Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:54 pm
I contacted you personally by e-mail as I do not believe it appropriate to bang on about things like this on public forums.
However since you have ignored my words to you and seem intent on putting words in my mouth, I will allow the rest of the forumites to read what I wrote to you.
As I wrote in my Pilot column, whether dual or solo, the fact that Tracey and her team secured the funding, then delivered on her promised targets should be applauded. Like you though, I have reservations as to whether the Air Pilots are right in awarding her such an accolade for a ‘Feat of Navigation’. Perhaps it should have better been awarded elsewhere. However, although I am a Liveryman of the Company, the Air Pilots Awards committee is one of the few committees I have successfully managed to avoid being asked to attend since taking over at the LAA, so I guess it is their decision and up to them to justify it!
Like you, the purist in me certainly hopes that Amanda Harrison will prevail and that, when she does I’ll be the first to shout it from the roof tops. It is interesting that your comments on Tracey have been matched by a number of more positive comments, not least from other female pilots including the chair of the BWPA. Their feeling is that whatever the ‘spin’ created by Tracey and the PR team, her efforts are good news in helping more people, particularly women, realise that they too can get involved in aviation. That I am sure you’ll agree is no bad thing for all of us.
I think my previous responses on this are more than enough, and don’t intend to comment further. I must however disagree that my comments align with your words, that “She should receive all the accolades for helping the image of GA in general, and female aviators in particular – and the fact that the story is different from the truth is a detail that can be put aside for the greater good.” That is not my opinion and nor is your other statement.
Sorry to be pedantic Sam, but your words are not my opinion, and I must ask that you should not represent them as such. Like many I am happy to reserve my opinions till we can share them at a more appropriate time. Might I suggest therefore we draw a line under this?
I hope therefore you might still be happy to buy a used aeroplane from me one day, although my J3 Cub is most definitely not for sale!!