A pair of DLDs worth playing

I don’t always remember to share the latest Dots, Lines & Destinations episodes here but when I do I like to think there’s a good reason for it. And it is not that I like to play favorites but I think the past couple episodes are really strong and worth a listen.

Episode 107 is from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg where we get a bottle of wine and four experts – myself, Jason Rabinowitz, Mary Kirby and John Walton – together to talk about what the future holds. I’m not nearly as depressed about that as I have been in the past. There might even be a smidgen of optimism peeking through.

Episode 106 is less about the future and more about fun. Like why the hell some guy posed for a photo in the midst of a plane hijacking and how Hungary might be the next battleground in 5th freedom flights.

If you’re not already listening to DLD regularly you should strongly consider doing so, either in iTunes or in whatever other tool you use to play podcasts. It is a tremendously entertaining 45-60 minutes of fun every other week. Give it a go.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

One Comment

  1. Loved the newest episode, but then again I love most of them. You guys could talk about this stuff for hours and I would gladly listen to it all.

    A note about the battery though. A 100Wh lithium-ion battery is about the size of two decks of cards and weights about 2 lbs. So it’s not like it’s a huge battery, but I get that any fire is a problem when flying. If they wanted, they could swap it out for an old Ni-CAD or NIMH design and it would only add about 1-2lbs and then they wouldn’t have all the oversight. So it may be one of those things where they initially use lithium and if somebody has a problem with it they can quickly switch it out for something else.

    But there is another option. About 98% of Lithium batteries are Lithium Ion Cobalt batteries and when heated or punctured they explode or catch fire. But you can also get Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. they cost a little more than Lithium Cobalt because not as many are made and they have a slightly lower energy density, but they will not explode or catch fire unless they get up to 6000 degrees Celcius and at that point the plane has other problems. So keep in mind that when manufactures talk Lithium, they might be talking about the safer kind.

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