Welcome to Flaps

Hello and welcome to Flaps – The flying podcast.

We’re a monthly podcast aimed at those who fly, those who wish they could, and those who do neither but who take enough of an interest to be reading this right now. We’ve had lots of great guests so far… here’s just a sample:

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Flaps is produced by two pilots in the UK – Elliott and Mark. We decided that flying was (a) too much fun not to talk about, and (b) too much fun to take too seriously. So we talk about it, and not too seriously.

You’ve probably guessed that we ourselves don’t fly for a living – we’re private pilots – but what we do do for a living is make radio programmes… and we hope this shows in the podcast.

We promise we will never knowingly make a dull edition. And we hope we will never go on too long and make you reach for the ejector seat: we’re aiming for thirty minutes of lively chat a month.

So have a listen. We’ve had some great guests. We were delighted to be able to speak to former Member of Parliament Lembit Opik in the first one – he’s a brilliant and really entertaining talker. We’re really excited that he’s opened our first Flaps for us.

Pablo Mason is, in the nicest possible way, a unique individual. If you’ve never heard of him, it’s about time you did – and you can, every month, on Flaps. We’re genuinely honoured that he’s on board.

We’ve spoken to the man who once flew his 747-load of passengers into an ash cloud, and lost all four engines. Thankfully he found them again 25,000 feet later, which is why he’s around to talk to us today.

And do you remember what it was like to learn to fly? Follow the ups and downs of our Pet PPL, Karl, as he takes his first uncertain steps to his first wobbly wings. (And if you never learned to fly, you’ll find out just what’s involved. Maybe you’ll want to learn?)

We’ve featured a Vulcan at Wellesbourne Airfield. XM655 to be precise.

We’ve spoken to Peter Burkill, the Captain of the BA 777 that crashed at Heathrow in January 2008.

Also we’ve got hold of Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd, and we’ve spoken to two former Concorde crew members. And while we’re being musical, we’ve spoken with Melanie Nakhla from All Angels – she’s learning to fly.

So have a listen, and if you like what you hear, please tell your friends about us.

Finally, like all good fliers, we’re always learning. We’re open to criticism as much as we’re open to praise. So tell us what you think, either here on this site, or by email at mail@flapspodcast.com.

Happy listening.

Flaps out.