Pi­lot praise

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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

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