Guest Vicki Portway is Head of Web & New Media for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. We talk about the Museum’s online outreach, the fantastic Become a Pilot Day in June, and the Space Shuttle Discovery target arrival of April 17 at Dulles Airport and transfer to the Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, replacing the Enterprise, which goes to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
The week’s aviation news:
- Budget Cuts Could Spell End of FAA Contract Towers
- Commercial Drones That Controllers Can’t See Challenge U.S. Air Safety
- TSA Agent at JFK airport stole $5,000 cash from passenger
- AMR wants to cut 13,000 jobs, pensions
David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Supermarine Attacker.
In this week’s Australia Desk report, Steve is back from vacation, Rob Fyfe announces his pending retirement as CEO of Air New Zealand, Qantas announces Carbon Tax related fare rises (Steve vents about the Carbon Tax), Qantas credit rating downgrade, and Grant tries the mood detecting music machine one last time.
On Across The Pond this week, Pieter talks to Dave Lees, Managing Director of Southampton Airport in the UK. Dave explains to us how he will make Southampton already one of the UK’s highest performing regional airports, even better.
Mentioned in the episode:
- U.S. Contract Tower Association
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
- Aviation Geek Fest 2012
- British airways key to US merger mania
- Jetwhine Tries to Out-Cranky the Cranky Flier
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/.