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Aviation security since 9/11, smartphones on airplanes and more lithium-ion battery woes, the Boeing middle of the market airplane, another idea on how to find MH370, flying commercially to Cuba, and a review of the movie Sully.
Cynthia Drescher is a professional travel journalist, a contributing digital editor at Condé Nast Traveler, and a contributing editor at the Runwaygirl Network.
We discuss how airline and airport security have changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. Also, the current issue with smartphone battery fires and how the airlines are responding. Cynthia recently examined safety problems when passenger smartphones fall into airplane seats, and we talk about what the airlines might do in response.
Cynthia visited Cuba, having flown there on the first JetBlue flight. She tells us about the travel experience and her impressions of the country and its people. We also learn which airplanes Cynthia enjoys, and the one that is not her favorite.
Follow Cynthia on Twitter at @JetSetCD, and on Instagram.
How Airport Security Has Changed Since 9/11
It is estimated that the U.S. has spent almost $100 billion on security since the September 11 attack. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created by Congress, we have hardened and bulletproof cockpit doors, no-fly lists, detection machines of various sorts, shoe removal, limits on liquids, profiling, checkpoints, and much more. Are we more secure? And what’s next?
Air Force, Running Low on Drone Pilots, Turns to Contractors in Terror Fight
Drones play a large role in the military response to terrorism. A drone requires a pilot, and with lots of drones, the U.S. Air Force needs lots of drone pilots. Private contractors are being used for reconnaissance missions, but are prohibited from being “trigger pullers” and firing weapons.
Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note faces airline bans
Some Galaxy Note7 smartphones have experienced lithium-ion battery fires. While Samsung has stopped sales of the phone and has initiated an Exchange Program for U.S. consumers, airlines and the FAA are taking action.
The necessity of smart stowage for smartphones on aircraft
Guest Cynthia Drescher describes the safety implications of smartphones that slip inside airline seats, and what might be done about it.
Can Boeing compete with the Airbus A321neo? And does it want to?
In the mid-size aircraft arena, the Boeing 737 MAX 9 is losing to the Airbus A321neo, which is larger and has a longer range. This size-class has been called MOM, or Middle Of the Market, while Boeing is calling it the New Mid-range Airplane or NMA. Such a plane could be a 737 stretch, while others are saying a new twin-aisle is possible.
Drifting Flaperon Decoys Next MH370 Gambit
There’s a new idea in the search for MH370: Drop Boeing 777 flaperon replicas into the sea at suspected crash sites, and see if any end up at the beach on Reunion Island. That’s where a flaperon from the 777 drifted. If one of the replicas does as well, the drop point gives you a targeted area to search.
Lawsuit seeks to block Alaska Airlines’ $4 billion acquisition of Virgin
The plaintiffs argue the deal would weaken competition in the industry, causing job loss and higher fare prices.
The Aircraft of the Week
David continues through this collection of listener-requested aircraft of the week. This week’s aircraft was requested by Mike Stuemer. The Grumman AF Guardian was the bridge between two Classic aircraft: the Grumman TBF Avenger and the S-2 Tracker. It was too big, too slow, and flown in pairs, but it wrote the book on how to track subs.
In the next few weeks, David will take on the challenge brought forth by Chris Ruark: the F-105 Thunderchief, or THUD!
Rob Mark reviews the film “Sully.”
Airventure 2016 in my Sonex – from Mike Smith
Tesla hires top designer Randy Rodriguez, man behind: Nissan 370Z, Titan and ICON A5 aircraft
Airbus Loses 2 Orders, Boeing May Gain $7 Billion Fighter Sale
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team 360VR Experience Launched at Oshkosh 2016
AeroShell 2016 VR Experience 360
Yankee Air Museum Destroyed In Fire (OV-10 Bronco Association)
Yankee Air Museum (Wikipedia)
Yankee Air Museum (official site)
The F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat
Intro music courtesy Brother Love from his Album Of The Year CD. Outtro by Bruno Misonne from The Sound of Flaps.