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Guest Alan Epstein is Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President of Technology & Environment. We talk about the PurePower family of geared turbofan (GTF) jet engines: how long the technology has been around, what the GTF is trying to achieve, propulsive and thermal efficiency, biofuel, technology push versus pull, and more. Alan even has his own “grill the geeks” question!
The week’s aviation news:
- WestJet departs from past with regional plan
- WestJet Sees C$2 Billion Regional-Flight Market for Canada, U.S.
- Southwest Airlines’ new cabin design adds six extra seats
David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Sikorsky S-61L.
In this week’s Australia Desk report: More A380 cracking issues for Qantas to keep an eye on, Australian Army grounds Blackhawk fleet as a precautionary measure, China Southern establishes the “Canton Route” – Sydney to London, Air Asia X announces extra services to Sydney, Virgin Australia add A330s to the Melbourne – Sydney route.
Find more from Grant and Steve at 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 talks to Paul Fowler from Enstone Flying Club, about the Club and the airfield. Set in Oxfordshire, a stunningly beautiful part of the UK, Paul tells us about the history of the airfield and its residents and what its like to fly in this part of the world. Enstone Airfield has some great residents and has a fabulous community relationship, many others could learn from.
You can find Enstone on Facebook and YouTube and you can find Paul Fowler on Twitter and LinkedIn. Pieter can be found on Twitter as @Nascothornet or XTP Media’s Facebook Page.
Mentioned in the episode:
- Chris Manno’s new JetHead Live Podcast, which you can find on iTunes.
- Screenprints of airport runway patterns from NOMO Design
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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/.
Thanks for having Alan on the show. I learn more in 30 minutes than I had in 60 years previously about jet engines, efficiencies, etc. Fantastic episode ! I have enjoyed this podcast as it has evolved to literally a World Class Aviation program. Alan’s presences is just another feather in your caps. Thanks for the effort and time and persistence to prepare and present the podcast.
Mac: Thanks so much for the feedback! We do this show because we love aviation and we get to meet fantastic people – guests and listeners both!