Pi­lot’s fifti­eth an­niver­sary

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Just to thank you and all the team at Pi­lot for giv­ing us such a great fifti­eth an­niver­sary edi­tion. It does not seem pos­si­ble that I have en­joyed read­ing Pi­lot for fifty years; I guess that dates me as a pri­vate pi­lot. The con­tents have al­ways been su­perb and you have helped to keep the avi­a­tion com­mu­nity in touch. We can never thank you enough. David Hast­ings MBE I have been a Pi­lot sub­scriber al­most from the be­gin­ning. I say al­most as the man­ager of W H Smith banned me af­ter I spent half an hour read­ing the first is­sues in his shop. The fact that I had just changed a wheel on my Austin 7 Ruby of 1938 vin­tage and had filthy fin­gers had some­thing to do with his wrath. A for­mer ed­i­tor, the late James Gil­bert, was both a good friend and a fel­low en­trant in the Lock­heed In­ter­na­tional Aer­o­batic Tro­phy con­tests in the 1960s. I hear that Nick Bloom has now re­tired and I en­joyed both his friend­ship and his writ­ing. Edi­tors both ar­rive and de­part and I wish Philip ev­ery pos­si­ble suc­cess in his present ten­ure. I en­joy his style which is much like my own. Barry Tem­pest

Oc­to­ber’s Pi­lot ar­rived to­day and has been put on one side (af­ter a lengthy browse) un­til I’ve sent this email to you and be­cause I’ve been busy catch­ing up with my pile of un­read mag­a­zines ( Pi­lot rarely gets onto this pile) and vis­it­ing my lo­cal air­field.

I went to the ex­hi­bi­tion by the Guild of Avi­a­tion Artists. The paint­ings were truly en­gag­ing and en­thralling and the ex­hi­bi­tion was well worth the seven-hour coach trip. The Mall Gallery is a lovely gallery which is now on my list of places to visit when in Lon­don and yet I would not have known about it if you had not men­tioned it in Pi­lot.

Safety Mat­ters, Septem­ber: ‘Who’s in com­mand?’ This in­ci­dent is surely a good ex­am­ple of the need to plan, think things through thor­oughly, and brief care­fully and in depth be­fore a flight. The pi­lots have my sym­pa­thy be­cause plan­ning and brief­ing aren’t unique to avi­a­tion but are often ne­glected. They are needed in many ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve more than one per­son, from lop­ping trees (‘don’t stand un­der the tree that some­one is re­mov­ing’) to house re­pairs (‘don’t turn the elec­tric­ity back on’) and or­gan­is­ing an AGM or a stand at a hobby show (‘I thought you were bring­ing the books’).

Old Timers: I’m not an air­craft or avi­a­tion his­to­rian so why is this such a fas­ci­nat­ing col­umn? Per­haps it is be­cause the his­tory of these air­craft is fas­ci­nat­ing or maybe it is be­cause I ap­pre­ci­ate the work that has gone into keep­ing them fly­ing. This is a col­umn that I browse soon af­ter Pi­lot ar­rives.

The flight re­ports of the BA Swal­low (July) and Slingsby T61F (Septem­ber) were fas­ci­nat­ing, en­light­en­ing and fun. Can we please have more of them? Can we please have more of the old ad­verts such as the Cir­rus (Septem­ber p.91) and BA Swal­low (July p.33)? They are hu­mor­ous and de­light­ful and of­fer a view of GA that’s dif­fer­ent from the Piper and Cessna GA of to­day.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on fifty years of Pi­lot. I think I’ll go for a rum­mage in my at­tic and see how many is­sues I have from those fifty years. Am I a still a happy reader of Pi­lot? Yes I am! Thank you. Ian Broth­well, Not­ting­ham

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