A month after the abrupt departure of Robert Goyer as Flying magazine editor in chief, the publisher announced Sept. 30 that longtime senior editor Stephen Pope has taken over the general aviation publication.
Pope will lead a redesign of the magazine and relaunch its website later this year, according to the announcement released by Bonnier Corporation Active Interest Network Editorial Director Shawn Bean.
“Steve has 28 years of piloting experience and two decades of aviation journalism under his belt,” Bean said in the news release. “Over the past five years, he has instilled his expertise and award-winning writing skills in Flying as senior editor. We are proud to have him lead the team at Flying and are ready to get the future started.”
Goyer announced his departure on Facebook Aug. 28, though he did not offer specifics beyond stating “it is with sadness that I announce that after 20 years, I am no longer with" Flying. Goyer took the magazine’s top editorial post in October 2010.
Pope, in the Bonnier Corp. statement, said he’s looking forward to his new role.
“I’m incredibly excited to be inheriting such a powerful print and digital-media brand,” Pope said. “We have assembled an outstanding team of journalists that is primed to take us to even loftier heights.”
Flying has been published continuously since 1927, covering general aviation with a mix of aircraft reviews, pilot stories, opinions, and safety advice written by pilots.