Introducing The Air Show Podcast Where I Join Forces With Brian Sumers and Jon Ostrower

Podcast, The Air Show

After last year’s Cranky Dorkfest, I headed over to The Proud Bird to relax and watch more airplanes, because… well what is more fun that that? I had previously had discussions with Brian Sumers, but Jon Ostrower was there in person and pulled me aside. We had a little chat about an idea that I’m proud to announce has now become a reality.

Today, we dropped the first episode of The Air Show podcast. Listen on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you get your podcasts. (At least, you will be able to hear it anywhere. It’s so fresh that it may not have fully propagated just yet.)

The Air Show is a weekly collaboration between the three of us — along with our producer Sara Fay — to discuss the business of the sky. Consider today’s episode to be an introduction in the first half with a taste of what’s to come in the second. Going forward, you can expect at least two of us — it will vary depending upon the topic at hand — to spend about a half hour each week going in-depth on one or two topics. This isn’t a news summary or a wrap-up. It’s a hard and detailed look at this industry we know and love.

The idea behind us coming together was to lean on our strengths. You all know Jon Ostrower for his remarkable work on aircraft and safety topics at The Air Current. Brian Sumers takes a higher level view on strategy and pays close attention to the global industry on The Airline Observer. I bring my knowledge and experience in the commercial world including revenue/network/marketing and sales/distribution. We do overlap, and that’s part of the appeal. We each bring a unique opinion to the mix.

Unlike the Cranky Talk podcast which Dave and I do for a broader audience, this is an industry podcast built for those that work in and around the aircraft/airline industry. That means people who work at airlines and manufacturers but also airports, vendors, and others with a vested interest.

The Air Show wouldn’t be possible without the support of our two launch sponsors: Intelsat and Plusgrade. Thank you to them both.

We have created a website for The Air Show at There you’ll find a way to get in touch with us. We want to hear from you with feedback, topic ideas, questions, and most importantly, opinions on which one of the three of us is the most handsome.

We have been looking forward to getting this started for many months now, so I hope you enjoy it.

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20 comments on “Introducing The Air Show Podcast Where I Join Forces With Brian Sumers and Jon Ostrower

  1. Will one of you begin dating a global celebrity icon? I hear that’s how you generate the podcast listens these days

  2. I’ll preface this by saying that I state this with 100% love, and not in a mean way at all, but… Does this mean that we will no longer have the privilege of listening to the conversations and (sometimes hilariously forced) scripted dialogue between Brett & curmudgeonly Dave on occasional Cranky Talk episodes, or will those still be published now and then as well?

    Serious minds want to know. And also want to know if Dave still has the Spirit Airlines Spirit, or if he’s ghosted them.

    1. Kilroy – Nope, this doesn’t impact Cranky Talk which remains more consumer focused. We’ll still put those up when we feel like it.

  3. CF – I really enjoy reading what write… but I have only a few minutes per day to read your blog. Is there maybe a way to see a transcript instead ? I just don’t have time to listen to long podcasts

    1. David – Nope, no transcripts. But it’s only a 30 minute show. Listen to it on 1.5 speed and it’ll be done in no time.

  4. Plusgrade has some of the worst customer service in the industry. Disappointed to see their brand poisoning your brand.

  5. I just listened to your premier episode and I really liked it. I appreciate the different perspectives especially when I think it was Jon Ostrower was talking about how the decisions Airbus and Boeing made during the pandemic and prior have set themselves for their current situation. I think in the days of the MAX issues, it’s a topic that will get a lot of mileage.

    Consider me a subscriber on Apple Podcasts and I’m just a person who likes to fly and take pictures of my destinations, but not usually of the airplanes.

    PS – I would kill to be able to grow a beard like Jon.

  6. CF – I don’t know why such a brilliant idea didn’t happen before. Just one request. Don’t involve politics. I read your posts about United pilots and it left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. You are way too good to need to polarize more. Good luck on the thr project.

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