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AvTalk Episode 50: AvTalk and the 747 turn 50

On this episode of AvTalk, we celebrate our 50th episode and the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747. We discuss aviation’s role in ending the US government shutdown, how British Airways’ is celebrating its centenary, and we see if anyone wants to buy an abandoned MD-87.

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AvTalk Episode 38: The Horizon Q400 Incident

On this episode of AvTalk we welcome Jon Ostrower back to the program to discuss the Horizon Air Q400 incident last week in Seattle. We review some of the other incidents over the past few weeks and recap fleet updates from various airlines around the world. (more…)

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Route Proving with the Airbus A330neo

On 6 July, Airbus invited us to join an A330neo function and reliability test flight from Chicago to Atlanta. The airframer is currently working towards certification of the A330-900, which it intends to deliver to launch customer TAP Air Portugal later this year. As part of the certification process, Airbus is conducting a 5 continent tour to gain flight test hours and perform route proving. (more…)

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British Airways and Chicago-O’Hare Airport Inaugurate A380 Service

On 4 May, British Airways inaugurated the first regular A380 service to Chicago, beginning daily service between London-Heathrow Airport and O’Hare International Airport. The first regular service by the A380 to Chicago comes 10 years after the aircraft entered service and two years after the Chicago airport first became A380 capable. (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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Safety First: How Lightning Affects Airfield Operations

The Chicago-area experienced severe storms this week, halting operations at Chicago-O’Hare International Airport more than once. On Wednesday morning, Chicago news anchor Alan Krashesky posted a video that perfectly illustrates why airfield operations stop during a thunderstorm. (more…)

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Our Airfield Tour at Chicago-O’Hare Airport

While at Chicago-O’Hare Airport earlier today, we were fortunate enough to enjoy an airfield tour, courtesy of the airport’s Operations department. The morning arrivals bank had just come in, but there was plenty to see during our hours on the field. (more…)