The Problem with “One Six Right”

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.

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6 thoughts on “The Problem with “One Six Right”

  1. Steve Tupper

    What about the featured helicopter pilots? Both late 20s or early 30s and both female? Not sure how old Kevin Larose, Jr., the student pilot, is, but he appeared to be a twentysomething of some sort (see http://airspeedonline.blogspot.com/2008/02/kevin-larosa-jr-our-172-driving-proxy.html – BTW, I didn’t write that post in response to your post. Just stumbled across the credits this past Friday and wanted to blog it.)

    I agree wholeheartedly that 16R has lots of appeal for the converted. What we need to do is show it to the unwashed masses. Terwilliger offers a very low royalty rate for those who want to show the film at airport open houses and other opportunities to show the public what we’re about. The thing to do is show it to the public.

    Thanks for your blog. I’ve become a somewhat regular reader.

    – Steve

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  2. Leia

    Hmm, we had a “Family Day” at my local field last summer (unfortunately it bucketed raining but the *idea* was nice), could be an opportunity to show it, if they do one again this year.

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  3. Gary

    The film is about the HISTORY of Van Nuys Airport. How many kids, or 28 year year olds have been around for the past 70 years. Get real. It’s an “i remember when” retrospective.

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  4. leiafee Post author

    Gary, cheers for your input but I think you miss my point. One Six Right, as far as I can see, does NOT market itself as history, it markets itself as a celebration of “the romance of flying” and as being for “all ages”. (Both comments lifted from their own homepage.)

    It does a magnificent job as history nonetheless, and pilots will coo over it. As far as making flying seem accessible and something anyone can do — nope. I don’t think it quite hits the mark.

    I love it nonetheless but then — as I already said – I’m one of the converted…

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  5. gryzman

    I suppose , since it is american – it explains it. (yes, I hate the american ‘passion’, most movies filled with the plastic smiles, and add flag to that – and I am sick).

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