Originally traded as ‘Fairbotham & Co. Ltd.

I first came across the company when I purchased a Swinburne CR600 which had a Fairbotham sticker on the rear panel

Airband Radio Specialists


58-62 Lower Hillgate, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 3AN

The earliest advertisement I can find is from the August 1981 Shortwave Magazine where Fairbotham & Co. Ltd. were advertising in the trade section, specialising in Sommerkamp (Yaesu radio’s in Europe)


Here’s a later advert from the December 1987 Shortwave Magazine using the Flightdeck name, but still trading as Fairbotham & Co. Ltd.

An image from inside the Hillgate store with the company owner David Fairbotham


192 Wilmslow Rd, Heald Green, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3BH 

Here are some images from the Wilmslow Rd store

On the road

Not only did David sell from his stores, but the company would often be seen at Airshows up and down the UK. Here’s a few images of their stalls

Here are some images from the books and catalogues available from Flightdeck

A video was produced which included David and Flightdeck – video is called Plane Spotting https://youtu.be/jAH7qf8sjNQ