Airplane Geeks Podcast
Summary: This podcast covers all aspects of aviation: commercial airlines, military, and general aviation. Each week an industry guest joins to discuss current aviation news topics. Good conversation, analysis, and banter combine to make this an entertaining show.
The Director of Flight Operations for Quantum Spatial talks about International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification and building a safety culture. Boeing 737 MAX order deferrals, best practices for small flight department maintenance, masks and Covid-19, fighter jets in the Middle East, the next generation U.S. fighter, high tech plane floats.
A former USAF combat pilot and astronaut talks about the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship that matches interns with aerospace companies. Also, EASA and the Boeing 737 MAX, NTSB crash report, U.S. Army aviation fleet, airline expansion opportunities, a dog evades capture at an airport.
GAO issues cybersecurity recommendations, Southwest pilot’s pay cut, National Center for the Advancement of Aviation, Singapore Airlines A380s, Boom Supersonic XB-1 demonstrator rolls out, all-electric airplane racing league announced.
Boeing to move 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina, FAA Administrator flies 737 MAX, Germany halts helicopter procurement, Covid-19 testing for passengers, furloughs after the CARES Act, go-arounds and accidents, Rolls-Royce fast electric airplane, advanced preflight after maintenance, Flightradar24 DDoS attack.
Hypersonic flight and the research being conducted at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Federal aid for the airlines, treating aircraft interiors with anti-microbial spray, a secret Air Force fighter jet, more on JSX and Orange County Airport.
We talk with Oshkosh Corporation about Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, or ARFF. Oshkosh Corporation builds tough specialty trucks and access equipment and Oshkosh Airport Products designs and produces ARFF and snow removal vehicles.
A 737 crew couldn’t properly hand fly the airplane after autopilot failures, and we discuss the Master Minimum Equipment List. Also, airline furloughs, Austrian Eurofighter Typhoons, Air Force pilot production efforts, an engine shutdown due to rain, flights to nowhere, too much PPE for American Airlines, an airport throws out an operator.
Some Boeing 787s are grounded due to structural problems, Rolls-Royce financials don’t look good, a positive TSA story, another virtual flight option, US DOE funding for electric aircraft technologies, Pipistrel to set electric aircraft world records, Elon Musk says 3-4 years for effective electric aircraft batteries, Spirit avoids layoffs, and $200 ticket change fees are dropped.
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel tells the “leave no one behind” story of a pilot who ejected over the Gulf of Tonkin. Also, Boeing could consolidate 787 assembly lines, F/A-18 ski jump launch trials, a live air-to-air missile at Lakeland Airport, man arrested after driving under a taxiing airplane, a virtual airline, AI bests a human F-16 pilot in simulated dogfights.
We look at the Boeing 737 MAX NPRM for return to service, Phillips 66 investment in sustainable aviation fuel, JetBlue carbon neutrality on domestic flights, this year’s Collier Trophy winner, American Airlines plans to eliminate some smaller destinations, and the F-16 fighter jet sale to Taiwan.
Latinas in aviation tell their stories, Pieter Johnson talks with Matt Bone from the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group, and Steve Vischer and Grant McHerron bring us up to date on Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways in the Australia News Desk. Launchpad Marzari reports from The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs where the centerpiece is a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker.
Boom Supersonic and Virgin Galactic supersonic commercial aircraft eye Rolls-Royce engine technology, China’s AG600 large seaplane, United’s ERJ-145 regional jets to CommutAir, pilot re-examinations, Boeing’s quarterly loss and good 737 MAX news, airline passengers and booze, the growing stockpile of airline nuts, and Allegiant Air’s clever “work from Vegas” packages.
EPA aviation climate control proposal, airline furloughs, military pilot flying experience, Airbus autonomous A350, Delta Airlines simplifying fleet, Garmin outage, Australia News Desk, discount code, choosing a flight school.
An A-10 pilot talks about flying combat missions, Boeing 737 MAX cancellations, airline layoffs and furloughs, Emirates A380 plan, American Airlines and JetBlue partner, a bizarre Icelandair plan, aviation museums re-opening, Chrome Dome mission, a drive-in airshow, Urban Air Mobility.
Possible United furloughs, airline bookings down, flight training with social distancing, enforcing airline face covering policies, airports responding to the pandemic, Boeing’s 737MAX pilot training document, Spirit Airlines helps a family in need.