Following some very overt hints I got the One Six Right DVD for Christmas.
As advertised, the flying sequences are utterly gorgeous, the history fascinating, the enthusiasm and passion for the whole business of flying unmistakable.
So what’s my problem? There are no “people like me” in it. I’m twenty eight, not all that young, and there didn’t appear to be a soul within a decade of my age among the pilots interviewed.
There are little kids jumping up and down watching the aeroplanes, and grizzled old hands reminiscing and the occasional “celeb” pilot thrown in for good measure. What there isn’t is any teenagers all bubbling over with enthusiasm because they can fly before they can even legally drive, “normal”working people who’ve just come from their birthday-present trial lesson and now sworn to get their license, mobs of friends setting off for (since it’ American) “$100 burger”, or even any of the dedicated hourbuilders struggling to make ends meet while they work towards that heavy metal job.
The overriding impression is that people leap from starry eyed and air-minded kids to wise old pilots without passing through any interim stage…
As an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment for pilots it’s great, but it’s preaching to the converted. GA already has its coverts — what we need is fresh young blood.
One Six Right, unfortunately, comes across with the message that flying is fun, exciting, beautiful… and something other people do.
Perhaps a sequel is called for.