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Subscribers: 436
Reviews: 7

John Kape
 May 29, 2021
5 Stars! The most entertaining aviation podcast. The hosts are funny and top notch!

Luke Wallace
 Mar 28, 2021
It is an excellent podcast overall, but Jason gets a bit too political at times.

Carsten Glarmbaek
 Jun 6, 2020
Great podcast. The hosts are always on top of the current topics in aviation!

Jose L. Henriquez
 Jun 6, 2020
Great podcast! Ian and Jason are an awesome team. Plain and simple language, very peculiar sense of humor. Great inside especially for geeks who are not part of the aviation industry.

Dario
 Jun 5, 2020
Great podcast! It sas super approachable for me as a casual tracker of the industry and I learn something new every podcast.

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An aviation podcast from Flightradar24, the world’s most popular flight tracking service.

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AvTalk Episode 201: Sending the last 747 home
40:01

On this week’s episode, we’re joined by The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower for a discussion about the delivery of the last Boeing 747 and Boeing’s plans for the future in Everett and beyond. Ostrower explains Boeing’s decision to begin a fourth 737 MAX production line at Everett and the recent NASA award for Boeing to …

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Feb 03, 2023
AvTalk Episode 200: Boeing earnings and arraignment, NTSB comments again
42:47

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Boeing reports its financial results for 2022, we preview Boeing’s arraignment on fraud charges in Texas, the NTSB issues more comments on the Ethiopian 302 final report, and we learn what brought down the air traffic control system in the Philippines earlier this month. Boeing’s big week Boeing reported …

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Jan 27, 2023
AvTalk Episode 199: One crashed, two came close
47:47

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we discuss the crash of Yeti Airlines flight 691, a major safety incident in New York that could have been much worse, and Gabriel Leigh sits down with John Nilsson of Swedavia to learn about what airports are doing to get ready for electric and hydrogen powered aircraft. Yeti …

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Jan 20, 2023
AvTalk Episode 198: Organ Transplant Logistics
1:04:53

On this episode of AvTalk, we walk through what we know (so far) about the FAA’s NOTAM system outage. And Casey Humphries from the United Network for Organ Sharing and Chris Curran of New England Donor Services join us to explain how transplant organs get from donor to recipient and the critical role played by …

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Jan 13, 2023
AvTalk Episode 197: The problem with the ET302 final report
51:23

On our first episode of 2023, we see how Southwest has recovered from its meltdown; investigators issue their final report on ET302, but the NTSB and BEA have more to add; and airspace in the Philippines is recovered after a power outage closed the entire Manila FIR to flights. Southwest’s recovery Southwest Airlines’ operations returned …

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Jan 06, 2023
AvTalk Episode 196: Our favorite conversations from 2022
57:52

From people who live and breath the nuts and bolts of running an airline to journalists covering the business of aviation, our conversations took us all over the world and down more than one rabbit hole. To close out the year, we revisit some of our favorite AvTalk conversations from 2022. Flying Zero G Novespace …

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Dec 30, 2022
AvTalk Special Episode: Southwest Airlines’ Operational Meltdown
52:41

On this special episode of AvTalk, we’ve reproduced the audio from our video live stream episode about Southwest Airlines’ cancellations and operational meltdown that began with massive storms across the United States on 22 December and morphed into a IT infrastructure nightmare for the airline and its passengers. You can replay the video live stream …

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Dec 27, 2022
AvTalk Episode 195: Boeing gets an early Christmas gift
36:51

On this episode of AvTalk, Boeing ends the year on a high note with a Congressional reprieve for the 737-7 and 737-10 certification, the return of the 777X to flight tests, and the final first flight of the mighty 747. Christmas comes early for Boeing Congress included the Cantwell amendment in the Omnibus spending bill, …

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Dec 23, 2022
AvTalk Episode 194: What do you do on a 13 hour test flight?
43:53

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, United orders every Boeing plane they can get their hands on, Boom announces a trio of companies it says will help build an engine for its Overture supersonic jet, and we speak with Jim Fawcett, lead Flight Test Engineer at Airbus about the 13 hour A321XLR test flight earlier …

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Dec 16, 2022
AvTalk Episode 193: The final 747 leaves the factory
51:19

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, the final Boeing 747 rolls out of the factory, Airbus didn’t deliver nearly as many planes this year as they thought they would, and Gabriel Leigh talks to Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter as the airline takes its first (and only) A330-800neo. The final 747 leaves the factory With …

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Dec 09, 2022
AvTalk Episode 192: He fought the wire and the wire won
40:19

On this episode of AvTalk, an aircraft catches the wire—and we’re not talking about aircraft carriers. Plus, Airbus details its plans for the future at its Summit in Toulouse, GE Aviation is trying to figure out what’s wrong with the GE9X engine, and Senator Maria Cantwell may just have a way forward for Boeing. Catching …

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Dec 02, 2022
AvTalk Episode 191: What happened in Lima?
45:58

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we discuss the tragic collision between a LATAM A320neo and an airport fire fighting rig in Lima and what we know so far about why they fire truck was on the runway. We also have a our first listener contestants, Ciara and Ganning, play the AvTalk trivia game. LATAM …

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Nov 25, 2022
AvTalk Episode 190: Would you like to play a game?
46:56

On this episode of AvTalk, we have a lot of news to catch up on after last week’s episode solely focused on Boeing’s future. And Ian and Jason preview an avgeek trivia game that you can play on the show! If you’d like to play on next week’s show, send us an email. P-63 King …

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Nov 18, 2022
AvTalk Episode 189: Looking into Boeing’s Future
51:58

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by The Air Current’s editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower to parse the news from Boeing’s first investor day in four years last week. We cover CEO Dave Calhoun’s comments that Boeing will not begin building a new airplane until at least the next decade and the status of Boeing’s current …

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Nov 11, 2022
AvTalk Episode 188: Harassed by a Drone
56:46

On this episode of AvTalk, Ian is harassed by a mystery drone, Cathay Pacific resumes flying over Russia, and pilot Mark Vanhoenacker joins us to discuss his new book, Imagine a City. Ian gets harassed by a mystery drone While grocery shopping, Ian gets harassed by a DJI Mavic 3. Boeing hosts its first investor …

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Nov 04, 2022
AvTalk Episode 187: Korean Air goes off-roading
37:53

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, a Korean Air A330 overruns the runway while attempting to land in Cebu. And a Cuban pilot flies his An-2 crop duster to Florida, 20 feet above the ocean. Korean Air 631 Korean Air flight 631 was attempting to land in Cebu, Philippines during poor weather when it overran …

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Oct 28, 2022
AvTalk Episode 186: Unexpected runway
34:35

On this episode of AvTalk, the FAA tells Boeing to get its act together if it ever wants to certify the 737-7 MAX, let alone by the end of the year and another pilot union weighs in on certification deadline extension. Plus, a close call in Chicago as a United flight making an emergency landing …

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Oct 21, 2022
AvTalk Episode 185: Wheel’s Away!
36:19

On this episode of AvTalk, a Boeing Dreamlifter loses a wheel, the fate of the 737-7 and -10 MAX remains firmly on the ground, and we welcome back Airline Weekly editor Edward Russell to fill us in on Delta and Joby’s new agreement for eVTOL operations. Boeing Dreamlifter loses a wheel On departure from Taranto, …

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Oct 14, 2022
AvTalk Episode 184: The life of an airline dispatcher
57:26

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, airline dispatcher Michael Karrels joins us to talk about his work at a legacy carrier in the US and some of the differences in dispatching around the world. Plus, the FAA finalizes rules extending cabin crew rest, and we close the show with a story from the early days …

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Oct 07, 2022
AvTalk Episode 183: Closing down, Opening up
39:54

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we look at the aviation effects of Hurricane Ian, check in on ICAO’s 41st assembly in Montreal, and try to understand how a rumor took off before we even knew it was on the runway. Hurricane Ian passes through Florida Replay of live stream on how to track Hurricane …

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Sep 30, 2022
AvTalk Episode 182: Electricity in the air
44:24

On this episode of AvTalk, American Airlines announces a major cabin refit and the end of international first class, prices for flights departing Russia skyrocket after Putin announces the mobilization of reservists, and electric aircraft makers have a mixed week. American Airlines’ unveils cabin refresh American Airlines will restyle its premium cabins on long-haul aircraft, …

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Sep 23, 2022
AvTalk Episode 181: The Queen’s flight
38:46

The flight carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II shattered the record for the most tracked flight of all time, nearly doubling the record set just last month by Nancy Pelosi. We talk about the records the Queen’s last flight set, how it affected Flightradar24, and what’s happening behind the scenes to continue upgrades to …

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Sep 16, 2022
AvTalk Episode 180: Parabolic flight on the Zero G A310
1:02:06

On this episode of AvTalk, Ian heads to Bordeaux to experience weightlessness aboard the Novespace / Air Zero G A310 with the German Aerospace Research Center. Novespace chairman and former astronaut Jean-François Clervoy explains the idea behind parabolic flight and pilot Bertrand Rameau teaches us how to fly a parabola in the A310. Plus, Russian …

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Sep 09, 2022
AvTalk Episode 179: French fisticuffs on the flight deck
35:36

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason makes his way down to Washington on the CRJ-550, Ian prepares for the ride of a lifetime, a pair of Air France pilots duke it out mid-flight, and an aircraft sale that came as a big surprise. See Gabriel Leigh’s review of the CRJ-550 here. Simulating space with an …

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Sep 02, 2022
AvTalk Episode 178: Behold the AmeriBoom!
46:30

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Brett Snyder from Crankyflier joins us to discuss his analysis of American Airlines’ order for up to 60 of Boom’s supersonic jets. Plus, big moves by US regional airlines, Aha! declares bankruptcy, and Happy Airways wants you to help get them off the ground. Air Wisconsin moving to American …

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Aug 26, 2022
AvTalk Episode 177: Our attempt at a summer break
20:48

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we try our hand a quick summer break, but can’t fully get away from the news. For that, Airline Weekly editor and AvTalk’s chief short answer correspondent drops by for a brief comment on American Airlines’ order for Boom’s supersonic jet. Digital towers revisited And we revisit our conversation …

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Aug 19, 2022
AvTalk Epiosde 176: The 787 returns
42:54

On this episode of AvTalk, Boeing resumes deliveries of the 787 after more than a year, Russia begins stripping planes for parts, and a Southwest flight makes a landing hard enough to fracture a flight attendant’s vertebra. Boeing resumes 787 deliveries Boeing delivered its first 787 in more than a year this week, sending a …

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Aug 12, 2022
AvTalk Episode 175: Thanks Nancy
33:53

On this episode of AvTalk, SPAR19 becomes the most tracked flight of all time, a bizarre mystery surrounds a tragic flight, and Seth Miller joins us to explain the proposed passenger refund rules from the US Department of Transportation. SPAR19 becomes Flightradar24’s most tracked flight ever The flight of a US Air Force C-40 from …

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Aug 05, 2022
AvTalk Episode 174: Spirit turns its lonely eyes to Blue
1:05:26

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, one chapter of the saga of Spirit Airlines comes to a close and another begins. We review the second quarter results for Boeing and Airbus and note some common themes. And we’re joined by Matt Chaifetz, CEO of Contour Airlines, to discuss the airline’s unique position as a public …

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Jul 29, 2022
AvTalk Episode 173: Farnborough a go go
45:33

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we recap the Farnborough Airshow, where the biggest news wasn’t aircraft orders, but the possible next generation of aircraft. A Meridian An-12BK crashes in Greece. And airports in Europe continue to cut flights as airlines figure out what to do next. Farnborough Airshow The biggest orders weren’t the biggest …

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Jul 22, 2022
AvTalk Episode 172: Six feet from a very different ending
59:23

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, we add extreme heat to the unpleasantness of this summer’s travel woes, one flight comes within six feet of a much different ending, and we begin a new special segment to stay up to date on merger news. The smoldering summer of suck becomes the sweltering summer of suck …

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Jul 15, 2022
AvTalk Episode 171: The smoldering summer of suck
48:10

On this episode of AvTalk, Chinese airlines place a massive Airbus order, a holey Emirates A380, and the smoldering summer of suck rolls on as airlines continue to scramble to trim flights and resize their schedules. Chinese airlines order 300 Airbus aircraft Chinese airlines combined for an order of nearly 300 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. …

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Jul 08, 2022
AvTalk Episode 170: I’ll take the top bunk
48:37

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, it’s a good week to be an A380, JetBlue and Frontier go another round over Spirit, and Air New Zealand officially announces the SkyNest is coming. The A380 is dead, long live the A380 Asiana Airlines and Korean Air put a few of their A380s back in service this …

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Jul 01, 2022
AvTalk Episode 169: It was a hit and run
45:27

On this episode of AvTalk, a RED Air MD-82 goes off the runway in Miami, JetBlue puts up more money for Spirit, the first 100% SAF flight, and Laurence Hambrook, Flightradar24’s product team lead joins us for a sneak peek at what’s coming up next. RED Air MD-82 goes off the runway in Miami A …

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Jun 24, 2022
AvTalk Episode 168: Patience packed, but will it be enough?
54:10

On this episode of AvTalk, Ian heads to Stockholm, while Jason is joined by Seth Miller in Hamburg for the Aircraft Interiors Expo. We preview some of the innovations from the expo, including one that promises to make your seat less swampy and one that none of us want to see on an airline any …

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Jun 17, 2022
AvTalk Episode 167: Could SAS be the new Alitalia?
44:08

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Spirit pulls its vote after JetBlue sweetens its offer. More airlines are proactively canceling flights to avoid disruptions this summer. And could SAS be the new Alitalia? Spirit delays merger vote after fresh JetBlue offer Spirit Airlines delayed the planned vote on Frontier’s offer to buy the airline after …

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Jun 10, 2022
AvTalk Episode 166: You can’t stick that plug there
56:42

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined once again by journalist John Walton to understand the problems we’re seeing at airports mainly in Europe as passengers are waiting hours to check in and clear security. We also discuss KLM’s newly announced Premium Economy cabin and some baffling design choices by the airline. Tara Air Twin …

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Jun 03, 2022
AvTalk Episode 165: LufthITA Cruise Lines
44:12

On this episode of AvTalk, Jet Airways gets its AOC, Lufthansa and MSC Group bid for ITA Airways, and Boeing implements a new safety system. Jet Airways returns A reincarnated Jet Airways received its operating certificate this week. The airline originally ceased operations in 2019. Lufthansa and MSC Group bid for ITA Airways Lufthansa and …

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May 27, 2022
AvTalk Episode 164: JetBlue vs Spirit 2: this time it’s hostile
47:10

On this episode of AvTalk, CNBC airline reporter Leslie Josephs returns to update us on the the latest in JetBlue’s battle to take over Spirit Airlines. Plus, updates on the incredible landing by a passenger in Florida last week, and a new report out this week points to intentional action in the crash of China …

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May 20, 2022
AvTalk Episode 163: The passenger landed the plane!
53:53

On this episode of AvTalk, a passenger lands a Cessna 208 Caravan in Florida after the pilot becomes incapacitated. Republic wants a change in how pilots can earn their certificates. And there’s more consolidation coming to South American airlines. An update on the breaking news regarding the Tibet Airlines A319. Everyone made it off the …

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May 13, 2022
AvTalk Episode 162: Project Sunrise gets the green light
53:33

On this episode of AvTalk, Qantas orders its Project Sunrise fleet from Airbus, Spirit Airlines says no to JetBlue, and Airbus releases its first quarter results. Project Sunrise Qantas ordered 12 A350-1000s for Project Sunrise this week, but they’re no ordinary A350s. We detail how these aircraft will stand out from the rest of the …

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May 06, 2022
AvTalk Episode 161: Cigarettes and Oxygen don’t mix
41:33

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, a confidential report hypothesizes cigarettes and leaking oxygen brought down EgyptAir flight 804, French investigators provide an update on Air France flight 11, and Boeing releases its first quarter earnings and guidance on its aircraft programs. Cigarettes and Oxygen don’t mix In May 2016, EgyptAir flight 804 crashed into …

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Apr 29, 2022
AvTalk Episode 160: We’re in for a rough summer
33:41

On this episode of AvTalk, the US transport mask mandate is struck down, Chinese investigators offer an update on MU5735, and if recent events are any guide, airline operations are in for a rough summer. The masks come off We discuss the ruling this week that struck down the US transport mask mandate. The crux …

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Apr 22, 2022
AvTalk Episode 159: Going multi-modal
47:48

On this episode of AvTalk, Ned Russell joins us to discuss how airlines are expanding passenger rail and bus connections. We also recap what we know about last week’s DHL 757 runway overrun in San Jose, Costa Rica. And the European Union adds nearly two dozen Russian airlines to its list of banned airlines. DHL …

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Apr 15, 2022
AvTalk Episode 158: JetBlue’s surprise bid for Spirit
50:12

On this episode of AvTalk, CNBC airline reporter Leslie Josephs joins us to discuss JetBlue’s surprise bid for Spirit Airlines. Plus, we pull up a beach towel and take a good long look at Condor’s new livery. NTSB helping download China Eastern flight recorders Chinese investigators sent at least one of the data recorders from …

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Apr 08, 2022
AvTalk Episode 157: They missed the deadline
40:46

On this episode of AvTalk, we get an update on the investigation into the crash of China Eastern Airlines flight 5735, lessors begin filing insurance claims for aircraft trapped in Russia, and a LATAM A320 joins the twisted gear club. China Eastern 5735 updates Both the Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recorder have been …

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Apr 01, 2022
AvTalk Episode 156: China Eastern Airlines flight 5735
32:49

On this episode of AvTalk we discuss what we know so far about the crash of China Eastern Airlines flight 5735. We also talk about the status of foreign-owned aircraft operated by Russian airlines and why lessors probably aren’t getting most of those aircraft back anytime soon. China Eastern Airlines 5735 The 737-800 was en …

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Mar 25, 2022
AvTalk Episode 155: Andy Taylor, Chief Solutions Officer
52:10

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome Andy Taylor, Chief Solutions Officer, Digital Towers from NATS, the UK’s air navigation service provider. Andy explains how digital towers are reducing controller workload and helping improve safety in the air and on the ground. We also have the latest updates on Russian airlines and the fate of …

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Mar 18, 2022
AvTalk Episode 154: The Titanium Curtain Rises
36:12

On this episode of AvTalk we welcome The Air Current’s editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower back to the show to discuss what some of the long-term effects of sanctions on Russia might be for the aviation and aerospace industries in Russia and around the world. We talk about Russian airlines and their flouting of lessor demands that …

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Mar 10, 2022
AvTalk Episode 153: Ukraine, Russia and the impact on aviation
37:13

When Russian invaded Ukraine last week the aviation impacts were immediate and spread quickly. On this episode of AvTalk, Jason and Ian are joined by aerospace journalist John Walton to discuss the aviation-related impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Beginning with the closure of Ukrainian airspace through flight bans on Russian aircraft to sanctions on …

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Mar 03, 2022
AvTalk Episode 152: Hydrogen on the A380
41:15

On this episode of AvTalk, updates on the aviation situation in Ukraine. Plus, Airbus goes big with an A380 flying test bed for hydrogen propulsion. Ukrainian airspace updates We run down which airlines are avoiding Ukraine and which are still operating. Note: this episode was recorded on Wednesday, 23 February prior to Russia’s invasion of …

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Feb 25, 2022
AvTalk Episode 151: Keeping an eye on Ukraine
41:35

On this episode of AvTalk, we take stock of the situation in Ukraine and its effects thus far on commercial aviation. The FAA removes Boeing’s ability to self-certify 787s and we review the Singapore Airshow order book. Civil aviation in Ukraine The situation in Ukraine remains tense and unpredictable and in that environment, some insurance …

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Feb 18, 2022
AvTalk Episode 150: Spirit, the final Frontier
50:54

On this episode of AvTalk, Edward Russell from Airline Weekly joins us to discuss the merger of Frontier and Spirit Airlines. Mesa Airlines adds another electric aircraft to its stable of investments. And Gabriel Leigh gives us the scoop on Finnair’s new cabin, including its audacious new business class seat. Frontier and Spirit to merge Frontier …

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Feb 11, 2022
AvTalk Episode 149: Now that’s a biggun’
45:31

On this episode of AvTalk, Boeing launches the 777X Freighter with Qatar Airways as the launch customer. And some Ethiopian Airlines staff have fled the country in incredible ways, stowing away on flights to Europe and the US. Boeing launches the 777X Freighter with Qatar Airways Qatar Airways will be the launch customer for the …

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Feb 04, 2022
AvTalk Episode 148: Firing the customer
47:35

Last week’s rollout of C-Band 5G wireless in the US wasn’t a total disaster, but it’s still a giant mess. And the dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways has reached new heights, with Airbus canceling Qatar’s order for 50 A321neo aircraft and Qatar responding with a video detailing the damage to its A350s. NOTAMs, AMOCs, …

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Jan 28, 2022
AvTalk Episode 147: The US’s 5G fiasco
52:35

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 on …

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Jan 21, 2022
Episode 146: Train versus plane
33:58

On this episode of AvTalk, we break down Airbus and Boeing order and delivery numbers for 2021, the FAA’s mysterious ground stop in the western US, and an improbable double crash in California. Order and deliveries Airbus and Boeing reported the yearly order and delivery figures this week. We pick out some of the interesting …

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Jan 14, 2022
AvTalk Episode 145: EK231 and the stinking onion
45:09

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower to discuss the concerning departure of Emirates flight EK231 from Dubai in late December. Plus, Allegiant orders 100 737 MAX. Allegiant goes for the MAX US ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant Air signed with Boeing for 50 firm orders plus 50 options and …

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Jan 07, 2022
AvTalk Episode 144: Our favorite conversations from 2021
1:30:36

On this final episode of AvTalk for 2021, we look back on some of our favorite conversations from the past year. Thank you to all our listeners, we truly appreciate the support. Running an airport in Antarctica We first hear from Sven Lidström of the Norwegian Polar Institute to learn about Troll Research Station in Antarctica …

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Dec 31, 2021
AvTalk Episode 143: Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 2
41:04

On this episode of Avtalk, Airbus picks up another big order before the close of 2021, Qatar sues Airbus over peeling paint on its A350s, and John Pitts and Richard Whitwell return for part two of our conversation about jet fuel as we learn about some of the challenges facing the adoption of sustainable aviation …

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Dec 22, 2021
AvTalk Episode 142: Everything you need to know about jet fuel, part 1
1:03:22

On this very full episode of AvTalk, we recount our travels back from Stockholm, go through the vast amount of news that came out this week—including breaking news BEFORE we recorded—and John Pitts and Richard Whitwell from eJet join us in part one of a two part interview to help us understand how the jet …

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Dec 17, 2021
AvTalk Episode 141: China greenlights the 737 MAX
18:29

On this episode of AvTalk, we travel to Stockholm for a julbord, China’s aviation authorities put the 737 MAX on a path to return to service soon, and the A321XLR inches closer to flight. Julbord Jason and Ian visit Stockholm to join the Flightrdar24 team for Julbord. China greenlights the MAX Chinese regulators gave the …

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Dec 10, 2021
AvTalk Episode 140: United CEO Scott Kirby on SAFs
32:40

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby to discuss the airline’s push into sustainable aviation fuel and where he sees the industry going. And we finally get more details on the problems that have kept 13 Qatar Airways A350s grounded for months. Omicron variant leads to fresh border restrictions …

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Dec 03, 2021
AvTalk Episode 139: Catching up with airBaltic’s CEO and Chief Pilot
11:40

This week’s episode of AvTalk takes us back to the Baltic region for interviews with airBaltic’s CEO Martin Gauss and the airline’s chief pilot Gerhard Ramcke. Jason gets the week off and we mark the 50th anniversary of the hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305. Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 On November 24, 1971, …

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Nov 26, 2021
AvTalk Episode 138: The 2021 Dubai Airshow
40:42

On this episode of AvTalk, we recap the new from the 2021 Dubai Airshow and some great news for Boeing and the 737 MAX. Dubai Airshow We recap the aircraft orders and other highlights from the Dubai Airshow. And check out our full show recap from Gabriel Leigh over on our YouTube channel coming out …

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Nov 19, 2021
AvTalk Episode 137: The grand reopening
52:44

On this episode of AvTalk, the US is once again open to for travel. We sit down with Max Tremaine from Sherpa to learn about the restrictions still in place and what trends his company is seeing as more of the world reopens to travelers. Plus, Boeing and families of Ethiopian 302 crash victims reach …

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Nov 12, 2021
AvTalk Episode 136: Jet Pack Man isn’t real
39:46

On this episode of AvTalk, the Transair 737 is raised from the ocean floor, the FAA is concerned the radio may be too loud, and we’re sad to say, jet pack man isn’t real. Transair 810 recovered from the ocean floor | Transair 810, the 737-200 freighter that ditched south of Honolulu a few months …

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Nov 05, 2021
AvTalk Episode 135: Airbus Chief Test Pilot Malcolm Ridley
28:41

Airbus chief test pilot Malcolm Ridley On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Malcolm Ridley, Airbus’ Chief test pilot to learn more about what exactly a test pilot does besides wearing those sweet orange flight suits. We talk with Malcolm Ridley about his career path, some highlights of his time at Airbus, and his …

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Oct 29, 2021
AvTalk Episode 134: Nobody cares about number 2
35:09

On this episode of AvTalk, we look forward to the 8th of November, when international air travel to the US reopens to those around the world. We also check in on ITA Airways first week. Plus, the A380 is staging a bit of a comeback. The US reopens to international travelers On November 8, the …

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Oct 22, 2021
AvTalk Episode 133: Southwest, ATC, and the rumor mill
35:26

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the breakdown of Southwest Airlines’ operations over the past weekend—where it all began and how social media created a new problem for the airline. Plus, Air India finally has a new owner. Southwest’s breakdown From Friday 8 October through Monday 11 October, Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights …

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Oct 15, 2021
AvTalk Episode 132: Net Zero at the IATAAGM
41:38

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, Seth Miller joins the show to fill us in on what happened at this week’s IATA Annual General Meeting, countries and airlines continue to roll out vaccine mandates. And British Airways is bringing back its A380s sooner than it planned. IATA Annual General Meeting Friend of the show, and …

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Oct 08, 2021
AvTalk Episode 131: When pigs… stand next to a runway?
43:21

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re back at our desks, HNA is going to combine all its airlines, eVTOL orders to be interested in, and pigs!—but not the flying kind. HNA Group to merge its airline portfolio HNA Group will merge up to 10 of the carriers in its portfolio with flagship Hainan Airlines as …

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Oct 01, 2021
AvTalk Episode 130: The Airbus Summit
39:20

On this episode of AvTalk, we join the Airbus Summit in Toulouse to see the status of sustainable aviation, including Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Hydrogen, and electric propulsion. But first, we have to get there. Getting to Toulouse Ian and Gabriel made it to Toulouse after rough travels—for very different reasons. The Airbus Summit Airbus hosted …

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Sep 24, 2021
AvTalk Episode 129: A maddening report
38:48

On this episode of AvTalk, we get ready for a busy week of travel and the final report on Air India Express flight 1344 leaves us incredulous. Plus, there’s a new freighter in town. ‘Boeing’s Fatal Flaw’ Documentary PBS and the New York Times have collaborated on a documentary looking at the development of the …

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Sep 17, 2021
AvTalk Episode 128: The Raccoon Returns
33:27

On this episode of AvTalk, the Raccoon returns! Plus, the FAA is keeping Virgin Galactic grounded, and the list of places the MAX can fly gets longer. Welcome back Mr. Porter Porter Airlines restarted flights this week after an 18 month hiatus. And not to miss out on the party, Air Canada also brought back …

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Sep 10, 2021
AvTalk Episode 127: Getting into the boxes business
32:43

On this episode of AvTalk, the Kabul Airlift ends and the last US military aircraft leaves Afghanistan after a 20 year war Emirates brings forward its final A380 delivery. And Eastern Airlines is getting into the boxes business. Kabul Airlift ends The Kabul Airlift has ended with the final withdrawal of United States troops from …

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Sep 03, 2021
AvTalk Episode 126: The Kabul Airlift
40:07

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the ongoing Kabul Airlift, the activation of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet by the US Department of Defense and the other commercial airlines supporting evacuation efforts. The Kabul Airlift The United States and its coalition partners are engaged in a massive airlift out of Kabul. In addition to …

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Aug 27, 2021
AvTalk Episode 125: Chaos in Kabul
35:27

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the rapidly devolving situation in Kabul, Afghanistan. And Ned Russell joins us to discuss his reporting on how airlines feel about the 737 MAX some eight months after its return to revenue service. Chaos in Kabul The rapidly devolving situation in Afghanistan created chaos at the Kabul airport …

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Aug 20, 2021
AvTalk Episode 124: Get out your smelling salts
29:50

On this episode of AvTalk, the 737 MAX begins recertification flights in China, US airlines weigh vaccine mandates, and the law of unintended consequences hits airlines in the nose. Airlines weighing vaccine mandates Airlines are split on whether to require employees get vaccinated and what happens if they choose not to. We discuss which major …

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Aug 13, 2021
AvTalk Episode 123: Cockpit Casual with Steve Giordano
42:44

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Steve Giordano of Jet Test and Transport to talk about his new YouTube series Cockpit Casual, which showcases the bizarre world of test and ferry pilots. Spirit’s operational meltdown We look at Spirit’s terrible week and what’s to come as they try and dig out from under …

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Aug 06, 2021
AvTalk Episode 122: Everything you need to know about eVTOL aircraft
44:22

On this episode of AvTalk, we sit down with Elan Head, editorial director of eVTOL.com to get a primer on the world of electric vertical take off and landing aircraft. Plus, Jason previews the new seaplane service from New York to Boston. Jason’s Tailwind Tour After our discussion last week about forthcoming seaplane service from …

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Jul 30, 2021
AvTalk Episode 121: Passing 100,000
32:25

On this episode of AvTalk, the industry recovery is expanding as we pass 100,000 commercial flights for the first time in over a year, the operator of the Transair flight that crashed in Hawaii is grounded by the FAA, and British Airways is quickly fixing its uncovered holes. Passing 100,000 flights For the first time …

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Jul 23, 2021
AvTalk Episode 120: Aviation, it’s electric!
40:46

United orders 200 Heart Aerospace electric regional aircraft, Porter finally confirms its E195-E2 order, and Boeing is now dealing with fresh 787 quality issues. Heart Aerospace gets a big order from United United Airlines and regional partner carrier Mesa Airlines ordered 200 Heart Aerospace ES-19 all-electric regional aircraft this week. The aircraft, still in development, …

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Jul 16, 2021
AvTalk Episode 119: Ditching in the dark
30:51

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the ditching of a Transair 737-200 in Hawaii. Delta is headed to the used plane lot and we’re finally ready to launch Richard Branson into space. Transair 810 ditching in Hawaii A Transair 737 operated by Rhoades Aviation ditched in the water near Honolulu after suffering engine trouble. Both …

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Jul 09, 2021
AvTalk Episode 118: A real aircraft order
33:32

On this week’s episode, United announces a huge and real aircraft order, the Boeing 777X suffers another setback, and an airline in Alaska seeks to become the Icelandair of the northwest. The big United order Jason attends his first large industry event this week in Newark, as United announces an order for 270 737 MAX …

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Jul 02, 2021
AvTalk Episode 117: Undesirable Retraction
36:09

On this episode of AvTalk, Southwest Airlines is getting a new CEO, airlines are running into the great training roadblock, and the 737 MAX still isn’t re-certified in China. Southwest Airlines’ CEO changes Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly announced he will step down in February 2022, with Robert Jordan assuming the role. Kelly will remain …

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Jun 25, 2021
AvTalk Episode 116: WTO look there’s China
33:23

On this episode of AvTalk, the US and EU close the book on their aviation subsidies fight and turn their attention to China. CFM debuts its new RISE engine platform. And Airbus and Cathay Pacific are working on single pilot operations for the A350 in cruise. The EU and US make nice, turn their attention …

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Jun 18, 2021
AvTalk Episode 115: Is Boom all noise?
46:12

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome aerospace journalists John Walton and Jon Ostrower to discuss United Airlines’ order for Boom’s Supersonic Overture jet, and the likelihood of the aircraft ever entering service. Our discussion of United’s order for Boom’s proposed supersonic jet covers the challenges Boom, and any airline seeking to fly the supersonic …

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Jun 11, 2021
AvTalk Episode 114: Shootin’ the Breeze
33:26

On this episode of AvTalk, we try to fit in as many Breeze Airways puns as we can as Jason fills us in on the airline’s inaugural flight. We also take stock of the situation in Belarus and see where things stand now. Plus, Airbus is getting ready to ramp up A320 family production in …

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Jun 04, 2021
AvTalk Episode 113: Ryanair flight 4978 forced to land in Belarus
40:05

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the forcible diversion of a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to Minsk, Belarus and the ensuing international response. On 23 May, Ryanair flight 4978 was forcibly diverted by Belarus. Aviation journalist Seth Miller of PaxEx.aero joins us as we discuss what happened, the international reaction, and why …

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May 28, 2021
AvTalk Episode 112: They walked away from a mid-air collision
40:09

On this episode of AvTalk, a Metroliner and SR22 collide over Denver and everyone walks away safely. A Boutique Air flight loses a door. And Boeing fixes the latest issue with the 737 MAX. Metroliner vs SR22 A Cirrus SR22 and Key Lime Air Swearingen Metroliner collided near Denver’s Centennial Airport last week. Everyone walked …

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May 21, 2021
AvTalk Episode 111: NTSB Investigator Sean Payne, Part 2
1:07:58

On this episode of AvTalk, we continue our conversation with NTSB investigator Sean Payne to discuss the NTSB’s most wanted list and their call for crash protected recorders to be installed in all passenger carrying commercial aircraft. More MAX news The FAA issued its airworthiness directive saying some 737 MAX with electrical grounding issues need …

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May 07, 2021
AvTalk Episode 110: NTSB Investigator Sean Payne, Part 1
1:07:31

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome Sean Payne, an investigator with the US National Transportation Safety Board, for the first in a two-part interview. In part one this week, Payne walks us through how the NTSB collects, processes, and uses information from aircraft data recorders to help determine the cause of an accident. First …

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Apr 23, 2021
AvTalk Episode 109: Meet Frugal the Squirrel
1:04:33

On this episode of AvTalk, the densest version of the 737 MAX is certified, a ketchup packet shortage brings us back to a previous espiode, and we talk with Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren about an important but under-reported portion of Boeing’s history. SJ182 The memory module from the cockpit voice recorder of Sriwijaya Air flight 182 has …

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Apr 09, 2021
AvTalk Episode 108: Ian does his best to pronounce Fagradalsfjall
1:09:54

On this episode, we check on Iceland’s erupting volcano, dig through the Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 final report, and Gabe sits down with Amapola Flyg’s CEO to learn more about the small airline operating a fleet of Fokker 50s. Eruption at Fagradalsfjall The eruption at Fagradalsfjall made its fiery debut last week southeast of …

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Mar 26, 2021
AvTalk Episode 107: Strong words from Sir Tim Clark
1:08:01

On this episode of AvTalk, we mark two years since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and the beginning of a years long effort to fix the 737 MAX and return it to service. We also discuss Sir Tim Clark’s recent comments on Boeing in an interview with Jon Ostrower of the The Air …

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Mar 12, 2021
AvTalk Episode 106: How to run an airport in Antarctica
35:04

On this very special episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Sven Lidström of the Norwegian Polar Institute to learn about Troll Research Station in Antarctica and the station’s blue ice runway. Troll Research Station As the operations coordinator at the Troll Research Station in Antarctica, Lidström is in charge of making sure the polar outpost …

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Mar 05, 2021
AvTalk Episode 105: It’s raining engine parts
49:45

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss what we know so far about the engine failure aboard United Airlines flight UA328 and what investigators and regulators are doing now to ensure that the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine is safe to operate. It’s raining engine parts On Saturday, 20 February two engine failures on two …

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Feb 26, 2021
AvTalk Episode 104: Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter
1:06:39

On this episode of AvTalk, Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter joins Gabriel Leigh for a discussion on how the airline has managed through the pandemic and how they’re planning to emerge on the other side. We also discuss the recently released preliminary report on the crash of Sriwijaya Air flight 182 and the dramatic drop …

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Feb 12, 2021
AvTalk Episode 103: Ian’s plan to save Norwegian with GameStop cash
44:02

On this episode of AvTalk, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority clear the 737 MAX for flight. And Ian hatches a plan to save Norwegian Air by getting the Norwegian government to sell its shares in GameStop. Sriwijaya Air flight 182 updates We discuss the status of the …

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Jan 29, 2021
AvTalk Episode 102: The crash of Sriwijaya Air flight 182
58:17

On this episode of AvTalk, we review what we know so far about the crash of Sriwijaya Air flight 182. We also look at the state of aviation industry as we begin 2021. And our first 737 MAX update of the year has little to do with the airplane itself. Sriwijaya Air 182 Sriwijaya Air flight …

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Jan 15, 2021
AvTalk Episode 101: Our favorite conversations from 2020
50:39

Happy New Year! This week we’re looking back at a couple of our favorite AvTalk conversations from 2020. We’ll be back on 15 January with our first new episode of the year. Completing the Trifecta Jon Weiswasser is a doctor, the drummer for Eagles tribute band Eaglemania, and a pilot with an engrossing YouTube channel called Life …

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Jan 01, 2021
AvTalk Episode 100: Good riddance 2020
1:12:17

On our 100th episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by John Walton to learn about the complexity of transporting the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine and why there’s a run on dry ice. Plus, we look back at 2020 and try desperately to escape to 2021 as fast as we can. Our last 737 MAX update of …

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Dec 18, 2020
AvTalk Episode 99: Solving the mystery of the whale song
41:46

On this episode of AvTalk, whale songs, a Vulcan howl, Chewbaca’s greeting—whatever you want to call it, Graham Webb from Pratt and Whitney joins us to explain the Geared Turbo Fan’s distinctive noise. We also discuss November traffic numbers, new movement on the 737 MAX’s return to service, and new rules for animals in the …

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Dec 04, 2020
AvTalk Episode 98: The MAX is back
1:07:11

On this episode, The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the FAA’s approval of the changes to the 737 MAX and the withdrawal of its grounding order, clearing the way for the aircraft to begin its return to commercial service. We also discuss major developments in aviation business as Korean Air is set …

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Nov 20, 2020
AvTalk Episode 97: The Piston-powered Episode
1:10:09

On this episode of AvTalk, the impossible has happened—Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport is open! We welcome Matthew Colbert, founder of Empire Aviation Services to learn more about how small airports are seeing their air service affected by COVID-19. Plus, Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren joins us for a piston-powered adventure. Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport is finally open After nearly 10 …

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Nov 06, 2020
AvTalk Episode 96: Everything is strange and nothing makes sense
48:38

On this episode of AvTalk, the longest flight in the world is set to return soon, but with a few twists. European regulators are moving forward with recertification of the 737 MAX and Cathay Pacific closes its Cathay Dragon subsidiary. Plus, we discuss what’s keeping the avgeek in us going while we’re grounded. Checking in …

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Oct 23, 2020
AvTalk Episode 95: Buddy Start
1:03:03

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 …

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Oct 09, 2020
AvTalk Episode 94: What a mess
44:45

On this episode of AvTalk, the last A380 rolls out of assembly, more aircraft are slated for storage, and we dig in to some of the more noteworthy comments on the FAA’s proposed 737 MAX airworthiness directive. The Final A380 The final Airbus A380 (MSN 272) rolled out of assembly this week, bringing the A380 …

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Sep 25, 2020
AvTalk Episode 93: Shimmy Shake
52:43

On this episode of AvTalk we’ve got jet packs, a bunch of helium balloons with an ADS-B transponder, and The Air Current’s Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the new quality issues affecting the 787 and the subsequent FAA investigation. August traffic levels off We begin with a review of August traffic stats and it’s …

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Sep 11, 2020
AvTalk Episode 92: Not great, not great at all
40:06

On this episode of AvTalk, the FedEx 767 emergency landing at LAX, Canada takes the 737 MAX out for a spin, and we look at an unfortunately large amount of discouraging news from around the industry. FedEx 767 emergency landing at LAX A FedEx 767 made an emergency landing in Los Angeles last week after …

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Aug 28, 2020
AvTalk Episode 91: The public comment period
46:22

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the proposed Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive to return the 737 MAX to the air and what steps still need to be taken before the aircraft can return to service. We also look at the major changes airlines are making to their fleets and discuss which aircraft we’re …

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Aug 14, 2020
AvTalk Episode 90: Long live the Queen
1:07:52

On this episode of AvTalk we say goodbye to a big chunk of the passenger 747 fleet, one airline is bringing a 747 back from the desert, one airplane caught fire in Shanghai, and our resident numbers expert Gavin Werbeloff joins us to help break down some of the dismal numbers from the across the …

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Jul 31, 2020
AvTalk Episode 89: The recovery that isn’t
34:29

On this episode of AvTalk, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization details the chain of events that led to the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752. The NTSB issues its report on the Atlas Air 3591 crash. And US airlines begin backing away from ambitious recovery plans as COVID-19 cases are again on the rise. Report …

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Jul 17, 2020
AvTalk Episode 88: 262 out of 860
42:13

On this episode of AvTalk, we look at the preliminary report from the crash of Pakistan International Airlines flight 8303. We also discuss the recent disturbing news about fraudulent pilot licenses in Pakistan and the response of authorities around the world. Meanwhile, the 737 MAX has begun certification flights with the FAA and July is …

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Jul 03, 2020
AvTalk Episode 87: 100 kilograms of silica
43:26

On this episode of AvTalk, we look at the signs of recovery around the world as aircraft are reactivated and passenger numbers rise. And we chat with Gabriel Leigh about how airlines and aircraft storage professionals safely store and reactivate aircraft. Moving forward Most signs seem to be pointing in the right direction as airlines …

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Jun 19, 2020
AvTalk Episode 86: What’s next: a roundtable discussion
48:03

On this episode of AvTalk, we see what the initial data tells us about the crash of Pakistan International Airlines flight 8303. And we sit down for a roundtable discussion about the state of the industry and where aviation is headed as the normally busy summer travel season begins. PK8303 crash in Karachi Pakistan International …

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Jun 05, 2020
AvTalk Episode 85: We’ll see
29:46

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the extremely rare incident where a Southwest Airlines 737 struck and killed someone on the runway while landing in Austin. We also see which airlines are continuing to shrink their fleets. And we take a look at the traffic numbers to see where flights are starting to creep …

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May 22, 2020
AvTalk Episode 84: Completing the trifecta
47:59

On this episode of AvTalk, more airlines say goodbye to sizable portions of their fleets while one airline will press an A380 into cargo service. And pilot Jon Weiswasser joins us to talk about his trifecta—landing at Newark, La Guardia, and JFK during the same flight in a Vans RV-8. Fleet retirements spreading far and …

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May 08, 2020
AvTalk Episode 83: Have we hit the bottom?
1:21:03

On this episode of AvTalk, we look at some COVID-19 related aviation innovation, Seth Miller returns to help us understand how airlines are navigating the CARES Act, and we talk with Karan Singh from the Lufthansa Group to learn more about managing hundreds of repatriation flights. Airlines over the brink Airlines around the world are …

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Apr 24, 2020
AvTalk Episode 82: Setting all the wrong records
45:34

On this episode of AvTalk, we see how far air traffic fell in March and what we’re likely to see in April. We also take a look at some of the more interesting flights that airlines have operated in the past few weeks. And Georgios Hatzimanolis from Marine Traffic joins us to compare notes on …

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Apr 10, 2020
AvTalk Episode 81: ATC 0
39:51

On this episode of AvTalk, we review which airlines and countries have now canceled all flights. And journalist Ethan Klapper joins us to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on some air traffic control facilities around the United States. Airlines 0 Nearly 100 airlines have canceled all or nearly all of their operations. We walk …

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Mar 26, 2020
AvTalk Episode 80: Grinding to a halt
31:22

On this special episode of AvTalk, Jason and Ian take stock of how the aviation industry has reacted to plummeting demand and ever changing government restrictions as the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll. Jason and a few others are maintaining a useful list of airline operations as some airlines reduce their planned schedule by more …

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Mar 20, 2020
AvTalk Episode 79: It’s nothing short of a crisis
50:56

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back The Air Current editor-in-chief John Ostrower for a wide-ranging conversation as we try to understand the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on the aviation industry. We also look at the state of the 737 MAX and the prospects for the aircraft’s return to service one year …

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Mar 13, 2020
AvTalk Episode 78: Climb into the Skynest
47:02

On this episode of AvTalk, air traffic in China is down over 80% from the beginning of the year, the first Air France A380 enters retirement, and Air New Zealand’s Skynest may be a way to make ultra-long-haul economy a little less terrible. COVID19-related cancellations continue to grow Cancellations and reductions in service continue to …

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Feb 28, 2020
AvTalk Episode 77: Jetting in the Jet Stream
53:59

On this episode of AvTalk, a Pegasus Airlines 737 overruns the runway in Istanbul, traffic to China grinds to a halt, Air Italy calls it quits, and the jet stream helps British Airways set a new record. Pegasus Airlines flight 2193 On 5 February Pegasus Airlines flight 2193 overran the runway on landing in Istanbul. …

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Feb 14, 2020
AvTalk Episode 76: The Coronavirus Response
36:32

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the Coronavirus response, as authorities and airlines try to stop its spread. Kobe Bryant and his daughter are among those killed in a helicopter crash in California this past weekend. And Boeing’s 777X takes flight for the first time. Coronavirus repsonse Travel to and from China is being …

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Jan 31, 2020
AvTalk Episode 75: The downing of PS752
55:18

On this episode of AvTalk, we begin the year on a somber note to discuss the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 in Tehran and the effects of prohibitions by certain countries on flights in Iran and Iraq. We also dig in to some of the new documents released by Boeing regarding the 737 …

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Jan 17, 2020
AvTalk Episode 74: Our favorite conversations from 2019
1:54:16

Happy New Year! On this episode of AvTalk we look back at some of our favorite conversations from 2019. We’ll be back with the first new episode of 2020 on 17 January. Mark Vanhoenacker We start by revisiting episode 56 and our conversation with Mark Vanhoenaker, a first officer with British Airways and a recent …

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Jan 03, 2020
AvTalk Episode 73: Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX
51:29

On this episode of AvTalk, Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX, Harbour Air’s electric Beaver takes flight, and we run down the list of airlines that didn’t make it through 2019 and a few that could join that list very soon. Boeing halts production of the 737 MAX from January Boeing announced this week …

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Dec 20, 2019
AvTalk Episode 72: United’s Single Aisle Surprise
47:33

On this episode of AvTalk, our reaction to United Airlines’ surprise order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs, an escape slide escapes mid-air, and the list of airlines to not survive 2019 grows longer. Escaping escape slides A Delta 767 lost one of its over-wing escape slides on approach to Boston last week. The slide landed in …

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Dec 06, 2019
AvTalk Episode 71: Firm Orders
53:08

On this week’s episode, our resident numbers expert Gavin Werbeloff joins us to make sense of the orders from this year’s Dubai Airshow. We also say goodbye the first A380 to be dismantled and take a look at a few of the more ridiculous ideas to enter the world this week. Southwest 1380 The NTSB …

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Nov 23, 2019
AvTalk Episode 70: Fat Fingers in Amsterdam
1:02:33

On this episode of AvTalk, we chat with Ian Matthews—a Flight Maintenance Engineer for a US-based cargo airline. Plus, a pilot makes a big mistake in Amsterdam, more pickle fork cracks, and we may see another Icelandic airline flying soon. Fat fingers in Amsterdam Sitting at the gate prior to departure from Amsterdam, the pilot …

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Nov 08, 2019
AvTalk Episode 69: A special 737 MAX update
48:26

Return to service — if? when? On this special episode of AvTalk, we welcome back The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower for a discussion on the state of the 737 MAX’s return to service and what we’ve learned this month with the release of numerous reports, including the Joint Authorities Technical Review and the final …

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Nov 01, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT: No AvTalk episode this week, special episode next week
26

We unfortunately won’t have a new episode for you this week, but we will be back with a special episode next week that covers a lot of what has happened in the past few weeks, including an analysis of the just released final report on the crash of Lion Air flight 610. We’ll also have …

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Oct 25, 2019
AvTalk Episode 68: Cracked Pickle Forks
50:45

Cracked pickle forks have been found on dozens of inspected 737NGs, the 737 MAX’s road to return remains a winding one, and we welcome back Andrew Poure who fills us in on the hot new cargo route from Colombo to Columbus and what he learned in flight dispatcher school. Cracked pickle forks After inspections of …

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Oct 11, 2019
AvTalk Episode 67: Operation Matterhorn
1:00:17

On this episode of AvTalk, we review an awful week for European airlines and Operation Matterhorn, the largest peace time repatriation effort in history. And we talk with Qantas 787 fleet manager Captain Lisa Norman to get the details on the upcoming Project Sunrise test flights. Thomas Cook, et al Thomas Cook entered administration on …

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Sep 27, 2019
AvTalk Episode 66: Our Super Avgeek Week
1:01:09

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. American Airlines …

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Sep 13, 2019
AvTalk Episode 65: NOTAM’d
57:14

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 …

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Aug 30, 2019
AvTalk Episode 64: AvTalk summer spectacular
39:28

On this episode of AvTalk, our quickest 737 MAX update yet, protesters snarl traffic at Hong Kong Airport, and the internet makes a thing out of nothing, part the infinity. Editors note: this episode was recorded on 14 August prior to the Ural Airlines hard landing in Moscow. Our quickest MAX update Boeing is still …

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Aug 16, 2019
AvTalk Episode 63: Sir, you can’t dump that fuel here
54:38

On this episode of AvTalk, we talk with Joseph Tar Schmidt, a regional airline pilot for a major US carrier. Plus, more MAX headaches for Boeing and the airlines and a HiFly A340 makes a mess in Orlando. Boeing’s 737 MAX problems grow Southwest Airlines and Air Canada have removed the 737 MAX from their …

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Aug 02, 2019
AvTalk Episode 62: Drying Cherries with a Helicopter
58:29

On this episode of AvTalk, we talk to pilot Maria Langer about what it’s like to dry cherry trees with a helicopter. Also, the 737 MAX will stay grounded even longer and Pakistan reopens its airspace to all commercial flights. The 737 MAX’s return delayed again Airlines are now removing the MAX from their schedules …

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Jul 19, 2019
AvTalk Episode 61: La Compagnie co-founder Jean-Charles Perino
59:18

On this episode of AvTalk, we’re joined by Jean Charles Perino, co-founder of La Compagnie, the all-business class transatlantic airline, for a wide-ranging discussion about the airline and where La Compagnie finds itself within the industry. We also get an update on when the 737 MAX could return to service, teams in Greenland make a …

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Jul 05, 2019
AvTalk Episode 60: A Paris Surprise
47:30

On this episode of AvTalk, aviation journalist John Walton joins us from the Paris Air Show to discuss Airbus’ launch of the A321XLR and the importance of IAG’s order of 200 737 MAX aircraft. We also discuss a recent GPS issue that grounded some flights. A Paris Surprise Aviation journalist John Walton joins from the …

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Jun 21, 2019
AvTalk Episode 59: From Regional Jet to Space Jet
48:39

On this episode of AvTalk, Mitsubishi sets its eyes on the CRJ program, we learn more about the Air Astana loss of control incident in Portugal, and Jason and Seth Miller check in from the IATA annual general meeting in Seoul. Mitsubishi eyes CRJ program Fresh from the renaming of the MRJ to the Space …

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Jun 07, 2019
AvTalk Episode 58: Flying Nostalgia
48:49

On this episode of AvTalk, we get an update on the Aeroflot 1492 accident. Southwest makes a deal with their mechanics while American goes to court with theirs. And Chris Sloan from Airways Magazine stops by to chat about his recent trip to Russia to fly on vintage Soviet aircraft. Aeroflot 1492 New video that …

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May 24, 2019
AvTalk Special Episode: A 737 MAX Update
31:05

On this special episode of AvTalk, we welcome The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower as we discuss the status of the Boeing 737 MAX and the compendium of reporting that’s come out in the last few weeks. We’re taking a closer look at how the aircraft was developed, what Boeing is doing to get it …

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May 17, 2019
AvTalk Episode 57: In an evacuation, leave everything
27:48

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Aeroflot 1492 in Moscow, Miami Air’s runway excursion in Jacksonville, new liveries, and Jason heads to Italy. Next week we’ll have a special extended conversation with The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower about the 737 MAX and the steady drip of news about how the airplane was developed …

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May 10, 2019
AvTalk Episode 56: How to land a plane
58:55

On this episode of AvTalk, Jet Airways halts flights, the FAA lays out its path to re-certification of the 737 MAX, and we sit down for a conversation with pilot and author Mark Vanhoenacker. United’s new livery We recorded prior to the livery’s reveal and we’ll have more in our next episode, but we explore …

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Apr 26, 2019
AvTalk Episode 55: The ET302 Preliminary Report
1:04:39

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the Ethiopian investigators’ preliminary report on the crash of ET302 and Boeing’s efforts to get the MAX back in the air. We’re also joined by our resident numbers expert, Gavin Werbeloff, to discuss how airlines around the world are managing their fleet renewals. And thieves in Albania pull …

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Apr 12, 2019
AvTalk Episode 54: the 737 MAX MCAS Software Update
41:49

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Boeing’s MCAS software update, the continued grounding of the 737 MAX fleet, and passengers on one flight are surprised to find themselves in the wrong country upon landing. MCAS gets an update We discuss Boeing’s software and display update to the MCAS system, congressional and other inquiries into …

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Mar 29, 2019
AvTalk Episode 53: Ethiopian 302 and the grounding of the 737 MAX
53:08

On this episode of AvTalk we’re joined by The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower to discuss the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and the subsequent grounding of the 737 MAX. We also get an update from the NTSB on the crash of Atlas Air flight 3591 and an update on the closure of Pakistan’s …

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Mar 15, 2019
AvTalk Episode 52: No, that seatback camera isn’t spying on you
58:54

On this episode of AvTalk, we review what we know about the crash of Atlas Air 3591, incredulously read through the Aeromexico Connect flight 2431 report, recap our correct predictions about the A380, and Jason and Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren head to Florida for some rare planespotting. Atlas Air 3591 We discuss what we know so far …

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Mar 01, 2019
AvTalk Episode 51: The end of the line for the A380
45:24

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Airbus’ plans for the future of the A380, see which European low-cost carrier is no longer operating this week, tow a 747 across a field, and add some Flair to the podcast. The Future of the A380 Note: we recorded this episode just prior to Airbus’ announcement We …

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Feb 15, 2019
AvTalk Episode 50: AvTalk and the 747 turn 50
38:02

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. Snow, ice, and cold Winter weather throughout the United …

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Feb 01, 2019
AvTalk Episode 49: Shut it down
52:53

On this episode of AvTalk, Indonesia finds the Lion Air 610 cockpit voice recorder, we look at the effects the US government shutdown is having on aviation, and our favorite roof top bar that’s also an airline announces last call. Lion Air JT610 CVR found Indonesian officials announced the recovery of the Cockpit Voice Recorder …

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Jan 18, 2019
Episode 48: Aviation 2018: the good, the bad, and the weird
1:34:20

2018 was a year of highs, lows, and head scratchers. We take you through the year that was and we also revisit some of our favorite interviews from last year. What was new in 2018 We begin the show with new aircraft, either taking to the air for the first time in 2018 or achieving …

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Jan 04, 2019
AvTalk Episode 47: Emotional Support Chicken
44:42

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the recent incidents allegedly involving drones, Norwegian ends up with a 737 in Iran, Korean Air takes on overzealous K Pop fans, and one restaurant wants to help flyers with some emotional support chicken. Droning on We discuss recent incidents involving and allegedly involving drones in London and …

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Dec 21, 2018
AvTalk Episode 46: Pickled Herring
44:42

On this episode of AvTalk, Indonesian investigators release a preliminary report on Lion Air 610, Anchorage gets shaken up, WOW Air lives to fly another day, and we travel to Stockholm for some pickled herring and Australian pronunciation. Lion Air 610 preliminary report Indonesian investigators released their preliminary report on the crash of Lion Air …

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Dec 07, 2018
AvTalk Episode 45: Tossing a FUD Grenade
49:47

On this episode of AvTalk, The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the investigation into the crash of Lion Air 610 and the attention now being paid to Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). We also discuss Airbus’ plans for future aircraft development and the many incidents that occurred over the last …

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Nov 23, 2018
AvTalk Episode 44: The crash of Lion Air flight 610
58:05

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason heads to South Africa, we discuss the crash of Lion Air flight 610, Brandon Buz, senior social media analyst with the Greater Orlando Airport Authority joins us to discuss social media use by airports and the fun conversation that is “Airport Twitter”. And Captain Ken Hoke is back to …

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Nov 09, 2018
AvTalk Episode 43: A Little Brick Wall Won’t Stop a 737
51:00

On this episode of AvTalk, an Air India Express 737 clips a brick wall, Cobalt Airlines becomes the second airline this month to cease operations, and fresh off the relaunched world’s longest flight, Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren fills us in on the journey. Air India Express hits a wall and keeps on going An Air India Express …

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Oct 26, 2018
AvTalk Episode 42: An Episode 60 Years in the Making
56:14

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason and Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren report on their visit to London on the 60th anniversary of the first transatlantic jet flight. We get ready to welcome back the longest flight in the world and we look at Primera Air’s bankruptcy and what it might mean for the ultra low cost transatlantic …

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Oct 12, 2018
AvTalk Episode 41: Mistakes Were Made
45:23

On this episode of AvTalk, Seth Miller joins us as he and Jason take in the Airline Passenger Experience Expo in Boston. We revisit some of the aviation mistakes made last week and with a Bloomberg report suggesting Emirates could take over Etihad, we try to envision what a merger between the two carriers might …

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Sep 28, 2018
AvTalk Episode 40: A Hurricane Approaches and the Wheels Fall Off
43:37

On this episode of AvTalk, tropical cyclones dominate the discussion. We also look at a close—or not so close—call in Kenya. And Crankyflier himself, Brett Snyder joins us to preview the upcoming LAX Dorkfest next weekend. Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut We discuss the aviation effects of each storm and give some advice if you’re …

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Sep 14, 2018
AvTalk Episode 39: A Broken Flux Capacitator
49:09

On this episode of AvTalk, we spend as little amount of time talking about Post Malone as possible. We find out that some aircraft are equipped with a ‘flux capacitator’. And Chris Sloan, the managing editor of Airways Magazine, joins us to discuss what he’s learned from interviewing leaders at Delta, United, and JetBlue this …

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Aug 31, 2018
AvTalk Episode 38: The Horizon Q400 Incident
47:56

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. The Horizon Q400 Incident The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon …

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Aug 17, 2018
AvTalk Episode 37: Pushing Buttons and Pulling Levers
45:59

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss Aeromexico flight 2431 and what we know so far. We delve in to this week’s strange-but-true aviation news. And Jason tries his hand at aircraft sales. Aeromexico Flight 2431 Aermexico flight 2431 suffered an accident on takeoff in bad weather in Durango. The aircraft came to rest 1300 …

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Aug 03, 2018
AvTalk Episode 36: Meet the new plane, same as the old plane
49:35

On this episode of AvTalk, we review the order book from the Farnborough Airshow to see who bought what and how many. Airbus rebrands the C Series, we climb aboard the A330neo for a route proving flight, and two Air China pilots are now out of a job. Airbus welcomes the A220 As the Bombardier …

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Jul 20, 2018
AvTalk Episode 35: A Whale of a Time
56:07

On this episode of AvTalk we break records, we learn more about aircraft leasing with our resident numbers expert Gavin Werbeloff, and Jonathan Khoo joins us to insist he isn’t an avgeek while listing the dozens of lesser-known carriers he’s flown on around the world. Record breaking flights On 29 June, we tracked 202,157 flights …

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Jul 06, 2018
AvTalk Episode 34: No Experience Necessary
34:44

On this episode of AvTalk, the A330neo sets off on a 5 continent adventure, aviation finds its way into the World Cup, and we find out we’re overqualified for a seemingly important aviation job in the UK. Cathay Pacific’s first A350-1000 Cathay Pacific took delivery of their first A350-1000 this week, making it the second …

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Jun 22, 2018
AvTalk Episode 33: Parts for Sale, Inquire Within
49:21

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 …

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Jun 08, 2018
AvTalk Episode 32: Jet Assisted Take Off
55:54

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the aviation incidents that have occurred in the past two weeks and delve into the fortunes of major carries in the Middle East. And we’re joined again by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren to discuss vintage aviation advertising and… strapping rockets to a Convair? Download a transcript of this episode Incident …

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May 25, 2018
AvTalk Episode 31: Aviation Uncertainty
48:37

On this episode of AvTalk, aerospace journalist John Walton joins us for a wide ranging discussion about aircraft and airlines new and old. And we speak with Joe Duval, the chief test pilot at Honeywell Aerospace about what it’s like to fly a 757 with an engine attached to the fuselage and some of the …

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May 11, 2018
AvTalk Episode 30: Engine Trouble
47:35

On this episode of AvTalk, we take an in depth look at Southwest flight 1380, including some of the media coverage after the accident. And we talk to Jon Ostrower about the new Emergency Airworthiness Directive requiring inspections of the CFM56-7B engine. We also see how engine issues are affecting the 787-9 and we try …

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Apr 27, 2018
AvTalk Episode 29: Alerts, Orders, and Interiors
55:13

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. Download a transcript of this episode Flights in eastern Mediterranean EASA issued a rapid alert notification for traffic in the eastern Mediterranean …

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Apr 13, 2018
AvTalk Episode 28: Air India and Qantas Make History

On this episode of AvTalk, Air India and Qantas make history and Singapore Airlines takes home the first 787-10. Plus, Ken Hoke is back to fill us in on RVSM airspace. Download a transcript of this episode. Air India flies to Tel Aviv through Saudi Arabia On 22 March, Air India’s inaugural Delhi-Tel Aviv flight became the …

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Mar 30, 2018
AvTalk Episode 27: Just Don’t Call It a 757

In this episode, we celebrate 1 year of AvTalk! We talk to aerospace journalist Jon Ostrower about Boeing’s new mid-market airplane, the 10,000th 737 rolls off the production line, and the massive GE9X flies for the first time. Boeing’s NMA We talk with Jon Ostrower to learn more about Boeing’s plan for the NMA, the …

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Mar 16, 2018
AvTalk Episode 26: A 767 Full of King Cakes

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome UPS Airlines captain Ken Hoke for an extended conversation about life as a cargo pilot. We also discuss some recent deliveries, certifications, and another recent crash. An Extended Conversation with Captain Ken Hoke Ken Hoke, a captain flying the 757 and 767 for UPS Airlines joins us for …

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Mar 02, 2018
AvTalk Episode 25: Saratov Airlines Flight 703

On this episode of AvTalk, we get an update on the investigation into the crash of Saratov Airlines flight 703, two airlines suffer engine incidents, we explain why London City Airport closed for a day, and we learn once and for all how to use a Metar. Download a full transcript of this episode Saratov …

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Feb 16, 2018
AvTalk Episode 24: A Big Win for Bombardier

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back CNN aviation editor Jon Ostrower to discuss the surprise ruling by the ITC in the Boeing—Bombardier C Series tariff case. We round up some news from the past few weeks and we answer the age old question: how many plumbers does it take to fix a broken …

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Feb 02, 2018
AvTalk Episode 23: Ground Stop

On this episode of AvTalk we recap the meltdown at JFK Airport in New York after a blizzard that forced some flights to wait over 7 hours for a gate. A 737 tries to go swimming in the Black Sea. We review the 2017 Airbus and Boeing delivery numbers. And we remember a few moments …

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Jan 19, 2018
AvTalk Episode 22: AvTalk Revisited: Selected Interviews from 2017
1:09:52

Happy new year from AvTalk! We’ll be back in 2 weeks with our first new episode of the year. In this episode, we revisit three interviews from our earlier episodes that really stood out to us. 225,000 pounds of ketchup First up is Andrew Poure, who filled us in on the world of cargo airlines …

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Jan 05, 2018
AvTalk Episode 21: 2017 Aviation Year in Review
33:50

On this episode of AvTalk, we look back at 2017 for an aviation year in review and look forward to what may happen in 2018. Download a transcript of this episode Editor’s note: we recorded this episode prior to news of a possible Boeing acquisition of Embraer breaking. This is surely now at the top …

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Dec 22, 2017
AvTalk Episode 20: A Look Inside Flightradar24
34:03

On this episode of AvTalk, we head to Stockholm to go inside Flightradar24. We sit down with co-founder Mikael Robertsson to learn how FR24 got started, and we talk to chief technology officer, Sean Atkinson to learn more about how FR24 works. We also check-in on a volcano in Bali, the world’s largest turboprop aircraft, …

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Dec 08, 2017
AvTalk Episode 19: They Bought How Many Planes!?
47:26

On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back Seth Miller to discuss his recent adventures on a variety of Japanese low-cost carriers and his flight on the COMAC ARJ 21. He also fills us in on the status of Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift and the upcoming Operation Gift Lift. And we recap the massive …

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Nov 24, 2017
AvTalk Episode 18: A United 747 Farewell
32:23

In this episode of AvTalk, we send Jason to Hawaii on the final United Airlines 747 flight, the Maho Beach Cam comes back after Hurricane Irma, and Emirates takes delivery of its 100th Airbus A380. A United 747 Farewell After nearly 50 years of service, United Airlines retired its 747 fleet in style this week …

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Nov 11, 2017
AvTalk Episode 17: The C Series Double Take
52:46

On this episode of AvTalk, we sit down with Jon Ostrower, CNN’s aviation editor, for an extended conversation about the recent Airbus and Bombardier C Series news. Jason makes a quick trip to France for the A330neo’s first flight, we go around for one last pass at Air Berlin, and we run through some news …

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Oct 27, 2017
AvTalk Episode 16: Uncontained Failure
46:01

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason finally gets to fly the Bombardier C Series, we say goodbye to Monarch Airlines, get an update on the Air France A380 that suffered an engine failure over Greenland, and find out how Loon balloons might soon be helping the people of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. Trouble …

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Oct 14, 2017
AvTalk Episode 15: Joon is a State of Mind
40:16

On this episode of AvTalk, Jason reports from the APEX EXPO in Long Beach, we chat with Seth Miller about the fate of the Bombardier C Series in the US, and we Swoop in to discuss Air France’s newest creation, Joon. Swoop and Joon WestJet introduced their new ultra low-cost carrier, Swoop, this week and …

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Sep 29, 2017
AvTalk Episode 14: Jason, Go Make Your Bed
39:23

On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the massive aviation impacts of Hurricane Irma. From Caribbean devastation to a total lack of flights in the air over Florida for more than a day, we take an in-depth look at what’s happened and how the recovery effort has begun. And Jason’s 15-minutes of television fame comes …

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Sep 15, 2017
AvTalk Episode 13: Hurricanes and DSLRs
42:58

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 …

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Sep 01, 2017
AvTalk Episode 12: Out on the Airfield
50:37

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 …

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Aug 18, 2017
AvTalk Episode 11: 747s, Skunks, and Babies
35:52

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 …

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Aug 04, 2017
AvTalk Episode 10: Construction, Cows, and 225,000 Pounds of Ketchup
47:37

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 …

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Jul 21, 2017
AvTalk Episode 9: Vectors for Landing and Coins for Luck
48:16

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. Approach and Landing A passenger, …

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Jul 07, 2017
AvTalk Episode 8: Turning the MAX up to 10
37:54

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. A brief apology, as we had earlier planned to discuss ATC privatization, but as everyone we …

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Jun 23, 2017
AvTalk Episode 7: Meltdowns and Bans
32:13

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 …

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Jun 09, 2017
AvTalk Episode 6: An Update on the Mitsubishi MRJ from Japan
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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. Checking in on the MRJ Jason travels to Japan to meet up with John Walton, Runway Girl Network’s deputy …

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May 25, 2017
AvTalk Episode 5: the COMAC C919 Takes Flight
37:51

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. COMAC C919 First Flight and Chinese Aviation We sat down with …

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May 12, 2017
AvTalk Episode 4: North Korea, Goodbye 747-200s, and Patterns in the Sky
31:21

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. Help more listeners find the show by leaving us a review on …

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Apr 25, 2017
AvTalk Episode 3: Visiting the Aircraft Interiors Expo
27:54

In a special Episode 3, we visit the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany to see what you might find inside or connected to an aircraft in the coming years. Help more listeners find the show by leaving us a review on iTunes The Aircraft Interiors Expo At this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo, we walked …

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Apr 08, 2017
AvTalk Episode 2 – Jason Crawls Inside a Plane
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In Episode 2, Jason crawls inside a plane, we talk in circles about circular runways, wonder about the best job in aviation, and quickly preview the upcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo. Jason Crawls Inside a Plane Jason takes us to Malta where he spent the day with Lufthansa Technik at their MRO facility getting up close …

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Mar 25, 2017
Introducing AvTalk—the Flightradar24 Aviation Podcast
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Introductions We’re excited to introduce ‘AvTalk’, our new Flightradar24 aviation podcast, hosted by Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz, two aviation geeks with a passion for anything that flies. Ian is Flightradar24’s communications director, whom you may remember from such films as the Cathay Pacific 747 tour at Oshkosh. Jason’s been researching and writing about aviation …

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Mar 14, 2017