Airplane Geeks Podcast

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The weekly audio podcast that explores and expands your passion for aviation.

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561 Vintage Aviation
A project to present photos and stories of vintage aviation. Also, Zunum closes shop, FAA publishes new ADS-B pre-flight policy, GE9X engine recognized by Guinness Book of World Records, aviation in the environmentalist crosshairs, the latest on “DB” Cooper, a rebranding of the 737 MAX or maybe not, a hotel room with a full flight simulator.
Jul 17, 2019
560 Aircraft Valuation with VREF
President of VREF on aircraft valuation. A new Fat Albert, electric airplane from André Borschberg, EASA & 737 MAX, additive manufacturing, supersonic flight emissions, Boeing T-X experimental test pilot, major general with Japanese Ministry of Defense.
Jul 10, 2019
559 Boom Supersonic Overture Facility
Boom Supersonic’s facility for the Overture Mach-2.2 supersonic aircraft. Bombardier exits commercial aviation, government probe of the 787, UTC hybrid-electric regional plane, 14-year-old flew a glider cross country solo, PPG at the Paris Air Show.
Jul 03, 2019
558 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Preview
What to expect at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. In the news, we discuss a woman trapped in an airliner, crosswind testing in Iceland, the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, and the Paris Air Show.
Jun 26, 2019
557 Innovations in Flight 2019
Interviews from the annual Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display held at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
Jun 19, 2019
556 A New Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator returns, the operations manager and the chief pilot of Skydive Spaceland San Marcos, Boeing 737 slats issue, value of business jets, proposed Raytheon and United Technologies merger, airport facial scans, electric hybrid Cessna 337 Skymaster.
Jun 12, 2019
555 Marzari Goes Skydiving
An airplane geek goes skydiving, a talk about the Spurwink Farm Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In, a proud papa talks with a new Civil Air Patrol cadet, more on cryogenic hydrogen fuel cells for electric airplanes. An eVTOL with a 400-mile range, CBS interview with Boeing CEO, assumptions made during 737 MAX design and certification, trapping flight attendants in the plane.
Jun 05, 2019
554 Bits & Pieces XXIV
Upcoming Innovations in Flight Family Day and Aviation Display, aviation tour of Pacific Northwest, Micah’s update of his piece on flight sims, the D-Day Squadron in Connecticut, Launchpad’s connection to Normandy invasion, smoke oil.
May 29, 2019
553 Museum of Flight
Interviews from the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. Also, one pilot for the NMA, airline deals in Canada, more European airline failures, cryogenic hydrogen fuel cell, an app for bumping, special paint jobs, USAF aggressor squadron F-35A’s.
May 22, 2019
552 Planes of Fame Air Show
Interviews from the 2019 Planes of Fame Air Show and Commemorative Air Force support crew. Also, 737 Max AOA Disagree alert, pilot training with virtual reality, Airbus A380s being parted out, pilot identified in fatal Northrop N9MB Flying Wing crash.
May 08, 2019
551 Conversations from Sun ‘n Fun
Interviews from Sun ‘n Fun 2019: Aerospace Center of Excellence, family-owned aircraft interiors company, a high school student funds his pilot training, flight operations software company, a competitive glider pilot.
May 01, 2019
550 AOPA Foundation You Can Fly Challenge
AOPA Foundation You Can Fly initiatives create a stronger and safer pilot community. Also, Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet grounded, CFMI Leap engine coking issue, Boeing 787 Dreamliner production quality, N9M flying wing fatal crash, ADS-B and accident rates.
Apr 24, 2019
549 Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol, noncommissioned officers in aviation, the V-22 Osprey. Last Doolittle Raider passes, F-35A recovery, SOCOM and light attack aircraft, Stratolaunch first flight, Ethiopian AOA sensor, reduced seat recline, 60 electric airplane order.
Apr 17, 2019
548 Champaign Aviation Museum
Champaign Aviation Museum restoration work, volunteers, the role of aviation museums. 737 safety cards, Scaled Composites Model 401, flight attendant trip brokering, Wow Air, Collier Trophy winner. 2019 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in and Expo.
Apr 10, 2019
547 Live at Sun ‘n Fun 2019
Live at the 2019 SUN 'n FUN International Fly-in and Expo
Apr 08, 2019
546 Women Take Flight at NEAM
The Women Take Flight event at the New England Air Museum was held to commemorate Women's History Month and in conjunction with Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Visitors of all ages celebrated women's contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and guest lecturers.
Mar 31, 2019
545 Boeing 737 MAX, Someone’s Got Some ‘Splaining to Do
Two guests this episode: An airline Captain who flies the Boeing 737-800 and the 737 MAX 8 and the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants. In the news, we look at the nominee to be the next FAA Administrator, private pilots providing services to disaster victims, and the decision to replace aging F-15’s with the F-15X.
Mar 27, 2019
544 NBAA Regional Forum
NBAA Regional Forum in Houston, pilot and mechanic shortage, NBAA top safety focus areas. B737 Max, AOA, MCAS, the certification process. Also, Southwest labor agreement, more coin tosses for good luck, B-52 re-engining, famous aviation siblings, Red Bull air races, Boeing 747.
Mar 20, 2019
543 Aviation Career Opportunities
Aviation career opportunities, current employment outlook, industry trends, and scholarships. Boeing acquisition of ForeFlight, the crash of Ethiopian 737 MAX 8, FOD in KC-46, pilot leaves handgun onboard, pax with an RPG, SUN ‘n FUN fly-in and air show.
Mar 13, 2019
542 Airline Seats
Airline seats from Layer Design that you control with an app, Boeing-Embraer deals, business jet deliveries, re-engining the B-52 fleet, regional jets and scope clauses, lithium-ion battery ban on commercial flights, another MH360 theory, F117 rumors, and flying with a fake license. Also, an airplane of the week, and two must-see videos.
Mar 06, 2019
541 Airline Cabins
Airline cabins, cameras in seatback IFE systems, developing more industry diversity, bringing a gun on a plane, Amazon Prime Air B767 crash, new drone marking requirement, winners of the Chicken Wings comics giveaway.
Feb 27, 2019
540 Sky Kids
Sky Kids puts children with special needs and disabilities in general aviation aircraft, Airbus announces end to A380 production, Southwest declares “operations emergency” but also conducts certification flights to Hawaii, Icon A5 demo flights spark calls to emergency dispatch.
Feb 20, 2019
539 Boeing 747 First Flight
50th anniversary of Boeing 747 first flight, NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, last commercial flight of B727, Airbnb and air travel, SFO outdoor observation deck, Virgin Galactic pilots earn astronaut wings, Collier Trophy nominees.
Feb 13, 2019
538 AI and the Aviation Industry
The impact of AI on commercial aviation, monitoring pilot conversations with AI, Southwest gets new airplanes signed off during a government furlough, Norwegian Air Shuttle’s share offering, and the loss of a remarkable female military aviator.
Feb 06, 2019
537 Chicken Wings Comics
Chicken Wings aviation humor, flying a full motion flight sim at the United flight training center, effects on aviation of the partial US Government shutdown, the Airlander 10 prototype is retired, Boeing delivers 2 KC-46A tankers, unmanned wingmen.
Jan 30, 2019
536 AOPA with Tom Haines
AOPA SVP Tom Haines talks about 2018 accomplishments and what's ahead for 2019 abd beyond. Also, 7 airline innovations, the fatal training accident rate, and the ANA dual engine shutdown.
Jan 23, 2019
535 SITA Lab and a Seamless Travel Experience
Identity management, seamless travel at the airport, the work of the SITA Lab. Also, rogue drones at airports, impacts on aviation of the government shutdown, Generation 2 of the Cirrus Vision Jet, and USAF acceptance of the first KC-46 aerial tanker.
Jan 16, 2019
534 Flying the DC-8 for Emergency Relief
Guest George Kalbfleisch is the Deputy Director of DC-8 Flight Operations for the Samaritan’s Purse emergency relief organization. In the news, we discuss the Twin Mustang Prototype unexpected flight, the Chinese soft landing on the back side of the moon, commercial flights that get diverted due to rocket launches, the worsening controller shortage, and paying tips to Frontier cabin crew. Samaritans Purse DC-8. Guest George Kalbfleisch George Kalbfleisch is Deputy Director of DC-8 Flight Operations for Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization. Samaritan’s Purse delivers critical emergency relief supplies to people in need around the world. Examples include the Saipan typhoon victims, Bangladesh refugees, Iraq during the battle for Mosul, the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and Ecuador following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. George tells us about the configuration of the CFM56-powered DC-8-72, it's range and payload capabilities, and the types of emergency relief missions it undertakes. We learn about the teams that fly and maintain the airplane, and how flight planning takes place, sometimes into devastated areas without electricity. George also treats us to a few of his most exciting and most unusual flights. Prior to Samaritan’s Purse, George flew DC-8s with an international freight company for twenty years as captain, line check airman, sim instructor, check airman, and the aircrew program designee to issue type ratings for the airplane. George earned his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management at Oklahoma State University and received his pilot’s license in 1980. He is a certified airline transport pilot with type ratings in the A320, B-777, DC-8, and SA-227. George is an active General Aviation pilot who enjoys flying tail wheel and aerobatics in his spare time. DC-8 cutaway illustration, showing the cargo and passenger compartments. Courtesy Samaritan's Purse. Aviation News XP-82 Takes Accidental First Flight Ray Fowler was conducting high-speed taxi tests of the XP-82 Twin Mustang Prototype. The plan was to lift the wheels for just a second, deploy the flaps, and roll out. Except it accelerated so fast that the plane couldn’t get back down in the remaining runway.  So up he went. See XP-82 Twin Mustang Restoration Project for more. China’s Chang’e-4 lands on moon’s far side China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft made the first successful soft landing on the far side of the moon. The spacecraft combines a lander and a rover and utilizes a relay satellite Queqiao for communication. From China National Space Administration: China's Chang'e-4 probe makes historic landing on moon's far side. Gridlock in the sky The Feb 6, 2018 launch of the SpaceX Heavy Falcon closed the airspace over a 1,300-mile section the Atlantic for over three hours. Commercial flights had to fly significantly diverted routes, costing time and fuel. What happens when commercial space flight launches become frequent? ALPA says these closures “have led to extensive and expensive delays to commercial air traffic that are unsustainable.” Government Shutdown Worsens a Controller Shortage The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is not happy with the partial government shutdown because of its effect on members. But another consequence is the negative effect on training for new controllers. The FAA training academy in Oklahoma City is shut down, and classroom and simulator training at air traffic control facilities has stopped. That’s a First: I Was Asked for a Tip From a Flight Attendant writer JT Genter was on a Frontier Airlines flight. After ordering his beverage and providing his credit card, the flight attendant handed him a tablet which offered him the ability to select a tip. Herb Kelleher, Aviation Pioneer and Southwest Airlines Founder, Dies at 87 Kelleher co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines had died at the age of 87.
Jan 09, 2019
533 Bits & Pieces XXIII
This is a Bits & Pieces episode with recorded segments from the hosts, contributors, and listeners.
Jan 01, 2019
532 A Jet City Star
Guest Isaac Alexander gives us a taste of aviation action in the Pacific Northwest. In the news: updates on the Boeing/Embraer deal, more WOW Air woes, Virgin Galactic test flight, MRJ engine final assembly in Japan, the Northrop Grumman Firebird MALE, an airline turnback to deliver a heart, and pet fish flying commercial. Plus David’s holiday story, Voyager spacecraft, and first flight comments.
Dec 19, 2018
531 Aerial Tankers, Again
Lockheed Martin and Airbus push A330 MRTT aerial tankers, air marshals, Brazilian court blocks Boeing-Embraer deal, airport biometrics, pilots and apps, AOPA STEM program, An-124 at Houston, Boeing 777X BBJ, Voyager 2 in interstellar space.
Dec 12, 2018
530 Airlines and the Cloud: Creating Responsive Customer Service
Airlines use the cloud for responsive customer service. Indigo Partners invests in Wow, airport micro-hotel rooms, B747 retirements, passengers pay for aircraft repairs, A320 engine cowling door problems, Piaggio insolvent, history segment on the TBF Avenger.
Dec 05, 2018
529 Normandy Jump 2019
The upcoming Normandy Jump commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, new standards for obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot certificate or an airplane type rating, a solid-state propulsion system from MIT, and a carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation.
Nov 28, 2018
528 Red Bull Air Race
Red Bull Air Race World Championship Finale report, Boeing Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, Lockheed Martin X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, Aurora Flight Sciences pseudo-satellite, JAL pilots, TSA Automated Security Lanes.
Nov 21, 2018
527 Bombardier Sheds Business Units
Bombardier sells off major portions of its commercial aviation business, FAA issues an Emergency Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 737, an American Airlines executive flys United, an update on United’s Polaris business class, Japanese pilots and alcohol consumption, and some visitors allowed to the gate at Sea-Tac. Also, a talk with a Challenger Class Red Bull air race pilot and crosswind landings with the B-52.
Nov 14, 2018
526 Delta Air Lines Celebrates
Delta Air Lines celebrates 10th anniversary of the Delta/Northwest merger, new engine repair shop, first A220-100. American Airlines baggage handler, Lion Air crash, Boeing 737 MAX data servers, two Iceland airlines. Interviews with aviation Youtuber and Snowbird #1.
Nov 07, 2018
525 Back in the Saddle
A new airline from the founder of Jetblue, a change to training regulations for experimental LSA, Tyndall AFB devastated by hurricane, Bombardier sues Mitsubishi, helicopter passenger saves the day, Lion Air fatal accident, air show and fly-in interviews.
Oct 31, 2018
524 Electric Airplane Propulsion
The CEO of magniX talks about electric airplane propulsion. Also, FAA reauthorization, an initial NTSB report, why bad airline service is profitable, possible increase in the LSA weight limit, Air Force contracts for helicopters and the T-38 replacements.
Oct 10, 2018
523 Fly Girls
The author of Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History looks at the true story of pioneering women aviators. Also, Air Canada’s near disaster, FAA approves ultralight VTOL, FAA reauthorization, F-35B crash, American Airlines podcast, Dorkfest 2018, Collings Foundation.
Oct 03, 2018
522 Aviation is Your Future at ERAU
Dr. Patti Clark, Program Chair at ERAU on Aviation is Your Future course for youngsters aged 8-12. Also sustainability in the aviation industry, FAA reauthorization, A-10, misspelled airline name, falsifying FAA records, XP-82 Twin Mustang, Dorkfest.
Sep 26, 2018