Owner/MD, Plane Talking
Linden Birns is the founder and managing director of Plane Talking, a public relations and communications consultancy based in South Africa, that specialises in the air transport and aerospace sectors.
He is also a founding partner in BHK Crisis Communications, a global practice, a Senior Associate at GoCrisis and is a former Associate Director at Kenyon International, the disaster and emergency management firms.
Over the past 29 years, Linden has worked with leading airlines, commercial and military aircraft manufacturers, aerospace research and technology development bodies, industry associations, airports as various other entities in sub-Sahara Africa, Europe, the UK, Scandinavia, UAE, USA, China, Canada and Thailand.
Prior to this, Linden was an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, news photographer, radio and TV broadcaster and producer in South Africa, Namibia and the UK.
He documented South Africa’s turbulent transition to democracy for Business Day, the South African daily newspaper, where he covered politics, security and defence. His reports and images also appeared in The Guardian (UK), The Los Angeles Times (USA), Newsweek. Linden began reporting on aviation and air transport for the newspaper in 1991 which led him to become a correspondent for Flight International and World Airnews and a regular contributor to various other media.
During the 1990s, Linden wrote and co-published the AirReport series of best-seller yearbooks on aviation in South Africa and co-produced an accompanying television series.
Linden holds a Bachelor of Journalism & Media Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa (1985).
In his spare time, he is a private pilot and a musician.