In this week’s Australia Desk Report, Steve and Grant talk about Tiger Airways new CEO, the Qantas search to find an appropriate name for its new Japanese airline brand, Grant’s conspiracy theory, Virgin Australia at the recent APEX Awards, and the RAAF getting 5th C-17A Globemaster III. Find them on the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu. Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124.
Matt Falcus is the author of Airport Spotting Guide:Europe, he’s a journalist, and private pilot. He joins Pieter Johnson this week on Across the Pond to talk about the best places at major airports in Europe to watch aeroplanes, take photo’s, and stay within the law. The Guides can be purchased from Matt’s website http://www.airportspotting.com/ and he can be found on Twitter at @airportspotting. You can find Pieter on Twitter at @Nascothornet.
Dave Shallbetter from Sun ‘N Fun Radio talks to the Geeks about the annual “spring celebration of flight” in Florida. They stream great aviation content year-round at LiveATC.net. You can follow Dave on Twitter as @snfRadioDave.
Virgin America photo by Ron McCormick taken from the SEA terminal.
Brett Snyder, the Cranky Flier (and also the Cranky Concierge) returns to the show to talk aviation and travel. Brett writes CNN’s “Out of the Office” column for the business traveler, and you can follow him on Twitter as @crankyflier.
Be sure to see Max, Rob, Dan, and David at the Become a Pilot Family Day and Fly-In June 18, 2011, 10 a.m. – 3p.m., at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center next to Dulles International Airport. The Geeks will be joining Milford and Charlie from FlightTime Radio, along with some other aviation podcasters as they broadcast their show live.
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Our guest this episode is Igor Sikorsky III, grandson of the man many consider to be the father of the helicopter industry. Igor flys a float plane and, along with his wife Karen, operates The Bradford Camps in the North Maine Woods. Besides providing fishing, hunting, and family vacations in a beautiful setting, Igor offers the annual, three day Sikorsky Weekend, an immersive experience in Sikorsky history.
Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have another great Australia Desk Report.
In his Across the Pond segment Pieter Johnson talks with Tim Robinson, Editor of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s magazine Aerospace International about the UK Military Helicopter fleet and how it has been affected by the spending review. We also hear what its like to participate in a live helicopter training exrecise with the Royal Marines, Royal Navy and the Army called Pastan Jaguar. Follow Tim on Twitter at @RAeSTimR, and Pieter at @Nascothornet.
Guest Martin Rottler makes a return appearance. Martin is an airline junkie, a licensed commercial pilot for single and multi-engine aircraft with an Instrument Rating, and a CFI. He’s also a graduate student at the University of North Dakota. This summer Martin will be participating in a project to bring aviation to tribal school students in North Dakota. Download the program overview here. Find Martin’s blog at http://martinrottler.com/.
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!
Rob and Max Trescott talk about their experiences at the 2009 AirVenture Fly-in at Oshkosh. We also have a report from the Airplane Geeks Australia Desk, a This Week in Aviation segment, listener mail, and more.
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This week, Max and Court welcome Brett Snyder of the Cranky Flier blog. Brett brings his insight to the industry, and discusses Allegiant and Frontier in detail. If you’d like to fast forward to Brett’s interview, it begins at 15:30.
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We had quite a difficult go of the AirplaneGeeks podcast for episode 4. From failed hard drives, to guest cancellations, we did what we could to pull together an industry podcast for you. Unfortunately, there are some serious sound quality problems that we’ve tried desperately to rectify. So, if you make it to Episode 5, we consider you a true fan!