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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 12: Out on the Airfield

On episode 12 of AvTalk, we discuss Air Berlin’s insolvency and what that might mean for other airlines in Europe, NASA gets ready to study the eclipse, and we list some of our favorite airports. We also talk with Dan Kierna, an airport operations supervisor at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago about what it takes to keep one of the world’s busiest airports running on a daily basis. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 11: 747s, Skunks, and Babies

In Episode 11, we check in on the 747 to note a few melancholy milestones and the possibility that two 747s might soon find an interesting new home. We run through some of the flights that made the news recently, including some for the wrong reasons. And we ponder the thorny legal issues that airborne labor and delivery can create. (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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AvTalk Episode 9: Vectors for Landing and Coins for Luck

In episode 9, we talk about some of the stranger aviation stories over the past few weeks, including a passenger new to approach patterns and a woman who threw coins into an engine for luck. We also talk with Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren Norwegian’s first 737 MAX delivery and long-haul, low-cost flying. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 8: Turning the MAX up to 10

In episode 8, we recap some of the major announcements from the Paris Air Show, like the launch of the 737 MAX 10, this year’s big seller, Boeing’s tease of a ‘New Market Airplane’, and Airbus’ new A380plus winglets. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 7: Meltdowns and Bans

In episode 7, we discuss the flight ban affecting Qatar and how it is reshaping air traffic in the region. We also attempt to understand the IT problems that forced British Airways to cancel a full day of flights at London-Heathrow.

Qatar Flight Ban

Following the severing of diplomatic relations with Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates banned all flights to and from Qatar and overflights by Qatar-registered aircraft. Restrictions put in place by Bahrain leave Qatar Airways with one route in and one route out of Doha. We discuss the particulars and what effects the ban is having on air traffic in the region.

For more on the Qatar flight ban, see our in-depth blog post

British Airways’ IT Meltdown

We try to understand the British Airways IT meltdown that stranded thousands of passengers and created headaches for the better part of a week.

Quick Bits of Good News

We leave bans and meltdowns behind for a few small pieces of good news as well.

✈️ The first Airbus A321neo (N921VA) entered service with Virgin America.

✈️ We set a single-day tracking record on 26 May, tracking 182,790 flights.

✈️ Stratolaunch rolls out

✈️ Follow Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two and VSS Unity.

Upcoming in a Special Episode 8

We’ll have an in-depth discussion of Air Traffic Control privatization in our next episode with guests who know much more than Jason and Ian. Tune in then!

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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 get an update on the status of the Mitsubishi MRJ regional jet program. We also delve into the peculiarities of Japanese aviation. (more…)

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AvTalk Episode 5: the COMAC C919 Takes Flight

In Episode 5 we sit down for an extended interview with CNN Aviation Editor Jon Ostrower to talk about the COMAC C919’s first flight and burgeoning Chinese aviation market. We also learn how to track newly built aircraft and send Jason off to Japan. (more…)

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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, sit down with Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren to talk about the last US-based 747-200 flight, and learn about tracking aircraft that may be broadcasting the sporting event you’re watching on TV. (more…)