In this Special Edition of the Airplane Geeks Podcast, David takes us back to EAA AirVenture 2012 with interviews recorded July 25-28, 2012. Over 500,000 people attended the event over the course of seven days. This year was the year of the Piper Cub, celebrating 75 years of Cubs.
Our guest this episode is Ravi, also known as The Raviator. Ravi gives motivational presentations designed to encourage people to become involved in aviation. Ravi has presented at AirVenture, Sun ‘n’ Fun, AOPA Summits, ATAC (Air Transport Association of Canada), Embry-Riddle, University of North Dakota, and many other places.
He’s a sport pilot and also a musician who has played his guitar on the Letterman and Leno shows, not to mention Madison Square Garden and the White House. He’s also produced AirVenturous, a song about discovering and participating in one of humanity’s greatest achievements, Aviation, and how it is showcased by the greatest air show in the world, AirVenture. Find more Ravi at his Facebook Page.
We talk about the inspiration for AirVenturous, pilot shortages and how that issue might be addressed such as dealing with the cost of becoming a pilot, wages paid to pilots, actions some airlines are taking, scholorships, and more.
David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
In this week’s Australia Desk report:
Exercise Pitch Black providing some excellent plane spotting opportunities in Darwin, the Red Bull Air Race is planning to re-launch in 2014 and several Australian cities are bidding to host a round, Australian researchers have invented a laser system to augment pitot tubes, Virgin Australia & Sky West announce the establishment of a joint training scheme based in Adelaide. We also offer a clarification of the carbon tax cost increases to agricultural aircraft, which we talked about in Episode 207.
Pieter welcomes back the AviationPlatform.com team to discuss the latest Benelux news focusing this week on Luxembourg. Frenchez Pietersz and Carmen Van Boeckel gives us their views on Cargolux, the Boeing 747-8F and who’s using social media tools to improve their customers experience (or not)! Aviation Platform is a very different and innovative aviation website so do have a look at their content and activities.
Yohai West is Product Marketing Manager at NICE Systems and is an expert in airport security and safety technologies like video management systems, incident management, and physical security information management (PSIM). He consults with airports around the world on best practices and strategies to mitigate security risks by anticipating, managing, and mitigating the risks. NICE customers include Los Angeles Airport, Miami International Airport and Denver Regional Transportation District.
We talk about the security functions at airports and their roles, what security threats actually exist, and how most airports now handle all the security inputs they receive. NICE Systems offers a technology that brings the video and other inputs together in a way that enables the airport to make the best possible decisions. We talk the tech, including the application of video analytics to airport security and operations.
After attending AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Rob and David have a lot of observations and insight into this annual event. They talk about the places at the show they visited, the planes they saw, and most of all, the people they met, including:
Statistics are all the rage this week as all major Australian carriers claim to have the best “on time departure” ratings, more Qantas maintenance to move overseas as subsidiary company LTQ Engineering announces the closure of its Melbourne engine shop, Qantas rumoured to be back in talks with Emirates about code sharing to Europe while at Virgin, CEO John Borghetti says “bring on the competition,” RAAF Hawk 127 fleet achieves 75,000 hours or service, Indonesian Air Force Su27 and Su30 fighters arrive in Darwin to join in the multi national training Exercise Pitch Black.
Rich Bergmann is a Senior Executive with Accenture and gives us some observations from Farnborough, airline strategies, and what’s happening with the defense segment. We talk about new commercial airliners from Russia and China, and maintenance strategies for commercial operators. Also, global capacity constraints in view of the order backlog, and even what it takes to be considered for an aviation consulting position.
David’s Aircraft of the Week is the CAC CA-15, also known unofficially as the CAC Kangaroo.
In this week’s Australia Desk report:
Steve calls in from work to discuss Qantas dumping their Blackberrys for iPhones, Emirates being the third largest employer of Australians of any airline, Etihad getting approval to increase their ownship of Virgin Australia to 10% and the RAAF getting some of their aircraft repainted. All this and investment properties on this week’s AusDesk.
This week on Across The Pond we welcome back pilot and Journalist David Cenciotti, David often publishes really exciting and leading edge aviation articles on his Website (TheAviationist.com) and although at Farnborough we didn’t get the chance to cath up with him then so we talk to him this week about recent V22 incidents, the Turkish F4 that was shot down over Syria and the Spartan Gunship. David also shares his views on some of the aircraft highlights from Farnborough including an amusing story about the Yak130.
The Geeks take the week off in celebration of the Labor Day holiday, so instead of our normal format, we bring you these segments:
Rob Mark speaks with Louis Smith from FltOps.com about the hiring outlook for pilots. Louis was our guest back in Episode 102, Outlook for Professional Pilots. Rob Mark caught up with him at the Regional Airline Pilot Job Fair in Chicago.
David Vanderhoof provided some interviews from AirVenture 2011 at Oshkosh: Jonathan Hartman on the Firefly all-electric technology demonstration helicopter from Sikorsky, Dave Walsh, program Test Director for the Sikorsky X-2 record-breaking helicopter, Kevin Bredenbeck, Chief Pilot and director of flight operations at Sikorsky, and Audrey Schnur from Marketing Communications at GE Aviation (@GEaviation) about GE’s use of social media and their presence at Oshkosh. Also, at the Pax River show, David talked with S-3B Viking pilot Lieutenant John McElroy, who brought in one of three flying.
Guest Terry Mialkowsky is Executive Producer/Director of the television documentary series Dust Up, which chronicles Canadian crop dusters. Terry is an award-winning director, producer and writer, whose films have screened all over North America and Europe. Learn more about Dust Up on their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter at @dustuptv. The Dust Up YouTube page has videos and extra content. Dust Up can currently be found on History Channel in Canada, with plans for wider distribution around the world.
We also get AirVenture 2011 observations from Rob, David, and Dan, and also Grant McHerron who was camped out at Rob’s house. Even Steve Visscher calls in for a bit of an AusDesk report.
While Max stays home at Airplane Geeks World Headquarters, David, Dan, Rob, Grant, and Steve call in from AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, Wisconson. Peter Moll, the director of Wittman Regional Airport (@wittmanairport on Twitter), joins the guys as the guest for this episode. If you put those six airplane geeks in one room, you can be pretty sure to generate some level of chaos, which is exactly what we have for you this week.
We have an extra special Australia Desk report, not from Steve and Grant, but instead from Anthony Simmons! You can catch Steve and Grant on the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu. Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124.
This week on Across the Pond, Pieter Johnson talks with Etienne Maillard who is in training to become an Air Traffic Controller. He explains how ATC operates in Switzerland and what its like to be a Sector Controller. Etienne can be found on Twitter as @flightlevel150.
Guest Stephen Trimble, author of The DEW Line on FlightGlobal joins in as we talk AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 and also military aviation. A sleep-deprived Dan brings us a bit of airline news to round out the GA, military, and commercial aviation conversation.
That’s Rob Mark and Dan Webb at Oshkosh in the photo, by the way.
Dick Knapinski, Media and Public Relations Director for the EAA joins Max, Dan and Rob to talk about AirVenture and new media. We also have a report from the Airplane Geeks Australia Desk, and Court has another great Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot segment. We’re joined by David Vanderhoof, our Airplane Geeks Historian, and we don’t mean just his words. This time you get to hear it straight from David!