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AirplaneGeeks 313 – Cathy With a C, Babies No E

Vulcan at Farnborough by Ian Allen

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, general aviation flying, business aviation recovery, the new Eastern Air Lines, UPS 1354, hacker threats, two Lancasters and a Vulcan.


Most of Cathy Babis professional experience has been in the aviation industry.  She is a pilot, flight instructor, ground instructor, air traffic controller, weather observer, and aviation chart cartographer. She’s also a standup comedian.

Cathy works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency making instrument flying charts for military pilots to use when flying outside the U.S. The NGA is both an intelligence agency and a combat support agency, and currently has some job opportunities. She tells us a few good flying stories, including one where she met Steve McQueen.

Visit Cathy’s comedy website, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The News

Business Aviation’s Second Quarter Comeback

According to a report published by Jet Support Services Incorporated (JSSI), second quarter 2014 global business aviation activity grew by 8 percent quarter-over-quarter and by 3 percent year-over-year. JSSI tracks the number of hours that business aircraft have flown according to region, industry and aircraft type.

Aviation analyst sees slow growth in business jet market

Rolland Vincent, president of Rolland Vincent Associates, spoke at the recent Wichita Aero Club luncheon: He forecasts demand for 9,391 business jets in the next 10 years valued at $257 billion.

NTSB bans airline, pilots union from participating in UPS 1354 crash investigation

The Airbus A300 crashed short of the runway on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Aug. 14, 2013, killing the two pilots on board.

Hackers Target Gaming Networks, Plane Carrying Sony Exec

Angry hackers tweet threats directed at the commercial flight of the Sony Online Entertainment President.

America’s Newest Airline Is a Very Old One

Created in 2011, Eastern Air Lines Group has moved their head offices to the old Eastern operations center at Miami International Airport. Boeing 737-800 jets are on order.

Across the Pond

Lancaster Bomber 2014 UK Tour

© Steve Comber – www.globalaviationresource.com

Pieter talks about the Lancaster Bomber 2014 UK Tour and Vulcan To The Sky, which dovetails into the even greater sight of the #Avro3Sisters flight.

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on Facebook atXTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Listener Recording

From Micah, “Pueblo – A Geeks Dream.”


Girls With Wings


Vulcan photo at Farnborough by Ian Allen.

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 229 – Bits and Pieces IX

Engine Alliance GP7200, center cut sketch

Engine Alliance GP7200, center cut sketch

This week we bring you a collection of segments:

Max has a conversation with Mary Ellen Jones, President of the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. EA produces the GP7200 engine for the Airbus A380. Max talks to Mary Ellen about the formation of EA and how two fierce competitors can come together in a joint venture. We look at who manufactures which parts of the engine, how they are integrated, and how the engine is maintained. We also touch on Mary Ellen’s involvement with the Connecticut Airport Authority, and how she is trying to improve the experience at Connecticut’s airports. [Starts 3:24]

Find Engine Alliance on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

First Operational F-35B Joint Strike Fighter First Operational F-35B Joint Strike Fighter

David, Rob, and Max had the opportunity to speak with Major Aric Liberman, an F-35B pilot with Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona. We talk about the F-35, being part of the future, and engine performance. The Major compares the F-35B to previous generation tactical fighters like the F-18, and touches on the level of automation, and F-35 stick and throttle controls. [Starts 24:46]

See First F-35B Delivery to MCAS Yuma on YouTube, and Pratt & Whitney Congratulates U.S. Marine Corps for World’s First F-35B Lightning II Operational Squadron.

The segment from our commercial pilot and flight instructor teammate Rob Mark is about the realm of flight instruction. It’s actually about not learning to fly, to be more precise. In this piece, Rob tells us about how two different people influenced his life in aviation. One man nearly convinced him to stop flying forever, while the other saw a spark that convinced Rob not to give up on a dream. This is an Airplane Geek’s tale called … “The Day I Quit Flying.” [Starts 52:17]

In this week’s Australia Desk Report, Grant attempts to recover from his New Years celebrations as the boys present an abridged version of their interview with Mac “Serge” Tucker, a former RAAF F/A18 pilot and Fight Combat Instructor who has recently publish a book talking about his experiences. They cover the importance of USAF exchange postings for RAAF pilots, his concerns about the introduction of the F-35 into Australian service, and his thoughts on the increasing use of un-manned aerial vehicles. [Starts 1:07:40]

Mac’s book is called “Fighter Pilot – mis-adventures beyond the sound barrier with an Australian Top Gun.” The full interview is featured in episode 96 of Plane Crazy Down Under.

Farnborough Air Sciences TrustFarnborough Air Sciences Trust

In his Across the Pond segment, Pieter visits the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST). Described in the Sunday Times as one of the Top Ten Geeky Holiday Spots on the Planet, FAST is dedicated to maintaining the memory of all of the fabulous aviation and aerospace innovations and developments throughout Farnborough’s history. [Starts 1:21:35]

Listener Ian Kershaw provides a brief review of the book “Vulcan 607” by Rowland White. [Starts 1:45:29]

Amber Nolan Amber Nolan

Finally, Max interviews Amber Nolan, a travel writer who is trying to visit all 50 U.S. states by hitch hiking rides on General Aviation aircraft. [Starts 1:47:59] Support her adventure on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.

Copacabana picture from Webjet flightRio’s famous Copacabana beach (and Sugarloaf mountain) taken on departure from Santos Dumont by Dima from Dima’s Corner

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