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Old 8th Aug 2016, 22:17
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BobD wrote
Jay, I am surprised that your scan of the latest edition of Pilot did not pick up the final paragraph of Dave Unwin's PTT column, as it surely would have given you some ammunition to resurrect the highly amusing TCT thread !

I miss the daily diversion from the devotees and detractors that the thread elicited
Thanks for that Bob. The threads certainly generated some page views and I would have thought that is what websites need. Magazine editors seem to forget they are now in an interactive age where we pick and choose what we read.

However I must say a big thank you to Dave Unwin.

Brave man.

He is clearly refering to myself and Sam Rutherford.

Bottom of page 63 in the September edition of Pilot.

Had I been editing that page from Dave Unwin the Tracey Curtis Taylor story would have been at the top.

I suspect it was deliberately buried at the bottom.

In the current edition editor Philip Whiteman devotes a whole page to airspace infringment which is then repeated by LAA boss Stephen Slater later in the magazine. It might fill space but is poor editing.

As I have said before all magazines (not just aviation monthlys) are now approaching the advertorial stage. Press releases form a lot of the content as can been seen in many of the 'County' mags and other glossies on the newsagents shelves. I sometimes wonder how many of the periodicals in WH Smiths are shredded each week.

Magazine journalism is a bit of a backwater although Ian Seager disagrees.

I'm very biased (I own Flyer), but I think it's pretty bloody good value for 7.50 a quarter on DD - the team works bloody hard to bring you thirteen great issues a year, but if you want something more tangible there's the six free landing fees per issue.
Sorry Ian but the real work is putting together a regional daily 24/7.

The internet is killing print as demonstrated by declining newspaper sales which have halved in the last fifteen years.

What is the unique selling point of any monthly magazine in the 21st century?

All the content I want to read is free of charge and there is nothing to dump in the bin hours later.

Try http://www.australianflying.com.au , http://www.flyingmag.com
or http://www.planeandpilotmag.com

Page hits are the big deal for advertising and sites such as this exploit free content.

I really miss Pilot magazine from the 70's and 80's when James Gilbert was at the helm.

As for news no mention in any UK GA magazine or website about Lachlan Smart,the 18 years old kid flying a Cirrus around the world.

Last month he managed to fly from Brisbane to Biggin solo in 21 days via the Pacific and Atlantic and is now crossing Europe on his way home.


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