This episode, we have a number of interviews recorded at the 2017 International Paris Air Show by our reporter-at-large Launchpad Marzari. We hear about the Antonov AN-132, Gore-Tex applications in aviation, an anti-drone gun, additive manufacturing with metals, and a really fascinating and detailed look at ejection seats. Launchpad also met up with Airplane Geeks listener Pauline.
In the news, we look at more evidence of the pilot shortage, FAA reauthorization bills in the U.S. Congress, ATC privatization, and security measures for commercial aviation.
Paris Air Show
Airplane Geeks reporter-at-large Launchpad Marzari recorded interviews at the 2017 International Paris Air Show:
Aleksandr Khokhlov, Program Director-Deputy Chief Designer, Antonov AN-132D Aircraft.
Airplane Geeks listener Pauline, from Electro Enterprises, a distributor of electrical components for aerospace and defense.
Tim McMullen from W.L. Gore & Associates on aviation applications for Gore-Tex.
Dafydd Williams from Renishaw on additive manufacturing with metals.
Tony Gaunt, from ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker.
An example of the complexity of the parts that can be manufactured through metal additive manufacturing. Photo courtesy Renishaw.
Regional airline Horizon Air is experiencing a severe shortage of Q400 turboprop pilots. They’ve recently canceled 318 flights, and more are planned. Managers are being used to fly the planes, pilots are being offered double pay, and hiring bonuses of up to $20,000 are available for Q400 pilots.
Air Traffic Control (ATC) Government Privatization Explained – Call to Action for General Aviation Private and Instrument Pilots and People Planning to Learn to Fly to Contact Congress
Max Trescott and Rob Mark discuss at length the proposal to privatize U.S. Air Traffic Control.
Two FAA reauthorization bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress:
- Senate Bill S.1405, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2017.
- House Bill H.R.2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.
We talk about ATC privatization and other proposed provisions.
The Transportation Security Administration verified that the Department of Homeland Security measures have been implemented at Etihad Airways, so that airline is now exempt from the U.S. electronic device ban on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States. The suggestion of a laptop ban on all international flights to the U.S. has been pulled back.
Oppose Air Traffic Control Privatization – The EAA webpage where you can voice your opinion to your elected officials.
Shark US – Airplane Geeks Excerpt – Flying with David in the Shark. Video of David in the Shark, over David’s comments in last week’s episode. (See Episode 442 for more about the Shark LSA.)