The disadvantage of reading April’s issue on the day it arrived (which is what I did) is that subjectively it was a long wait for May’s issue to arrive, but worth the wait.
I was fascinated by the Tech Log article on engines. It was a lovely mix of history and engineering and I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. I’d like more such articles, particularly looking at aspects of the engineering in light aircraft. If you want specific suggestions, I’ll suggest the linkages between the controls and the control surfaces.
The Twin Comanche article gave rise to a burst of nostalgia as I read it. I think ‘Twin Comanche’ was the first aircraft name I encountered and that was back in the 1980s. I appreciate that this aircraft has good performance and handling characteristics but it’s really the curtains that make it so successful, isn’t it? They are reminiscent of 1930s aviation and that takes me nicely to the article about the Fox Moth. More aviation history for me and I love every minute of it.
I noticed the change of design as soon as I opened April’s issue at the ILAFFT page. I didn’t comment at the time because, to be honest, I’ll read Pilot regardless of the designs you use. That said, the new design is pleasantly light and airy. Has the paper changed? It feels a tad thinner and I can’t decide if the surface coating is different or if the paper base is slightly lighter or if the paper handles differently because there’s more white space on the page (or if the paper hasn’t changed and I am imagining a change). Interestingly, I read five monthly magazine and two others have recently redesigned to have more white space.
Righto, I’ve not much left of May’s issue to read; I guess I’ll have to put up with the (subjectively) long wait until June’s issue arrives. Thank you for an excellent magazine.
Ian Brothwell, Nottingham