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Episode 343

EAL Radio Show
November 27, 2017
Eastern’s “Love Of The

Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star”

The history of Lockheed L-1011 didn’t begin until 1966. Originally back in 1927 Lockheed had a relationship with civil airliners but when they developed the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar in 1966 it was considered the world's most technologically-advanced airliner at that time of introduction. The L-1011 TriStar became their first commercial jetliner; and the second wide body jetliner to be launched.

March 29, 1968 Eastern signed a Letter of Intent for an order that included 25 firm and 25 options worth US$860 million with Lockheed. The first L-1011 delivery was N306EA (msn1000) to Eastern on April 5th, 1972. Although service was not scheduled to begin until April 30, it entered service on April 26, 1972 when Eastern’s first new Lockheed L-1011 flew the New York-Miami flight route with 123 passengers, and Eastern started with the “Love Affair with Lockheed Aircraft”. By October, they had six 226-seat L-1011’s in service. Eastern Airlines favored a Trijet configuration, as much of their longest routes were overwater, and was still an era before Extended Twin-engined Operations.

Join us Monday evening to hear more of “Eastern’s Love of the Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star”. Call us at 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. ET as we depart the gate. Listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you there at: www.EALRadioShow.com or www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie.

Episode 344

December 4, 2017
Remembering December 7, 1941
“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

Another great program is planned for the EAL Radio Show, Episode 344 Monday evening, December 4, 2017 in honor of our upcoming US Holiday, Remembering December 7, 1941…President Roosevelt's Address “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”.

The United States of America was at peace with Japan and still in conversation with the government of the Empire of Japan and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Suddenly, one hour later the Empire of Japan has issued the Japanese air squadrons to commence bombing in the American island of Oahu, Hawaii and attacked and severely damaged the American naval and Military Forces on December 7, 1941. This was a day to remember, and that we do by celebrating the victory of that terrible war. December 7, 2017 will be the 76th Anniversary of that attack.


Please join us to hear more on this topic by calling in to our live broadcast with your thoughts or comments at 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. EDT as we depart the gate. Listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you there at:

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EAL Radio Show

Monday, December 11, 2017

Episode 345

“Eastern and Air Force One”


Our program scheduled for the EAL Radio Show Episode 345 on Monday evening, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. EDT is “Eastern and Air Force One”.

Air Force One isn't a specific plane, it's the air traffic control designation given to any Air Force aircraft with the President of the United States on board. The designation was first used when an Eastern Airlines commercial flight 8610 entered the same airspace as a plane, Air Force 8610, was carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower and both planes had the same call sign. The Air Force since then, established the unique air traffic control designation "Air Force One" for any aircraft carrying the President of the United States

There is a history though of a couple of U.S. Presidents that flew on Eastern planes…how many U. S. Presidents flew on an Eastern aircraft? Tune in to Episode 345 on December 11, 2017 to hear that answer. Maybe one of our Eastern members was aboard when a U.S. President flew with Eastern. We would love to have you call in to our live broadcast at 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. EDT and join our conversation. Listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you there at: www.EALRadioShow.com or www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie.

EAL Radio Show Broadcast

 “Those Crazy Airport Identifiers”

Episode 346,

December 18, 2017


The EAL Radio Show has another interesting topic “Those Crazy Airport Identifiers" scheduled for Episode 346, December 18, 2017  at 7:00 P.M. ET.


This topic will give you some meaning as to why they use, what is called “Airport Location Identifiers,” commonly known as airport codes. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) assigns codes to airports throughout the world with airline designations and transport document accounting codes, these three-character codes are required to identify airlines, destinations, and traffic documents.  They are also used by myriad computer systems to process passenger and cargo traffic information smoothly and efficiently from beginning to end of each flight. Tune in to hear more on this interesting topic.


We look forward to your joining us on this evening to share your thoughts. Please call in at 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. ET as we depart the gate, or listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you to: www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie.

Breaking News!

Workhorse SureFly Octocopter (Personal helicopter)

(At the Paris Air Show 2017) By AVweb 

Ohio-based Workhorse Group, which builds hybrid electric trucks for UPS, FedEx and others, thinks it's time to rethink the design characteristics of the traditional helicopter. The first stab at it is the SureFly VTOL aircraft. It attracted huge attention at the Innovations Center at AirVenture Oshkosh this past summer. Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano took a close look and prepared this product video. $200,000 and 2 years out from production.  ($1000. Deposit down.) Taking orders on their website:

  • Manual Flight mode, grab the joy stick.
  • Autonomous mode with a GPS talks to Satellites
  • Will fly by the end of the year
  • Foldable arms so you can garage
  • 2 liter, 4 cylinde4r gas engine.

    See more of the article in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

Bird Slams Into Miami-Bound Flight.

(Bird Was  Only Casualty)

By Howard Cohen,  Miami Herald 

An American Airlines Airbus A319 bound for Miami from Mexico City was slammed in the nose by a bird.As Flight 1498 approached Miami International Airport at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, the large bird hit the front end of the plane and became embedded in the nose, WPLG Local 10 reported. Birds crash into planes often — the FAA reported more than 160,000 bird strikes in a 25-year period between 1990 and 2015. Sometimes the results are deadly — and not just for the feathered victims. See more of the article in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Hacked Airliner Systems

             By Russ Niles November 13, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly told a cyber security conference it was able to hack the internal systems of a Boeing 757 sitting on the ramp at Atlantic City Airport with no help from anyone on board or anywhere near the aircraft. “We got the airplane on Sept. 19, 2016. Two days later, I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative penetration,” DHS cyber security expert Robert Hickey is quoted as saying by Avionics Today.  “[Which] means I didn’t have anybody touching the airplane, I didn’t have an insider threat. I stood off using typical stuff that could get through security and we were able to establish a presence on the systems of the aircraft.” Hickey was speaking at the CyberSat Summit in Virginia Nov. 8.

       Transport Canada Reinforces Pot Ban

                                               By Russ Niles

Transport Canada is reminding pilots that while the rest of the country may be changing its attitude toward marijuana, it hasn’t relaxed its stance. On July 1, 2018, possession of small amounts of pot and its recreational use will be legal in Canada. Provinces are developing intoxication detection and enforcement standards for drivers caught impaired behind the wheel. TC officials told delegates to the Air Transport Association of Canada meeting last week that any amount of TCH, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, found in a pilot’s bloodstream will result in immediate suspension of flight privileges and that will last until the TCH is flushed from his or her system. See more in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

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