I was struck, so to speak, by some of the pictures in November’s edition and (I’m guessing) if we look back at other editions they’ll carry a similar collection of ‘proper posers’.
Has something changed since I was walked around an aircraft as a boy, student pilot, and finally a PPL proudly taking up some passengers? Everyone – including me when it was my turn – was at pains to instruct all to stay clear of the prop, however ‘off and stationary’ it all looks, and yet we see all sorts of pilots posing within striking distance, hands even hanging on props etc (pages 13 and 36).
I’ll let off the chap holding the turbine prop as it’s a turbine (p.81), despite it still making me nervous. Full marks, however, to the Air BP scholarship winner on page 15, standing dutifully clear of the potential prop hazard. Perfect risk-free posing. Simon Noble, Guildford