With input from George Kernahan, I created fairly lengthy feedback on a brief article by Martin Best covering Sikorsky Aircraft appearing in the December 2016 Archive, page 2016/180. I first offered it to the Archive editor without success. I then offered it the Aeromilitaria editor just before the last issue of this journal. Again it was not used. Not very encouraging!
Rather than see the feedback go to waste, I am looking for a suitable place to provide it. Constructive suggestions would be appreciated.
While here, can I ask why the Archive section looks so much better than the Aeromilitaria one? Archive is very structured, with a clear statement the exact period it covers, while Aeromilitaria everything is simply put together and presumably anything new is added at the top. I for one would be very happy if Aeromilitaria chose to have the same easy to view structure as Archive does.
Couldn't agree more, Stig. Unfortunately AB is so disjointed, and there seems to be little to no co-ordination between even the most basic 'departments', that there is almost no consistency anywhere. In the case of the Members area, have it like Archive. Or if this is not possible, then at the very least, make sure there is a clear note saying when a particular section/file was last updated. Without this very basic information, it's hardly worth bothering to add it in the first place, as, unless someone looks as a result of seeing a message on the forum (and we know that will only be a very small number), no-one will ever know if there's anything new.
Thank you for your comments regarding the layout of the Aeromilitaria home page in the Members Area, and I am delighted to respond as follows...
The listing page is already in course of change to mirror that of the Archive listing page
Since the changes to the new magazine format there have only been three articles that could not be accommodated in the new magazine, all of which relate to the "crashes" series of documents see below). It is unlikely therefore that you will have missed anything, and we will continue to use a combination of both paper (magazine) and on-line sources to publish various works. One of the benefits of the on-line presence is that we can publish complete documents rather that serialising over many months or even years in view of the inherent size
A new document relating to crashes in Wales and West Midlands will be uploaded to the site as part of the revised page design work already underway
Updates to the website are indeed posted to the Message Board as they are uploaded, but I accept that these notices could be clearer. I am therefore arranging for the Message Board to have a specific folder that is more obvious, to which on-line update notices can be posted.
Thank you again for your comments. The message board is still in it's infancy and we need feedback such as this to enable us to shape our publications be they paper or on-line