Airplane Geeks PodcastAuthor: Airplane Geeks
27 Apr 2017

Airplane Geeks Podcast

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    449 Aviation Cybersecurity

    Aviation cybersecurity expert Dr. Remzi Seker from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

  • Posted on 26 Apr 2017

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    448 Aerial Firefighting with the Global SuperTanker

    Aerial firefighting with a Boeing 747-400, airline policies for overbooking and bumping passengers, Mar-a-Lago air restrictions for presidential visits, and F-16 fighter service life. Guests Capt. Tom Parsons, Assistant Chief Supervisor/Pilot and Scott Olson, VP Maintenance for Global SuperTanker Services, LLC. The company was formed in 2015 and acquired a B747-400 to use for aerial firefighting and other operations. We talk about the kinds of missions the Global SuperTanker can fly, and Tom and Scott explain the aircraft modifications, the loading and delivery system, and the recent activity in Chile fighting wildfires. We also learn about the coordination required for all the air and ground participants in this kind of operation. Related resources: Wildfire Today, wildfire news and opinion. Fire Aviation, news & commentary about aerial firefighting. Interview with lead plane pilot Jamie Tackman about the 747 air tanker. Aviation News The passenger who was violently removed from the United Express flight operated by Republic Airways intends to take legal action. The man’s lawyer claimed his client lost two teeth and his nose was broken. We discuss the resulting media storm, airline practice of overbooking flights, and the procedure for bumping passengers. United is promising to make major customer service changes JetBlue Founder Backs Overbooking After United Flight Fiasco Here's why overbooking flights is actually a good thing Delta CEO: Overbooking Flights is a 'Valid Business Process' Passengers removed from overbooked flights on US airlines – in data The 10 Worst Airlines for Overbooking In other news: FAA: 5 aircraft violated Mar-a-Lago air restrictions during Trump stay U.S. Air Force extends F-16 fighter's service life US Air Force chief ambivalent on F-15 Eagle retirement Mentioned The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) Jet engine thrust reverser examples: https://youtu.be/6KPhc70nMU0 https://youtu.be/pLywdLTu2wg https://youtu.be/Vk-RatujEh0 Credit Intro music courtesy Brother Love from his Album Of The Year CD. Outtro by Bruno Misonne from The Sound of Flaps.

  • Posted on 19 Apr 2017

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    447 Airline Reporter David Parker Brown

    We talk about commercial aviation with the editor-in-chief and founder of Airline Reporter. Also, the violent removal of a passenger from a flight, the new Boeing venture-capital group, the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 737 first flight, more seats for the A380, and a lawsuit to stop the Planes of Fame Air Show. Plus, reports from Sun ‘n Fun 2017, memorable flights, and a new aviation podcast. Guest David Parker Brown is editor-in-chief and founder of Airline Reporter. With a team of over 30 writers located in 18 different cities, AirlineReporter.com is a goto resource for aviation, travel, and airline industry content. This is quality material by passionate AvGeeks. As for David, he has written, consulted, and presented on many airline and travel topics since 2008. He caught the aviation bug at an early age, and has been blogging since 1999. Aviation News United CEO apologizes after video of O'Hare passenger dragged from flight goes viral United Express flight 3411 operated by Republic Airways and departing O'Hare International Airport was overbooked. But four Republic crew members needed to get onboard so they could deadhead to work. One passenger refused to give up his seat and was violently removed by an aviation security officer. This Startup Backed By JetBlue And Boeing Plans On Flying Electric Planes By The Early 2020s Boeing launches venture-capital arm, invests in local electric-airplane firm Boeing has recently formed a division called HorizonX as a small venture-capital group to invest in companies with interesting technologies. HorizonX is led by Steve Nordlund, formerly the head of drone company InSitu, which was acquired by Boeing in 2008. As examples of technology areas that HorizonX might invest in, Nordlund pointed to autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and additive manufacturing. Initial investments were with Upskill, an augmented reality company, and Zunum Aero that is developing small hybrid-electric aircraft. Boeing 737, Which 'Took the Aviation World by Storm,' Marks 50 Years of Flight The Boeing 737 first flight took place 50 years ago, in April 1967, and entered airline service in February 1968 at Lufthansa. See the Boeing 737 Technical Site for history and data. Airbus Carves Out Space on A380 Flagship to Fit 80 More Seats Airbus is offering customers some A380 configuration changes that result in additional seats. These include removing an upper-deck stowage area, moving the main staircase, 11-abreast on the main deck, 9-abreast in premium-economy, a rear spiral staircase, and moving the pilot rest area. Lawsuit seeks to halt annual Planes of Fame Air Show in Chino Chino Airport Tenants: Let A Coalition Oversee The Air Show A group of Chino Airport tenants are suing the Planes of Fame Air Museum (another tenant) to halt this year’s Planes of Fame Air Show May 6-7. Chino Airport is a county-owned airport in San Bernardino County, California. The plaintiffs allege the air show negatively impacts their business. The tenants bringing suit want the County of San Bernardino to appoint a coalition of tenants to oversee future air shows at the Chino Airport. Find a petition at: Don't Let them Stop Your Air Show! Sun 'n Fun 2017 Airplane Geeks Reporter-at-large Launchpad Marzari reports from Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In Expo, held April 4 - 9, 2017. He talks with John and Martha King from King Schools, and Michelle McGuire from Mutt Muffs which provides hearing protection for dogs. Listener Recording Listener Mike Smith tells us about two of his most memorable flights. Watch Airventure Oshkosh 2015 Trip and Airventure 2016 in my Sonex. Mentioned Wings over Pittsburgh, May 13-14, 2017. Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show Aug 12-13, 2017 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. AOPA Hangar Talk 18 with Max Trescott. Aviation News Talk is Max Trescott’s new general aviation podcast. Video: Spitfire - Public Service Broadcasting Live At Brix...

  • Posted on 12 Apr 2017

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    446 Reliability Centered Maintenance for Aviation

    Savvy Aviation CEO Mike Busch tells us about Reliability Centered Maintenance and what it means for aviation.

  • Posted on 05 Apr 2017

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    445 Iridium Communications and Space 2.0

    The CEO of Iridium Communications tells us about the satellites being placed into orbit and the services they’ll provide to aviation. In the news, airlines react to the laptop ban, a proposed TSA fee increase draws criticism, FAA forecasts slow growth for general aviation, and an engine manufacturer looks to expand. Also, interviews from the Heart of Texas Airshow. Guest Matt Desch is the CEO of Iridium Communications, a satellite communications company that offers global voice and data coverage through its constellation of low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites. Matt explains the company’s next-generation constellation, Iridium NEXT, with deployment expected for completion in 2018. We talk about how the satellites are placed into orbit with SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets, and what will happen to the old constellation being replaced. Matt describes the capabilities of Iridium NEXT and the implications for aviation. That includes the Aireon service, a hosted payload that will listen for ADS-B signals and relay them in real time to air navigation service providers. A long time telecom/technology executive, Matt started his career at Bell Laboratories, and was an early pioneer in the cellular phone business. He was involved with a number of high tech companies over the years prior to becoming CEO at Iridium. Follow Matt on Twitter as @iridiumboss and visit the Iridium website for more information, and to order Iridium NEXT memorabilia. Iridium is on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Video: Successful First Launch of Ten Iridium NEXT Satellites https://youtu.be/VlTg4cvlURk Aviation News The Jordanian Airline Making Money Off the Laptop Ban and Fly Lemonade: Turning Electronics Ban Into a Sweet Brand Opportunity Affected airlines have been quick to react to the PED ban. Royal Jordanian has continued it’s marketing campaign that pokes fun at the U.S. presidential election and recent government policies. Emirates started a service where you hand over your banned devices at the gate, which they package and place in the cargo hold. You get to work right up to boarding time. Etihad has a Make Flying Great Again video that illustrates the features of their IFE system. They also tout their seats that fully recline for sleeping, and their flying nanny to help keep children entertained. U.S. Airlines Push Back Against Proposed TSA Fee Hike The Trump administration proposes to increase the TSA fee that passengers pay. But the U.S. airline trade group Airlines for America says that each year, about $1.3 billion of the fees collected do not go to fund aviation security. Instead, they are allocated to overall deficit reduction. FAA forecast: Slow general aviation growth, drone explosion In its 20-year forecast, the FAA estimated slow growth for general aviation. The agency sees a decline of 17,500 fixed-wing piston aircraft, offsetting a small annual increase in turbine aircraft and other segments, with a net annual growth rate of 0.1 percent. The number of small commercial drones in the domestic UAS fleet is expected to grow from 42,000 at the end of last year to 442,000 by the end of 2021. FAA projects commercial U.S. passenger growth of 1.9 percent a year over the next two decades. Continental Motors to Expand Dramatically Continental Motors plans to break ground this year on a new $70 million manufacturing center and corporate headquarters in Mobile, Alabama. CEO Rhett Ross says, "We see that different power systems are going to be necessary. You'll see much more electrified aircraft. This increases our flexibility for new designs." Airshow Interviews Airplane Geeks Reporter-at-Large Launchpad Marzari brings us interviews from the Heart of Texas Airshow, held March 18-19, 2017 Waco, Texas / TSTC Airport. “Laser Dave” McConkey is a flight engineer for the B-17G operated by the Gulf Coast Wing unit of the Commemorative Air Force. Nick “Bearshark” Green from the F-18 demonstration ...

  • Posted on 29 Mar 2017

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