HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2015
We all should be happy this coming year as we will see a familiar name in the air once again. The new Eastern Air Lines. Notice it is in 3 (three) words: Eastern Air Lines. The beautiful Boeing 737-800 delivered to the company headquartered at the Miami International Airport brought many a tear as she gracefully taxied through the arch spray of water by the fire trucks, December 19th, 2014. Let's wish them well.
December 2014 - NEWSLETTER
What a year we had in 2014 !!
And it's not over yet. Happy New Year to our members now numbering over 800! We hope you enjoyed the 52 broadcasts we brought to you in 2014. We are now going into our 5th year, Some told us early in our history we would not last through the year. With your support and encouragement we now enter 2015 - our 5th year. Will we make it another year? Only with your support can we do another 52 broadcasts. Please tell your friends about the radio show.
Did we accomplish what we set out to do? You bet we did! And more. We now have the opportunity to be the booster "ambassadors" for the new Eastern with our EAL Radio Show sponsored "First Flight." This has taken off to a level we never thought would be reached. A "sold out" aircraft with the prospects of another 150 Eastern family and friends on standby to go in the second aircraft. We possibly could have as many as 300 Eastern family in SJU to celebrate the new airline.
Let's all wish a very a very Happy New Year for the new carrier Eastern Air Lines. Your Hosts of the Radio Show:
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE !!!!!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !! May you have a blessed day with your family and loved ones.
"FIRST FLIGHT" is gaining in popularity as word gets out about our proposed flight from MIA to SJU on the New Eastern Air Lines' first charter flight. We now have one aircraft booked and working on our second. For more details see the "First Flight" tab on this website's menu bar.
New Eastern Air Lines "First Flight"Are you on the list?
Be on the Inaugural Flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Send you name and email to [email protected] and be on this historic flight with your fellow EAL colleagues and friends.
Our Goal of 150 passengers for the new Eastern "First Flight" has been nearly reached. If you're not on the list you might want to send email [email protected] asap.
2014 REPA CONVENTION held in Savannah, GA September 2 - 4th. New officers elected to the Association were: Captain J.B. "Bud" Robinson - President; Captain John Steinmetz - Vice President; Captain Jerry Frost - Treasure; Captain Richard "Dick" Burnette - Secretary; Captain Jim Holder - Director at Large
Flight For Control is a book about the airline industry written by Capt. Karen Petitt. Go to "Good Reads" on this website for details on how to order. Karen was our radio show guest a few weeks back.
The Skies of Eastern (The Planes We Flew) was shown during the 2014 REPA Convention. It was produced by Captain Jerry Frost and can be seen by clicking or pasting this URL address. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZf08LE9sDo&list=UUw2aM-SchxkgSOjotV6sCDg You will be entertained.
Airline Movies will be our topic for the August 4th radio broadcast. See if any of the ones listed is on your favorite list. President Ed Wegel, President of Eastern Airlines, our guest for the August 18th radio show. If you cannot tune in to the live broadcast, be sure to pick it up in the Archive of shows.
Happy July 4th, America !! It's your 238th Birthday.
From the Eastern Air Transport, News Wing, 1934 (80 years ago)..... "What is the fastest transcontinental commercial flight?"
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker flew a Douglas ship carrrying express mail, and passengers from Los Angeles to Newark in thirteen hours and five minutes.
FBI Agent Interviewed in the 173rd Episode. You'll enjoy his real life experiences as the lead investigator of the Lockerbie, Scotland Pan Am Flight 103 disaster. Go to the Home Page and click on Episode 173 on the radio icon.
EARA Newsletter is now published every two months. We hope you will come here for the in-between issues. We'll try to have interesting info and facts around and about the Eastern System.
Radio Shows still remain popular with our listeners, who come from around the world to listen in. During the summer months we have cut our on-air broadcast time to 30 minutes. The subjects covered primarily are those about Eastern and its family.
EAL Organizations and Chapters will be covered more frequently since the EARA Newsletters are coming to you every two months. REPA and Silverliners are published every month by these organizations.
Do you have information about your Group? We can cover it here on this website and on our weekly broadcasts. Contact Us for more info regarding submitting your material.
85 years ago - this month - C.M. Keys bought the entire capital stock of Pitcairn Aviation, Inc
Flight Engineers - the subject of Episode 168. Great show about Eastern Flight Engineers (Second Officers) and discussion that followed. Go to the Home Page a click Episode 168.
Peoples Express.... Back in the air again??? Those peanut beige aircraft are taking to the air again. Learn more by Googling "Peoples Express." In the air before Eastern????
Chapter and Organizational News.....Now that EARA publications will only be delivered every other month, we hope to fill-in information about the various EAL clubs and chapters. Please email your news and we will post it on the Radio Show's website.
March 2014 - NEWSLETTER
Lots happening this month. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, March 9th. Let's see - spring forward with the hands of the clock. Your webmaster will be one year older. Spring begins March 20th. 85 years ago this month Eastern added 5 more cities to its airmail route: Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa/St Petersburg, and Macon.
Membership of the EAL Radio Show's website now stands at 767. Invite your friends to join us.
January 2014 - NEWSLETTER
Read the new posting of the Year-by-Year History of Eastern Airlines as recorded by the late Art Furchgott - Eastern Historian. Go to "EAL History" page and click on Eastern History.
Listen to Episode 149 for a great radio broadcast of Weather and it's affect of airline operations.
Will this be the year for the "rebirth" of the Great Eastern Airlines? We hope to be getting an up date from Eastern President, Ed Wegel early this year for an update.
We need your support to keep our show and website online during the coming year. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
See the "NEWS" Page for pic of the new Eastern aircraft and information just released about the airline filing with the DOT and FAA
Let's all think EASTERN in the air again in 2014!
Let's all listen to the EAL Radio Show in 2014!
Let's all tell someone about the "Radio Voice of Eastern Airlines" in 2014
December 2013 - Newsletter
November 2013 - Newsletter
Episode 139. Patrick Smith wrote the book "Cockpit Confidential" He is a well know speaker and web personality. Patrick is also an airline Captain. He is known to answer all questions about flying, commercial airline operations, crew member relations and much more. Our hosts will be asking Patrick questions about writing books of this type and we invite you to join us for your questions and thoughts. Monday, November 4th we depart the Gate at 7:00 pm EST. Plan to be on board.
Tonight's Episode 140 honors our Veterans. Join us for this special show of patriotic memories and music. If you would like to join in with our hosts you are welcome sui generis. We leave the Gate at 7:00 pm EST, Monday, November 11th - Veterans Day.
SPANISH SPEAKING HOSTS WANTED. We would like to talk with you if you would like to work with our new radio broadcast. Enjoy radio broadcasting from home about your favorite airline - Eastern. Please contact us on the CONTACT US page.
October 2013 - Newsletter
Folks, if you missed Monday, October 14th's show you missed a great delivery by Ed Wegel, President of Eastern Airlines on where the company is as of this date and other exciting news about Eastern. Here is one listener's summary of his comments:
"News Report: I just finished listening to Ed Wegel - President of the (new) Eastern Airlines on EAL Talk Show here on the internet. Ed pointed out that the funding requirement for start up of our new airline has been "over" accomplished. He pointed out that the decision was made to start the new EAL with A320 Airbus's.
he personnel is in place to start getting the gov't to approve the initial items which are needed ( that is when our gov't gets back to work ). He expects the airline to be up and flying before this time 2014. The certification process will take a while and a great deal of work in the future to bring forth the airline to the point it is "approved" for passenger transport. Ed pointed out that all updates concerning the start up will be posted on "Twitter.com"
To follow, add to your "follow" list.......flyeastern. It was mentioned that the new Eastern Airlines is going to start up in the old operations bldg 5-A @ MIA. The subject of the COMAX aircraft was addressed and Ed Wegel mentioned that the door is NOT shut on that aircraft. He further pointed out that the engines on that aircraft burn 15% less fuel (@$3.50 per gal presently) than what the Airbus requires. Considerable savings for sure.........Lets all keep our Beloved Airline close to our hearts and wish the new management a God Speed!"
September 2013 - Newsletter
FRAN DOWLING, of the Lake City, FL EARA Chapter sent the following URL website address that you will find interesting if you are interested in aviation history through the years up to 1982. Copy or paste the following URL address in your address bar: http://www.rwf2000.com/ATC/
August radio shows have been excellent broadcasts by the hosts and the material covered - mainly Eastern Airlines. Check them out by going to the home page on this site or www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie and listen to Episodes 126 -129.
August 2013 - Newsletter
Would you like to be a Radio Show Host?
We have a few spots for a female host/cast member on the weekly radio show. Male host/cast members also considered. Pay is not to good, but the fun makes up for it. Hours are great - only 1-hour per week (and that's flexible to meet your schedule). The reward ?? You get to talk about Eastern and speak to Eastern people. Contact us on the "Contact Us" page and we'll give you more info.
Two new members join us this month:
Jim Fitzgibbon (ATL) Flt Ops
|Guess Who and Where......|
July 2013 - Newsletter
40 years ago this month the Eastern Family lost its beloved leader - Captain Edward V Rickenbacker
This past Tuesday, July 23rd, 1973 – 40 years ago, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker passed away while on a visit to Zurich, Switzerland.
ta Airport is presented with beacon.................July, 1933 - 85 years ago
The First National Bank of Atlanta, Georgia recently presented the city with an airway beacon and tower for the Municipal Airport Candler Field. The beacon is of high intensity and at one time was located on an office building roof in the city. Robert F Maddox, chairman of the executive committee of the bank made the presentation and Mayor James L Key accepted it for the city. The number of aviation municipal and military officials attending the exercises including Charles H Dolan, Vice President in charge of operations for Eastern Air Transport whose headquarters are at Candler field.
June 2013 - Newsletter
"June is busting out all over......."
Summer has certainly arrived as evidenced by the severe weather in the central United States. Our prayers are with those that lost so much by these horrific tornadoes and storms.
Hurricane season has arrived for those mainly on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast areas. Better prepared than not prepared at all. Consider early preparations for the safe guard of your family and possessions.
Plan to join one of the many great organizations representing the employee groups at Eastern. EARA, REPA, Silverliners are three who would certainly welcome your membership.
Plan to listen to the news and events of Eastern Airlines over the "radio voice of Eastern Airlines. Plan to take part during the live broadcast.
Do you have an event that you want to get out to your fellow Eastern friends? Send the info to us via the Contact Page and we will be sure to include it during our live radio broadcasts.
May 2013 - Newsletter
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Atlanta Eastern Pilots Annual Picnic & Fly-in
Well, our Picnic/Fly-in turned out to be just a Picnic, as the rain and clouds kept all our little airplanes in their hangars. Still though we had close to 50 EAL Types and family/friends show up. Coming the furtherest by far were Jim Kenney and John Harris, who drove over, in a downpour, from Alabama!
John Harris and Jim Kenney
Once again we were had the privilege of having our annual event in Mac and Carol McGaughey's hangar at Eagles Landing Airport, located in Williamson, Georgia.
It all got started about 11:00 AM when everyone started arriving. As might be expected a lot of old friendships were renewed and some new ones made.
Shortly after noon Virgil Tedder asked Lew Rabbitt to give thanks and then we lined up for another great BBQ Dinner, again arranged for by Dick Garner...
After all had dined (with lots of "seconds") Virgil recognized Carol and presented her several items of appreciation, these being one of Jim Whitlock's framed prints (Eastern Convair 440) and a metal Eastern Air Lines plaque. As Carol has an extensive aviation museum in her home she promised these two items will be well displayed. She invited any wishing to do so to visit her home next door after the Picnic was over (many did!).
Virge and Carol
As was the case last year we had a large number of Door Prizes donated by several people. The lucky winners were then drawn via the red tickets each attendee got with their reservation.
Johnny Johnson..... Eastern Tote Bag
Many Thanks to Bob Burson for the photos. Wish I could have used them all!!!!
April 2013 - Newsletter
Watch this Airbus vs Boeing video to see which aircraft has built in redundancy for safety.
History of the Air Shuttle..
If you can identify either
Greatest unsolved mystery in aviation history?
Sun N Fun - Lakeland, FL
What a great show about the Eastern Air Shuttle.
This book is getting much acclaim from readers on Amazon.com. Type in the author's name, George Jehn to see how to order from Amazon.com. Guaranteed Entertainment!
Captain Bob Shipner, Chief Pilot ORD passes
March 2013 - Newsletter
The Retired Eastern Pilots Scholarship Foundation from Mrs. Ann E. Toth, widow of Captain Joe Toth. There should be other donations of $50.00 from those that have requested names from the old bronze Memorial to be mounted of the small wooden wings made by Capt. Dick Garner.
These are some of the countries listening to us .......
85 years ago this month...
Great pics from the CLT Silverliners group:
"Flying Too Close To The Sun is being acclaimed as a 5-star read. Here are some comments from readers:
"What a great book. I could not put it down. Mr. Jehn really kept my interest. Can't wait for your next book." MO
"This deftly well written book is a thrill ride, which takes you on an exciting journey of twists and turns. The characters are so relatable and real. Seamless superb writing. The ending an incredible surprise.
A must read for the general public as well as the seasoned aviation enthusiast." SC
February 2013 - Newsletter - Happy Valentine's Day
EAL Mystery Novelist........
If Golf is your game....
Loading the Jukebox..
Battle For Eastern Airlines
Want to write a novel?
"If it wasn't on a Spad, we can't have it." Capt Eddie Rickenbacker and many more great sayings and comments by Eastern people on the Historian's Page.
Last week's Valentine's Day Broadcast a hit with our listeners. We thought it went so well that we invite your special song request to be played and dedicated to your someone special. Just email us your request and we'll play it during our broadcast.
Great Quotes & Quips by Eastern people....
Happy New Year - January 2013 - Newsletter
Can anyone help identify this EAL S/O on Connie?
If you want to know about the NEW EASTERN....
The New Eastern?
Pat Parker sends a great video for those of us who can identify the 1950's. Enjoy on the Video Page.
100th Episode of the
Eastern President, Mr. Ed Wegel was the guest of the 100th radio broadcast. His entire message can be heard by going to the Radio Show Archive. Don't miss the latest news about Eastern
Your Personal Photo Album.
Can you help identify these two in a Connie?
December 2012 Newsletter
Over 148 Aviation Videos Now Playing on the "LINKS" page. Enjoy.
From Your Radio Show Hosts:
Margaret Barrs, Jim Hart,
May your holidays be Merry, Healthy, and Prosperous for the coming NEW YEAR - 2013.
November 2012 Newsletter
Need to place pictures on the website?.....
Go to your profile and click on the Photos tab and download your pictures. You can even arrange them with your favorite picture being the album cover. It's easy to do and if you have problems call Neal and he will walk you through the steps. They automatically appear on your member page and on the Photo Album page.
Episode 92 "An FAA Checkride
First Radio Show of November
REPA Convention Notes
I just returned (Nov 14th) from the REPA Convention in Hilton Head, SC and at the beautiful Westin Hilton Resort & Spa.
Captain Bob Drawdy, REPA President, and his lovely wife (First Lady) Kitty graciously hosted the 42nd Annual Convention.
Members and Guests enjoyed the many amenities offered by the hotel and were entertained in the Gazebo Room by a great selection of photos and movies put to gether by Captain Jim Gardner, the Convention Chairman.
Next year's convention will be held in Charleston, SC at the Francis Marion Hotel in September
October 2012 Newsletter
New Feature –
Here's how it works: Click on the "Photo Albums" at the top of the page selection bar. Click on Add (Post) Photos. This will take you to Name of Album. If you want to call it "John & Mary's EAL Photos" (Example) do it in the "New Category" box. Now start uploading and describing your photos. They will appear on the "Photo Albums" page and also in your Member Profile. If someone goes to your member page they can click on "Photos" and see what you have posted.
It's pretty cool as the "yutes" would say.
Conventions & Picnics:
Old Time Radio......
A List of Countries listening....
"Weird or What"......
Wanted! Flight Attendant Instructor for Flight Attendant Training Academy. Training taught in Ft Lauderdale and Atlanta. You must have been in the training department of an air carrier and knowledgeable with the F/A curriculum accepted by the FAA. You must be living in or near these two cities. Retired flight attendants encouraged to apply. Send resume to [email protected]
September 2012 Newsletter
Twitter the NEW Eastern..
EAL Old Time Radio.....
A List of Countries listening....
August Radio Listeners
Airline Radio Talk Show..
August 2012 Newsletter
Check out our baby sister radio show......
Eastern 80 years ago......
Episode 77 - Old Miami
Weird or What.....
"The New Voice of our Airline"
July 2012 Newsletter
740 EAL Radio Show Members....
We will once again be
Your Radio Hosts are now on the website...
June 2012 Newsletter
80 Years Ago this month...
For a better look at this pic go to the Guess Who page.
Episode 71 features
Mr. Ed Wegel, the President of Eastern Airlines. He will fill us in on where they are in getting Eastern back in the air. Call in with your questions. Monday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. Go to blogtalkradio.com/capteddie
Twenty new members last month.......
President of Eastern Airlines Mr. Ed Wegel made a favorable impression to many during his appearance on the radio broadcast Monday, June 25th. We had nearly 2000 people listen to the show and will not be surprised if that number does not grow by those ;istening to the archived Episode 71. One comment from Fran Dowling was: "Hey Neal, How can I help get EAL back in the air and our..hearts.....volunteer, buy stocks, let us know please. This is all so exciting....."
May 2012 Newsletter
80 years ago this month.........
Sunrise At Eastern.... the movie
You've got to listen to Episode 64........
Broadcast this past Monday. Our skit of starting a New Eastern Airlines was fun delivering, but the unexpected call from Mt Ed Wegel, the President of Eastern Airlines, Inc held the attention of the hosts and listeners glued to all the latest about the company. Mr Wegel told us about where the new start-up is today and what has happened in the past two years. He basically laid out some of their business plan and it brought about optimism that we will once again see the Eastern brand in the air. Tune in the archived Episode 64 to see where the initial intended routes Eastern will be serving.
A host-led tribute to Mr Floyd Hall followed our chat with Ed Wegel.
April 2012 Newsletter
Mr Floyd Hall Passes Away...
It is with sadness to report that Floyd Hall passed away yesterday. Right to the end, he had great recall of events and people involved in matters Eastern. I was last with him Sunday. As he faded in and out of sleep, he apologized for not having a good day, yet he was animated when speaking about some of his old colleagues. He had a great love for the Eastern Airlines family saying on more than one occasion that his years with Eastern were the best of his career.
May he rest in peace.Paul Bousquet
Floyd Halls 96th Birthday
Mr Floyd Hall
How to tune in the radio show ......
When the show is on live it will show a red "On Live Now" banner and the online show will be the first show they see on your page,
Actually, we will broadcast a Toll Free number during the broadcast that you can use to call in live.
Tributes to Floyd Hall...
If you would like to pay tribute to Mr Floyd Hall, please go to the Logbook Page on this site and enter your thoughts.
We're starting up Eastern Airlines..........
Enjoy our radio show Episode 64 when an Investor decides to fund the New Eastern. Hear how its done! Monday April 30th at 7:00 p.m.
We hope you will send in your membership support of $10.00. We have so much to offer our members with the website and radio broadcast we hope to continue offering. You can send your check to:
EAL Radio Show, Inc
We will present a "Guess Who" photo each month. The first person identifying the mystery individual for that month will receive an Eastern memorabilia gift. Try out this month's Mystery Photo.
Titan of Airline Industry Celebrates 96th Birthday
We've just lost our third engine......
the L-1011 Captain tells Miami Center. Listen in this Monday April 23rd to a remarkable flight that would have been a major tragedy for Eastern Airlines, until Fate deals another card to the crew and passengers. You'll be spell bound as you listen to the crew and controllers try to prevent disaster.
700th Member is now on-board......
Welcome, Bill Woods to the Website and Radio Show. You're the 700th Member. Bill's profile reads that he was a pilot with Eastern based in Boston and NYC. Those knowing Bill might want to drop him a note through the website.
We're nearing our 700th Radio Club Member.
Recruit a new member this month and receive an Eastern memorabilia gift. Make sure you send us your contact info so that we know where to send your gift.
Look at who is listening to our radio show:
Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Cote Divoire, United Kingdom, Republic of South Korea, Argentina, Jamaica, Trinidad, Chile, The Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Panama, Thailand, China, Saudia Arabia, Bahamas, Finland, Greece, Amsterdam, Czech Republic
March 2012 Newsletter
February 2012 Newsletter
Do you need EAL Memorabilia? We have many great items for your luncheons. Contact us at [email protected]
February, 1932 - 80 years ago..
New Video Now Playing
on the website's Video page. It's an historical clip of the very first use of the Sperry Autopilot. Clip submitted by Bill Hirsch.
Episode 53 has to be one of our best.
Mr Floyd Hall would like to hear from you
Mr. Floyd Hall
Note: We would like to know who the Eastern group taking Mr Hall a Dell Laptop computer recently. What a generous thing to do. He was so happy to receive it.
Look at who is listening to our radio show:
Episode 54 will be broadcast Monday, February 6th at 7:00 pm. We're operating a charter flight to Mexico City and you'll want to be on board.
Got a business card to place on our website?
February, 1932 - 80 years ago..
Mr. Floyd Hall on the Radio Show
Our Episode 56 on the air Monda, Feb 20th - Presidents Day is appropriate for us to interview Mr Floyd Hall, Eastern's Prescient for 15 years.
Tune in and Call in at 7:00 p.m.
January 2012 Newsletter
Eastern Air Transport 80 years ago:
January, 1932 – Twelve years ago (Captain) Walter Shaffer, passenger pilot for Eastern Air Transport, was carrying passengers aloft on short hops for $1-a-minute. This month he heard from a woman who flew with him then and who still has the receipt bearing his signature - $15 for 15 minutes. She congratulated him for making good in aviation and remarked that she little realized that some day one would be able to fly from New York to Washington for less than she paid for a flight around a field.
January, 1932 – Eastern Air Transport now has nearly 500 people on its payrolls, and owns 46 airplanes ranging from the huge deluxe 18-passenger Curtiss Condors to the small, swift, night-flying airmail craft.
January, 1932 – Miss Doris Frost, hostess on an Eastern Air Transport airliner, played a game of bridge with a princess recently without realizing her partner’s status. The princess from Italy, was a passenger on the craft from New York to Washington.
January, 1932 – Twelve young women fly as hostesses in planes of Eastern Air Transport – and over 5,000 aspirants are after their jobs. It seems to Mrs. Anne Porter Cullum, who heads the hostess department, that every young lady between 21 and 25 years of age wants to become a flying hostess, and those that haven’t written letters have gotten some influential person to write or phone.
| Our January 2nd Radio Show|
is called "Some Inner Goodness"
We hope you enjoy this true story and will share your thoughts for the coming year. Please join us by tuning in on the Home page of this site Monday, January 2nd at 7:00 p.m. This will be our 50th production.
Eastern's First Rooftop Airmail Service
Bill Hirsch, sent us a color video of Eastern's first rooftop airmail flight. Captain John Miller is at the controls from the top of the U.S. Postal Service building to the Camden Airport. Take time to see this great (quality) video. Thanks, Bill
Vice President of American Airlines
Karen Backman Donation
Karen has shipped many Eastern memorabilia items for our web store and as gifts for members. Please check the many items available and more will be added soon. Purchases made will help keep the Radio Show on-air and also shared with the Scholarship Foundation.
EASTERN Organizations (EARA, REPA, SILVERLINERS and all others).... Do you need items to use as door prizes? We can help you out. Call and tell us your needs. Here are a few items in our inventory:
Diane Hicks left a new comment for you on The EAL Radio Show.
Look at who is listening to our radio show:
Go to the Document Page on this website and print out the Membership Form, fill out and send to address shown.
Angel Flight Video
Don't miss this beautifully done video done in tribute to our fallen military heroes. Sent to us by Fran Dowling. Go to the Video Page to view.
Go to our new page About Us and see our new Board of Directors.
Mr. Charlie Simons
Monday, January 30th, Episode 53 we interview Mr. Charlie Simons, VP Finance, Eastern Airlines. Join us and Charlie for our flight to Las Vegas of Flight 53. We push from the Gate at 7:00 p.m.