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AvTalk Episode 66: Our Super Avgeek Week

On this episode of AvTalk, we head to Roswell, New Mexico for the Super80 Send Off. Then we cap off our avgeek week in Los Angeles with Cranky Flier’s Dorkfest and SpotLAX2019. Plus an American Airlines mechanic is arrested for sabotage and there’s a fresh obstacle for the 737 MAX’s return to service. (more…)

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Inside the American Airlines Super80 Send Off

On 4 September, American Airlines retired the MD-80 family of aircraft from its fleet after 37 years of service. Named the Super80 by American, the airline operated more than 360 of the aircraft at its peak. On Wednesday, the final 26 were retired and 23 of them flown to the desert in Roswell, New Mexico. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 65: NOTAM’d

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome OpsGroup founder Mark Zee to discuss NOTAMs and why his group is trying to change how they’re written. We also get updates on the Ural Airlines A321 that landed in a cornfield, the 737 MAX timeline, and Qantas is set to conduct a trio of Project Sunrise test flights. (more…)

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How to track the final Super80 Send Off

The Super80 Send Off to end all Super80 send offs, truly. On Wednesday, 4 September American Airlines will operate the final mass-retirement of its MD-80 fleet. The airline will operate its final MD-80 revenue flight and 23 MD-83 aircraft will make their way to Roswell, New Mexico throughout the day. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 33: Parts for Sale, Inquire Within

On this episode of AvTalk, the first A380s to fly passengers find out their flying days are over. Heathrow moves one step closer to a third runway. Singapore Airlines officially announces the return of service between Singapore and Newark. And Captain Ken Hoke fills us in on how he gets gas for his airplane.

Parts for sale

In 2007, the first Airbus A380s entered commercial service with Singapore Airlines. Now just 11 years later the first two A380s to fly paying passengers (MSN 003 and MSN 005) are slated to be dismantled and sold for parts. After trying unsuccessfully to find a lessee for the two aircraft, aircraft owner Dr Peters Group decided that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. We discuss how this might impact the A380 program and just what exactly will happen to the aircraft.

Heathrow moves closer to a third runway

London’s Heathrow Airport moves one step closer to expansion with a third runway this week as the Northwest runway plan gained ministerial approval. We talk about the challenges that still lie ahead for London.

Canada’s Transportation Security Board issues report on WestJet low approach to Sint Maarten

We discuss the flight, Sint Maarten’s sometimes challenging conditions, and the TSB’s recommendations.

Flight track of WestJet 2652’s approach to St Maarten

Read the TSB’s full report (PDF)

Hamburg Airport goes dark for a day

Hamburg Airport suffered a power failure that forced the airport to suspend flight operations for the day last Sunday.

American Airlines flight damage by hail

American Airlines flight 1897 from San Antonio to Phoenix safely diverted to El Paso after flying through a hail storm.

Singapore Airlines relaunches Singapore-Newark flights

Singapore Airlines announced it will resume non-stop service between Singapore and Newark using the new A350-900ULR beginning in October, marking the return of the world’s longest flight. We talk about the 15,000 km, 19 hour flight and what makes the A350ULR different.

Captain Ken Hoke fills up the tanks

Ken Hoke explains how much fuel is needed for a flight and who decides.

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AvTalk Episode 29: Alerts, Orders, and Interiors

On this episode of AvTalk, Gavin Werbeloff steps in for Jason as we dig into the numbers around some recent aircraft orders. And we send Jason to Hamburg for the Aircraft Interiors Expo. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 13: Hurricanes and DSLRs

In episode 13, we look at the effects of Hurricane Harvey on aviation and see how airlines are helping with relief efforts. GE Aviation retires the oldest active 747. Southwest Airlines takes delivery of its first 737 MAX and American Airlines isn’t too far behind. We get surprised by the possible new home for the first production A380s. And we again welcome Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren to the podcast to hear about another 747 retirement and how we can improve our avgeek photography. (more…)

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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 U.S.-based major cargo airline. We see how construction fumes and cows affected aviation last week, celebrate an impressive milestone, and quickly preview next week’s Airventure.

All Cargo, All the Time

We sat down with Andrew Poure, who works for a major U.S. cargo airline, to learn more about what it takes to ship anything from cherries to horses around the world.

The main cargo deck of a 747-400F

Construction Fumes Cause Airspace Closure

Construction fumes caused the evacuation of the Washington ARTCC in Leesburg, Virgina last week, leading to airspace closures and significant delays along the U.S. east coast.

Cows on a Plane

Facing a milk shortage due to restrictions related to its ongoing dispute with other countries in the region, Qatar is importing dairy cows. The first 165 of 4000 cows arrived last week.

‘Al’ Blackman’s 75 Years of Service

American Airlines maintenance technician Azriel ‘Al’ Blackman has worked for the airline for 75 years. This week AA’s 777 N751AN was painted with Blackman’s signature on the forward fuselage in celebration of his service, which is now officially a Guinness world record.

N751AN celebrating Al Blackman’s 75 years as a mechanic at American Airlines. Photo courtesy American Airlines

Oshkosh

Airventure, the world’s largest aviation gathering begins Monday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. We give you a quick preview of what to expect.

We attended Oshkosh last year to tour Cathay Pacific’s ‘Hong Kong Trader’ 747-8F. Watch our video tour.

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