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I'm new to the ''electronic'offerings of Flying magazine, and I was delighted to see the article by Gordon Baxter entitled "Night Fright". I think it's a must-read. Strangely enough it was that article that got me interested in instrument training. I did my Night-VFR rating soon after I read it - in 1977, and did my IFR in ''81.
That's my first point - I think the date on the (net) article should be the date first published - not the reprint date. I still have that issue -January 1977. For those oldies out there - it was the one with Peter Garrison's Melmoth on the cover, entitled "To Japan and back - in a single".
My second point - and I don't know if this is an error on Flying's part or if it's standard practice for the stuff published ''on line'', but it's only half the article! Is this common practice? I hope not! Make no mistake - some of us grew up (as pilots) on these articles, and some of them changed our lives. I have many phrases and some whole paragraphs from Bax Seat etched in my brain! Same goes for Richard Collins's pieces. I can't imagine Bax being too impressed with his work being truncated. If these old ''gems'are to be shared with a younger generation - let them be complete!
For those of you who missed the original - the "Night Fright" article was sub-titled "What a difference the day makes." and included a foreword to the editor Robert B. Parke that read: Dear Bob: This is one of those stories that just poured forth the morning after. Shouldn't send unfinished work like this, but I had to get it down. Best, Bax . (One can only deduce that it wasn't sent in formatted per the magazine's guidelines.)
Don't leave stuff like this out - it sets the tone of the article. It shows us how Bax wrote, too. From the heart. Not ashamed to bare his soul and expose his errors, if he thought it would help a reader (...like me. Thanks Bax!)
ps. I'm not complaining - I've been reading Flying for 28 years. I consider my subscription to be school fees. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
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