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Airline Captain Chris Manno makes a return visit to tell us how many pilots it takes to fly an airliner. He also gives us his insight into things going on in the industry. Chris blogs at JetHead and you can find his collection of aviation themed cartoons at FlightcrewZoo.com.
Gavin Werbeloff, travel_buddha on Twitter, helps out as a guest co-host. Jon Ostrower, the FlightBlogger, steps in for a bit to contribute to the conversation and give us a Boeing 787 update.
The week’s aviation news:
- UAL and Continental Shareholders Approve Merger
- Pilots call for changes to proposed fatigue rules
- Boeing assails European characterization of WTO ruling
- Do We Dare Raise Hope for a Meigs Revival?
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Opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.
[Brad sent this in…]
I enjoy your podcast and listen while going home from work. I was born an airplane geek because my father is a pilot ( now retired). He flew in the Utah air guard in f-86 and later in the F-100. He later got a job with United Airlines and started on the DC-6 and ended on the 747-400. I have many aviation stories growing up of the many aviation experiences he has encountered. Like the time he turned the lights out to half of Las Vegas. I have gone to many airshows and love the Reno air races. We would fly up to Reno in our friends Bonanza F-33 which is a little rocket.
I am currently an A&P mechanic as well as a licensed pilot. I have worked c-130s to 150’s. I currently work for a Brazilian Manufacturer which is kicking the crap out of the Canadian’s. I have worked on both and like the E jets. I hear you talk about the C series but have not seen a comparison to the E-jets that Embraer are already doing very well with. Could you explain some of differences.
Thanks Love the show
PS The argument you had about two pilots in the cockpit was interesting and as my father said one time when he had an emergency in a 767. The computer takes care of the flight engineer but when you have an emergency it does not give a thinking person back into that chair. Someone has to fly and talk while another diagnoses the problem. Do not forget how many people it took to control the United DC-10 that crashed in Sioux City. There was 4.
Good spotting when PCDU swapped carriers starting with E! As Steve and Grant have mentioned several times, Emirates finds it better to offer a cheap passenger service over the Tasman (with lots of hold cargo) than park up for the day at Brisbane (A340-500), Melbourne (B777-300ER) and Sydney (A380). These services depart Auckland late afternoon, fly the 3.5-4 hours over the ditch, and carry on to Dubai. Departure times are less holiday-friendly coming back (before 8am), so on my recent trip over to MEL to have a beer with the team I caught an AirNZ B747-400 back.
Another good episode guys, keep it up!
Sorry everyone….minor brain failure there – I did mean Emirates. I blame Grant (since he’s not here to defend himself!)
Hey Errol, maybe it was all the exotic beer you were & Grant were drinking the other day – yeah, that’s as good an excuse as any!
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I enjoyed the show as per usual. I particularly like the sense that I’m in the virtual room with a great group of like minded guys and the occasional gal. Hey, Benet! Well done as I’m sure it’s much harder than it sounds.
Dan’s depth of airline marketing and management seems limitless. It’s hard to believe that he has the time to pursue his college degree. Way to go, Dan! My son has been trying to explain his choice of college major, supply chain management. I was relieved to hear that Dan claims a similar major. The fact seems to validate my son’s career choice.
Working with the EAA Young Eagles, I concur with Rob’s concern about the pilot pipeline. The young ones are so enthusiastic but as they get older many see the diminishing returns and lose their zeal. The cost vs. payback is a tough nut but how different was it in the Golden Age? My reading seems to support Dan’s point about “Mom and Dad” footing the bill.
Rob, General Aviation safety numbers won’t improve until GA can match the dollars the commercial gus throw at the problem. Still I’m hopeful… :o)
Dan, great road trip idea! Especially since many of those museums sell both of my books, Flying Boats & Spies and China Clipper. And since I work for a Government agency with three letters and have I have a high security clearance, I can find you.
David, have you ever discussed The Winged Gospel: America’s Romance with Aviation, by Joseph J. Corn, of Stanford University? http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Social/winged_gospel/SH2.htm Might be an interesting segment.