Can the spamcan comment!
I have to say last month’s Star Letter ‘Ode to a spamcan’ was the best letter I have read in Pilot for many a year.
As the owner of a 1973 PA-28, (you know, those useless strong metal aeroplanes which everyone learned on, made by professionals in a factory − the ones where you jump in, press the button, put the heater on and fly round the world without a hitch) I am always puzzled why I am treated with contempt by those who fly ‘real’ aeroplanes (you know, the ones made of sticks and cloth that have to be hand started, spend most of their life in bits, and can’t fly if it’s windy.)
This ‘us and them’ snobbery seems to exist only in the flying fraternity. People who own a 1960s Triumph Bonneville don’t look at a brand new Honda Fireblade and think ‘That’s rubbish − it starts on the button, doesn’t leak oil, does 180mph and stops on a sixpence’.
People who own an Austin Healey Frog-eyed Sprite don’t look at a Mazda MX5 and say it’s not a ‘proper’ car because it goes round corners, never breaks down and actually has brakes do they?
Do these ‘real’ owners have a cathode ray tube TV and a mangle?
I’ve had classic cars and have a classic bike but not as my sole means of transport, so as I can only afford one aeroplane I’ve got one that’s usable, comfortable and (usually) trouble free.
Aeroplanes are aeroplanes, we’re all in it together − so stop being so bloody pompous. Brian Newbold, Doncaster