Episode 221 – Airplane Geeks vs Sandy

Sandy

The weather spawned by Hurricane Sandy took out David and Max, although Rob was comfortably situated in Orlando, Florida for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Not wanting to leave you without an episode for the week,we gathered up what we could and produced this “mini-episode.”

David Vanderhoof and Lieutenant Jay Kircher

We have David’s interview with Lieutenant Jay Kircher from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City in New Jersey.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City

Steve and Grant had a light news week but submitted an Australia Desk report nonetheless with a third airport for Melborne and spam from Tiger Airways (you can opt in but try opting out!).

Our European contributor Pieter Johnson has an Across the Pond segment with Tim Gresty, Managing Director at Cognitio, about airline super hubs and the threat to the European superhubs such as London Heathrow from the middle east and this is being affected by the alliances as well as joint ventures such as those being formed by Qantas, breaking decades of traditional links with airlines such as British Airways.

This short show is rounded out by voice mails from a couple of listeners.

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.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Look for a full episode next week with another great aviation guest.

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

Episode 220 – Dan Hampton, Viper Pilot

F-16 by Paul Filmer

Guest Dan Hampton is the author of Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. He served in the United States Air Force for twenty years (1986–2006) and is a graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. Dan has flown many combat missions in the F-16 as a Wild Weasel. These are elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is to fly behind enemy lines to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. Without being shot down, they destroy the threats and make the skies safe for the aircraft that follow.

Stephen Trimble from Flight Global’s The DEW Line joins us for a bit as a guest co-host. Follow him on Twitter as @FG_STrim.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

Grant tells us about his latest hot air balloon pilot-in-command adventures, a kangaroo causes havoc at Melbourne Airport’s high rise parking lot, Qantas spends $A30million on further upgrades to its new Brisbane maintenance centre (which all but confirms the demise of their facility at Avalon in Victoria), Flight Centre is in hot water with the Government over alleged anti competitive behaviour towards Singapore Airlines, the New South Wales Police Force team are victorious in a charity “Haul A Herc” competition at RAAF Base Richmond near Sydney, the New Zealand Defence Force signs a five year deal with Hawker Pacific for four B200 aircraft, and we make a correction to last week’s article regarding Fiji Airways.

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.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

In the last of the Royal Navy Historic Flight mini series, we talk to Lt Commander Glen Allison, the pilot of the Fairey Swordfish display aircraft. We find out what its like to fly an 80 knot bi plane versus his day job of Commanding a Lynx unit. For more see Royal Navy Historic Flight and Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Mentions:

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

Episode 219 – Max Trescott on the Summit

Airplane Geeks Mission Control by the Art Department at ThrombyAir.com, low cost air travel taken to its logical extreme!

Airplane Geeks Mission Control by the Art Department at ThrombyAir.com.

Max Trescott was the 2008 National CFI of the Year and produces training books, CD’s, and iPhone GPS guides. Max knows flying and how to teach it like few others. He’s a frequent speaker at AOPA Aviation Summits and this year’s event was no exception – Max presented on flying the new WAS-based approaches and also tips for learning to fly a glass-based cockpit. We talk with Max about the Aviation Summit in Palm Springs which launched with the Parade of Planes and saw many interesting announcements and product introductions.

Find Max Trescott at his site MaxTrescott.com, at G1000book.com, and on Twitter as @MaxTrescott.

Brett Snyder, the Cranky Flier, joins us as a guest co-host. Brett also offers travellers flight services at Cranky Concierge, and you can follow @CrankyFlier on Twitter.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

An RAAF Air Traffic Controller is stood down pending an investigation after a “Loss of separation assurance” incident near Darwin, Fiji Airways reveals new A330 livery, Avalon Airport in Victoria given approval to become Melbourne’s second international airport, the Federal Government grants formal approval for the Qantas/Emirates deal, RAAF AP3-C Orions from 10SQN returning to Australia after 10 years continuous deployment in the Middle East.

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.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

We continue the Royal Navy Historic Flight Mini series with a look at the Sea Fury.

Pieter continues our behind the scenes look at the Royal Navy Historic Flight. This week we get to talk to Chief Engineer Howard Reed about the rebuild of the Swordfish and what it takes to get it and then keep it air worthy. For more see Royal Navy Historic Flight and Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Listener Jodi's 1978 Cessna 152 Listener Jodi’s 1978 Cessna 152

Mentions:

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

 

Episode 218 – The Restorers

B-25 Miss Mitchell

Adam White (Director) and Kara Martinelli (Producer) from Hemlock Films create aviation films. In 2003, the documentary film The Restorers was produced with 8 short stories about people restoring planes. That was followed by the movie Red Tail Reborn with the Red Tail Squadron of the Commorative Air Force. Since then, the orginal Restorers begged to become a television series, and the pilot episode follows the “Miss Mitchell” B-25 from the Minnesota CAF chapter to the 68th Dolittle Raiders reunion.

Miss Mitchell B-25 engine runup

We talk about Adam and Kara’s passion for aviation and how they came together. Adam says, “warbird restorations connect people to their past.” We also touch on the old Cleveland air races, mentioning Bob Odegaard (who sadly passed away last month) and his Super Corsairs. Adam and Kara self-funded the pilot (which has aired on PBS), and are they looking for additional investors so they can film more episodes and look for a television channel to pick up the series.

Find more at the The Restorers site, the Hemlock Films site, on Facebook and YouTube, and on Twitter.

The week’s aviation news:

 

Rob at APS training

Rob at APS training

 

Rob in the Extra 300:

Rob attended an upset prevention and recovery media day with Aviation Performance Solutions and he gives us his observations from the event. APS provides upset recovery training in an Extra 300 that teaches pilots about flight situations they wouldn’t encounter in the usual training.

David’s aircraft of the week is the Bristol 152 Beaufort.

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

Airservices Australia under investigation after a Virgin Australia 737 is “lost” for 30 minutes en route from Sydney to Brisbane, US Navy EA18G “Growlers” arrive at RAAF base Amberley in Queensland to begin training RAAF crews in preparation for the type’s introduction in 2018, sad news with the loss in Queensland of aviation identity Des Porter and five passengers following the crash of his classic DeHavilland Dragon in poor weather.

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.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

Pieter continues our behind the scenes look at the Royal Navy Historic Flight. This week we get to talk to Chief Engineer Howard Reed about the rebuild of the Swordfish and what it takes to get it and then keep it air worthy. For more see Royal Navy Historic Flight and Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Mentions:

Rob in the Extra 300

Rob in the Extra 300

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

Episode 217 – Fleet Forecasting

Photo by Stephen Tornblom

Guest Nigel Howarth is Senior Fleet Analyst with Aviation Week. We talk with Nigel about fleet forecasts and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) forecasts: who purchases fleet forecasts, how these forecasts are developed, and how they are used to help a variety of aviation companies plan their manpower, other resources, and capabilities. Nigel also talks about the linkage between the price of oil and regional jet retirements, and comments on the Embraer and CSeries outlook. Nigel gives us a taste for just how complicated MRO forecasting is, and that segment is such a large part of the market, both commercial and military.

Airplane Geeks listener John Arvin joins us as a Special Guest Co-host. John is an airline pilot and the man behind The Aviation Advocate. Find John on Twitter as @theAvAdvocate.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

The hangover from the Australian Football League grand final is evident as Steve’s team, the Hawks, lost to the Sydney Swans….but in aviation news, Air New Zealand announces a share buy back while several members of its board of management are leaving, Qantas contemplates removing each of their A380s from service for up to eight weeks at a time to repair wing cracks, a study this week also finds that Qantas is losing domestic market share while Virgin remains steady and Tiger Airways increases, CASA commences a study into the use of RAAF Base Richmond as a temporary second Sydney airport, as farewell activities get into gear for the retiring RAAF C130H fleet, a website has sprung up showing what’s happening and when – any former C130H personnel are invited to attend – details at C130-H: End of an era.

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.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

Pieter is granted behind the scenes access to the Royal Navy Heritage Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton in the UK. This is the first segment of a 4 programme mini series we are producing in partnership with the RNHF to promote their work. In this episode Pieter talks to Display Manager Katie Campbell about the purpose of the RNHF and how it delivers its services. Future segments will cover behind the scenes in the hanger and a discussion with the pilot of the Fairey Swordfish. See Royal Navy Historic Flight and Fly Navy Heritage Trust.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Mentions:

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

Episode 216 – Airport 24/7: Miami

Dornier Do 27

Guest Chris Sloan is Executive Producer of the television series Airport 24/7: Miami, premiering October 2 on the Travel Channel. Chris is also the founder of the Airchive.com website which contains a wealth of aviation memorabilia and items of historical significance, and lots of interesting things for aviation enthusiasts.

We talk with Chris about Airport 24/7: Miami, which provides a fascinating inside view of the daily activities at Miami International Airport. It’s not a documentary and it’s not contrived reality. It’s about the stories, adventures, and difficult situations that people who work in a major airport find themselves dealing with every day.

Follow Chris on Twitter as @airchive.

David’s Aircraft of the Week: Dornier Do 27 (pictured above).

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

A quick update on our activities at AusFly 2012 including our first attempts at air show commentary. In the news, Virgin Australia pilots reject the company’s enterprise bargaining proposal, Virgin refers the Qantas/Emirates deal to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Qantas is closing it’s first class lounge in Singapore but is rumoured to be chasing Singapore Airlines for closer ties, a crocodile ascapes its cage on a Qantas flight from Brisbane to Melbourne…no, seriously!….and more Airbus tanker concerns as a refuelling boom falls from a test aircraft in flight.

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.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

This week’s Across The Pond segment welcomes back Tim Gresty for the first of several discussions on the airline sector. This week Pieter talks to Tim about the emerging trend of low cost carriers adding prices and making service additions, crossing the boundary from lower cost into full service. Is this going to be the end of low cost flights or is it just another way for the LC airlines to make more money? Tim will join us next time to talk about airline superhubs. Tim Gresty can be found at www.cognitio.co.uk.

Mentions:

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

Episode 215 – Tom Haines, AOPA Pilot

Flagship Detroit DC-3

Guest Tom Haines is Editor-in-Chief and Sr. Vice President, Media for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He’s a pilot who has covered General Aviation for many years.

We talk about Tom’s fantastic Self-Fly Safari in Africa through Hanks Aero Adventures in Cessna 182’s. Tom wrote about this trip in the August 2012 issue of AOPA Pilot magazine. [PDF]

The AOPA Aviation Summit is in Palm Springs, California this year October 11-13 and we talk about that, including the parade of planes which you can see at AOPA Live This Week. The Summit features 100 hours of seminars and 400 exhibitors.

Tom also describes AOPA activity in response to the dwindling number of pilots. They’ve hired Adam Smith to run a new center at AOPA, and they are creating resources to help make GA more attractive and the flight training experience more successful. To help reduce the drop out rate, AOPA is introducing field guides: one for student pilots, one for flight schools, one for flight instructors.

Follow Tom on Twitter as @tomhaines29.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

This week on Across The Pond, we have a really exciting opportunity to talk to one of the main players in public relations in the aerospace industry. Stephanie Schierholz is Social Media Manager at @Raytheon and President at Women in Aerospace. Prior to this she was Social Media Manager at NASA, Public Affairs Specialist at NASA, and Director of Communications at Space Foundation. Stephanie tells us what its like to be the public face of these amazing aerospace organisations and what those Astronauts are really like to work with.

Stephanie can be found on Twitter as @Schierholz. Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Mentions:

Post photos by listener Neil: The Flagship Detroit, a 1937 fully restored DC-3 flown all over the U.S. raising money so people can share the history of this magnificent aircraft.

Neil not holding heading on the DC-3 as well as he would like.

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

Episode 214 – Mary Kirby on the Passenger Experience

Beechcraft B17R Staggerwing by Stephen Tornblom

Beechcraft B17R Staggerwing by Stephen Tornblom

Guest Mary Kirby is from the Airline Passenger Experience Association where she is Editor-in-Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and the APEX Media Platform.

Mary considers the passenger experience to start when the decision is made to take a flight and continue through to boarding, where the airline then has the passenger captive in terms of the experience.

We talk Inflight Entertainment (IFE) tech and how wireless is taking off with video streaming to personal devices. Also, how Southwest Airlines with their Row 44 satellite system is absorbing the AirTran fleet with their GoGo air-to-ground system. Mary maintains that the US carriers are ahead of others with inflight connectivity and long term revenue sharing agreements with vendors. Now that the pipe to the aircraft is in place, we’re seeing all manner of inflight connectivity business models: some free, some pay per use, and some supported by advertising and promotions.

Visit the APEX blog and follow Mary on Twitter as @APEXmary. Coming up 17 – 20 September 2012 is the APEX EXPO in Long Beach California. (Twitter hash tag #APEX12.)

We also talk about airport security, should it be privatized, the cost/benefit analysis, and the impact of airport security on the travel experience. American Airlines is in the news with the pilot contract, a Downs Syndrome flyer, and a 9/11 negligance law suit. Also, more bizarre behaviour in Philadelphia.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

Qantas announces an alliance with Emirates, along with major route structure and schedule changes, Tiger Airways resuming Melbourne – Adelaide operations from November, and outcry in New Zealand over massive aviation user fee hikes by their government.

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.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

On Across The Pond this week we talk to our adopted student pilot Neil Bradon to monitor his progress flying in the USA. He gives us the great news that he has passed his check ride and is amassing flying hours at a rapid pace but not simply in the circuit, Neil is taking on some challenging cross country flights as well. We are absolutely delighted Neil is now a qualified pilot. Well done Neil.

Neil can be found on Twitter @Pilot_NGB and at his blog pilot_ngb’s aviation blog.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Mentions:

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

Episode 213 – Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Open House

6th Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III
6th Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III

On May 11th, 12th and 13th, 2012 the Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst hosted its first Open House in two years. David Vanderhoof was there and brings us a series of interviews from the event.

What is Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst?

In 2005 BRAC or the Base Realignment and Closing Commission ordered the consolidation of the three bases located in central New Jersey. On October 1st 2009, Fort Dix, Naval Air Station Lakehurst and McGuire Air Force base merged into Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst. JB-MDL has over 42,000 acres of land and supports over 44,000 thousand Solders, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, Active Duty, Reserve and Guard. Of the 12 Joint Bases now in the United States, it is the only one to have all branches, of the US Military Services.

The “Host” of the joint base is the 87th Air Base Wing, of the United States Air Force. They are responsible for over 3933 buildings, their maintenance, and the security of the three facilities.

The three bases have integrated well, and inter-service co-operation is a hallmark of JBMDL. Examples of this are the New Jersey Army National Guard aviation unit is based at Lakehurst, with the Marines MAG-49 Headquarters is at Fort Dix. JB-MDL is also hosting EAGLE FLAG the Expeditionary Operations School.

Interviews:

Capt. Cory Simmons, 6th Airlift Sqn C-17A Globemaster III

Lt. Anthony Petrone, VR64 Condors US Navy Reserve, C-130T Hercules

Lt. Andy Kolbecker 108th ARW NJ ANG, KC-135R Stratotanker

Capt. Beckwith – HMLA773 Det B Marine Air Group 49, AH-1W “Whiskey” Cobra

Senior Airman Keith McLaughlin -2nd Air Refueling Squadron, KC-10A Extender

Staff SGT Miranda – 1-150th Helicopter Battalion New Jersey National Guard, UH-60L Black Hawk

621st Contingency Response Wing – Col. Chris Patterson

Links:

87th Airbase Wing
305th Air Mobility Wing
108th Air Refueling Wing NJ Air National Guard
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VR-64  C-130T Hercules
VR-64 C-130T Hercules
108th Wing KC-135R Engine
108th Wing KC-135R Engine
2nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender
2nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender
108th Wing KC-125R Stratotanker
108th Wing KC-125R Stratotanker

David would like to thank the following people who provided him with the opportunity to bring this to you:

Tech Sergeant Parker Gyokeres of the 621st Public Affairs Office, I’ll never forget the whirlwind tour and the hospitality.

Staff Sergeant James Stewart of the 621st Public Affairs Office, Captain Brooke Bzozowske of the 621st Public Affairs Office, and the rest of the 621st.

Bill Addison of the 87th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, who went out of his way so I can bring you these interviews.

Steve “Sound Effects” Visscher, who did what I am never able to do, edit!

Lastly the men and woman who are Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst America’s East Coast Gateway!

HMLA-773 DET B
HMLA-773 DET B
UH-1N HMLA DET B  Inserting  repellers
UH-1N HMLA DET B Inserting repellers
CH-53E  HMH-772 with a Sling loaded Humvee
CH-53E HMH-772 with a Sling loaded Humvee

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

Episode 212.5 – Labor Day

The first Monday in September is “Labor Day” in the United States. For many, the holiday symbolizes the end of Summer, but it is really intended to celebrate the American worker. The exact origin of Labor Day is the subject of some dispute, but it seems to have been originally proposed in 1882. Over the following years, a number of States celebrated Labor Day. Finally, in 1894, the U.S. Congress passed legislation creating Labor Day as a national holiday.

In this recording, originally published in 2010, Rob Mark talks about the history of Labor Day and his own role in labor unions, including the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) strike, the rise of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and the Airline Pilots Association (APA).