Any news on when the next airliner production book will become available? Also, are there any plans to publish new versions of the "Turboprop Airliners of the World" &/or "Business Turboprops International" books, as my current copies are becoming seriously out of date ! ? Rgds
Thank you for your inquiry. The second of the airliner production books 'Jet Airliners of the World - Boeing' is nearing completion and should be available before Christmas. We are working on the next edition of 'Turboprop Airliners of the World' , but is unlikely to be available until after Christmas. At present we do not have the volunteers to prepare a further edition of 'Business Turboprops International'.
Thanks for the update. I presume the info given by Nigel in his message dated 9th August 2019 relating to a new issue of the "Turboprop Airliners of the World" book was incorrect ! ? Best wishes and stay safe.
Thanks for your post. Just to clarify, 'Jet Airliners of the World - Boeing' was published in autumn 2019. Our original intention was to publish the third and final volume in this series 'Jet Airliners of the World - Other Manufacturers' in 2020. However, due to pressure on the volunteers preparing this book, the timescale has slipped and the plan now is to have it available early in 2021. With regard to the situation on 'Turboprop Airliners' this now may be published sometime in 2021. Nigel Dingley Chair - Publications Committee
Regarding your query about the planned Heron book also including the Dove, I would hope that the logic of our original Dove/Heron book in 1973 continues to this day.
HOWEVER, since I am informed by the BPC that the planned VIKING/VALETTA/VARSITY will no longer include the Varsity, I am not so hopeful ! Both of these planned titles make perfect sense to include the "family" of types. Particularly so with the Varsity, because a great deal of official movement dates on the RAF aircraft record cards were not publicly available when I compiled the original book in 1975. Judging from comments/queries on the Varsity on the current Military fora, there is still quite a lot of interest in the type which deserves the "full A-B treatment" that we can now provide.
As I have said to them directly (via Nigel) I hope the BPC will revisit their decision on this. I am well aware of the small circle of potential compilers of our books, but I hope that there will be an immediate flood of similar support both here and on the Forum!
In regard to Bernard Martin's comments on whether the proposed Viking book would include the Varsity, I think one has to bear in mind that the contents of books we publish must have regard to what the author feels comfortable in providing. In this case, the author was comfortable with writing a history of the civil Viking and had been persuaded and helped in extending that coverage to the military version, the Valetta. After some discussions, it was agreed that we had to leave the Varsity for another day - and another author. Volunteers anyone?
One must also bear in mind the likely size of any book that we produce. These days we endeavour to tell the full and proper story, which is what our members want. The days of the small paperback such as the one Bernard wrote and which came in at 46 pages are long gone.
Also, remember that the bigger a book is, the more expensive and this inevitably has an impact on sales numbers and this in turn affects its financial viability.
As regards Dove/Heron, this is still very much on the stocks but is a complex subject (if done properly and to our standards) and much detailed research is still needed but remains underway.
I see Nigel has answered my Dove/heron query on the other site. As for Malcolm answer here re 'complete info', well i just don't know. I found the detail in the Bristol 170, just overwhelming, and in spite of having some involvement with the type, I just wish the book had been smaller & more accurate on the various aircraft histories. If I wanted all the tech notes I could have gone elsewhere. This 'heavyweight info' I have never bothered to fully read, and as Malcolm says it increases the book price significantly, thereby reducing sales. I hope the BPC look seriously at how much technical data is actually needed in our publications. ian3430C
An interesting view. How about looking at it from a different angle - the detailed production histories could be separated and put into a different publication, either as a companion volume (as with the Austers) or on the web?