A Greek Odyssey

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Once again, a splen­did is­sue of Pi­lot magazine for Oc­to­ber. Thank you!

Work­ing through this is­sue, from front to back for a change, I hap­pened upon the ‘Greek Odyssey’ ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Stephen Walker and Sally Ge­orge. Well, here we go again, I thought, yet another air­borne hol­i­day snaps piece, to be held in abeyance un­til the rest of the is­sue has been read.

Not on your life! I dived straight in (no pun in­tended). It is a won­der­fully well-writ­ten ar­ti­cle with the ac­com­plished writer’s ‘magic skill’ of lead­ing the reader on to the next item of scenic, his­toric, culi­nary or avi­a­tion in­ter­est, just like a re­ally good thriller. Couldn’t put it down! Ab­so­lutely bril­liant! I re­ally felt as though I was up there, crammed amongst their hu­mungous lug­gage in the back of the dear old 182, sip­ping oxy­gen whilst cross­ing the Alps at FL124.

A splen­did ar­ti­cle in a lon­gloved and well-read fly­ing magazine. Thank you.

I see you are look­ing for an As­sis­tant Edi­tor (upon Ju­dith’s forth­com­ing re­tire­ment). I had thought of putting my­self for­ward as a ‘some­time pi­lot with jour­nal­is­tic ten­den­cies’. How­ever, as I am, at 72, one of the ‘older rather than bolder’ bods around avi­a­tion, might I po­litely sug­gest that Stephen Walker would be ideally suited to the role, were you able to prise him away from his 182 and what­ever ca­reer he cur­rently pur­sues! Any ar­ti­cle that he wrote for Pi­lot or any­thing he edited would be an in­stant hit with me. It's a won­der­ful magazine which I have been read­ing since 1975. Keep up the good work, con­found the airspace grabs, and keep our air­fields open! John W Smith, Coldridge

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