Letter from the Publisher

Photo submitted by Alan Schmidt during the Aero Crew News 2021 Photo Contest

Dear readers,

As winter subsides and spring bounces in, we are reminded that summer is right around the corner with its severe thunderstorms and convective SIGMETs occurring in certain parts of the country after some areas have received record snow falls this winter. It’s been a while that I recall dodging massive thunderstorms, squall lines, or even isolated thunderstorms. I’m not going to lie, I kind of miss that. The destinations to which I fly have changed, but I feel like there’s been less convective activity over the last two years and perhaps longer. 

Other pilots and I have often debated which is the better season to fly in – summer or winter? Do you like the unpredictability that summer brings with air mass thunderstorms, holding and last-minute diversions. Or do you prefer the flying through blizzards, de-icing and dealing with holdover times? Which side of the debate do you land on?  

Irrespective of the season, we can all agree that there are many beautiful sights from our windows which has been the inspiration for our annual Aero Crew News Photo Contest. There is still time for you to submit your shots for this year’s theme ­– Aviation Sunsets. You can win cash and other prizes, plus bragging rights as your photo will be featured in Aero Crew News. See the rules, prizes and submit your photos here.

As always, I welcome comments, questions, or suggestions to improve Aero Crew News! I can be reached at info@aerocrewnews.com.

Fly safe,

Craig Pieper 

SOURCEAero Crew News, April 2023
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Craig Pieper is the Publisher and Founder of Aero Crew News. Craig is responsible for the content, website design and organization of the material and people producing the material for the magazine. Craig obtained his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Science, along with a minor in Aviation Weather, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001. Craig is also a First Officer for a major airline with a type rating in the Boeing 737 & Embraer 145 and has logged over 8,000 hours of flying time since his introductory flight on November 14th, 1992. Please feel free to reach out to Craig and maybe your email will make it in the next issue under the "Letter To The Publisher" section of Aero Crew News.


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