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The weekly audio podcast that explores and expands your passion for aviation.
 
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More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults. But where the public’s view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Haleema Shah sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
 
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We learn about identity management, seamless travel at the airport, and the work of the SITA Lab. In the news: rogue drones at airports, impacts on aviation of the government shutdown, Generation 2 of the Cirrus Vision Jet, and USAF acceptance of the first KC-46 aerial tanker. Guest Sherry Stein leads the identity management program at SITA Lab ...…
 
Guest George Kalbfleisch is the Deputy Director of DC-8 Flight Operations for the Samaritan’s Purse emergency relief organization. In the news, we discuss the Twin Mustang Prototype unexpected flight, the Chinese soft landing on the back side of the moon, commercial flights that get diverted due to rocket launches, the worsening controller shor ...…
 
This is a Bits & Pieces episode with recorded segments from the hosts, contributors, and listeners. The segments that make up this episode [with start times]: Sean Mobley from The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington hosts the Museum’s “Flight Deck Podcast” and he has two clips from that show. [2:16] Airplane Geeks Reporter-at-Large Launchpa ...…
 
You know Amelia Earhart, but did you know she was just one of a daring group of women aviators who defied both expectations and gravity in the 1920s? They called themselves the Ninety-Nines, and they’re still flying today as an organization dedicated to the advancement of women pilots. This time on Sidedoor, we time-travel to the Roaring ‘20s t ...…
 
Guest Isaac Alexander gives us a taste of aviation action in the Pacific Northwest. In the news: updates on the Boeing/Embraer deal, more WOW Air woes, Virgin Galactic test flight, MRJ engine final assembly in Japan, the Northrop Grumman Firebird MALE, an airline turnback to deliver a heart, and a pet fish. Plus David’s holiday story, Voyager s ...…
 
Lockheed Martin and Airbus take another run at aerial tankers for the US Air Force, air marshals behaving badly, a Brazilian court blocks the Boeing-Embraer deal, airport biometric identity checks, a pilot and a pickup app, AOPA’s STEM program, an Antonov An-124 stationed at Houston, the Boeing 777X BBJ, and Voyager 2 in interstellar space. Als ...…
 
Meet Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneering and eccentric photographer from the 1800s whose work changed how people understood movement, and paved the way for the invention of motion pictures. But this inventor, artist, and showman also made a name for himself for something much less savory: murder. This time on Sidedoor, come for the ingenuity and s ...…
 
Airlines use the cloud to provide responsive customer service. Also, Indigo Partners invests in Wow Air, micro-hotel rooms at the airport, Qantas retires some B747 aircraft, passengers chip in for aircraft repairs, Airbus A320 engine cowling door problems, and Piaggio Aerospace declares itself insolvent. Also, we have a history segment on the G ...…
 
The upcoming Normandy Jump commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, new standards for obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot certificate or an airplane type rating, a solid-state propulsion system from MIT, and a carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation. Guest CJ Machado is a writer, a photojournalist with Homeland Ma ...…
 
Artist Frank Holliday's social circle in the 1980s was a who's who of New York City cool: Andy Warhol, Cyndi Lauper, RuPaul, Keith Haring, and even Madonna. But Frank's odyssey through the art world also placed him at the center of an epidemic that would shake the entire country. In honor of World AIDS Day, Sidedoor takes a look at America's ea ...…
 
We look at the Boeing Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS for the 737 MAX, the Lockheed Martin X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, an Aurora Flight Sciences high-altitude pseudo-satellite, Japan Airlines pilots and drinking, and the TSA’s Automated Security Lanes. Also, Launchpad Marzari reports on the Red Bull Air Ra ...…
 
Bombardier sells off major portions of its commercial aviation business, FAA issues an Emergency Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 737, an American Airlines executive flys United, an update on United’s Polaris business class, Japanese pilots and alcohol consumption, and some visitors allowed to the gate at Sea-Tac. Also, a talk with a Challeng ...…
 
In 1621, a group of Pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a meal that many Americans call "The First Thanksgiving." But get this—it wasn't the first, and the meal itself wasn't so special either. The event was actually all but forgotten for hundreds of years…until it was dusted off to bolster the significance of a national holiday. Th ...…
 
Delta Airlines celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Delta/Northwest merger, opening their new engine repair shop, and their first A220-100. An American Airlines a baggage handler gets an unexpected free ride, then another one home. We look at the latest on the fatal Lion Air crash, Boeing 737 MAX data servers, and two Iceland airlines that pl ...…
 
A new airline from the founder of Jetblue, a change to training regulations for experimental LSA, Tyndall AFB devastated by hurricane, Bombardier sues Mitsubishi, helicopter passenger saves the day, Lion Air fatal accident, air show and fly-in interviews.
 
Inside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural history is the skeleton of Grover Krantz—an accomplished anthropologist, tenured professor…and diehard Bigfoot believer? As the first serious scientist to study the legendary creature, Krantz risked his career and reputation on a subject that many consider a joke. And while the museum remember ...…
 
What if you found out that your grandmother’s house was going on display at a museum? The. Whole. House. That’s what happened to the Meggett sisters, who grew up visiting, eating, and playing at their grandma’s tiny cabin in South Carolina, unaware that it was originally built to house enslaved people. This time on Sidedoor, we explore the hous ...…
 
The CEO of magniX talks about electric airplane propulsion. Also, FAA reauthorization, an initial NTSB report, why bad airline service is profitable, possible increase in the LSA weight limit, Air Force contracts for helicopters and the T-38 replacements.
 
The author of Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History looks at the true story of pioneering women aviators. Also, Air Canada’s near disaster, FAA approves ultralight VTOL, FAA reauthorization, F-35B crash, American Airlines podcast, Dorkfest 2018, Collings Foundation.…
 
From 6,000-year-old cave paintings to silver screen stars in movies like Free Willy, whales have long captured the human imagination. And it makes sense—they're among the largest and most intelligent creatures to ever live on our planet. This time on Sidedoor, we’ll explore our surprising relationship with whales through the lens of one species ...…
 
Our dear host Tony Cohn is leaving *Sidedoor *to travel the world, so we want to take a minute to introduce you to the new voice of the show, Haleema Shah.
 
Dr. Patti Clark, Program Chair at ERAU on Aviation is Your Future course for youngsters aged 8-12. Also sustainability in the aviation industry, FAA reauthorization, A-10, misspelled airline name, falsifying FAA records, XP-82 Twin Mustang, Dorkfest.
 
Our Appareo Systems guest talks about ADS-B systems. United Airlines goal to cut greenhouse emissions by 50%, Airbus investing in synthetic spider silk, fatal Cessna 335 crash, bad behavior by emotional support animals, passing the Cirrus SF50 checkride.
 
In Washington, D.C., the neighborhood of Anacostia was once dismissed as the wrong side of the river. Now, it is turning into a housing hotspot as the city sees an influx of newer, wealthier residents. It’s called gentrification, and the process has become a flashpoint from Houston to Harlem and beyond. We’ll explore this longtime fight for hou ...…
 
A deep look at UPS Airlines, Perlan 2 altitude record flight, GA accident rates, F-35C incident, pizza for American Airlines passengers, the 97th birthday of a WASP, the Immortal Red Baron air show act, a new Old Guys and Their Airplanes video, the 2018 Audi Stuart Air Show.
 
This is a Bits & Pieces episode with recorded segments from the hosts, contributors, and listeners.
 
The world’s deadliest animal isn’t the tiger, the snake, or even the alligator—it’s the mosquito. These tiny insects spread diseases that kill over 700,000 people each year. But what can we do to stop them? In search of solutions, host Tony Cohn travels around Panama with some well-equipped Smithsonian experts on the trail of this bloodthirsty, ...…
 
Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase podcast host and author Betty Thesky tells us about the life and experiences of a flight attendant. Airline seating, airline fees, flight attendant pay. Also, an indigenous fighter from Iran, the UK Light Aircraft Assoc.
 
Social and technology changes at airports, facial recognition, carry-on screening, passenger vehicle traffic. AAviation Day, the de-icing pad, airport outreach, stairs trucks. Southwest issues a policy for trained service animals.
 
It begins a bit like a *Scooby Doo *episode: archaeologists digging at a place called “Witch Hill” discover mysterious human remains in an ancient trash heap. Who was this person? How’d they get there? Astonishingly, it would take 40 years to find out, and the story is way more surprising — and groundbreaking — than anyone could’ve ever imagine ...…
 
Aviation program at University of Maine Augusta, stolen and crashed Horizon Air turboprop, proposed British jet fighter, elevated carbon monoxide levels, percentage of women pilots, lawsuit over lavatory access, fatal Ju 52 crash, pancake breakfast and fly-in.
 
Aviation journalist Jon Ostrower is now editor-in-chief of The Air Current and shares his views on Farnborough, electric aircraft, the Embraer/Boeing and Bombardier/Airbus linkups, and a Boeing middle market jet. Also, single pilot cargo planes, Trent 1000 problems, a GA exhibit coming to the National Air & Space Museum.…
 
The Hope Diamond is one of the most iconic items in the Smithsonian's collections, but this glittering gem is rumored to have a dark side. French monarchs, an heiress, and at least one unlucky postman have met misfortune after possessing it—though does that really constitute a curse? This time on Sidedoor, we track the lore of this notorious ge ...…
 
Tony sneaks away from the mosquitoes and frogs of Panama to make a special announcement: Sidedoor season three launches on Wednesday, August 8! Get ready for even more amazing stories from every corner of the Smithsonian. Pro tip: subscribe today to receive new episodes before anyone else, including our upcoming season premiere, "The Curse of t ...…
 
Our guest documents aircraft crash sites and helps next of kin find closure. Also, Boeing’s Aviall unit helping Antonov, GA fees charged by FBO’s, Delta’s new dining experience, an update on fan blade inspections following the fatal uncontained engine failure on Southwest.
 
The 2018 Farnborough Airshow, Ryanair strikes, the top ten airlines, United flight attendants sell the airline’s credit card, Airbus A321LR and XLR, an interview with the director of the Portland International Jetport.
 
Aerial firefighting aircraft, pilots, and missions. Early Farnborough orders, the CSeries is now the Airbus A220, a Rolls Royce Hybrid VTOL, an engine OEM says, “not so fast.” Info on AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 gatherings of aviation podcasters and listeners.
 
Aircraft dispatcher training and knowledge, FAA won’t regulate airline seat space, Delta 777-200ER refresh, Boeing and Embraer, JetBlue helps pet, PIMA Air & Space Museum, going supersonic, airmail navigation arrows, Equator Aircraft P2 Xcursion first test flight.
 
100th anniversary of airmail, new Goodyear airship, Aquila canceled, Boeing 797, a hypersonic airliner concept, a stealth tanker, TSA looks at your snacks, Heathrow expansion, a quieter airplane, reduced pilot training at USAF, finding airway beacons, Air Evac Lifeteam at COTA, student pilot Nicki’s new flight instructor.…
 
How much do you know about the history of American home brewing? In this episode of Sidedoor you'll meet the Smithsonian's first brewing historian, Theresa McCulla, and learn about the role of women, enslaved people, and immigrants in the country's complex—and often surprising—relationship with beer. You'll also meet a new wave of brewers who a ...…
 
New Distribution Capability (NDC) in the airline industry, travel booking trends, airport experience, airline computer systems, career pathway program with UA, ATC privatization, Rolls-Royce compressor problems.
 
Sidedoor host Tony Cohn gets the opportunity of a lifetime: fly to Armenia and crawl into a deep, dark cave in search of long-lost wine. But we’re not talking just any ol’ cabernet or sauvignon blanc: these 6,000-year-old wine remnants are evidence of the world's oldest winery. In this episode we ask, what can this ancient winery tell us about ...…
 
Interviews from the 2018 Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display held by the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
 
Talk with an SR-71 instructor pilot, airline pilot, author. Also, Airbus Helicopters H160, F-35 report from GAO, B-1B fleet grounding, must-see TV programs about airplanes, Texas Aircraft Expo.
 
Erika Armstrong is an experienced pilot, author, speaker, an instructional design director for aircrew training, and a university aviation professor. In the news, JetSuite is launch customer for Zunum hybrid-electric planes, onboard pet monitoring technology, airline flight 1’s, a Geico Skytyper is lost, Southwest Airline’s financial outlook, a ...…
 
Big Bird in space. Saving a multi-million-dollar painting. Smokey the *real* Bear. These are some of the stories we've been itching toshare, but didn’t have room for… until now. To close out Season 2, we’re serving up a few of our favorite Smithsonian “shorties,”plus we’ll check in with our most talked about characters from this past year. We’l ...…
 
A Bits & Pieces episode with recorded segments from the hosts, contributors, and listeners: New England Air Museum, VMA-311, Alan Bean, C-17 Globemaster, Tora Tora Tora, Pitts cross country, and more.
 
The chief test pilot for Honeywell Aerospace is our guest. In the news, we look at 737-700 freighters, folding wingtips for the 777X, and an online general aviation community from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
 
Extinct species don’t usually get a do-over…but don’t tell that to the scimitar-horned oryx. Erased from the wild for three decades, these desert antelope are back in the Central African country of Chad with a thriving herd of over a hundred individuals. But how did this happen? We visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology I ...…
 
Flying a fleet of C-47 aircraft over Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Apple sued over plane crash, airline maintenance practices, the disappearance of MH 370, passenger reaction to service takeaways, student pilot Nicki, the A-10 Demo Team.
 
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