Aviation Safety Letter 1/2003

Aviation Safety Letter Expands

Our family of newsletters has been missing the Aviation Safety Ultralight & Balloon (U&B) newsletter since the retirement of its editor, Mr. Joe Scoles. U&B addressed specific segments of general aviation, which were not clearly targeted in the Aviation Safety Letter (ASL), and it was truly a niche market. That limited market has since grown to include all kinds of aircraft types, to name a few: basic and advanced ultralight aeroplanes, home-builts, powered parachutes, gyroplanes, hot air balloons, and just about anything you can strap a propeller to. Furthermore, U&B was created well before the arrival of the recreational pilot permit, which has opened the door for more people to enjoy recreational aviation. With all those factors in mind, the name Ultralight & Balloon did not seem to reflect the recent growth of the recreational aviation world, and we felt that a more suitable name was needed, such as Recreational Aviation.

We also reviewed our distribution network for the newsletters. While ultralight pilots were receiving both the ASL and the U&B, private pilots did not receive the U&B, even though they were allowed, by virtue of their licence, to fly ultralight aeroplanes. It made sense for the new Recreational Aviation to use the same mailing list as the ASL. Since they will be going in the same envelope, and are all targeted primarily to pilots, the logical next step was to produce them jointly. So instead of being a newsletter in its own right, Recreational Aviation has become a new dedicated section in the ASL.

This new section will have its own editor, Mr. Serge Beauchamp, who is also the Editor for Aviation Safety Maintainer, as well as a recreational pilot, aircraft owner and aircraft maintenance engineer (AME). The content will be a joint effort from our editorial staff here at System Safety, from the staff at the General Aviation Branch, and contributing editors from the recreational aviation industry. Therefore, starting in this issue you will find the new section on Recreational Aviation. The section will bring back material we had in the U&B and material more representative of today's recreational aviation. We also believe that a large majority of general aviation pilots are interested in commercial aviation, and vice-versa. In the end, we're all in the front end! We hope you all enjoy this addition to the ASL.

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