It's one of those situations magazine editors always dread. You believe something is going to occur before your next publication date, and so you decide to make that particular event your cover story. It's risky, but as long as you have a backup plan, then you're OK.
That's the situation the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly was in. We had reason to believe that the first flight of the first U.S.-built Airbus jetliner would occur before our April 5 deadline. So we went ahead and planned to do a package of stories as our cover subject.
When Airbus announced on Friday that the test flight of an A321 jetliner it built for JetBlue would occur Monday, March 21, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief. True, we had plenty of other stories in the package that could have been on the cover, but the first flight is historic.
Sometimes, you just got to trust your instinct.
As part of our plan for the April magazine, we launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter so folks who want to congratulate Mobile and Airbus could do so in a single-page house that will include the names of the contributors who want to be listed. If we don't reach our goal, we won't have the ad.
As for that first flight, we'll be there Monday of course, and we'll post something on our
daily aerospace corridor news feed. If you don't get that feed and
you're interested in all things aerospace in the Gulf Coast region, you
might want to subscribe. It's free, or you can just make it a
point to check the feed regularly. You'll be surprised just how much
aerospace activity goes on in this region.
But you can also just wait until we publish the magazine.