Just wanted to let everyone know that I am officially retired from writing for PC Pilot magazine. After 13 years, and over 200 reviews, features, or tutorials - I’m ready to hang it up and let some fresh perspectives provide their take on the flight sim world.
The job was always interesting, but demanding in a way that is different than writing for a website. Word count constraints and having to make small images supplement the writing was always a challenge. And I’m a terrible procrastinator, so deadlines always loomed over me because of my own failings.
My editor (Derek Davis) is the best of the best. Not once, in 200+ articles, did he ever question content or try to guide my opinions or conclusions. I was also fortunate in that developers remained respectful through my praise or criticism (except for ONE person - but I’m not naming names).
My favorite articles were undoubtedly the “Challenging Airports” series…which ran non-stop in every issue for ten years. The research for those articles led me to have awesome conversations and e-mail exchanges with pilots from all across the globe. From a LtCdr. that flew C-130s to Antarctica to Dash 7 pilots flying into Courchevel to our very own @Scoop giving me the lowdown on the awful weather along the Irish coast - they provided me with local knowledge, stories, operational details, and photographs that helped bring the airports to life for our readers.
I enjoyed interacting with and learning from my other PC Pilot writers and contributors - some have come and gone over my 13 years - but all were hard working and always tried to “get it right”. They are all top notch researchers and authors and I will miss them. I plan to continue subscribing because the insights they offer come from years of experience and I trust their evaluations…and I enjoy having a paper copy in my hands. I wish them all the best.
And what does this mean for Mudspike? Well, it is my hope that I can be more attentive to the main site (Mudspike.com) and gin up more content with the same eye toward accuracy, but without the constraints of space or time. We will remain free of developer pressure, the site will remain free, and we will not accept advertising. This is my hobby, not a business. Another side benefit is being able to spend more time with my family as my kids grow up faster than my heart can stand. The pages of the calendar peel back at a frightening pace.
Here’s to the future.
Chris “BeachAV8R” Frishmuth