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23 May 2017

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    452 From the Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017 Air Show

    This episode, we bring you interviews from the 2017 Wings Over Pittsburgh air show, hosted by the 911th Airlift Wing. We talked with some of the performers, with others from with static displays, with the 911th Airlift Wing, and with a few AvGeeks for good measure. Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017 The Wings Over Pittsburgh air show held May 13 and 14, 2017 was a huge success. The show was hosted by the 911th Airlift Wing at the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station. During the event, we recorded a number of interviews for this episode. Next week when we’re all together again, we’ll tell you more about the event. Also attending were Capt. Jeff and the crew from the Airline Pilot Guy Show, as well as the guys from the Plane Talking UK Podcast. We also had a pretty strong contingent of aviation podcast listeners - some we’ve met before, and others we enjoyed meeting for the first time. Interviews Opening ceremony. [0:03:13] Carlos, Brian, Micah, Captain Al, and Matt spoke with Captain Tim about the iconic Douglas C-54 Spirit of Freedom, used in the Berlin airlift. [0:08:41] David talks with Lieutenant Jacob “Bacon” Riggs with the F-18F Super Hornet VFA-122 Flying Eagles. [0:25:12] Max speaks with Colonel Jeffrey A. Van Dooltingh, Commander of the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Coraopolis, PA. [0:31;29] Carlos from the Plane Talking UK podcast and Brian interviewed Captain Randy Ball and talked about his MiG-17. See the Randy W. Ball Facebook fan page. [0:36:20] Max spoke briefly with F-35 pilot Matt Gardner. Brian and Micah have a longer conversation at the F-35 static display, which we’ll bring you in an upcoming episode. [0:47:25] The air show mainly featured military aircraft but there were a few commercial aircraft on static display, including a Republic Embraer E-175. Micah and Brian interviewed First Officer Mike Schrader. [0:51:51] David talks with Lt CDr Andy Patterson about the P-8A Poseidon on static display. [1:02:34] Max spoke with Airshow Director Major Charlie Baker. [1:09:58] Some AvGeeks tell us their favorite airplane from the show. [1:20:52] ...and as a bonus: Audio of the F-22 demonstration flight. [1:27:38] Mentioned Airline Pilot Guy Show episode 271 was recorded live Friday evening at the hotel, and all three podcasts recorded a live show Saturday evening. Look for those videos on the Airline Pilot Guy YouTube channel, or you can watch them right here: Airline Pilot Guy - Aviation Podcast Episode 271 https://youtu.be/aiAHt447F6c Wings Over Pittsburgh APG 2017 Extravaganza Live! https://youtu.be/H4trlY2Gbio Credit Intro music courtesy Brother Love from his Album Of The Year CD.    

  • Posted on 17 May 2017

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    451 Talking About Planes with Carl Stebbings

    Carl Stebbings, the host of the Plane Talking UK podcast, helps us discuss the Chinese Comac C919 first flight, an F-35B assembled in Italy, a UK airline trade group manifesto, a vintage de Havilland Vampire literally tears up a runway, Boeing accuses Bombardier of dumping the CSeries in the U.S., a report on the May 2016 crash of EgyptAir MS804, and the first fatal crash of the Icon A-5 amphibious LSA. Guest Carlos (Carl) Stebbings is the host of the Plane Talking UK Podcast. He joins in our conversation of recent aviation news, and he also tells us about some of his memorable flights including a Tupolev Tu-134 and riding in the jump seat of a B757. Carl’s favorite remains the L-1011 Tristar, but he also talks about the DC-10. The Plane Talking UK Podcast started in 2013 as an audio show, but it’s now a live program with a chat room and PTUK YouTube channel. We hear how Carl got started with podcasting and about the exciting plans for his 200th episode. Like many AvGeeks, Carl’s love of aviation started at a young age as he was able to do a lot of traveling. He has flown on more aircraft types than most people can mention and Carl is an avid plane spotter, as well as a private pilot in training. Carl the owner of a mobile disco business and when he isn’t spinning CDs or podcasting, he works for the largest book printer in England. In addition, his very understanding, long-suffering wife, Gemma, has grown to accept that most holidays will involve losing her husband at the airport while he goes off plane spotting! Aviation News China’s New Jetliner, the Comac C919, Takes Flight for First Time The Chinese Comac C919 airliner made its first public flight May 5, 2017. The C919 is a single-aisle twin in the same class as the Boeing 737 MAX and the Airbus A320neo, and powered by the CFM56 LEAP-1C. First F-35B Assembled Internationally Rolled Out of Cameri FACO Production Facility David Cenciotti writes in The Aviationist that “the first F-35B, the Short Take-Off Vertical Landing variant of the the F-35 Lightning II, destined to the Italian Navy, rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility at Cameri, in northwestern Italy.” This is the first F-35B assembled internationally. First flight is planned for late August, with delivery to the Italian MoD in November 2017. This Cool Footage Shows U.S. F-35A Lightning II Combat Planes Flying Through The Famous Mach Loop For The First Time https://youtu.be/DrnkmjxiEdY UK airlines set out manifesto asks for new Parliament Airlines UK, the industry association that represents UK-registered carriers, published a manifesto of policy actions for the next Parliament. The association believes these would result in stronger, more competitive UK airlines. Vintage plane rips up runway during take-off in Wolverhampton This video from a vintage air show at Wolverhampton’s Halfpenny Green Airport shows how the jet blast from a de Havilland Vampire ripped up the runway as it took off. OPINION: Boeing's CSeries trade complaint lacks credibility Boeing says Bombardier is selling CSeries jets in the U.S. at “absurdly low” prices and as a result, the company has suffered an injury to its business. Boeing wants the Commerce Department to impose duties on Bombardier. Reports: French investigators suspect fire caused EgyptAir crash Reportedly, French air accident investigation agency BEA found no trace of explosives on the bodies of the victims of the crash of EgyptAir MS804 which disappeared over the Mediterranean in May 2016. The A320’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), indicated smoke in an avionics bay under the flight deck and in a lavatory. Two Killed In Icon A5 Crash An Icon A-5 amphibious LSA crashed in California May 8, 2017, killing two people on board. Both were Icon employees. This is the first fatal crash of the airplane. Mentioned Listener Luke sent us the link to a video interview with Captain John Hutchinson,

  • Posted on 10 May 2017

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    450 A Worldwide LGBT Aviation Community

    Airline pilot Kathy Dulson describes the National Gay Pilots Association, and why it's important to the aviation community.

  • Posted on 03 May 2017

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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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