Proper posers

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

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

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