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  • DroneX Tradeshow & Conference - What can you expect to see at the new show this year?

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Sunday, August 29th, 2021 1:00am

    If you haven’t already seen, the Helitech Expo is bringing with it a new show this year dedicated to the UAV Industry - the DroneX Tradeshow & Conference. This is the UK’s largest UAV event and promises to deliver some incredible features, from industry-leading keynote speakers, to cinema experience!

  • Brand new Drone show to run alongside Helitech Expo this year!

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Saturday, August 28th, 2021 1:00am

    DroneX Trade Show & Conference, the UK’s largest event dedicated to UAV products, parts, accessories and services, will be running alongside the Helitech Expo this year at the ExCeL London on the 5th & 6th October.

  • How to Study Effectively

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 9:00am

    So it’s that time where you need to sit your theory exams. When you finally sit down to revise and look at all the modules and materials before you this could start to seem quite daunting. But fear not! We’ve got some tips to help you along so that you can revise like a pro!

  • Are Budget Airlines Really Worth the Savings?

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, July 19th, 2021 9:00am

    Spending under £100 for a return flight is a steal, I’m sure we can all agree! But at such a low cost, do you get what you pay for? Or do they pleasantly surprise you with what’s on offer?

  • Lufthansa WOKE up!

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, July 16th, 2021 9:00am

    We always love to make people feel included in our society, so new that brands, corporations and companies are making subtle changes that help people feel comfortable in their spaces is always a joy to hear.

  • From LaGuardia into the Hudson

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 9:00am

    Tom Hanks, as iconic as he is, is probably the first face that pops into your head when you
    think of Sully Sullenberger. It’s a story that captured the minds of the world as they listened
    to the series of events and actions that occurred on that extraordinary day.

  • Dam Busters - Operation Chastise

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, July 12th, 2021 9:00am

    As strange as this one may sound, stick with us! It’s a story that is bizarre in its narrative but has become renowned up and down the United Kingdom, specifically across Yorkshire, and it is often told with a lot of pride, a touch of tongue in cheek and generally a lot of love. It's the story of World War Two pilots practicing for Operation Chastise.

  • Aerospace Engineering; What’s it all about?

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, July 9th, 2021 9:00am

    It’s a flashy job title, and comes with certain presumptions, but it is well deserved. Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of both aircraft and spacecraft.

  • The Future of Aviation

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 9:00am

    It’s an industry that has seen rapid growth in the last century; from the Wright Brothers first flight to commercial aviation to combat aircraft to the concorde and now mini-apartment style suites in aeroplanes.

  • Wheels up, wings out

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, July 5th, 2021 9:00am

    We’re doing it! We’re living in the future! How long has the notion of flying cars been around for?

  • Light Combat Aircraft; Choose your character!

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, July 2nd, 2021 9:00am

    If there is one thing that is common knowledge, it's that manufacturers of light combat aircraft are in
    big business; they have long and expensive contracts designing and selling light combat aircraft to the military, and even amongst the air forces around the world, their love and knowledge of these aircraft rival that of motorbike enthusiasts.

  • What are E - Planes?

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 9:00am

    With the world on high alert about climate change and the fossil fuel shortage looming in the horizon, why haven’t E - planes been implemented more commercially, and why isn’t this technology used widely?

  • Calling all British Airways flights to depart from Gatwick...for good

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 9:00am

    The iconic British flag carrier airline, British Airways; endorsed by countless British celebrities and
    hailed as Britain's official airline, may very well be ceasing operations out of
    Gatwick airport

  • Racial Profiling at airports

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, June 25th, 2021 9:00am

    We’ve all heard the stories, seen the tv shows, overheard the jokes that have been engrained in our collective conscience. It’s easy to excuse racial profiling at airports down to standard security checks, and say “It’s those types of people that bring drugs in,” or “He is a similar race to those who hijack planes.” whilst the rhetoric that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11 has meant that these targeted stop and searches against brown skinned people at airports have been happening too often than is comfortable, perhaps it is time to ask ourselves, if this is the world, we wish to live in.

  • Fatality in a Let L-410 turbolet – Is it time for the L410 to retire?

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 9:00am

    With its distinctive shape, and often bright colouring, the Let L-410 turbolet is a twin engine, short-range transport aircraft manufactured by the Czech aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice. It is most often used as an airliner, and is favoured for its ability to land on short and unpaved runways, and can operate under extreme temperature conditions.

  • Mountain Flying

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, June 21st, 2021 9:00am

    The image of soaring across mountains in a light aircraft is a thrilling thought for many pilots. It is perhaps one of the most peaceful backdrops for flight; with nothing but the clouds above and stunning mountain ranges below. The untouched beauty and tranquil snowy peaks are a huge temptation. But there are a few tips and tricks to be aware of before taking a trip above a stunning mountain range.

  • Brexit and the Aviation Industry

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, June 18th, 2021 9:00am

    Back when the referendum for whether or not the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union was undergoing its ferocious campaign, a large number of economically important industries were excluded or forgotten from the conversation, and so since the deal for Brexit went through and the UK has begun transitioning its journey out of the EU, our understanding of some of the impacts of Brexit has changed.

  • To Fly or Not to Fly

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 9:00am

    Summer has graced our doorsteps in the UK, with the sun sending its warming rays streaming in through our windows, kissing exposed bits of skin and bathing the sky in a brilliant light. With that comes the longing to jet off to lush beaches, explore a new city or go back to a favourite haunt. But amid the ever-changing covid-19 restrictions, the question remains; To fly or not to fly?

  • Come Back Concorde?

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 9:00am

    You may have already heard the exciting news; United Airlines are hoping to bring air travel into the future by harking back to the past? The exciting or worrying news, depending on how you look at it or how good your memory is, that United Airlines have added fifteen planes to their fleet that are capable of travelling at twice the speed of modern airlines with the aim of bringing back supersonic travel.

  • Post-Covid Flying

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, June 11th, 2021 9:00am

    It would be remiss not to realise the almighty impact Covid-19 has had on the aviation industry. Of course, a lot of the large tourism-based industries have taken massive hits over the course of the pandemic, but none with such large overheads and little to no revenue coming in.

  • The Most Famous Female Pilot

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 9:00am

    Disappearances of whole aircraft is perhaps one of the most puzzling mysteries. From well-known names in history like Amelia Earhart to more recent and notorious aircraft like the MH370, these disappearances often leave multigenerational shock waves, and some of these mysteries have kept everyone guessing and theorising and experts scratching their heads.

  • The First-Class Experience

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, June 4th, 2021 9:00am

    The experience of first-class flight is a dream of many to experience at least once in their lives. We’ve seen it advertised, and depicted in movies and television. But for a ticket whose price point can start quite high for some, what makes flying this way worth it for you.

  • Behind the Galley

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 9:00am

    Logistics are a major part of any industry, and the aviation industry, what with all its various departments and areas of expertise that go into it, is perhaps one industry that has a lot of logistics to keep in mind.

  • How the 747 Revolutionised Commercial Flying

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, May 31st, 2021 9:00am

    In light of British Airways retiring their fleet of Boeing 747s in July 2020, the wings of the iconic 747 are being clipped, and its final flying days are over. With its maiden flight being made on 9th February 1969, the Boeing 747 has been airborne for almost fifty-one years.

  • Day in The Life of Cabin Crew (Long Haul Edition)

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, May 28th, 2021 9:00am

    Dusk starts and dawn bed times; being part of cabin crew can definitely put your body clock in a spin. Some days last as long as twenty-four hours. Flights can often depart from four or five in the morning, and just like passengers, the cabin crew need to arrive at least two hours prior to departure.

  • Flying in a Storm

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 9:00am

    There is no doubt that flying in anything other than clear skies and high visibility would give even the most experienced flyer the willies. But you have to remember, the CAA has strict requirements in place in order for planes to be air-worthy.

  • The Machine That Keeps the Aviation Industry Ticking

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, May 24th, 2021 9:00am

    They aren’t invisible, they aren’t what you’d consider when thinking about a career in aviation. But don’t let their quiet but strong work ethic make you look down on them. Pilots, planes and cabin crew are the shiny face of the aviation industry.

  • Cabin Crew: Not just trolly dollies

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Friday, May 21st, 2021 9:00am

    Cabin Crew is an extremely skilled career in the aviation industry. It's no longer just trolley dollies and glamour. That rather reductive image has thankfully been shattered in the last ten to twenty years.

  • Time for Theory!

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 9:00am

    So, it’s time to take your theory exams? Some of you might find them to be a drag, and others might love the theoretical side of aviation. Whichever lane you fall in, they are an essential part of the process and unavoidable. But take heart in the fact that once they are done, they are done! 

  • Embrace Your Nerves

    Posted by TDRadioUK at Monday, May 17th, 2021 9:00am

    If you’ve decided to go down the route of the PPL or ATPL, or perhaps, just a trial lesson to get you started, then you probably aren’t quaking in your boots at the thought of flying. But pre-flight nerves are to be expected. Whether it’s a build-up of excitement and anticipation, or the thought of something you have been dreaming about suddenly being a reality, that’s ok!

Aviation News

  • What Is Business Aviation?

    Business aviation is essential to tens of thousands of companies of all types and sizes that must compete in a marketplace which demands speed, flexibility, efficiency and productivity.

  • How These 4 LGBTQIA+ Leaders Are Changing the Travel and Aviation Industry

    In travel and aviation, the LGBTQIA+ community faces unprecedented challenges. Transgender pilots undergoing gender reassignments must endure extensive, degrading medical examinations and psychological self-reporting in order to maintain their licenses to fly.

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