Dear Deborah and Tom,
Yes, I do feel like I am on a first-name basis from reading your contributions to The Southern Aviator.
I have just renewed for two years, even though I moved from Florida to SOUTHERN Wisconsin, so I think I am still qualified to be a subscriber.
I have wanted to write this for several months to let you know how much I enjoy your paper and your columns. When I get my issue each month, my first action is to turn to the back to read Deborah’s Short Final column (Tom, I really prefer it when her column is just inside the back cover). I have a pilot’s license, but my medical was yanked in 1991. So I am not very interested in airplanes and piloting. However I am still an avid aviation enthusiast. But I am not as interested in reading columns on flying techniques or weather forecasting or safety as I am in reading about the people who are involved in aviation. That is what I get from Short Final. Some of the other aspects appear in this column but the main emphasis is on the people. Keep this up, Deb. For the same reason, I particularly enjoyed the article, “Keeping up with the Joneses” (August 2005 issue). It was about the people, and not just the airplanes.
When I finish Short Final, I then turn to the editor’s column. I really find it interesting and informative and helpful in making my own opinions as to what is happening in aviation. Some months back, I cancelled my memberships in AOPA and EAA since I didn”t think I was getting my money’s worth. Their editorials were too much personal back-patting and praise for their respective organizations and not enough about real aviation. So, Tom, keep it up, too.
Kudos to you both and hope our paths will cross sometime.