Flying on Breeze Airways to Florida and the meetup at Largo, a story about getting into an aviation career, a family holiday tale, becoming an air marshal, the value of warbird tours, getting to know Launchpad Marzari, and a 2023 year-in-review.
Flying Breeze Airways
Brian Coleman and our Main(e) Man Micah each flew to Florida recently. Breeze Airways provided Micah with the flight from Maine and he and Brian discussed the flight, the Tampa airport experience, hotel accommodations, and T-Mobile service.
While in Florida, Brian and Micah met at Your Pizza Shop with a few listeners.
Getting into Aviation
Long-time listener and friend of the podcast Martin Kemp describes how he got into aviation. Martin is Head of Integrated EFB, Commercial Aviation with Jeppesen and ForeFlight, a Boeing Company.
A Family Matriarch Christmas
Micah tells a story about family and flying.
Federal Air Marshals
Micah and Max Flight have a conversation about Federal Air Marshals, including how to become one and the training they receive.
The Collings Foundation
Micah and Max Flight offer thoughts about the Collings Foundation and how historic aircraft tours impact the public.
The Collings Foundation
Martin Kemp tells us about getting to know our late friend Launchpad Marzari and his chocolates.
The Year in Review
Micah relates the many ways aviation touched him in 2023.
Video: Rocky the Airplane Dog. Rocky is an Australian Labradoodle who lives right under the pattern of Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Whenever Rocky is outside, he watches every aircraft fly through the airspace until it is out of sight.
Contributors this Episode
Max Flight, our Main(e) Man Micah, Brian Coleman, and Martin Kemp.
Airline pay cuts, prospective student pilots told to wait, proposed 737 MAX training requirements, the boat that Boeing sold, and a Brit is set to pilot Air Force One. Also, a holiday flying festival, the Kitty Hawk Flyers, an A-10 pilot receives the Distinguished Flying Cross, an upcoming electric air speed record attempt, and New Zealand’s first electric airplane.
KLM pilots agreed to accept pay cuts that allow the government to make the next installment of a 3.4 billion-euro ($3.96 billion) bailout package that includes a 1 billion-euro loan and guarantees for 2.4 billion euros in bank loans. The Dutch Airline Pilots Association VNV and seven other trade unions agreed to sign a “commitment clause.”
98.5% of Cathay Pacific pilots (or 2,613 pilots) and 91.6% of the airline’s cabin crew staff (or 7,346 cabin crew) have accepted what’s characterized as a take-it-or-leave-it deal. Those who refused to accept the new contract would receive an exit package on their way out. The new contracts cut flight attendants pay by 20 to 40 percent, and aircrew pay by 40 to 60 percent.
Over 1,000 staff signed a petition asking the airline to keep jobs in New Zealand. The Kia Kaha Aotearoa petition, meaning Be Strong New Zealand in Maori, asks Air New Zealand to save jobs and stop outsourcing work.
The Transportation Security Administration says 98 federal air marshals have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 14 of those cases are active. It’s not known if those Marshals contracted the virus on the job.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has issued a warning to everyone who is thinking about starting a pilot training course – think again. BALPA wants to help students avoid paying upwards of £100,000 for training only to find there are no jobs available. BALPA urges “potential pilots to get experience in another profession first which will postpone any training until the industry is in a more robust shape, provide additional skills and experience and also give them another avenue to fall back on.”
The public comment period on the FAA proposal for 737 MAX training ended November 2, 2020, and we are hearing about some concerns from the pilot unions. Unions feel the 8-step runaway stabilizer non-normal checklist (NNC) has too many steps and would be difficult to remember. The frequency of recurrent training is also being questioned.
If you want to get married during the pandemic, Air Charter Service is offering a “Wedding in the Sky” experience. These take place in a private jet during a 2-hour flight to nowhere. Vows must have been exchanged in an official setting before boarding the flight.
Maj. Brett DeVries, an A-10 pilot with the Michigan Air National Guard, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for “extraordinary achievement” during a 2017 training flight in which his landing gear failed and his canopy tore off.
Our guest this episode is Fred Gevalt, founder of The Air Charter Guide and a bit of a political activist, having successfully sued the FAA in 1998 on behalf of his air charter constituency. Fred’s a pilot, he’s built airplanes himself, and he flies aircraft for business and recreation. Fred is also the executive producer of a new documentary film titled “Please Remove Your Shoes” which takes a critical look at airport and airline security, both pre and post September 11.