787 On Display at Everett Factory Following 787 Premier - July 8. Photo courtesy Boeing.

Ben from the One Mile at a Time blog joins Dan, Max and Rob to talk aviation news and how to fly a lot of miles on the cheap.

We also have our report from the Airplane Geeks Australia Desk, an additional airline news report from Stephen, and a This Week in Aviation segment.

Dan’s aviation website pick of the week is Widgetheads.net, a Delta Air Lines fan site.

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19 Responses to “Episode 54 – Taking it One Mile at a Time”

  1. maxflight

    [Mike wrote in:]

    Hi Team (and it is a team now),

    I’ve just finished listening to Episode 53 this morning and enjoyed it a lot even though at times it seemed a little crowded there for a while. I was also impressed how slick the Australian desk is becoming with the guys bouncing off each other and living in Australia myself, I could easily relate to what they were reporting.

    It was good to hear Courtney putting in his “guest” appearance as well (hopefuly we will continue to hear from him regularly) and even though I prefer the two episode concept, I still love the Podcast whichever way you do it.

    Finally, I’m hoping to hear you have Saj Ahamad from Fleetbuzz Editorial on your show but no luck yet as I was reminded of him when Dan quoted a couple of things from the Editorial about Qatar Airways giving Boeing a bollocking for being late with the 787.

    Keep up the good work,

    All the best, Mike

    June 30th, 2009 | 3:15 am
  2. maxflight

    Mike: Thanks for writing. Episode 53 did have a large crowd – 6 of us on Skype at the same time! It was a bit of an experiment, but certainly with an all star cast. More typically there will be fewer participants.

    Court is still transitioning to his new job and wasn’t able to get us a recording for Episode 54, but he’ll be back with more soon! We all miss him a lot!

    We haven’t forgotten about getting Saj on the show. Now that #54 is out, I’ll be catching up on guest scheduling.

    Take care.

    Max

    June 30th, 2009 | 3:16 am
  3. maxflight

    [David writes in with a couple of links to thought provoking topics:]

    Interesting story….take a look at number 12…..

    http://247wallst.com/2009/04/15/twelve-major-brands-that-will-disappear/#more-30817

    Also I came across this and thought it was interesting…its being posted on FlyerTalk…now come on they can’t all go bankrupt can they?!

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/continental-onepass/969663-co-go-bankrupt-2010-a.html

    Not sure I truly believe what they are all predicting but at least it points to the fact that some consolidation among the legacies must occur. The ruinous price competition has all of them on the brink of financial disaster. Besides none of the legacies is sufficiently reinvesting in hard assets, so planes, facilities and so forth are getting older and, eventually, will wear out.

    Keep up the good work guys! Court we miss ya!

    June 30th, 2009 | 3:21 am
  4. maxflight

    [Mini writes:]

    little moan its too long to downlaod

    July 1st, 2009 | 3:49 pm
  5. maxflight

    Mini:

    The podcast is longer, but the file size is much smaller than last time. Episode 53 was 75 meg but this new Episode 54 is 40 meg. We did get carried away, and hope to keep the podcast length shorter next time.

    Max

    July 1st, 2009 | 3:50 pm
  6. Great to hear another “Desk” starting up! Welcome to the California Desk!

    July 1st, 2009 | 11:05 pm
  7. Mini

    Sorry have it longer but keep the file down please it may of been my connection yesterday.

    July 2nd, 2009 | 10:14 am
  8. maxflight

    [From Jamie:]

    All,

    Attached article about a Bell P-59 restoration and some interesting OPSEC and CI stuffs. Quite funny, really.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-59

    Have a happy and Safe 4th!

    July 2nd, 2009 | 3:41 pm
  9. maxflight

    [From Mini:]

    Ayup geeks ,
    ep 54 was fantastic but the Thomas cook article was probably blown out of perspective by the mail.

    Also may i add Toulouse is not pronounced like how you pronounced it on this weeks podcast.

    Have you tried putting more uk/europe news in as there is very little.

    Thanks Mini

    P.s What is your e-mail to send in a mp3 file into .

    Cheers
    Mini

    July 2nd, 2009 | 3:48 pm
  10. maxflight
    July 2nd, 2009 | 3:54 pm
  11. maxflight

    [and more...]

    Ay’up again geeks and people

    Pets!!!!!!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/weird-wide-world/5600708/Air-Canada-to-permit-pets-as-hand-luggage.html

    sorry for all the links this week !

    July 2nd, 2009 | 3:55 pm
  12. maxflight

    [And again from Jamie:]

    Thanks to Rev E!
    Have a good and safe 4th, y’all

    WISDOM – FROM THE MILITARY MANUALS

    “If the enemy is in range, so are you.”
    – Infantry Journal –
    ———— ——— ——— ——–
    “It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just
    bombed.”
    – U.S. Air Force Manual
    ———– ——— ——— ———
    “Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never
    encountered automatic weapons.”
    – General MacArthur
    ———— ——— ——— ——–
    “You, you, and you … Panic. The rest come with me!”
    – U.S. Marine corps Gunnery Sgt.
    —— —— ——— ——— ———
    “Tracers work both ways.”
    – U.S. Army Ordnance
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “Five second fuses only last three seconds.”
    – Infantry Journal
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “Any ship can be a minesweeper… Once.”
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.”
    – Unknown Marine Recruit
    ———— ——— ——— ——— ———
    “If you see a bomb technician running, keep up with him.”
    – EOD Troop
    ———— ——— ——— ——–
    “You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.”
    – Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a
    helicopter — and therefore, unsafe.”
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough
    power left to get you to the scene of the crash.”
    ———— ——— ——— ——–
    “Even with ammunition, the USAF is just another expensive flying club.”

    ———– ——— ——— ———
    “What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a
    pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.”
    ———— ——— ——— ——— ———
    “Never trade luck for skill.”
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!”

    ———– ——— ——— ———
    “Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your flight to a
    person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about
    it.”
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely
    kill you.”
    – Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.”
    – Sign over squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
    ———— ——— ——— ———
    “If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.”
    ———– ——— ——— ———
    “You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full
    power to taxi to the terminal.”
    ———— ——— ——— ——–
    As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn
    off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives;
    the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks,

    “What happened?”

    The pilot’s reply: “I don’t know, I just got here myself!”
    – Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

    Cheers! Jamie

    July 2nd, 2009 | 3:56 pm
  13. maxflight

    [This from Donald:]

    Hi – just some news from my home country of Scotland – since it never gets featured :P

    An RAF Tornado (from RAF Leuchars AFB in Fife) crashed in the Argyll (pronounced Arr-gile) and Bute (pronounced B-yoot) – resulting in the deaths of both pilots. Here’s the link to the full story:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8130528.stm

    July 2nd, 2009 | 3:58 pm
  14. maxflight

    [Mini also sends in a link about an airliner/lawn tractor incident:]

    You could not make this up!

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0701/1224249839448.html

    July 3rd, 2009 | 7:23 pm
  15. maxflight

    [Kevin sent along this link:]

    Hey guys, just found this article that you may find interesting:

    Standing Room Only on CHinese flights – http://www.switched.com/2009/07/03/chinese-airline-proposes-standing-room-sections-on-flights

    July 4th, 2009 | 8:10 am
  16. Mike

    Hi, just logged on to download my “Geek Fix” and Episode 54 is not showing up in itunes. Either searching through itunes store or clicking the link on the top right in the Geeks homepage. Is this a glitch? What am I going to listen to on the train to the office tomorrow? [Horror!]

    Regards, Mike

    July 4th, 2009 | 6:37 pm
  17. maxflight

    Mike: I’m not sure what caused you to have a problem getting Episode 54 from iTunes, but it’s working fine for me right now – it shows up and downloads as it should. Hopefully it worked for you too in time for the train ride!

    Max

    July 5th, 2009 | 5:31 am
  18. Mike

    Hi Max, got it now. I don’t know what the problem was either but better late than never and now I see Episdode 55 so I get two at once. Two days worth of train trips to see off the week. Thanks, Mike

    July 7th, 2009 | 11:43 pm
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