Freelance aviation journalist Jason Rabinowitz joins us to talk about FAA deadlines, passenger behaviour on charter flights, and the state of U.S. airport infrastructure. Also, the best aviation museums, Jetblue’s new FlyFi system, travel technology, and analyzing travel data.
The week’s aviation news:
From CNN, the World’s 14 best aviation museums:
14. Palm Springs Air Museum (California, United States)
13. Central Museum of the Air Forces (Monino, Russia)
12. Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum (Alice Springs, Australia)
11. Red Bull Hangar-7 (Salzburg, Austria)
10. Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa, Canada)
9. China Aviation Museum (Beijing)
8. Polish Aviation Museum (Krakow, Poland)
7. Pima Air & Space Museum (Arizona, United States)
6. State Aviation Museum of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine)
5. French Air and Space Museum (Le Bourget, France) – Jason
4. Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour (Washington, United States)
3. National Museum of the United States Air Force (Ohio, United States)
2. Imperial War Museum Duxford (Duxford, UK)
1. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)
David Vanderhoof’s segment: Suzie the Cirrus and her adventure with Mr. Alex.
In this week’s Australia Desk:
This week we have a recent interview with Matt Hall, talking about his preparations for the upcoming Red Bull Air Race season. For US listeners, there are two races this year – one in Forth Worth and the other in Las Vegas.
In this week’s Across the Pond segment:
Pieter talks to Krzysztof Kuska Editor-in-Chief of Infolotnicze about the decision by the Polish military to proceed with buying the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 twin-engined jet trainer as its Lead-in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) aircraft to replace its aged fleet of over 100 PZL Mielec TS-11 Iskra jets; significantly under cutting BAE and Korea Aerospace/Lockheed Martin in the process. Pieter learns the M346 and Yak 130 share the same development stable, but this does not fit comfortably with some in Poland.
They also discuss the current pressure on the national airline LOT to look for both internal and external investment and its recent bad luck with the Boeing 787 service.
Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.