Friday, May 21, 2010

A Pilot Writes...

John Drake, the, er, 'joystick jockey' who I accused of buzzing Ramsgate on Monday has been in touch via email. He writes:

Egomaniac flyboy. That's me apparently.... Sorry you didn't like the show but it wasn't meant for you, wasn't impromptu, and was as safe as houses.

Having said all that, if it did wake you up, I understand that that would be a bit annoying, we've all got the right to a little nap in the afternoon. And I do appreciate a good moan as well every once in a while, generally about some crap in the Daily Mail, or having to unload the dishwasher. It's cathartic, that's what it is, so if it makes you feel better, keep doing what you do but understand the world is a myriad of greys, little is black and white.


Actually, John's display was in honour of one of the Dunkirk 'little ships', the slightly leaky, 85 year old motor sailor 'Anne', which some chap in Scotland has been restoring all winter, and which had just been delivered to Ramsgate ahead of the 70th anniversary commiserations. Click here to read more.

John continues:

I understand the noise issue and try and avoid disturbing others when practicing etc. What riled me a bit was the comment suggesting I was unsafe. I'm a professional pilot and safety is always at the forefront. The aircraft, which I did buy as 'junk', was restored by myself and a team of friendly engineers and she's now certified for public transport flights, the highest level of safety certification. So, safe, a bit noisy, maybe the tiniest bit of ego in that I was saluting the hard work and dedication of a friend whilst showing off my own efforts.

And I certainly wasn't jerking off up there...


Oh well, that's nice to know John. May all your landings be happy ones!

28 comments:

Rearend said...

And his photo is a bit better than yours. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the flight was a stunt to bring publicity to Infratil's intention to sell chas n dave airport.

NZ press say Infratil could include the British airports Prestwick and Kent in the next round of divestments...

Anonymous said...

A resident writes

"F*ck off Biggles and show off somewhere else."

Anonymous said...

So, because you are a pilot this must mean you put safety first. Just like all motorists put safety first?

Anonymous said...

Errr feck off, we have our very one "Ramsgate First"!!!!! I will not stand idly by without Condoming the actions of 'Biggles'

Anonymous said...

Don't com-plane

Don't ex-plane

Just fly plane


Army Air Corps, the home of wise aviation. Hope this was helpful. Guidance to our brash young siblings (RAF and RN) kindly proffered.

Anonymous said...

"Condoming the actions of 'Biggles'"

You mean you intend to cover him in rubber to stop him jerking off everywhere?

Anonymous said...

It's great to know that pilots never make errors of judgement. I really feel so much safer.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you arseholes get a life. You lead mundane sad lives and have fuck all to do except moan and moan your way through it. When you reach its end you'll be bitter. How many of you twats drive? Your car makes a noise, it pollutes and many are often defective so take your hypocritical small minded brains and stick what little of them you have up your fat arses.

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was brilliant to see! Thank you Mr Pilot!

Malaprop said...

12.24

Spot on, but you'll find little support here.

The Rock said...

So eloquently put, Anon 12;24, reiterating my frequently made comments about Thanet moaners but with far more panache and style. Back in the '30s folk used to complain about low level RAF planes and then just a couple of years later they were cheering them as they won the Battle of Britain. Long may we have folk who do a bit more than wake up to see what they can whinge about today. Mind you, I suppose I would be expected to have some bias towards the wide 'blue' yonder!

Michael Child said...

I think some of you may appreciate this stance on aircraft noise in Ramsgate http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/2009/02/ramsgate-racism-and-aircraft-noise.html

Anonymous said...

Nice moan, 12:24.
Possibly moan of the thread.

Samantha said...

I'm against the airport but enjoyed John's display. I do have a car, but it's one of those new hybrids so it doesn't make much noise or pollution. However, it is a Toyota so it could well be defective.

As a result I can't quite decide where I stand on the whole twat/arsehole scale. Please help me make up my quite large mind as it's going to take quite a lot of fortitude to ram it up my slim, trim arse.

Anonymous said...

And, I suggest, Samantha, a BIG jar of vaseline

Samantha said...

Vaseline would give me a petrol head, so in all honesty it would have to be KY.

Lucy Mail said...

Goodness gracious me, Dicky. I'd ask for you money back on that last case of Krug, if I were you.
With a line like 'May all your landings be happy ones', it would appear that you bought one manufactured from sour grapes!

Lucy Mail said...

Might be easier, and more comfortable, to stick your arse in your head, maybe?

Samantha said...

Well I used to be able to lick my own minge Lucy, but it's all behind me now.

The Rock said...

Samantha, as you enjoyed the aircraft display I am sure you are exempted from the 'asshole' category. Mind you, your description of your trim rear end probably caused something of a flutter or two amongst the 'Viagra' brigade on these pages!

Lucy Mail said...

I would offer to help you out there, Sam, but after months of rehab, that's all behind me too.

Samantha said...

Thanks Rock. Like John's plane I'm a vintage piece. But I have been well preserved and can still pull a few stunts.

Lucy Mail said...

Though I would confess a small, almost negligible urge to play with your tits, for a bit.

Anonymous said...

Hear hear 12:24. And why should we stop with an airport at Manston? Why not volunteer Thanet to host a new nuclear powerstation, a waste incinerator and a steelworks. Jobs are all that matters and these moaning minnies should all get lost. That's the democratic solution to Thanet's problems.

P.S. Could somebody stop the two wrinkled old women reminiscing about sex-lives they wish they'd had?

Lucy Mail said...

Or stop encouraging the sex life that you DO have, as it's costing you a fortune in Kleenex?

FYI, I had my fill a couple of times last night, and a hair of the dog this morning, to ward off the hangover.

Lovely!

Anonymous said...

My God, ECR. Are you really going to let this old biddy come on your blog, boasting about her bestial tendencies? What did the poor dog do to deserve this on a Sunday morning.