Sunday, 20 October 2013

Aviation Listening

This is a post that is more focused on those interested in aviation, but even if you're not it may help you to get a little insight into the world above.

It's amazing how much goes on in and around the world of aviation, and even more amazing is the number of people that talk about it.

Mainly in this post I will be talking about aviation podcasts.

I'll start with one of the most informative and the one that I'm listening to whilst writing this post.

The Airplane Geeks

'The Geeks' give plenty of information on the airlines and General Aviation, most of their news covers the US but there are the occasional stories from the rest of the world. The different guest each week makes the podcast fairly dynamic and means that everyone learns something slightly different on every episode.

Don't think they only focus on the US though, there is the 'Australia desk' and 'Across the pond' segments as well as listener mail which brings in news and stories from every corner of the world. The air-plane (often flying object) of the week gives a very detailed and interesting view of an aircraft.

For anyone who is interested in aviation then I really do recommend listening to 'The Geeks', they've been recording for a good few years now and it is a superbly produced and very professional podcast but still with plenty of joking around.

The UAV Digest

'The UAV Digest' is a branch off from 'The Airplane Geeks', Max and David decided that there was so much to talk about in the unmanned world that it deserved it's own half hour podcast.

'The UAV Digest' is still in fairly infant days but the excellent production and style from 'the Airplane Geeks' is easy to hear. Max and David are both surprised at how much news and development there is with UAV's and it shocked me too. It's got me really interested in the future of unmanned flight as there seems to be so much happening and so much potential for further development of designs and uses.

I recommend episode #9 in particular, mainly for the last couple of minutes, but if you have the time then listen to them all!

Plane Crazy Down Under (PCDU)

PCDU is made by the guys who do the 'Australia desk' for the 'Airplane Geeks'. Although I don't listen to them very often, it is a well produced podcast and it is always interesting to hear about the way aviation works down under, both in Australia, New Zealand and the surroundings.

I would definitely say that the show was worth a listen but unfortunately or me I just can't find the time to do it, though hopefully soon I may.

Across the Pond

Across the Pond is not a podcast but a blog written by Pieter Johnson who records the 'Across the Pond' segment for the 'Airplane Geeks'. 

I can't really comment on the blog as I don't really read it but I do enjoy Pieter's section on the 'Airplane Geeks', just another reason to listen to them.


Flaps podcast is a UK based General Aviation podcast, it's lively and fun to listen to even if it is rather infrequent. Anyway, it's worth a listen when a new on comes along.

Again, not a podcast, not even a blog. It's a great website though, allowing you to listen to Air Traffic Control from all over the world, that's most of the world but not the UK due to our wonderful laws about listening to non-civilian frequencies. 

Anyway, listening to an evening at JFK or LAX is always interesting and there are many clips on YouTube of entertaining and interesting conversations between controllers and aircraft. It's great as background noise for working and it's good for trying to understand the conversations that happen at the front of an aircraft during a flight. Highly recommended if you're interested or bored.

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