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Bill English is a commercial pilot, multi and instrument CFI, and he’s flown corporate, charter, and was an air traffic controller in Boston and NY. Bill has written for IFR Magazine and worked on procedures design and internal investigations for the FAA. Currently, Bill is a National Transportation Safety Board Investigator in Charge, in the Major Aviation Investigations Division.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk report: Snow at Christmas?? Surely not! We’re having a beach BBQ for this report! Air New Zealand’s financial losses spell bad news for staff numbers and routes to Europe, Air Pacific doing better financially than last year, Virgin Australia catching up to Qantas in customer satisfaction ratings – Tiger Airways came last….again. The final Australia Desk for 2011 finishes with some messages of thanks and best wishes for 2012.

Find more from Grant and Steve at the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu. Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124.

This week on Across the Pond, Pieter Johnson talks to Mark Maiden, the presenter of The Maiden Flight Podcast. Mark is a student pilot in Dublin, Ireland and explains what is required to gain a private license in Ireland. We hear aboiut some lessons learned in finding a flying school, airsickness and having the throttle on the left hand side of the pilot. Its a worthy listen if you are learning to fly.

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Opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.

2 Responses to “Episode 178 – Bill English from the NTSB”

  1. Seasons Greetings Geeks!

    With only 51 jumps from various aircraft (C-121, C-130, C-141, Casa 220, DC-3, UH-1, MH-60M, MH-47, Ch-47 to name a few), I found your comments on parachute operations as bias. Since many of you have never jumped from an aircraft while in flight you are not speaking from a knowledge base. SHAME. For some of us, it’s the only thing we can pilot …

    However, after all is said an done, I’m still a fan. Looking forward to the next year of the Airplane Geekdom.

    Jamie

    December 26th, 2011 | 5:44 am
  2. Tonight marks the 39th anniversary of the first crash of a jumbo jet, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401. Gone, but not forgotten.

    December 29th, 2011 | 9:19 am
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