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.
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!