AirplaneGeeks 309 – Airways News

B25 Mitchell of the Royal Netherlands Dutch Historic Flight lining up at RNAS Yeovilton and Airways Magazine working together, airline citations over passenger rights, airline safety, and announcements from AirVenture Oshkosh.


Guest Chris Sloan is the founder of and president and founder of 2C Media, a television production and promotion company. Previously, Chris held senior level executive positions with NBC, TLC, and USA Networks.

Chris produced “International Airport 24/7: Miami” on the Travel Channel, and oversaw the TLC documentary on the building of the Airbus A-380 featuring John Travolta.

We talk about changes at and their cross-promotion with Airways magazine, which is becoming more feature driven. will become and deliver the digital product.

Also, Chris tells us about the challenges producing Airport 24/7 and other aviation programs he has in the works. We talk about  aviation shows on TV, thoughts on an all-aviation television channel, and how different markets demand different aviation programming.


Passenger rights rules lead to jump in U.S. airline citations

The LA Times looked at U.S. Department of Transportation records for citations issued against airlines and travel agencies from 2010 to 2013. 521 citations were issued in that time period, almost twice the annual rate for the previous four years. Airlines were cited airlines 181 times for violating rules of unfair and deceptive practices, like advertising fares that were not available. Mistreating disabled passengers resulted in the largest fines.


Netherlands and Germany fine foreign airlines over ETS

Swiss Regulator Fines Airlines $11M For Price-Fixing

Despite All the Recent Accidents, Flying is Still Very Safe

It’s been a bad time recently for commercial aviation: MH70 still missing, MH17 shot down by a missile over Ukraine, TransAsia ATR-72 crashed a Taiwanese in heavy rains killing 40, aAn Air Algerie MD-83 with 116 on board crashed in Mali.

Flight Bans Show Skittishness Over Trouble Spots

Airlines are acting ahead of their regulatory agencies.

How Israel persuaded the Airlines that Ben Gurion is Safe

Israel’s Civil Aviation authorities sent a memo to international airline regulators and airlines, describing that Ben-Gurion is safe. In part, the memo says, “The Iron dome launch batteries covering Ben-Gurion Airport operate under a specific set of procedures which I cannot go into in detail due to security reasons. I would like to note, however, that out of over 2,250 rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory… not a single one has landed in Ben-Gurion Airport.”

News from AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

AeroVue Cockpit Retrofit Launched By BendixKing

There’s A New Light Sport Amphib Coming To The Block

Cessna Introduces Turbo Skyhawk JT-A

Brown Aviation Lease and Redhawk Aero Partner to Address High Cost Flight Training Combining Hardware, Software and Services

Premier Launches Diesel Cessna 172 Upgrade Program

David Vanderhoof’s Aircraft of the Week

Lockheed M21and D21

The Tagboard Senior Trend 30, and the M/D-21 – the MACH 3.5 drone that had a serious disaster in July 1966. See a video of the accident: SR71 Sistership, The MD21 Blackbird Accident and JC-130 Recovery.

The Australia News Desk

The first two RAAF F-35s are unveiled in Texas, and Qantas are once again considering splitting their International and Domestic arms, as the proposed changes to the Qantas Sale Act just aren’t enough in their eyes.

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.

Across the Pond

This week Pieter is at the home of the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset in the UK, for their annual Air Show. There are no flying Swordfish this year but the Royal Navy Historic Flight Sea Fury certainly starts off the display with a growl in the hands of Lt Commander Chris Gotke. Visitors from the Army and RAF, as well as Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Jordan and Belgium made it a truly international show. This years theme follows the naming of HMS Queen Elizabeth and is all about operating at sea.

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


Carl Valeri’s Aviation Careers Podcast.


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

4 thoughts on “AirplaneGeeks 309 – Airways News

  1. Paul Pilipshen

    Hi Guys,
    Just catching up and enjoying the podcast, but please stop referring to Ukraine as “The Ukraine.” We don’t say, “The Germany,” or “The France.” This was a tactic by Russia to marginalized Ukraine and refer to the area as just a territory of Russia.
    Thank you and keep up the good work.

  2. maxflight Post author

    Paul: Back in the 60’s and 70’s, I was taught that the name was The Ukraine and The Netherlands.

    Wikipedia says, “‘The Ukraine’ was once the usual form in English but since the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, “the Ukraine” has become much less common in the English-speaking world and style-guides largely recommend not using the definite article.”

    Not knowing anything about the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, I looked that up too. It was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 24 August 1991. But I didn’t see anything that tells me why “the” was dropped. Or why it was there before!

    I hope The Netherlands doesn’t change it’s name too or I’ll be really confused.

  3. Charlie Branch

    I just read Bill Yenne’s Area 51 Black Jets, which contains a great description of the M-21/D-21 and the entire Blackbird series. The Museum of Flight (KBFI) docent told me that they were able to obtain a D-21 after a journalist told them he saw four in a back corner of AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB. Tough for the CIA/NRO to deny the existence of any surviving airframes after that disclosure.

    I attended last Saturday’s huckleberry pancake breakfast fly-in at Boundary County Airport (Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho). Great turnout and I discovered that it’s a monthly event through September. I took my Malibu (Chevy not Piper), but hope to talk some COE pilots into going up (on my pro rata share of fuel and oil, of course). From the newsletter editor for the Coeur d’Alene Airport Association…

  4. Archit Gupta

    The aircraft Lockheed Martin is an awesome aircraft. This particular Blackbird series is very good for pilots as it offers a vast flexibility while doing manoeuvres.

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