Avi­a­tion and mar­riage

Pilot - - Airmail -

As a reg­u­lar reader of

Pilot for sev­eral years I would, first of all, con­grat­u­late all the staff for the re­ally in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cles which bring some dreams to me and my hus­band each month. How­ever, I am forced to write that I have been re­ally up­set by the words of Gar­rett Fisher in the June is­sue about mar­riage and avi­a­tion.

Nowa­days in Europe, you just have to visit a GA air­field at a week­end to meet so many dif­fer­ent cou­ples who know how to mix fly­ing and mar­ried life. Some of them fly to­gether (one or two pilots on board); some let the other fly while en­joy­ing the air­field’s friendly mood; some pre­fer sep­a­rate ac­tiv­i­ties (e.g. one flies while the other trav­els or hikes).

In my opin­ion, rather than ‘mar­riage’ be­ing ‘no bet­ter in­sti­tu­tion on planet earth to kill the bud­ding ro­mance of avi­a­tion’ the two things more likely to do so are lack of tol­er­ance and of broad-mind­ed­ness. Both of these strongly seem to be Mr Fisher’s at­tributes.

A happy mar­riage is much more im­por­tant than sev­eral achieve­ments pinned up on the liv­ing room wall. Think of that, Mr Fisher. And all my sym­pa­thy to your wife! Caro­line Mathon, Lin­sell-sveg, Swe­den Hav­ing met her, I know Mrs Fisher shares Gar­rett’s ro­bust sense of hu­mour – Ed

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