Episode 180 – Mary Kirby from APEX

The Aerobatic Project

Guest Mary Kirby is is Editor-in-Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and the APEX media platform. We talk about the current state of inflight internet connectivity, what passengers expect aboard the flight, the GoGo IPO, and why we’re going to see more announcements. Also, pressure on interior suppliers as a result of the huge numbers of narrow body orders going on the books, and how that’s delaying aircraft deliveries. We touch on airline alliance interior commonality, and the outlook for embedded IFE.

Find Mary at the APEX Editor’s Blog and on Twitter as @APEXmary. The Airline Passenger Experience Association is at apex.aero.

The week’s aviation news:

David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly, also known as the Super Tweet.

In this week’s Australia Desk report: 12th A380 arrives for Qantas, more A380s coming to Melbourne as Emirates signals their intentions, cracks appearing in some A380s including one QF aircraft, 150 Qantas pilots now working for Gulf based airlines during their down time, tragic balloon crash in New Zealand kills 11 people.

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 talks to new aerobatic pilot and author of The Aerobatic Project, Lauren Richardson. Lauren explains what’s its like to transition from a 152 to a Pitts Special and what it was like in her first aerobatic competition. Lauren can be found on Twitter @Groovy_Nut, while Pieter can be found on Twitter as @Nascothornet or XTP Media’s Facebook Page.oba

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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/.

6 thoughts on “Episode 180 – Mary Kirby from APEX

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  2. Robert E. Coli

    Another great episode… well done!

    WRT transparent airline pricing, you gentlemen are quite correct… requiring airlines to disclose the real price a passenger will pay IS an outrageous infringement of our right to free speech and should be stopped.

    Your guest however, Apex Mary (if that’s her real name), is clearly happy that my rights are infringed by a new rule that will only serve to make air travel appear more expensive than it is made to appear now.

    At Thromby Air we believe that the financial surprises presented to a passenger as they go on their journey are an important and exciting part of the “passenger experience.” Our mysterious and seemingly random fees and charges bring back the sense of danger that is so sadly lacking from modern aviation, and should be protected and made even more inscrutable.

    However, we are mindful of our responsibilities under the new transparent pricing rules. We are therefore upgrading our online booking system accordingly…



    Robert E. Coli
    CEO Thromby Air – Lowest of the Low

  3. Jamie Dodson


    Great to have podcast back for another year. I appreciate all the had work that goes into your top quality product. It is indeed a labor of love.

    Perhaps you should have Robert E. Coli, CEO Thromby Air, on the show as a counter point to Runway Girl. (Hi, Mary!) The PCDU boys could facilitate or translate – whatever …

    Thanks for all you do, Geeks!

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