The History of Radio in Flight Communications
Radio communications are crucial to modern aviation. Air flight and radio technology developed in parallel and radios are essential to flight logistics and safety. You may not know much about the history of radio in flight communications, but AVI Aviation Survival is here to show you just how important that history is. Once you know the background, you'll be that much more appreciative of our top-of-the-line aviation radios.
Early Radios and Air Flight
Did you know that radio was first used for flight communications in 1911? That's right - just a few years after the Wright brothers made their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, radio was being used to help pilots communicate with each other. Radio allowed pilots to share information about weather and flight conditions, quickly becoming an essential tool for aviation.
The Wright Brothers accomplished the first powered flight in 1903, and it wasn't long before people were dreaming up ways to use this new technology. The radio was still a relatively new invention at this time - Guglielmo Marconi had only sent his famous "S.O.S." message across the Atlantic in 1901 - so it's no surprise that one of the first applications for aviation was using radio to send messages between planes and ground stations. Companies and the government saw radio as a way to improve safety and efficiency in air travel. It wasn't long before both government agencies and private companies were experimenting with different ways to use this new technology.