AirplaneGeeks 319 Aircraft Salvage


Aircraft salvage, the Chicago ATC Center fire, airline cyber threats, effects of aviation product liability, and a new Sikorsky fast attack helicopter.


Rachel Payne talks about how aircraft salvage company FAST Aviation locates airplanes, gets them back flying, or parts them out to support general aviation aircraft owners. We also discuss Hangar Swap, the new marketplace for aviators.

1952 R model Beechcraft Bonanza

1952 R model Beechcraft Bonanza

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Chicago Bizav Traffic Moving Following ATC Center Fire

An update on the recent air traffic control center fire, which is still at ATC Zero.

Boeing urges airlines to be vigilant of cyber security threats

At the Aircraft Commerce magazine’s recent Aircraft e-Enablement conference in London, John Craig, Boeing’s chief engineer of cabin and network solutions, gave the industry a warning: don’t ignore cyber security. There are lots of opportunities for hackers.

Liability: The Price We Pay

Product liability costs can contribute significantly to high prices. This article explores some of the ways insurance and litigation costs impact the industry.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider

S-97 Raider High-Speed Attack Helicopter Debuts

Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled the a prototype S-97 Raider high-speed attack helicopter. This features a coaxial rotor and a rear-mounted propeller, giving it a top speed of 253 miles per hour – almost twice what you’d get from current attack helicopters.

Jerrie Mock, first woman to fly solo around the world, dies at 88

Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock flew solo around the world in 1964. The flight took 29 days, and covered almost 22,860 miles.

Addison Airport just went live with the first at a GA EMAS in Texas. A 5-minute time-lapsed video shows the entire 6 week project.

David’s Report

David describes his trip to the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The Australia News Desk

Grant’s flying solo and talks about the Martin Jetpack company going for an IPO, and then covers some problems with CASA’s recent introduction of Part 61 licenses.

After that it’s on to the military and he wonders how the RAAF will fit their two new C17s into the available space at RAAF Base Amberley, not to mention the new C27Js which will eventually be based there as well. Anyone got a shoe horn?

Grant wraps it all up with the news that the RAAF’s first two F35s have flown and are going through their acceptance flight tests before heading to Luke AFB next year for use with RAAF pilot training.

Across the Pond

Pieter Johnson talks to Managing Editor of The Aviation Historian, Mick Oakey about the latest edition. You will learn why flying a supersonic jet, literally makes your teeth fall out!


Worldflight group website and the Cockpitbuilders Worldflight Team USA, “flying” full scale flight simulators to take part in a round-the-world flight for charity. Each team raises money for a different charity in their local country through their own individual websites.

The Grumman G-21A Goose and the De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1, by Ryan Hothersall.

As listener Patrick was taking off from Salt Lake International, he looked down and saw a strange aircraft sitting on the ramp.  A closer look showed that the line folks had arranged baggage carts into the full scale shape of an airplane:

Baggage carts


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


6 thoughts on “AirplaneGeeks 319 Aircraft Salvage

  1. Errol Cavit

    To bring together a couple of recent topics, a new-build FW-190 warbird stopped in the EMAS runway overrun at Baton Rouge. As the EMAS is not optimised for this type of aircraft, it tipped onto its nose, causing what looks to be relatively minor damage.

    See this forum thread for links to photos, and explanations.

    The ‘warbird’ was one of 20-or-so new-build reproductions of the WW2 German fighter made since 1997. The first of these is now here in New Zealand. Photo taken at Classic Fighters airshow in Omaka below. It is powered by Russian engine of the same general type as an original.

  2. Ron Rapp

    Thanks for the shout-out re: my article on liability. Despite the fact that GARA helped some of the OEMs put airplanes back into production, you’ll notice that the prices today are 3-4x what they were in the 1990s. The Skyhawk was $100k. Now it’s $400k. That’s more than inflation.

    And it helps explain why Cessna, Piper, Mooney, Beech, and other brands turn out only a handful of aircraft each year. In places where the liability costs are lower (E-AB, primarily), you’ll see more airframes being built in a year than all the certified SE pistons combined. So while liability may not be on the front page anymore, it’s still a huge issue.

    BTW, I’m sure you saw the big announcement from Gulfstream today. I think they just took a bunch of wind out of the sails at Dassault and Bombardier… 🙂


  3. Mick Oakey

    Hey guys, I’ve just been listening to my Across the Pond segment with Pieter Johnson, and I laughed out loud when I heard your comments afterwards about how our British accents make improbable things sound more believable! I’ll send you the article about teeth-fillings being blown out by air pressure in a supersonic climb, so you can read the whole thing, but in the meantime here’s a link to the feature’s opening spread, from the Preview page of our website: . In the meantime, great show! Regards, Mick

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