Last update: 2013-06-26

Episode 254 – Simple Flight

2013-06-26 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
At Simple Flight, Al and Marc produce a aviation radio show that goes live Sunday nights from 8:00pm to 10:00pm Central Time (U.S.) You can also listen to the audio archive anytime, or subscribe as a podcast in iTunes. Since the Simple Flight show is live, Al and Marc get a lot of listener interaction [...]…

Episode 253 – Become a Pilot Day 2013

2013-06-19 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Recorded at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during the 9th annual Become a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display. Rob and Benet Interviews: Adam Smith, Senior Vice President, Center to Advance the Pilot Community, AOPA. Joel Westbrook, Executive Producer, Air Fare America. This TV series being developed about GA [...]…

Episode 252 – The Airplane Geeks Turn Five

2013-06-12 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
We celebrate five years of Airplane Geeks episodes. Courtney Miller, Steve Visscher, and Grant McHerron join in and we recall some early moments. The week’s aviation news: Bag2Go Luggage Has GPS In Case Your Airline Loses It FAA Demand for Cash from EAA Misguided Connecticut Senate wipes Wright Brothers from history Connecticut Senate rewriting aviation [...]…

Episode 251 – John Zimmerman from Sporty’s

2013-06-05 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Our guest this episode is John Zimmerman, a pilot and a Vice President at Sporty’s, the world’s largest pilot shop. John talks to us about ADS-B, what it is, what you can do with it, options for implementing it, and how much it costs. We touch on the FAA strategy for getting aircraft operating in [...]…

Episode 250 – Bits and Pieces X

2013-05-29 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
The Geeks take the day off on account of the Memorial Day holiday, but we still have some great aviation content: David Vanderhoof has an interview with David M. DeFelice, the Community Relations Team Lead at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, recorded at SpaceFest at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Find the [...]…

Episode 249 – Jason Paur on the Solar Impulse

2013-05-22 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Jason Paur is an instrument rated pilot and a journalist and writer covering aerospace at He’s been following and reporting on the Solar Impulse, a solar powered aircraft currently on a flight across the U.S., with the objective of a future around-the-world flight. We talk with Jason about the Solar Impulse, which has a [...]…

Episode 248 – ASTM Creates Aviation Standards

2013-05-15 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Christine M. DeJong is Manager, Technical Committee Operations with ASTM International, which creates industry standards, including aviation standards. Christine serves as the Staff Manager for three committees: F37 on Light Sport Aircraft, F44 on General Aviation Aircraft, and F39 on Aircraft Systems. We talk about the history of ASTM, the makeup of the membership, [...]…

Episode 247 – Arthur Rosen’s Aviation Opinions

2013-05-08 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Arthur Rosen blogs at My Opinion: Thoughts and Comments on General Aviation and he doesn’t hold back on his opinions. He’s a pilot, the AOPA-ASN (Airport Support Network) volunteer for Scottsdale Airport (SDL), past Chairman of the Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission, he served on the Super Bowl Committee for Aviation, is past President of Arizona [...]…

Episode 246 – Mary Kirby Knows the Airline Passenger Experience

2013-05-01 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Mary Kirby is Editor in Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and the APEX media platform. She has extensive experience as an aviation industry journalist. Mary gives us some observations from the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 held in Hamburg April 9-11, 2013, including ultra-slim seats and positive hopes for passenger use of Personal [...]…

Episode 245 – Time and Navigation at the Smithsonian

2013-04-24 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
David Vanderhoof was invited to be a social media participant for the opening of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s new exhibit, Time and Navigation: The untold story of getting from here to there. He brings us recordings and interviews from the event. The full selection of audio recordings, (with play times): Time and [...]…

Episode 244 – Capt. Jeff and the Sock Puppet

2013-04-17 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Jeff Nielsen (“Capt. Jeff”) flies for a major legacy airline and produces the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, subtitled: The View From My Side of the Cockpit Door. Jeff served in the Air Force as a C-141B and T-37 Instructor Pilot, and in his commercial career has flown the B-727 (all seats), the L-1011 (as First [...]…

Episode 243 – Talking with Igor Sikorsky III

2013-04-10 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
We talk with the grandson of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky about his grandfather and the annual Sikorsky Weekend that Igor holds at his sporting camp in the North Maine Woods. Igor flies a Skyhawk float plane to ferry visitors to his camp and to fishing spots in Maine. You’ll hear stories about his grandfather – [...]…

Episode 242 – Anthony Nalli, The Aviators TV

2013-04-03 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Anthony Nalli is the Executive Producer / President of FourPoints Television Productions, which brings us The Aviators. This TV series has a weekly viewership of ten million and their fourth season comes out later this year. We talk about how The Aviators got started, how it covers pretty much everything that flies, and where [...]…

Episode 241 – Jon Ostrower

2013-04-02 :: Airplane Geeks
Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner Jon Ostrower, Aerospace Beat Reporter for The Wall Street Journal returns as our guest. We talk with Jon about the Boeing press briefing in Tokyo where they annoyed the NTSB over 787 battery issues. Jon attended the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Americas Conference and we get his impressions [...]…

Episode 240 – Jack Pelton

2013-03-20 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Jack Pelton’s Cessna 195 Guest Jack Pelton is with Aviation Alliance LLC, a new venture created to remanufacture Cessna 421s as the Aviation Alliance Excalibur. He’s the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cessna Aircraft Company. Currently, Jack is serving as Chairman of the Board and acting President/CEO for the Experimental Aircraft Association. [...]…

Episode 239 – Bob Poole on Air Traffic Control

2013-03-13 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
flybe at Southampton Airport Robert W. Poole, Jr. is the founder of the Reason Foundation, a free market think tank that conducts public policy research. He has been a long time advocate of air traffic control system reform. We talk to Bob about the recent World ATM Congress in Madrid and the ATC Global 2013 [...]…

Episode 238 – Harriat Baskas, Stuck at the Airport

2013-03-06 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
F-22 at Australian International Airshow 2013 (Avalon) by Mick Harriet Baskas writes the monthly At the Airport column for USA Today, as well as occasional features at and MSN Travel. She also manages the collection of online Airport Guides at USA Today. We talk about the recent Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas and [...]…

Episode 237 – Alan Klapmeier and the Kestrel

2013-02-27 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Alan Klapmeier, the CEO of the Kestrel Aircraft Company talks with us about his single-engine turboprop Kestrel. We discuss the Kestrel’s capabilities, features and design objectives, and choice of the Honeywell TPE331-14GR engine. Also, the status of the program and when first flight is expected. We have an interesting conversation about form versus function [...]…

Episode 236 – The Last Great Airline Merger

2013-02-20 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Photo courtesy of The Helicopter Museum Industry analyst Henry Harteveldt returns as our guest. Henry is now with Hudson Crossing. Previously, he was Chief Research Officer and Co-Founder of Atmosphere Research Group, and before that he was with Forrester Research. We talk with Henry about the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, including labor [...]…

Episode 235 – Lynda and Jodi

2013-02-13 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Two U.S. Navy North American RA-5C Vigilantes, David’s Aircraft of the Week We welcome Lynda Meeks and Jodi Brommer to the podcast. Lynda is Executive Director of Girls With Wings, Inc. and has been our guest in the past. Jodi is an avid listener and former US Navy Seabee. She also served as a convoy [...]…

Episode 234 – Our Listeners are the Star of the Show

2013-02-06 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 2s
F-22 by Ian Kershaw This episode we feature contributions from our listeners: comments, feedback, news items, links, and more, from email and recordings. You’ll hear about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, USAF Museum lecture series recordings, good aviation books, Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide, stories of aviation as first love, the F-22 Raptor and the [...]…

Episode 233 – USAF Test Pilots School

2013-01-30 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
We talk with Major Brandon “Cain’n” Abel, and Major John “Manson” Appelt, Experimental Test Instructor Pilots from the USAF Test Pilot School. Greg Morris from Gauntlet Warbirds joins in. The USAF Test Pilot School is a 48 week program for classes of 20-24 students. Graduates go on to test and evaluate weapons systems as test [...]…

Episode 232 – The Airline Reporter Returns

2013-01-23 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
  David Parker Brown from the Airline blog returns as our guest. We talk about the grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, the new American Airlines livery, and using personal electronic devices on flights. David is organizing the Aviation Geekfest in Seattle February 16 and 17, 2013 with lots of exciting activities planned [...]…

Episode 231 – Steve Tupper Inverted

2013-01-16 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Steve Tupper, aka Stephen Force, produces the Airspeed podcast and is the man behind the Acrocamp aerobatics documentary. He’s is an aviation lawyer, a private pilot, and serves as a Civil Air Patrol Major and search-and-rescue pilot. Steve tells us about the Civil Air Patrol and it’s missions: airforce assigned inland search and rescue with [...]…

Episode 230 – Kicking off 2013 with Richard Aboulafia

2013-01-09 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Trevor Smith from with the 1942 Champ Guest Richard Aboulafia is Vice President, Analysis at Teal Group. We look at some of the major aviation developments from 2012 and look ahead to what we can expect in 2013. We discuss narrowbody orders and the need for efficient aircraft in order to compete. With narrowbody [...]…

Episode 229 – Bits and Pieces IX

2013-01-02 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 2s
Engine Alliance GP7200, center cut sketch This week we bring you a collection of segments: Max has a conversation with Mary Ellen Jones, President of the Engine Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. EA produces the GP7200 engine for the Airbus A380. Max [...]…

Episode 228 – How to Produce an Air Show

2012-12-19 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth David White is Air Boss for the Waterloo Ontario Air Show and a Board Member of the North East Council of Air Shows. We talk to David about what it takes to produce an air show and what the Air Boss does. Also, how the performers are booked and what [...]…

Episode 227 – Advancing the Pilot Community

2012-12-12 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Adam Smith is Senior Vice President of the AOPA Center to Advance the Pilot Community, through which AOPA will consolidate all its efforts to expand the pilot community. That’s a two part task: first to stop the decline in the pilot population, and second to try and grow the pilot community. We talk to [...]…

Episode 226 – Flight Instruction with Jason Blair

2012-12-05 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Jason Blair is the Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors. Jason starting his flying experience at the age of 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private pilot’s certificate at 17. While he pursued both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University, he continued his flight training at local FBOs, [...]…

Episode 225 – Social Marketing at American Airlines

2012-11-28 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Jon Bird is the Creative Manager for Social Media with American Airlines. We talk with Jon about how American Airlines came to establish a social presence, using it as a reputation management tool and as a “crisis management” tool, as opposed to a marketing tool. American employs an integrated model for both offense (the [...]…

Episode 224 – Wings & Thighs

2012-11-21 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
From time to time we take the week off, usually because of a holiday when we want to spend time with our families. But because we don’t want to leave you without your weekly dose of the Geeks, we do something we usually call Bits & Pieces. Each of us comes up with some kind [...]…

Episode 223 – Nils Haupt from Lufthansa

2012-11-14 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
  Guest Nils Haupt is Director and Head of Corporate Communications for The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines. We talk about the airlines and associated companies that fall under the Lufthansa airline group, their cargo operations and how Lufthansa is dealing with the severe night flight ban in Frankfurt. Also how Lufthansa operating in a high [...]…

Episode 222 – Sporty’s John Zimmerman

2012-11-07 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest John Zimmerman is a Vice President at Sporty’s, one of the world’s oldest and largest pilot shops. They also offer gifts, memorabilia, apparel, models and other items for aviation enthusiasts through their Wright Brothers catalog. Sporty’s Flight Center includes Sporty’s Academy a Part 61 flight school that also provides a degree program in conjunction [...]…

Episode 221 – Airplane Geeks vs Sandy

2012-10-31 :: Airplane Geeks
The weather spawned by Hurricane Sandy took out David and Max, although Rob was comfortably situated in Orlando, Florida for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Not wanting to leave you without an episode for the week,we gathered up what we could and produced this “mini-episode.” We have David’s interview with Lieutenant Jay Kircher [...]…

Episode 220 – Dan Hampton, Viper Pilot

2012-10-24 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Dan Hampton is the author of Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. He served in the United States Air Force for twenty years (1986–2006) and is a graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School (TOGS), and USAF Special Operations School. Dan has flown many combat missions in the [...]…

Episode 219 – Max Trescott on the Summit

2012-10-17 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Airplane Geeks Mission Control by the Art Department at Max Trescott was the 2008 National CFI of the Year and produces training books, CD’s, and iPhone GPS guides. Max knows flying and how to teach it like few others. He’s a frequent speaker at AOPA Aviation Summits and this year’s event was no exception [...]…

Episode 218 – The Restorers

2012-10-10 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Adam White (Director) and Kara Martinelli (Producer) from Hemlock Films create aviation films. In 2003, the documentary film The Restorers was produced with 8 short stories about people restoring planes. That was followed by the movie Red Tail Reborn with the Red Tail Squadron of the Commorative Air Force. Since then, the orginal Restorers begged [...]…

Episode 217 – Fleet Forecasting

2012-10-03 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Nigel Howarth is Senior Fleet Analyst with Aviation Week. We talk with Nigel about fleet forecasts and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) forecasts: who purchases fleet forecasts, how these forecasts are developed, and how they are used to help a variety of aviation companies plan their manpower, other resources, and capabilities. Nigel also talks [...]…

Episode 216 – Airport 24/7: Miami

2012-09-26 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Chris Sloan is Executive Producer of the television series Airport 24/7: Miami, premiering October 2 on the Travel Channel. Chris is also the founder of the website which contains a wealth of aviation memorabilia and items of historical significance, and lots of interesting things for aviation enthusiasts. We talk with Chris about Airport [...]…

Episode 215 – Tom Haines, AOPA Pilot

2012-09-19 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Tom Haines is Editor-in-Chief and Sr. Vice President, Media for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He’s a pilot who has covered General Aviation for many years. We talk about Tom’s fantastic Self-Fly Safari in Africa through Hanks Aero Adventures in Cessna 182′s. Tom wrote about this trip in the August 2012 issue of [...]…

Episode 214 – Mary Kirby on the Passenger Experience

2012-09-12 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Mary Kirby is from the Airline Passenger Experience Association where she is Editor-in-Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and the APEX Media Platform. Mary considers the passenger experience to start when the decision is made to take a flight and continue through to boarding, where the airline then has the passenger captive in [...]…

Episode 213 – Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Open House

2012-09-05 :: Airplane Geeks
6th Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III On May 11th, 12th and 13th, 2012 the Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst hosted its first Open House in two years. David Vanderhoof was there and brings us a series of interviews from the event. What is Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst? In 2005 BRAC or the Base Realignment [...]…

Episode 212.5 – Labor Day

2012-09-02 :: Airplane Geeks
The first Monday in September is “Labor Day” in the United States. For many, the holiday symbolizes the end of Summer, but it is really intended to celebrate the American worker. The exact origin of Labor Day is the subject of some dispute, but it seems to have been originally proposed in 1882. Over the [...]…

Episode 212 – UPS Airlines

2012-08-29 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
United Parcel Service McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, Sydney – Kingsford Smith International (Mascot) (SYD / YSSY), February 29, 2012 by Ryan Hothersall Guest Mike Mangeot is the Public Relations Manager with United Parcel Service (UPS) Airlines. UPS celebrated it’s 105th anniversary on August 28, 2012. We talk about the composition of the UPS fleet, cargo conversions, [...]…

Episode 211 – Flight Simulation with PilotEdge

2012-08-22 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
David rides with the Geico Skytypers in the SNJ-2 Our guest this episode is Keith Smith, the Founder and CEO of PilotEdge, which connects your flight simulator to live PilotEdge Air Traffic Controllers. Keith is also an instrument rated pilot and regularly flies a Lancair 360 out of Lincoln Park, NJ. PilotEdge provides real ATC [...]…

Episode 210 – Flight Planning

2012-08-15 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
John Burnside and Andy Matthews, two of the four co-founders from iFlightPlanner, join us to talk about flight planning and the software they supply. John is the Director of Technology and brings computer engineering and custom web application development experience. Andy is a pilot, Director of Business Development at iFlightPlanner, and also happens to be [...]…

Episode 209.5 – EAA Airventure 2012 Interviews

2012-08-12 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
In this Special Edition of the Airplane Geeks Podcast, David takes us back to EAA AirVenture 2012 with interviews recorded July 25-28, 2012. Over 500,000 people attended the event over the course of seven days. This year was the year of the Piper Cub, celebrating 75 years of Cubs. Interviews: Douglas C. Shidler Director- Light [...]…

Episode 209 – Ravi the Raviator

2012-08-08 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Our guest this episode is Ravi, also known as The Raviator. Ravi gives motivational presentations designed to encourage people to become involved in aviation. Ravi has presented at AirVenture, Sun ‘n’ Fun, AOPA Summits, ATAC (Air Transport Association of Canada), Embry-Riddle, University of North Dakota, and many other places. He’s a sport pilot and also [...]…

Episode 208 – Geeks at Oshkosh 2012

2012-07-31 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Yohai West is Product Marketing Manager at NICE Systems and is an expert in airport security and safety technologies like video management systems, incident management, and physical security information management (PSIM). He consults with airports around the world on best practices and strategies to mitigate security risks by anticipating, managing, and mitigating the risks. NICE [...]…

Episode 207 – Getting Ready for AirVenture

2012-07-24 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Rich Bergmann is a Senior Executive with Accenture and gives us some observations from Farnborough, airline strategies, and what’s happening with the defense segment. We talk about new commercial airliners from Russia and China, and maintenance strategies for commercial operators. Also, global capacity constraints in view of the order backlog, and even what it takes [...]…

Episode 206 – Farnborough 2012 – Planning for Optimism

2012-07-17 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
David Parker Brown from Airline joins us fresh from the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow to give us his perspectives. Pieter Johnson also attended and gives us his view of the flightline and aerial display. Speaking of airshows, listener Seb Spencer provides an audio report from the 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo. The week’s aviation [...]…

Episode 205 – A Little Something About the Geeks

2012-07-10 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Max, Rob, and David field questions from listeners who want to learn just a little bit more about us Airplane Geeks. We also talk about the BEA’s final report on the Air France Flight 447 crash, the Airbus plan to open an A320 final assembly facility in Mississippi, issues with the Airbus A400M engines, and [...]…

Episode 204 – Flying Skycatchers

2012-07-03 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guests Edward Honey and Benjamin Alimena are two of the Discover Flying Interns for Cessna in a program to take the 162 Skycatcher to various aviation fly-ins and events, ending with AirVenture in OshKosh. Cessna is handing the keys of these brand-new light sport aircraft to college students (and recent graduates) and trusting them to [...]…

Episode 203 – Aviation Careers

2012-06-26 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
In his new Aviation Careers Podcast, Carl Valeri tells you what it’s like to have an aviation career through the voices of his guests. Carl focuses mostly on pilot and mechanic jobs, but there will be others as well. After all, there are lots of positions for those who have a love of aviation. Carl [...]…

Episode 202 – Become a Pilot Day 2012

2012-06-19 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Rob, Max, David, and Benet attend the eighth annual Become a Pilot Day at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Chantilly, Virginia, next to Washington Dulles International Airport. Besides looking at all the great aircraft, spacecraft, and other exhibits inside the Center, event visitors could view some 50 [...]…

Episode 201 – Aerial Robots

2012-06-12 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Chris Anderson founded DIY Drones, a free online community for enthusiasts and builders of fully autonomous aerial drones that perform just like large UAV’s, but use open source software. Chris also co-founded a company called 3D Robotics which sells aerial vehicles, components, and accessories. Chris is the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, and [...]…

Episode 200 – One Geek Moves On

2012-06-05 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
As we celebrate our 200th episode, we also bid farewell to Dan Webb who has graduated from college and is starting his career. All of us are sad to see Dan go, but happy to send him off with a little reminiscing and more than a little roasting. Benet Wilson joins us and is particularly [...]…

Episode 189 – Darryl Jenkins

2012-03-13 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Darryl Jenkins is a seasoned airline analyst, Chairman of the American Aviation Institute, and author of the Handbook of Airline Economics. The week’s aviation news: EU-China Battle Stalls Sales of Airbus Jets US to send JSTARs to South Korea United’s Reservation System Switch Goes Well With Only Minor Glitches In this week’s Australia Desk [...]…

Episode 188 – The Mach 1.4 UAV

2012-03-06 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Ryan P. Starkey, Ph.D. has been working with University of Colorado students to develop a Mach 1.4 UAV. Propulsion for this very efficient aircraft comes from a 20 pound turbojet that features an afterburner and thrust vectoring nozzle. We talk about the design of the vehicle, possible commercial and military applications, and the timeline [...]…

Episode 187 – Ducky Does Airplanes

2012-02-28 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest David Allen produces the great video podcast Other People’s Airplanes, where he takes you with him on flights in, well, other people’s airplanes. He also co-hosts the popular Pilot’s Flight PodLog, a hangar flying podcast. Follow David on Twitter as @DaveFlys. We talk about how David uses multiple GoPro cameras mounted on the airplane [...]…

Episode 186 – Joe Bellino on Air Traffic Control

2012-02-21 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Our guest this episode is Joe Bellino, a retired Air Traffic Controller. He was with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) and after the 1981 Controllers strike he became the local union rep for the new National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). Joe was a regional union VP from 1986 to 1990, and also [...]…

Episode 185 – Richard Aboulafia Returns

2012-02-14 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Richard Aboulafia, Vice President, Analysis from Teal Group joins the Geeks to talk aviation. Benet Wilson, Director of Media Relations for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, is back as guest co-host. We talk about the A380 and B787, program breakeven vs. recurrent breakeven, lessons the airframers can apply to the 737MAX and A320neo, and [...]…

Episode 184 – Vicki Portway, National Air and Space Museum

2012-02-07 :: Airplane Geeks
Guest Vicki Portway is Head of Web & New Media for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. We talk about the Museum’s online outreach, the fantastic Become a Pilot Day in June, and the Space Shuttle Discovery target arrival of April 17 at Dulles Airport and transfer to the Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, replacing [...]…

Episode 183 – Just the Geeks

2012-01-31 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
The Geeks go it alone in this episode, but despite the lack of an aviation guest we manage to have a great time talking aviation. The week’s aviation news: Air Force plans to ground Global Hawk plane, stop production, report says Push For 3rd Chicago Airport Still Aloft Delta Said to Weigh US Airways Bid [...]…

Episode 182 – Alan Epstein and the Geared Turbofan Engine

2012-01-24 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Alan Epstein is Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President of Technology & Environment. We talk about the PurePower family of geared turbofan (GTF) jet engines: how long the technology has been around, what the GTF is trying to achieve, propulsive and thermal efficiency, biofuel, technology push versus pull, and more. Alan even has his own [...]…

Episode 181 – Craig Fuller from AOPA

2012-01-17 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Craig Fuller is President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). We talk about the U.S. Government proposal to charge $100 per flight for flights in controlled airspace, Representative Mike Pompeo’s America Flies petition, NextGen Air Traffic Control, EU ETS, and other topics. The week’s aviation news: White House: ‘Why we [...]…

Episode 180 – Mary Kirby from APEX

2012-01-10 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Mary Kirby is is Editor-in-Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and the APEX media platform. We talk about the current state of inflight internet connectivity, what passengers expect aboard the flight, the GoGo IPO, and why we’re going to see more announcements. Also, pressure on interior suppliers as a result of the huge [...]…

Episode 179 – Airplane Geeks Unplugged

2012-01-03 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
In this first episode of 2012, we look back at some aviation highlights from 2011, look ahead to what we might see in 2012, and in so doing find it impossible to avoid politics and the economy. Unlike our usual episodes, this one is pretty raw and largely unedited. You can decide if you like [...]…

Episode 178 – Bill English from the NTSB

2011-12-20 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Bill English is a commercial pilot, multi and instrument CFI, and he’s flown corporate, charter, and was an air traffic controller in Boston and NY. Bill has written for IFR Magazine and worked on procedures design and internal investigations for the FAA. Currently, Bill is a National Transportation Safety Board Investigator in Charge, in the [...]…

Episode 177 – Kurt Barnhart, Unmanned

2011-12-13 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Kurt Barnhart is Professor and head of the Department of Aviation at Kansas State University. He’s also Executive Director of the Applied Aviation Research Center which focuses on integrating unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system. Kurt been a National Association of Flight Instructors’ Master Flight Instructor since 2003. The week’s aviation news: Faster [...]…

Episode 176 – Greg Morris Flys Warbirds

2011-12-06 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Greg Morris is Chief Pilot at Gauntlet Warbirds, a warbird, aerobatic, and tailwheel training center with headquarters at Aurora Airport, just west of downtown Chicago. They are on the web at He has been flying for fifteen years, and instructing in warbirds and aerobatic aircraft for the past ten. He holds a current low [...]…

Episode 175 – Bits and Pieces VIII

2011-11-29 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
This is another Bits and Pieces episode. Occasionally, we take holiday weekends off and instead of recording a new episode together, we each contribute a pre-recorded segment and put them all together into a complete episode. Here’s what we have this time: Benet Wilson, the new Director of Media Relations for the Aircraft Owners and [...]…

Episode 174 – Airport_Girl Returns

2011-11-22 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Returning guest Stephanie Gehman is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Harrisburg International Airport. Find Stephanie on Twitter as @airport_girl and HIA as @HIAairport. The week’s aviation news: U.S. To Buy Decommissioned British Harrier Jets Dubai Airshow Airline passengers can’t win on tarmac delays Bombardier Expands Lear plant in KS Gulfstream G650 Wins [...]…

Episode 173 – Jamie Dodson Knows Nick Grant

2011-11-15 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Jamie Dodson, is author of the Nick Grant adventure novel series, including Flying Boats & Spies, and China Clipper. Jamie is a Technology Protection Officer for the Security and Intelligence Division, US Army, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Intelligence Division. He has over 30 years of experience in Intelligence Operations [...]…

Episode 172 – Girls With Wings

2011-11-08 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Lynda Meeks is Executive Director of Girls With Wings, Inc. a non-profit organization which introduces young girls to aviation. Lynda began her flying career in the military where she learned to fly helicopters. She’s flown twins and the Citation X as a professional pilot. Lynda also offers flight and ground instruction from Medina Municipal [...]…

Episode 171.5 – 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit, Part 2

2011-11-06 :: Airplane Geeks
This Special Edition of the Airplane Geeks podcast is the second of two parts with interviews from the 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit. This three-day event was held 22-24 September 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut. Max recorded brief interviews with exhibitors, speakers, and participants. In Part 2, you’ll hear from: Lindsey Dreiling, Admissions Representative, Kansas State University. [...]…

Episode 171 – A Playground for Pilots

2011-11-01 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Mark Jones is an experimental test pilot and statistical consultant to aerospace leaders, and a part-time T-6 instructor pilot in the USAF Reserves. Mark has flown a wide variety of military aircraft and just recently separated from active duty in the regular Air Force as chief C-17 test pilot. He’s also a regular contributor at [...]…

Episode 160 – Max Trescott’s Trends Aloft

2011-08-17 Length: 1h 30m 58s
Guest Max Trescott is an author, he was the 2008 CFI of the Year, and blogs at Trends Aloft. We talk about how you can be an advocate for the aviation industry and the general Aviation Cacus in Washington. Also, California legislation affecting cos[...]…

Episode 159 – Aviation Chatter

2011-08-10 Length: 1h 49m 23s
Pat Flannigan from Aviation Chatter joins us to talk about some aviation news, his website and his new Hold Here iPhone app, and even some weight and balance. Pat is a professional airline pilot, an aviation blogger, and a licensed flight instructo[...]…

Episode 158 – Dust Up

2011-08-03 Length: 1h 51m 41s
Guest Terry Mialkowsky is Executive Producer/Director of the television documentary series Dust Up, which chronicles Canadian crop dusters. Terry is an award-winning director, producer and writer, whose films have screened all over North America an[...]…

Episode 157 – Geeks at AirVenture 2011

2011-07-26 Length: 1h 28m 22s
While Max stays home at Airplane Geeks World Headquarters, David, Dan, Rob, Grant, and Steve call in from AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, Wisconson. Peter Moll, the director of Wittman Regional Airport (@wittmanairport on Twitter), joins the guys as th[...]…

Episode 156 – Lusk Likes History

2011-07-20 Length: 1h 58m 29s
Brian Lusk is the Corporate Historian for Southwest Airlines and a long time airline veteran. He writes for Southwest’s blog, Nuts about Southwest and Tweets as @blogboy. We talk with Brian about preserving airline history, the Frontiers of [...]…

Episode 155 – Bryce Soars

2011-07-13 Length: 1h 36m 16s
Guest Bryce Kujat has been flying since 1999 with about 6000 hours, including night cargo along the Gulf Coast in a C-310 and BE-58. He’s flown Lear 35, Caravans in Africa, experimental Navy surveillance aircraft, and charter in the Caribbean[...]…

Episode 154 – Bits and Pieces VI

2011-07-06 Length: 1h 6m 58s
Photo by Hornet Hunter (AKA Brodie) The Geeks take the week off in celebration of the July 4 holiday, but still manage to assemble enough content for an episode. We have: The Australia Desk from Plane Crazy Down Under. Dan Webb and Courtney Miller [...]…

Episode 153 – Sun ‘N Fun Radio

2011-06-29 Length: 1h 58m 46s
Dave Shallbetter from Sun ‘N Fun Radio talks to the Geeks about the annual “spring celebration of flight” in Florida. They stream great aviation content year-round at You can follow Dave on Twitter as @snfRadioDave. T[...]…

Episode 152 – Become a Pilot

2011-06-22 Length: 1h 21m 5s
We join Milford and Charlie from FlightTime Radio for a live broadcast from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for the seventh annual Become a Pilot Family Day and Fly-In. Featuring: Steve Visscher and[...]…

Episode 151 – The Cranky Flier

2011-06-15 Length: 1h 43m 21s
Virgin America photo by Ron McCormick taken from the SEA terminal. Brett Snyder, the Cranky Flier (and also the Cranky Concierge) returns to the show to talk aviation and travel. Brett writes CNN’s “Out of the Office” column for t[...]…

Episode 150 – John and Martha King

2011-06-08 Length: 1h 46m 5s
Airship Ventures photo by Randy Hobbs Both John and Martha King from King Schools join us as guests this episode. These two have flown almost everything that flys. They also provide video and computer-based training to countless pilots. The week’s [...]…

Episode 149 – Loads of Listener Mail

2011-06-01 Length: 1h 57m 45s
Photo by Stephen Tornblom from his birthday trip to Chino Airport. We talk with Milford Shirley from FlightTime Radio about their live broadcast at the upcoming Become a Pilot Family Day and Fly-In, June 18, 2011 at the National Air and Space Museu[...]…

Episode 148 – Bits and Pieces V

2011-05-25 Length: 1h 14m 41s
A Fairey Swordfish of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, similar to the one flown by Anthony Johnson. Photo courtesy Paul Fiddian – Global Aviation Resource. This is another Bits and Pieces episode. Sometimes when we can’t record at our us[...]…

Episode 147 – Todd McClamroch’s Flight Blog

2011-05-18 Length: 1h 50m 42s
Todd McClamroch from My Flight is our guest this episode. Todd’s site is one of the longest running General Aviation blogs around, and has been featured in the press including Wall Street Journal, AOPA Pilot and AOPA Flight Training [...]…

Episode 146 – Ice Pilots

2011-05-11 Length: 1h 44m 59s
Our guest this episode is Mikey McBryan from Buffalo Airways and the TV show Ice Pilots (known as Ice Pilots NWT in Canada). In the U.S., thie show airs Fridays at 10pm ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. You can follow them on Twitter at @Ic[...]…

Episode 145 – Anne has 15,000 Acronyms

2011-05-04 Length: 1h 51m 3s
Aviation historian Anne Millbrooke is our guest. Anne is the author of the award winning book Aviation History, as well as Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Alphabets of Aviation: A Guide to Contemporary and Historical Terms Found in Aviation Literature[...]…

Episode 144 – Igor Sikorsky III

2011-04-20 Length: 1h 49m 57s
Our guest this episode is Igor Sikorsky III, grandson of the man many consider to be the father of the helicopter industry. Igor flys a float plane and, along with his wife Karen, operates The Bradford Camps in the North Maine Woods. Besides provid[...]…

Episode 143 – Little but Mighty

2011-04-13 Length: 1h 44m 7s
Our guest this episode is Stephanie Gehman, the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). We talk about current airport issues and how this one competes with larger airports in the region. Follow them on [...]…

Episode 142 – Chad from Aviation International News

2011-04-06 Length: 1h 46m 33s
Guest Chad Trautvetter is the online news editor for Aviation International News (AIN) and also the editor of AINalerts, AIN’s twice a week electronic publication. Chad really knows General and Business Aviation, and just returned from the Su[...]…

Episode 141 – PT6 Nation

2011-03-30 Length: 1h 37m 28s
Guest Matt Perra, spokesperson from Pratt & Whitney Canada, tells us about their new online community, PT6 Nation. This site recently won the Flight Global Webbie Award for “Best Use of Social Media.” Hear Matt describe how they cre[...]…

Episode 140 – Are You an Airplanista??

2011-03-23 Length: 1h 47m 2s
Guest Dan Pimentel is the publisher of Airplanista Magazine, a high quality, monthly online magazine targeted to general and business aviation. Dan was the man behind Av8rdan’s World of Flying blog, and has written articles for AOPA Pilot Mag[...]…

Episode 139 – Hiller Aviation Museum

2011-03-15 Length: 1h 50m 12s
Guest Jeffery Bass is the President and CEO of the Hiller Aviation Museum located in the San Francisco Bay Area at the San Carlos Airport. We talk about aviation history, some of the exhibits at the Museum, and what you might do with that aviation [...]…

Episode 138 – The Radial Rocket

2011-03-09 Length: 1h 38m 16s
Jeff Ackland, President of New Century Aerosport Inc., is our guest thie week. He produces the Radial Rocket, a two place performance and aerobatic kit plane with a 9 cylinder radial engine in the nose. We talk about what this beautiful airplane is[...]…

Episode 137 – Airline Loyalty and Social Media

2011-03-02 Length: 1h 52m 20s
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon by Stephen Tornblom Shashank Nigam, CEO of Simpliflying, is just back from the Loyalty 2011 conference and we talk about how airline loyalty programs measure success and how they work within the airline an[...]…

Episode 136 – Spotting with Jason

2011-02-23 Length: 1h 35m 43s
Our guest this episode is Jason Bong, one of the writers and photographers at PHXspotters, a great site for plane spotters and aviation enthusiasts. Jason attended the annual Red Flag event and captured some amazing photographs of military aircraft[...]…

Episode 135 – Gavin Again

2011-02-16 Length: 1h 34m 32s
Gavin Werbeloff, who can be found on Twitter as @travel_buddha, makes another appearance on the podcast. We talk about recent aviation news and events, and Steve and Grant from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have their Australia Desk Report. Pi[...]…

Episode 126 – Another Aboulafia Adventure

2010-12-08 Length: 1m 1s
Richard Aboulafia, Vice President, Analysis from Teal Group joins the Geeks to talk aviation. Benet Wilson, editor from AviationWeek, fills in for Rob. We have the ...…

Episode 125 – Bits and Pieces IV

2010-11-30 Length: 1m 1s
This week, Max, Rob, Dan, and David take a break from the usual joint recording session and instead bring you some individually recorded segments: Dan Web ...…

Episode 124 – Body Scanners & Cougars, Oh My!

2010-11-23 Length: 1m 1s
Guest Kelly Skyles is the National Safety and Security Coordinator for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants which represents about 17,000 American Airlines Flight ...…

Episode 123 – Listener Mailbag

2010-11-17 Length: 7m 59s
This week we forgo the usual aviation news and industry guest to instead focus on listener mail. We received a lot of email, Facebook posts, ...…

Episode 122 – Jon on the Passenger Experience

2010-11-10 Length: 1h 37m 30s
Guest Jon Norris is a board member of the Airline Passenger Experience Association and chairman of the APEX Technology Committee. APEX is a non-profit ...…

Episode 121 – Jason is Wired on Aviation

2010-11-03 Length: 1m 11s
Jason Paur joins as guest. He's a contributing writer for where Jason posts to the Autopia blog. Find Jason on Twitter as ...…

Episode 120 – Molly McMillin

2010-10-27 Length: 43s
Molly McMillin, the Senior Aerospace/Aviation reporter for the Wichita Eagle, joins as guest. Molly blogs at Air Capital Insider and tweets as @mmcmillin. We ...…

Episode 119 – Rafael Loves Planes

2010-10-19 Length: 12m 13s
Guest Rafael Marquez blogs at I Love Planes and tweets as @rafaelmarquez. Rafael and Gavin Werbeloff discuss the weeks aviation news with Max, Rob, David, ...…

Episode 118 – The Return of Runway Girl

2010-10-13 Length: 1h 34m 45s
Mary Kirby, the "Runway Girl" returns as our guest to talk about airlines using social media to generate revenue, the future for inflight connectivity, Aircell's ...…

Episode 117 – Something Fishy Here

2010-10-06 Length: 1h 29m 53s
Guest Steven Frischling, who goes by "Fish," writes the Flying with Fish blog and is the founder of The Travel Strategist which helps businesses use ...…

Episode 116 – Roving Reporters

2010-09-29 Length: 8m 9s
David, Rob, Dan, and Max discuss the week's aviation news. We also have Kimon's report of a zero-G flight experience, David's interviews with the MS760 ...…

Episode 115 – More Manno

2010-09-22 Length: 1h 32m 39s
Airline Captain Chris Manno makes a return visit to tell us how many pilots it takes to fly an airliner. He also gives us his ...…

Episode 114 – Back with Benet

2010-09-15 Length: 1h 33m 44s
Benet Wilson, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation for the Aviation Week Group, joins once again as our guest. We talk about the week's aviation news, the ...…

Episode 113 – Bits and Pieces Again

2010-09-07 Length: 1h 20m 38s
The Geeks are off for the Labor Day holiday, but we've put together an interesting episode nonetheless. Rob Mark talks to us about the origins of ...…

Episode 112 – Airline Security

2010-09-01 Length: 1h 39m 11s
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 ...…

Episode 111 – Airline Revenue Management

2010-08-25 Length: 1h 32m 36s
Guest Jesse Ziglar works for a large airline in revenue management. He was previously with DHL Express, and he interned with Delta Air Lines in ...…

Episode 110 – Social Media in Aviation

2010-08-18 Length: 1h 37m 58s
Guest Ashley Moore is Founder and President of The Aviation PR Group, which helps aviation businesses find their niche audience through marketing, public relations and ...…

Episode 109 – Plane Gabbing with Gavin

2010-08-11 Length: 3m 57s
Guest Gavin Werbeloff is a long time aviation enthusiast who tweets as travel_buddha. He's active on the online aero community, initially through fleetbuzz and then ...…

Episode 108 – AirVenture Oshkosh 2010

2010-08-04 Length: 9m 18s
Guest Stephen Trimble, author of The DEW Line on FlightGlobal joins in as we talk AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 and also military aviation. A sleep-deprived Dan ...…

Episode 107 – Farnborough 2010

2010-07-27 Length: 1h 16m 24s
Max, David, and Rob talk about the recently concluded Farnborough International Airshow 2010, and Dan sends in some information about quarterly airline earnings reports. We ...…

Episode 106 – Walking the Elk

2010-07-21 Length: 10m 56s
Bruce Landsberg, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation (, a nonprofit pilot education and safety organization, joins as this week's guest. ...…

Episode 105 – Flying With Floyd

2010-07-14 Length: 3m 48s
Guest Floyd S. Werner, Jr. is a Baltimore City Police Helicopter Pilot who also flew AH-1 Cobras in Desert Storm and Bosnia, and OH-58D Kiowa ...…

Episode 104 – Bits and Pieces II

2010-07-07 Length: 1h 25m 20s
The guys were off enjoying the 4th of July holiday, but still managed to assemble an episode without actually speaking to each other. Dan and Courtney ...…

Episode 161 – When You Fly

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Our guest this episode is Ansel Brown, the award winning country music recording artist who co-wrote (with wife Lisa) and sang the song When You Fly at the final launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, when it returned to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida…

Voices From The DC-3

0000-00-00 :: Airplane Geeks Length: 1s
Guest Julie Filucci manages the Cessna Pilot Centers program for Cessna, but she’s also written the book, Together We Fly: Voices From The DC-3. Published by Aviation Supplies & Academics, the book tells the story of the Douglas DC-3 through the…

Episode 165 – Sennheiser Knows Noise

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David Dunlap, Director of Sennheiser Aviation is our guest this week. We talk about analog and digital noise reduction technology as it applies in the cockpit. Find Sennheiser Aviation on Facebook, and check out the Sennheiser S1 Digital aviation headset.…

Episode 164 – Henry Harteveldt

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Our guest this episode is industry researcher and analyst Henry Harteveldt. He’s a Co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group where he will head up the airlline and travel practice of this research and advisory firm that will look at ecommerce, distrib…

Episode 163 – Bits and Pieces VII

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The Geeks take the week off in celebration of the Labor Day holiday, so instead of our normal format, we bring you these segments: Rob Mark speaks with Louis Smith from about the hiring outlook for pilots. Louis was our guest back in Episode 10…

Episode 170.5 – Dot Matrix Printing at 10,000 Feet

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This Special Edition of the Airplane Geeks podcast was produced by Airplane Geeks co-host David Vanderhoof. David interviewed the Geico Skytypers at Naval Air Station Oceania’s Airshow Sunday, September 24, 2011: The teams hospitality was fantastic as I…

Episode 170 – GE Aviation Looks to the Future

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Dale Carlson, Executive for Advanced Engine Systems at GE Aviation is our guest. Dale is responsible for all government funded technology initiatives, and also for aligning technology as it matures with future propulsion system offerings for GE Aviation. …

Episode 169.5 – 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit, Part 1

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This Special Edition of the Airplane Geeks podcast is the first of two parts with interviews from the 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit. This three-day event was held 22-24 September 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut. Max recorded brief interviews with exhibitors, sp…

Episode 169 – Martin Rottler

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Martin Rottler returns as our guest. Martin is now an Aviation Lecturer at the Center for Aviation Studies at The Ohio State University. He recently completed an internship with Korean Air in Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), and participated in…

Episode 168 – Lori from Flightglobal

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Guest Lori Ranson is the America’s Air Transport Editor at Flightglobal. She knows commercial aviation and lately has been researching distribution. Follow Lori on Twitter as @RansonNote. The week’s aviation news: NASA Awards the Largest Prize in …

Episode 167 – Kevin Still Creates

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Author, writer, and pilot Kevin Garrison returns to discuss aviation news and offer the benefit of his years of experience and wisdom. Kevin tells us about the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education that seeks to improve student learning in science, t…

Episode 166 – Delta Knows Social Media

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Guest Susan Elliott is a senior member of the Delta Air Lines cross-divisional social media team. She has primary responsibility for leading strategy and implementation efforts surrounding issue management within emerging media. Susan also acts as company…

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