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The view from MY side of the cockpit door. Aviation news and commentary from an active captain flying for a major US legacy airline.

The view from MY side of the cockpit door. Aviation news and commentary from an active captain flying for a major US legacy airline.
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The view from MY side of the cockpit door. Aviation news and commentary from an active captain flying for a major US legacy airline.




APG 340 – The A pg 340 Show

NEWS [56:13] Unmanned Airport Control Tower Installed In Northern Colorado [1:04:24] American A320 at Fort Myers on Aug 30th 2018,approached wrong airport and went around [1:15:16] Piper PA-28 Student in Distress - Right Main Gear Wheel Fell Off the Aircraft on Departure [1:28:29] Pilots Eject After Air Force T-38 Talon Jet Veers Off Runway, 4th Talon Loss In 10 Months [1:32:50] Korean Speaker? FEEDBACK [1:35:18] Christian - A380 [1:38:42] Sam - Is this you captain Nick? [1:41:19] Andrew -...


APG 339 – Defective Flux Capacitator

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons PART ONE NEWS [19:32] Utah Department of Wildlife drops fish from plane for 'extreme restocking' of lake [23:21] Hawaiian Airlines Flight 23 emergency landing: Pepper spray, airdropped photo [27:16] Reporter Hilariously Pranked By Pilot FEEDBACK [30:10] Ed - How to Interest Future Pilots? [35:38] Liz - Brownies Launch Badge for 'Future Pilots' [38:55] Texas Charlie - Guy Hacks Hundreds of Planes from the Ground [45:17] Deanna - Has had "never again" moments...


APG 338 – Passing Gas

NEWS [34:55] Capital Airlines #JD5759 damaged while landing attempt at Macao [45:22] Corrosion, Metal Fatigue Cause Wide-Body Freighter Landing Gear Collapse [48:05] UPDATE: US-Bangla pilot was mentally stressed and reckless FEEDBACK [1:00:45] Bryan - Project Loon [1:06:19] James - Woman and her Cello Kicked Off AA Flight [1:12:50] Stuart - New App Allows Passengers to Report Uncomfortable Cabin Conditions [1:21:23] Shawn from Portland (not Maine) - The RAT [1:32:07] Chris - Autonomous...


APG 337 – The Smell of Dirty Socks

Photo Credit: TORLEY (Flickr) NEWS [34:01] Accident: Xiamen B738 at Manila on Aug 16th 2018, runway excursion on landing [44:09] Helicopter/Quadcopter Near Miss [46:46] Accident: Express Freighters B733 near Canberra on Aug 15th 2018, loss of cabin pressure, first officer incapacitated [56:09] RAAF warplane's engine 'destroyed itself' during attempted take-off, resulting in $120 million fire [1:01:44] Laser Beam Attacks Bedevil U.S. Military Pilots in Mideast [1:07:53] A federal air...


APG 336 – Stolen Horizon Q400

Photo Credit: Bill Abbott (Flickr) NEWS [28:22] Crash: Horizon DH8D at Ketron Island on Aug 10th 2018, Stolen Aircraft Crashed into Forest [1:27:46] Jet Airways Boeing 777-300 at London on Aug 30th 2016, Unsafe Departure [1:40:56] Berlin Airport Evacuated after Police Mistake Sex Toy for a Grenade [1:45:56] Small plane makes emergency landing on I-580 in San Leandro FEEDBACK [1:47:50] Deanna - New Listener - Airplane the Movie? Why do Airlines use Callsigns? [2:08:39] Plane Tale - Fighting...


APG 335 – Never Again

NEWS [38:12] AeroMexico Incident - Durango - July 31, 2018 [45:04] Moment Ryanair Passengers Escape on Emergency Chute after Phone Explodes Minutes Before Take-off [51:23] Police: Man Tried to Steal Plane for Concert [54:51] TSA Considering Eliminating Screening at Smaller Airports [57:51] American Woman Dragged off SFO-Bound Flight from Seoul [1:01:06] Several Dead after Small Plane Crashes in Swiss Forest [1:05:28] 5 Killed When Small Plane Crashes in California Parking Lot FEEDBACK...


APG 334 – Aluminum or Aluminium?

Photo credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain NEWS [46:42] Flight attendants to be deported over turtle-smuggling operation [50:12] Mary Ellis, the Last Female Second World War Pilot, Dies Aged 101 [54:57] Red Arrows RAF Scampton air base to be sold off - BBC News [58:41] Drone to be used by British military breaks flight record [1:01:54] B.C. man arrested after inflatable sex toy sent into Vancouver air space [1:04:27] UPDATE: SA Express can fly two planes again but 19 remain grounded...


APG 333 – Farnborough 2018

We had a little "incident" before we started our recording. One of the microphone stands "somehow" toppled over and knocked over TWO bottles of beer... all over the table and my MacBook Pro! So far, the laptop is still working. Fingers crossed. Here's the video if you'd like to see the mayhem! (Click on the image to see the video of the Great Beer Spill!) NEWS [56:14] French air force get their colours wrong in Bastille Day mix-up [59:50] American Woman With Grenade Causes Panic at...


APG 332 – RIAT 2018

NEWS [18:59] Transatlantic Flight Ushers in New Era in Aviation [21:56] Pilot challenges EU age restriction on commercial pilots [32:53] Dog owner's emotional letter to airline that saved pet's life [37:20] Alaska plane crash [41:58] MAC CVLP at Pretoria on Jul 10th 2018, engine problem [49:52] 'Vaping' pilot caused Air China plane to plunge 6,500m [55:40] Delta Passenger Forced to Pay $9,118 for Diverting Flight FEEDBACK [57:52] Mike - The Ancient Art of Navigation [1:11:23] Christian -...


APG 331 – Beware the Naked Man

NEWS [34:40] Man in Underwear Jumps onto Wing, Bangs On Windows of Delta Jet [41:31] JetBlue Pilot Accidentally Triggered a Hijacking Alert. D'oh! [46:55] UPDATE: ‘Smelly Airline Passenger’ whose ‘stench’ Caused Emergency Landing Dies of Tissue Necrosis [51:21] Korean Air B777 - Hard Landing Caused failure of right main gear axle (Video) [55:29] Boeing, Embraer Forge $4.75 Billion Commercial Jet Venture [58:52] EgyptAir flight MS804: French investigators says fire likely cause FEEDBACK...


APG 330 – Stranded in a Parking Garage

NEWS [23:43] Man who shone laser pen at police helicopter flying over Manchester is jailed [26:06] PSA Computer glitch grounding 2,500 flights could take days to sort out, airline says [28:22] DOT's Inspector General Will Audit FAA's Oversight Of Southwest Airlines [30:22] Passengers file lawsuit against Southwest Airlines over fatal engine explosion [34:17] USAF, Boeing Agree To KC-46A Tanker Delivery Schedule [41:25] China Airlines B744 at Chicago on Jun 21st 2018, touched down off the...


APG 329 – Beware the Angry Cloud

NEWS [27:37] Qantas chief pilot denies passengers were at risk during QF94 wake turbulence drama [38:52] Beech A36 Bonanza, N8283D: Fatal accident August 31, 2016 at Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT) [55:14] Rolls-Royce Parts Shortage to Delay 787 Engine Fix [1:00:01] Cracking checks ordered on winglet-equipped 767s [1:01:56] Bravo MD83 at Kiev on Jun 14th 2018, runway excursion on landing [1:10:16] Dash 8 set on fire in Papua New Guinea, airport closed indefinitely FEEDBACK [1:13:28]...


APG 328 – See Ya’ Later, Alligator!

NEWS [32:49] Airbus and Bombardier in family ties with C Series deal [36:38] Kadena Grounds F-15 Flights After Crash; Pilot in Serious Condition [38:31] Air Force grounds B1 bombers at Ellsworth, Dyess, to fix ejection seat problem [43:57] Spirit, Hold Short for Gator at MCO [47:32] Lufthansa CityLine A340-300 damaged by towing truck fire at Frankfurt Airport [54:48] UPDATE: Pilot who landed plane after co-pilot was 'sucked halfway' out cockpit window awarded $777G [58:53] UPDATE: Air...


APG 327 – More Terrifying Emergency Landings!

Sean Chuplis's Business: Crew Dog Electronics NEWS [35:15] Plane makes emergency landing after passengers vomit, faint from 'unbearable' smell of 'unwashed' man onboard [41:18] Republic Airways plans to churn out hundreds of pilots at new local flight school [46:22] American Airlines #AA1897 made an emergency in El Paso after hail shattered windshield and damaged the nose cone [59:57] UPDATE: Incident Boeing 737-8CT (WL) C-GWSV, 07 Mar 2017 at SXM [1:09:06] Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N375CS:...


APG 326 – Where Have All the Flight Instructors Gone?

NEWS [37:50] UPDATE: MH 17 - Russian Army Unit Identified and Russian Military Response [42:12] UPDATE: Cubana Crash Security Cam Video [46:45] USAF Is Building An Online Game To Recruit Young Pilots [51:36] Flight instructor attempts to kidnap and deport student [57:31] UPDATE: Rolls-Royce triples capacity to fix Trent 1000 engines [59:45] Russian authorities revoke Saratov Airlines AOC over unresolved safety issues [1:01:42] Incident Piper PA-46-310P Malibu N148ME, 29 May 2018 [1:12:09]...


APG 325 – I Like the Smooth Touch of Rubber on the Blacktop

Photo Credit: Douglas Johnson NEWS [56:48] Baboon briefly escapes crate, roams loose at San Antonio airport [1:00:59] Onur A332 at Jeddah on May 21st 2018, landed without nose gear [1:15:05] H.R. 4 - FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 - Single pilot? [1:18:14] UPDATE: Mexico grounds charter airline involved in Havana accident [1:20:42] Private Gulfstream jet crashes in Honduras [1:24:59] U.S. Air Force T-38C Talon II Crashes Near Columbus AFB, Mississippi: Crew Ejects FEEDBACK [1:28:29] Orson -...


APG 324 – Resting On Our Laurels or Yannies?

Meet-up with Grant McHerron in Rome in June NEWS [38:39] Blue Panorama B734 at Havana on May 18th 2018, lost height shortly after takeoff [45:33] In flight scare on KLM flight caused by Lithium Ion Battery [48:30] ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A321-231 TC-JMM Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST) [1:04:27] Sichuan Airlines - Plane forced into emergency landing after cockpit window rips out at 32,000ft [1:23:22] Man who ignited midair brawl on Seattle-to-Beijing flight sentenced to 2...


APG 323 – I Hope They’re Not Stuffing Them Too Tightly

[20:15] Meet-up with Grant McHerron in Rome in June NEWS [25:29] Pilot forced to make emergency landing on Devon beach [30:02] Air Canada flight delayed by Raccoon FEEDBACK [33:45] Ralph - Southwest Airlines Passengers Thought Death Was near as Plane Attempted [42:00] Liz - After Chaos, Port Authority Sets Storm Rules for Planes to JFK [50:23] Shawn - Uber for Airplanes [58:26] Silviu - Docs in Public Domain and Question for Steph/Dana [1:04:04] Nicnacjak - Enjoying the Binliner [1:06:19]...


APG 322 – More Cracked Windows

NEWS [26:01] Case against two ‘drunk’ pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport collapses [31:20] Vietnam Airlines flight #VN7344 mistakenly landed on a non-operational runway [35:56] FAA Expands CFM56 Checks To Newer Blades [38:19] Wasaya DH8A at Thunder Bay on Apr 23rd 2018, knocking on cockpit's door [40:47] Runway Lights Baffled Pilots on Night of San Francisco Near-Miss [44:25] Nine Dead After An Air National Guard WC-130 Hercules Plane Crashes In Georgia [48:08] Southwest B737 near Cleveland...


APG 321 – How to Land a Plane

Photo Credit: John Wardell (Flickr) NEWS [39:24] Vietjet A321, both engines stalled, both engines EGT overtemperature, one engine shut down in flight [49:38] FAA issues Emergency AD on CFM56-7B engines [51:37] Update: Delta A333 at Atlanta on Apr 18th 2018, engine fire [59:36] Update: Experts slam 'woefully inadequate' spray bottle used for de-icing by West Wind Aviation [1:04:15] Uber for Planes Amendment in FAA Bill - Plane & Pilot FEEDBACK [1:16:14] Matt from Oz - Thanks to APG for...