I’ve managed to work my way through all the articles in February’s issue and it took me only a couple of evenings.
Airmail: I read the letter from Dave Etheridge and felt that it deserved to be Star Letter. I was delighted to read that he may well be able to achieve his dream (at last) albeit with a bit of a prolonged wait. He demonstrates such a strong ‘go do it’ attitude that it brightened my day and I expect that it will be of great help to him in his training and in his ground school studies.
Pilot Destinations (with December’s issue): I liked this magazine and especially its article on Malta. I don’t fly but I do walk and both Malta and Gozo offer excellent walking (and a lot of GA activity). I recognised the photo on page 55 as the only corner of Gozo over which I have not yet walked. By the time that the next Pilot is published I may have corrected that omission.
Is Flyer a rival publication (book review page 55)? I read both Pilot and Flyer (since I first found my way to my local airfield). Twenty years ago I bought both magazines from Smiths; now I get both by subscription. In my view, Pilot and Flyer complement each other. The only overlaps I notice are usually in the accident and incident columns. I’ve no intention of dropping one magazine in favour of the other. I like them both and I am grateful that I have two GA magazines to choose from.
Which do I read first? Ah, they arrive on different days. I aim to read each magazine as soon as it arrives and so there’s usually no need to choose which to read first. On the rare occasion when both have been waiting for my attention, I usually bounce from one to the other to read whichever article most interests me.
8.33khz tranceivers (page 53): The Icom IC-A220T costs £1,795. Hmmm. One of my other hobbies is amateur radio. I can’t think of any amateur radio VHF transceiver, including ones made by Icom, that costs more than £1,000. I know that certification for aviation use will increase the selling price but it seems that aviation transceivers are substantially more than double the price we’d pay for amateur radio transceivers. I’d love to say that the specs for aviation use are significantly tighter than for amateur radio use but I’m not sure this is actually the case.
My interest is HF rather than VHF and so I am not very familiar with VHF amateur radios. A hasty perusal of adverts in Practical Wireless show that a 50W VHF (144-146mhz) and UHF (430-440mhz) FM transceiver for use in a car would cost less than £300 (Icom 2730E, Yaesu FT7900E). If you want to pursue this then you could contact Icom or Yaesu or these two retailers: Martin Lynch & Sons — 0345 2300 599 or 01932 567 333 (based at Staines) and Waters & Stanton — 01702 204 965 (Peters Waters is a PPL holder I believe).
Righto, I’ve read February’s issue so there will now be a bit of a wait until the March issue arrives. I guess I’ll turn to Practical Wireless. Kindest regards to you and all the team at Pilot.