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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.
The week’s aviation news:
- AMR Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2011 Net Loss Of $286 Million
- Wittman Airport Ready for Community Engagement
- Wittman Regional Prepares Stage for EAA AirVenture
- Don’t fund bureaucracy on the backs of GA, groups urge
- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Urges Swift Action by Congress on FAA Bill
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.
Sponsors for the Plane Crazy Down Under crew:
- JetRide Australia and Pracy Racing
- GippsAero, makers of the GA8 AirVan
- Aviation Advertiser
- Thromby Airlines, lowest of the low
- Plus, of course, “Donations from our wonderful listeners”
- User (as in you pay) Fees (as in you pay more)
- Max Trescott from Trends Aloft with San Francisco area suggestions:
- Listener Enrique Alvarez
- AeroPodcast Spanish language aviation podcast
- Listener Ryan Hothersall photos
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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/.
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Just finished listening to episode 157 and it was another master piece. Master piece of Geek madness that makes you lot seem so endearing. I’m still chuckling about Dano’s pink shirt razzing. Way to go Grant! That alone was worth my pitiful contribution. It sounded like great fun Oshkosh with Max struggling to retain some sense of decor at Geeks World HQ.
Couple of comments.
1. If you’re in the San Francisco area looking for Museums don’t miss the SFO Aviation Museum & Library. Located in the International Terminal, the Museum features a full scale mock up of SFO when it was Mills Field in the 1930s. They have an amazing collection of Pan Am Pacific Flying Boat memorabilia and large scale models of the three types, S-42, M-130 and B-314. They have an exhaustive aviation library BUT you must make prior arrangements with the museum to use. Curator John Hill grew up as a neighbor to Pan Am founder Juan Trippe. http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/sfo_museum/aviation_library_museum
2. The Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda Museum is another good spot not far from the Oakland Aviation Museum. It’s located on the spot where the first Pan Am China Clipper left for the Orient. They have a collection of China Clipper equipment and memorabilia. Alameda was also the home of the Martin Mariner flying boats for decades. And the USS Hornet Museum is also nearby. http://www.alamedanavalairmuseum.org/
3. Finally for David who is a virtual walking encyclopedia of aviation history: Did I hear your correctly? Did you say that the North American XF-82 was the first airplane to circumnavigate the earth? I thought it was the Douglas World Cruiser. Or was it Wile Post’s Winnie May? How about Howard Hughes in his Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra? Most long time listeners would think me mad to challenge David in his area of expertise but there it is.
4. You got to make Oshkosh an annual event with Steve and Grant.
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