Episode 244 – Capt. Jeff and the Sock Puppet

Porter Airlines CS100

Jeff Nielsen (“Capt. Jeff”) flies for a major legacy airline and produces the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, subtitled: The View From My Side of the Cockpit Door. Jeff served in the Air Force as a C-141B and T-37 Instructor Pilot, and in his commercial career has flown the B-727 (all seats), the L-1011 (as First Officer) and the “Mad Dog” MD-88/90 (as Captain). In Airline Pilot Guy, Jeff presents news and views from an airline pilot’s perspective, and answers listener questions about airlines and flying.

We talk to Jeff about Porter and the CSeries, B787 batteries, lights in the cockpit (laser beams and St. Elmo’s Fire), being an airline pilot, and many other topics. See the Airline Pilot Guy Facebook page, Jeffs personal Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter as @airlinepilotguy.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk:

With Grant off this week due to illness, PCDU team member Ben Jones steps in to help bring us this report.

In the news, Virgin Australia issues a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange announcing it’s acquisition of Skywest is complete and right on cue, the first Skywest Fokker 100 in Virgin colours makes it debut in Perth.

The last RAAF F-111C to fly, A8-109, is transported by road from Queensland to Wollongong in New South Wales to take up residence at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). The aircraft, now fully decommissioned, has been fully repainted in 1980s era colour scheme.

Further news this week on Australia’s first two F-35 JSF airframes, designated AU-1 & AU-2. Lockheed says they are on schedule to be delivered by 2014, at which point RAAF aircrew can begin training.

The latest PCDU video is now online – Steve’s review of the RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Taker Transport, including footage of refuelling of two 77SQN Hornets over eastern Victoria RAAF Airbus KC30A Multi Role Tanker Transport.

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.

Northolt Nightshoot XIV – March 2013Hurricane at the recent RAF Northolt Night Shoot.  Photo Courtesy of Global Aviation Resource and Gordon Jones

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

Pieter is joined by Gareth Stringer, his fellow co host on Aviation Xtended and Editor at Global Aviation Resource. They discuss some of the changes made to GAR that have invigorated some of the aviation social media tools and improved quality of the GAR family of products.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

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

6 thoughts on “Episode 244 – Capt. Jeff and the Sock Puppet

  1. Jamie Dodson

    Geeks! Great show – as always. Captain Jeff was a wonderful guest and added a great deal to your content. Anyone who loves flying boats is my type of pilot. The name of the flying boat airline was Avalon that flew from Long Beach to Catalina Island. Max, you are so spot on with encryption and data links – be it up or down. All data is exploitable – more so with unencrypted links. That also goes for your wireless data connections at home. Anyone that has been around the intelligence community will confirm that you have an very valid position.

    Keep it up Geeks!

  2. Max Flight

    Thanks, Jamie. We really enjoyed talking with Jeff. We went a little long but the conversation was too good to cut it off or shorten it in the edit.

    On data encryption: It just amazes me that with all that’s happened, some companies/governments just don’t get it. If you put data out there in the clear, somebody somewhere sometime is going to use that towards their ends, not yours. In aviation, the stakes are just too high. Data must be encrypted and authenticated.

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  5. Sam B.

    Hi Geeks,

    Great show as always! Just wondering why you guys keep hammering so hard on the 787 battery fix. There are two or more engines on both jetliners that have fire in them at all times (hopefully) but it is contained in such a way that most of the time it is not a hazard. There are also huge fuel tanks and there has been problems with those as well. If boeing can come up with a way to contain a failure of a battery safely, I think the lithium-ion batteries can work very well.

    P.S. missed David on this episode.

    Keep up the great work

  6. Max Flight

    Sam: In fact, Boeing’s fix for the battery issues includes a “containment” strategy. The battery box is redesigned to withstand and contain higher temperatures, it vents fumes outside the aircraft, and the system is designed to starve any battery fire of oxygen. There are other changes, including more insulation between the individual battery cells. Thermal runaway in these Lithium Ion batteries is still not fully understood, but Boeing has devised a way to mitigate the impact should that occur. And now we see that the FAA agrees.

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