Flightglobal’s journalists and staffers are renowned in the aerospace industry for being among the hardest working, most dedicated and congenial group of people one could ever hope to meet. I’m not exaggerating when I say that some of the most thrilling moments of my life – and some of the most uproariously funny moments – happened during the near 12 years I have worked at this company. There were days, during conferences and air shows, that I thought my side was going to split open from laughing so hard with my British, American and Singaporean comrades, who, let it be stated for the record, have turned dry, sarcastic humor into an art form.
I am extraordinarily grateful for all the opportunities provided to me by Flightglobal – the ability to write for its esteemed magazine and online titles, to jump behind the shaky camera and in front of the (unforgiving) high-def camera, and to bounce around the aircraft static displays at some of the world’s greatest air shows. More than anything, however, I am grateful for having been afforded the autonomy to write this blog uncensored.
It might surprise you to know that, during the early days, Flightglobal’s decision to let its journalists blog was perceived by some industry stakeholders as risky. I’m sure a few of my managers questioned their own sanity after reading some of the more, errrr, indelicate posts that appeared on Runway Girl. But they never once told me to ‘tone it down’ or ‘stop’. Nor did they ever take out the proverbial editing pen. Perhaps they figured they would be wasting their time in trying to tame a flame-haired Irish American. Whatever their reason for restraint, I thank them.
Free to explore the parts of this industry that interested me the most – and to have some serious fun while doing so – I found myself gravitating towards, and writing about, the tremendous innovation happening in the world of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC), aircraft cabin interiors and the overall passenger experience. With a passion for this industry (a passion bordering on addiction, some might say), and a deep respect for the men and women who are bringing humanity back to air travel, I have accepted an offer to become Editor in Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and APEX media platform.
I am ecstatic to be able to take on this new challenge, and focus my energy on covering the passenger experience. But I will always cherish my time at Flightglobal and the lifelong friends I have made there. My final day at Flightglobal is tomorrow, 30 November. I’d like to thank all of the dedicated readers of this blog, who oscillate between giving high praise and doling out good tongue lashings. You know where to find me.