth Miller to discuss his recent…

AvTalk Episode 18: A United 747 Farewell

In this episode of AvTalk, we send Jason to Hawaii on the final United…

AvTalk Episode 17: The C Series Double Take

On this episode of AvTalk, we sit down with Jon Ostrower, CNN’s aviation editor,…

AvTalk Episode 16: Uncontained Failure

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason finally gets to fly the Bombardier C Series,…

AvTalk Episode 15: Joon is a State of Mind

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason reports from the APEX EXPO in Long Beach,…

AvTalk Episode 14: Jason, Go Make Your Bed

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the massive aviation impacts of Hurricane Irma….

AvTalk Episode 13: Hurricanes and DSLRs

In episode 13, we look at the effects of Hurricane Harvey on aviation and…

AvTalk Episode 12: Out on the Airfield

On episode 12 of AvTalk, we discuss Air Berlin’s insolvency and what that might…

AvTalk Episode 11: 747s, Skunks, and Babies

In Episode 11, we check in on the 747 to note a few melancholy…

AvTalk Episode 10: Construction, Cows, and 225,000 Pounds of Ketchup

In episode 10, we talk to Andrew Poure, a flight operations supervisor for a…

AvTalk Episode 9: Vectors for Landing and Coins for Luck

In episode 9, we talk about some of the stranger aviation stories over the…

AvTalk Episode 8: Turning the MAX up to 10

In episode 8, we recap some of the major announcements from the Paris Air…

AvTalk Episode 7: Meltdowns and Bans

In episode 7, we discuss the flight ban affecting Qatar and how it is…

AvTalk Episode 6: An Update on the Mitsubishi MRJ from Japan

In Episode 6 we head to Japan for an interview with John Walton to…

AvTalk Episode 5: the COMAC C919 Takes Flight

In Episode 5 we sit down for an extended interview with CNN Aviation Editor…

AvTalk Episode 4: North Korea, Goodbye 747-200s, and Patterns in the Sky

In episode 4, we learn how most airlines navigate their way around North Korea,…

AvTalk Episode 3: Visiting the Aircraft Interiors Expo

In a special Episode 3, we visit the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany…

AvTalk Episode 2 – Jason Crawls Inside a Plane

In Episode 2, Jason crawls inside a plane, we talk in circles about circular…

Introducing AvTalk—the Flightradar24 Aviation Podcast

Introductions We’re excited to introduce ‘AvTalk’, our new Flightradar24 aviation podcast, hosted by Ian…