About Flaps Podcast

Hello and welcome to Flaps Podcast. We’re an award-winning British podcast dedicated to aviation. We produced our first edition in July 2010 and we’re delighted with the response we’ve had so far.

Flaps Podcast – What we do by Flaps Podcast


Flaps is produced by Mark Newman and Elliott Webb, two private pilots in the UK.

Mark’s a radio producer for the BBC WM in Birmingham, having previously worked at Radio 1 and BRMB. He also produced online radio content for one of the world’s first online radio companies.

Elliott’s a presenter who has worked for several BBC and commercial radio stations, including seven years hosting the breakfast show on BRMB in Birmingham between 2003 and 2010; he’s also been a TV newsreader.

Flaps is a magazine-format programme and we aim to cover a variety of items in each edition. For instance, we’ve spoken to Peter Burkill, who was in command of the 777 that crashed at Heathrow in 2009; we’ve heard from a student PPL whose engine failed in the circuit; we’ve enjoyed flying tales from the likes of Lembit Opik, The Feeling and Nick Mason from Pink Floyd; and we’ve been amazed by one of the key test pilots for the Harrier jump jet. We’ve explored the effects of winter weather on flying; witnessed up-close a Vulcan bomber’s high-speed taxi run; and put private pilots’ concerns about 2012 Olympic airspace restrictions to the CAA.

Every edition of Flaps also features former airline pilot and RAF Squadron Leader Pablo Mason. It’s great for us to benefit from Pablo’s experience and to get his opinions into the podcast.

Each podcast is around 30 minutes long.

If you want to listen to a full edition of the podcast, go back to the main page and click on one of the editions. We’re particularly proud of the first one (July 2010) as it’s the one that won us our awards.


We’ve been recognised for making a half-decent podcast. We’ve picked up four industry nods in the past year or so:

  • Radio Academy Radio Production Awards 2013 – Finalist – Mark Newman, Best Online Creator
  • New York Festivals “World Best Radio Programs” 2012 – Gold Award winner
  • Radio Academy Radio Production Awards 2012 – Winner – Mark Newman, Best Online Creator
  • Sony Radio Awards 2011 – Bronze award winner – Best Internet Programme
  • New York Festivals “World Best Radio Programs” 2011 – Bronze Award winner

  • Additionally Flaps was a finalist in the 2011 Radio Production Awards.

    The Sony judges said this of Flaps:

      Top Gear for pilots! An engaging podcast that has the capacity to enthuse listeners: a thoroughly accessible and entertaining listen that demonstrates a podcast’s ability to reach a niche audience, while being enjoyable for everyone.

    And better than all that, we have a five-star rating on iTunes. Forget the awards: listeners love us. Thank you!

    Mark Newman "Best Online Creator" Radio Production Awards 2012