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Lufthansa Group Strike Friday Aug 29 - GERMANWINGS ONLY

A quick update to what we posted early this week here. 
Talks are on going today with Lufthansa and it's Pilots. Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings (4U)  said they would walk off the job on Friday if an agreement on an early retirement scheme is not reached.
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Dispelling Misconceptions About Asiana Airlines Flight 214

The recent crash of an Asiana Boeing 777 at SFO has dominated the news lately. There's nothing the 24-hour news monster loves more than a good aviation disaster and it will be discussed ad nauseum by them until the next shiny object appears on the news horizon.
This particular accident is ...
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TCL 81: Screw Scheduling

Rumors abound regarding crew scheduling, how its organized and if they have their favorites and not-so-favorites. In this week's flight attendant podcast we are joined by a former pilot crew scheduler to hear the conversation from the other end of the phone. We discuss scheduler pay, hours, bidding and the differences in pilot and flight attendant scheduling.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

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How safe is my flight

 

The simple answer is very safe, but I thought I’d give a behind the scenes view on how safe the aircraft is, and, in the current climate, how safe from external forces such as terrorism.
 
First of all, the aircraft. Most airlines throughout the world have a ...

HF 16: Jet Engines

In this week's aviation podcast we are joined by Max from the Airplane Geeks and Podcasting Passion podcast. We discuss jet engines, their cost, how airlines choose a manufacturer and more.

If you're a pilot, ATC controller, ground crew or other airline employee and would like to join us on a future episode, please email us at [email protected]

Thanks for listening!

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

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US Airways Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Pilots in Slowdown Fight

Anybody that has followed the airlines knows about the issues with the US Airways Pilots Association (USAPA), formed in response to arbitration of seniority in merging the former America West pilots.  The East pilots did not like the blended seniority list, and rather than accept the binding ...
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Looking for a job? Apply now to be an Pilot-Astronaut at Virgin Galactic

Attention all pilots and Star Trek aficionados. Today is your big day to reach for the stars and apply at Virgin Galactic to test and develop the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system then move onto regular spaceline operations.

Virgin Galactic is only looking for team players. And there are some other job requirements, most of which I forget now, but I can't imagine it matters much as long as you are a team player. The requirements and more details on the position can be found here.

HF 11: Airshows and Instrument Flying

In this week's pilot podcast we are joined by Joe to discuss the upcoming Sun n' Fun airshow and Gabrielle's instrument flying course. This episode was recorded two weeks ago and we discussed:
Shell of a Harrier Jump Jet that was for sale on eBay in the UK Amelia Earhart's wreck ...
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HF 10: Air Traffic Controller

In this week's pilot podcast we are joined by an air traffic controller to discuss the job, the communication with pilots, and what life is like in the control tower. We discuss:
Interviewing and training for the air traffic control position How stressful is the air traffic control ...
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HF 9: Deicing

In this week's aviation pilot podcast we discuss winter flying and deicing. In addition we talk about:

  • Small aircraft and auto-pilots
  • Glycol and why might want to use it on pancakes (but you should not!)
  • The activities in deicing a commercial airliner
  • and more...

If you're a pilot and would like to join us on a future episode, please email us at [email protected]

Thanks for listening!

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

HF 7: Emergency Engine Out

In this week piloting podcast we discuss a youtube video of a strange single engine plane landing and:
New Bush Pilot series Enhanced landing system And we talk about emergency procedures and engine out conditions based on watching this video

If you're a pilot and ...

HF 6: Mountain Flying

In this week's commercial pilot podcast we are again joined by Keith and discuss the challenges of mountain flying. In addition we discuss:
Tail wheel flying Favorite flights and airports How much flying is done by computer vs by the pilots Weather and conditions when ...

HF 4: Flying Express

In this week's aviation podcast our pilots are joined by John, a regional pilot, to discuss regional flying and reserve flying. Our pilots chat about:
Qantas A380 Issues Regional jets headed to the scrap heap? Regional Airline pilot hours, schedules, and differences from their ...
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HF 1: My First Time

In this inaugural episode of Hangar Flying, join two of upgrd.com's favorite pilots - Gabrielle and Steve - to discuss all types of piloting topics. In this first pilot podcast we are joined by Will to discuss
Secrets Pilots Won't Tell You Airplanes bumping at the gate Our ...
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TCL 37: Spin Off

In this week's flight attendant podcast we are joined by two of our favorite pilots as they announce their new show starting tomorrow. In addition we discuss:
Qantas woman in mile-high romp probe Resistance is futile TSA worker turns testy If you're a flight attendant and would like to ...

TCL 8: Crew Briefings

This week we are honored to be joined by the "front end" of the aircraft. Kyle and John, two commercial airline pilots, together we discussed:
The pilots view of the flight attendant role crew briefings federal flight deck officers (FFDO) pilot chat during cruise relations between the two ...
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Musings on the Role of the Pilot as Symbolic Exemplar

Recently, I've been asking myself, "What kind of professional behavior should we expect from pilots?"

My wife, who is in her sixth-and-thank-God-last year of rabbinical school, is writing her thesis on the role of the rabbi. One of her big questions relates to the degree to ...