For this week’s Monday Markets, I wanted to share some aviation magazines with you. Flight Journal appeals to aviation history buffs, and Air Line Pilot magazine is written for people working in this occupation. The third magazine on today’s list, Skylights, is an in-flight magazine offered to passengers traveling on Spirit Airlines. It publishes stories on a variety of topics.
From the Web Site:
Flight Journal presents aviation-oriented material, for the most part with a historical overtone, but also with some modern “history in the making” reporting. Many articles have an “I was there” or “from the cockpit” human-interest emphasis, typically in a manner that is not being done in other magazines. We are trying to “… sing the note no one else is singing ….”
It is important that prospective writers understand that we are NOT a general aviation magazine?so we are not interested in articles such as “My Flight to Baja in my 172,” or “My friend’s Homebuilt.” Nor do we wish to publish articles that are simply detailed recitations of the technical capabilities of an aircraft.
A typical issue of Flight Journal will include, among other features:
* 2-3 articles on WW II.
* 1 modern jet story; it could be hardware and operations with pilot interviews, or a personal story.
* 1 historical piece, e.g., early airlines, barnstormers.
* 1 semi-technical piece with historical overtones, e.g. low aspect ratio airplanes, Burnelli lifting-body aircraft.
When considering a story idea, Flight Journal places a premium on the following:
1. Does the basic idea fit our mission?
2. Is there an unusual slant to the idea that makes it unique?
3. Does it lend itself to an exciting presentation because of unusual pictures? Is it a fantastic but true personal account?, etc.
4. Is there a lot of human interest? We want as much human interest in every story as possible. The designers, builders, pilots and mechanics are what aviation is all about.