AvTalk Episode 188: Harassed by a Drone

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In this episode of AvTalk, Ian is harassed by a mysterious drone, Cathay Pacific resumes its overflight of Russia, and pilots Marc Vanhoenacker joins us to discuss his new book, imagine a city.

Ian is harassed by a mysterious drone

While shopping, Ian is harassed by a DJI Mavic 3.

Boeing holds its first Investor Day in 4 years

Boeing tried to reassure its investors with the first Investor Day since 2018. What have we learned?

China Southern’s MAX-imum confusion

It’s on the program, it’s cancelled. Was it actually going to fly or is it phantom filings? And keep an eye out for flight CZ3690.

American Airlines drops codeshare on Cathay to New York flight

Because Cathay Pacific is back to fly over Russia on its flight from New York to Hong Kong, American Airlines has dropped its codeshare. Cathay Pacific also takes a very liberal view of the “Russian Far East”. Learn more about Cathay Pacific’s route adjustment here.

Qantas celebrates 100 years of its first flight

Qantas made its first flight on November 2, 1922, carrying mail from Charleville to Cloncurry via Longreach.

Pilot Paul McGinness (third from L) prepares to take off from Charleville for Longreach on November 2, 1922. The mailbag containing 106 letters is proudly displayed in front of the Qantas FK8 aircraft.
Pilot Paul McGinness (third from L) prepares to take off from Charleville for Longreach on November 2, 1922. The mailbag containing 106 letters is proudly displayed in front of the Qantas FK8 aircraft.

Mexico turns to cabotage to fill its road deficit

Mexico is considering letting foreign airlines operate domestic flights.

Passenger starts fire in El Al flight lavatory

A passenger trying to put out a cigarette instead set fire to the garbage can in the lavatory.

Imagine a City with Mark Vanhoenacker

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker is a 787 pilot with a major European airline and an accomplished author. He joins us to talk about his latest book, imagine a cityabout experiencing urban environments as a driver and how that perspective changes the way you approach a city.

Night drones are for bananas

Drones will be used for the first time at night to spray banana crops in Costa Rica.

Authorization to strike

Delta and United pilots are preparing to strike, but your Thanksgiving plans are secure.

Viva’s almost dry reservoirs

A Viva plane faced storms at several airports as it attempted to land, arriving at its second-choice diversion airport with just over 200kg of fuel remaining.

The bad brakes of the Urals

An Ural Airlines A320 landed with the main landing gear brakes locked. It’s not the first time this has happened.

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The things we did wrong

    • It’s a DJI Mavic 3, not a Maverick as Ian mispronounced it
    • It was Boeing’s first Investor Day in four (4) years, not three.
    • The Cathay Pacific story first reported by Bloomberg (Ian was right, before he was wrong. Jamie Freed first reported China Southern Airlines’ expected return of the 737 MAX.)

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