Episodes
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 their C-band 5G transmitters this week and airlines were sent scrambling by the FAA trying to ensure their aircraft could operate safely. We discuss where this all started and what...
Published 01/21/22
Published 01/21/22
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 bits and run the numbers. A most peculiar ground stop The FAA ground stopped traffic in the western US and actually forced some aircraft to land during a brief period...
Published 01/14/22
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 all sorts of extras from Boeing. We break down the order and why Allegiant made the jump from an all-Airbus fleet. Airlink Jetstream hits a bird, a big bird An Airlink...
Published 01/07/22
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 and the station’s blue ice runway. | Listen to the original episode Breaking open the black boxes NTSB investigator Sean Payne walks us through the steps of an...
Published 12/31/21
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 fuel. Airbus’ big win Following Qantas’ big order to replace its domestic fleet, KLM-Air France has followed suit, selecting Airbus to replace the KLM and Transavia single-aisle...
Published 12/22/21
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 fuel system works around the world. Traveling travails Ian and Jason’s attempts to return home from Stockholm were complicated by everything from broken lavatories to frozen aircraft...
Published 12/17/21
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 737 MAX their blessing late last week, issuing and airworthiness directive that puts the aircraft back on the path to service in one of its largest markets. The A220’s...
Published 12/10/21
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 The discovery of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19, has led to a fresh wave of border restrictions and new rules for travelers. Plane producer ponders peeling...
Published 12/03/21
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, ‘Dan Cooper’ boarded flight 305 bound for Seattle and jumped into aviation history. Catching up with airBaltic In March, we talked with airBaltic CEO Martin...
Published 11/26/21
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 on Monday, 22 November. China moves forward on the MAX There’s finally some good news for Boeing as Reuters reports that Chinese regulators are satisfied with Boeing’s changes to the MAX and...
Published 11/19/21
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 a major settlement agreement. Boeing suits settled | Over the weekend, shareholders suing Boeing’s board of directors settled their suit, with $237.5 million to be paid to Boeing by the board’s...
Published 11/12/21
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 ago, has been recovered. The NTSB has shipped the data recorders to its lab. A380s get the knife | A former Singapore Airlines A380 is being scrapped in Singapore and its not a pretty sight. And...
Published 11/05/21
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 favorite part of the job. Let us know what you think (and let your friends know too!) Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows?...
Published 10/29/21
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 United States will reopen to international travelers. Those arriving in the United States will need to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. We discuss how airlines are responding...
Published 10/22/21
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 because of operational issues emanating from Florida. We break down what we know about what caused the trouble to start and how multiple factors...
Published 10/15/21
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 aerospace journalist, Seth Miller joins us once again to fill us in on what happened this week at the International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting. We get...
Published 10/08/21
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 part of its bankruptcy restructuring. We break down the financial aspects of the deal and see which airlines will be folded in. Qatar Airways to reactivate at least 5 A380s Qatar Airways will...
Published 10/01/21
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 its first Summit entitled ‘Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace’. We discuss the new products the company unveiled and whether this week’s gathering...
Published 09/24/21
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 737 MAX. We discuss the outline of the film and what to watch for. Air India Express final report Indian investigators released their final report regarding the runway overrun of...
Published 09/17/21
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 flights to Toronto City Billy Bishop Airport, the city’s downtown airport. FAA grounds Virgin Galactic During its trip to space in July, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity strayed outside of...
Published 09/10/21
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 the Kabul Airport, marking the end of the 20 year war in Afghanistan. We tally the final numbers from the airlift, discuss some of the curious flights and discuss...
Published 09/03/21
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 the military assets employed, dozens of airlines from all over the world are also helping move Afghan evacuees to safer locations. The US has even activated the...
Published 08/27/21
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 over the past week. We discuss what’s happened at the Kabul airport and the effects on commercial air traffic in Afghanistan. How airlines learned to stop...
Published 08/20/21
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 airlines have already made it mandatory and which have said they’ll go a different route. 737 MAX recertification flights in China The 737 MAX test...
Published 08/13/21