The US Postal Service has announced COVID-related restrictions on mail to Australia and New Zealand. These restrictions appear to be in response to policies of those countries. The USPS is returning to sender anything addressed to those countries and has requested that mailers not submit mail for those countries until the restriction has been lifted. It seems that shipping via other services, would cost more, per issue, than the subscription rate for a year. Therefore we will hold all magazines for Australia or New Zealand addresses until the restrictions have been lifted, and send your materials at that time. The USPS' latest update to this announcement was on May 13. We continue to watch this closely.
I've received this from the Sydney Morning Herald (last October, when things first started). Sounds like both sides of the pipeline are trying to make it sound like it's "the other guy's fault". I don't understand why USPS is continuing the delivery suspension based on floods in parts of Australia or slow delivery due to staffing issues in New Zealand, as even if there are backups in those countries at least they would be closer to their destinations. It does mean that if you're from either of those countries your orders are delayed because the USPS won't accept them, not because they are or might be lost somewhere in transit.
The final issue for 2021 has begun appearing in mailboxes. The issue opens with a rare look at a Hungarian pilot with Oberleutnant Franz Čík of the Austro-Hungarian kaiserliche und königliche Luftfahrtruppen by Juraj Červenka. Issue Editor Mike O’Neal continues his examination of American training casualties at Issoudun, for the period May through August 1918. Lee Corbin looks at a surviving U. S. Navy seaplane hangar, still in use today albeit in a new role, in Fly Boys and Boat Boys. Greg VanWyngarden taps Charley Gosse, Charles Thomas and Mike O’Neal for assistance in Alan’s Albatros, which draws on a newly uncovered photo to provide some sidelights on the day. Russell Smith’s cover painting captures the event. In Tangible Links Charlie Walthall and Ted Huscher examine a war souvenir made from an Austrian propeller. Finally, Peter Kilduff reviews books of note in Between the Bookends.