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328 – Flying the P-3 Orion (and some other aircraft)



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Marija Jovanovich is a pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force where she has been flying the P-3 Orion. We discuss the aircraft, the missions, and some anecdotes. Marija then also attended the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School, and we talk a bit about the experience of flying a wide range of different aircraft.

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327 – Das Radioteleskop Effelsberg



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Im August war ich in der Eifel und habe dort das 100m-Radioteleskop in Effelsberg besucht. Mit meinem Gast(geber) Norbert Junkes spreche ich über Konstruktion, Funktionsweise und Einbindung in VLBI-Interferometer.

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326 – Weather Forecasting at the ECMWF



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Earlier this year I visited the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, a European organization that produces global weather forecasts and performs research on how to improve those. The episode has three parts. First, Hilda Carr gives us an overview of the organization, its purpose and its history. Then I talk with Peter Bauer about weather and climate modeling and about encoding these models efficiently in software programs that run on supercomputers. Part three is a conversation with Tony McNally about where the ECMWF gets its data and how it is continuously fed into the “running” model.

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325 – Der Wald im Nationalpark Hainich



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Im Juni 2019 war ich im Nationalpark Hainich in Thüringen und habe dort mit dessen Leiter, Manfred Großmann, gesprochen. Es geht um die ursprüngliche Bewaldung Deutschlands und Europas und um die langsame Verwandlung des Hainichs zurück in einen Urwald. Bei einem Spaziergang durch den Wald sprechen wir über einzelne Pflanzen und Tiere und das Ökosystem.

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324 – Air Traffic Control at Heathrow and RIAT



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In July I visited the NATS tower at Heathrow Airport to interview my guest Adam Spink. We chatted about some of the mechanics of air traffic control at Heathrow and the unique ways of optimizing throughput. A few days later we met again on the tower of Fairford during RIAT 2019 and chatted about the specifics of ATC’ing during an airshow.

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