McClellan Leaves Flying; Will Cover Industry News for AirVenture Today
July 15, 2010 — Mac McClellan and Flying magazine, the publication for which he served as editor in chief since 1990, have parted ways over what McClellan described as a philosophical disagreement with publisher Bonnier Corp.
“My departure from Flying as editor in chief is really a disagreement over editorial direction of the magazine,” he said. Bonnier, which acquired Flying in 2009, has “very specific ideas about how to produce editorial content for its special interest titles,” McClellan said, which includes as much as 14 months advance planning in very specific detail for each issue.
“Aviation is so dynamic, and the process of development and certification of new airplanes and equipment is so unpredictable, I just don’t know how to make those kinds of plans when writing about airplanes, avionics, regulation, and all of the other issues that affect the pilots who read Flying,” he added. “Maybe the new editor can figure that out.
“Obviously, Flying has looked and read like it has for 20 years because that is what I thought served readers best. Now the magazine will get a new look and I hope that it continues to succeed in these very difficult economic conditions in general and business aviation.”
Bonnier named Michael Maya Charles as new editor in chief this week.
But Flying’s loss is EAA’s gain - at least during AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. McClellan has agreed to cover the aviation business and industry beat for EAA’s AirVenture Today daily newspaper, which is published Sunday, July 25-Sunday, August 1.