Mary Jones Interviewed on Powered Sport Flying Radio
By Dan Grunloh, Editor - Light Plane World, EAA 173888
Mary Jones, longtime writer and executive editor at EAA, was interviewed on the Powered Sport Flying radio show with Roy Beisswenger on December 20, 2011. She is dialing back her work schedule and will soon be part-time or semiretired. She began 28 years ago covering the world of ultralights under the tutelage of Jack Cox and gradually advanced to directing the entire publishing effort at EAA. Also Roy announced he's taking some time off from doing the the live radio show.
She told Roy she has been planning this move for over a year and decided this was a good time to make the move. Less stress is something she had to do for herself, and she hopes to have more time for writing than was possible with all the editing chores. She will still be involved in production of the magazines and newsletters but will no longer be the point person, and you will still see her at events like the Sebring Expo and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh of course. It's a good thing, too, because her writings and articles about ultralights and light planes over the last 28 years have been the "bread and butter" of a whole generation of light aviation enthusiasts. In a letter to fellow writers she admitted the workload the last three years had taken a toll. The addition of new staff members to the publications team made her move possible. Download a podcast of Mary's interview here.
Roy Beisswenger announced that he suspended his nearly 10-year-long weekly online radio show at the end of 2011. He needs a break, and the extra time will allow him to spend more time as editor of Powered Sport Flying Magazine. His Internet radio show began before Internet podcasts existed. They were produced in five different studios under three different companies and featured over 500 two-hour programs featuring interviews with the movers and shakers of ultralight and light plane industry. His work on the program earned him the prestigious Bax Seat Trophy in 2011. The award is given annually to a journalist who communicates the excitement and romance of grassroots aviation, and he was the first recipient to be recognized for online journalism. Roy says the change will free up nearly two full working days every week and will allow for more travel that was previously possible. He hopes to continue with interviews and the production of podcasts but probably not as a live radio show. Archives of the interviews since 2003 can be found through the links at www.PSFradio.com.