Episode 234 – Our Listeners are the Star of the Show

F-22 by Ian Kershaw

F-22 by Ian Kershaw

This episode we feature contributions from our listeners: comments, feedback, news items, links, and more, from email and recordings.

You’ll hear about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, USAF Museum lecture series recordings, good aviation books, Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide, stories of aviation as first love, the F-22 Raptor and the YF-23, the F-35 performance bar, aviation’s carbon footprint, fear of flying, personal electronic devices inflight, a petition to change an airport name, privacy invasion by drones, an Iranian fighter (perhaps), and thoughts on aviators we have lost.

The week’s aviation news:

Cessna C-190 by David Vanderhoof_400

Cessna c-190 by David Vanderhoof

David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Cessna C-190/195.

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

Grant has been in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week as a guest of Malaysia Airlines as they formerly joined the One World alliance. He met and spoke with a number of high ranking airline officials including Qantas CEO Allan Joyce, and recorded some interviews with a number of them. For this edition, he calls in from the business class lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport as he wait to board his flight for the return trip to Melbourne.

In this report:

  • Q quick interview with the CEO of OneWorld, Bruce Ashby
  • The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission gives the green light for Virgin Australia’s purchase of Sky West
  • The federal government is selling the fleet of former Royal Australia Navy Sea King helicopters as parts, retaining on example for preservation at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at NAS Nowra, New South Wales.

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. Australia Desk archives can be found at www.australiadesk.net.

YF-23 on taxiway

YF-23 on taxiway

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

We return to Scotland to talk to Ian Grosz about his passion for flying the J4 Auster. A taildragger with not too much performance buts lots of personality.

See @AusterPilot on Twitter and The Auster Diaries.

Jodi and Bell Long Ranger

Jodi and Bell Long Ranger


Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.