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Flight test: Slingsby T61 Venture T2

Friday, September 8, 2017

Familiar to ATC members, the Venture certainly teaches basic training and airmanship skills but is stuck somewhere between glider and aeroplane. Words Dave Unwin Photos Keith Wilson

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Just three owners in eighty years have all cherished this Swallow, which Pilot already called a ‘great antique’ back in 1973

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An appreciation of ‘the world’s most popular entry-level light jet’ which, after twelve years of production gives way only to another Cessna light jet, the M2

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The sole Bulldog 200 lives on as an example of how a four-seat tourer should handle, if not how it should be built and marketed

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Yak-lookalike it may be, but the Nanchang is a home-grown communist Chinese original with fine handling and excellent aerobatic capabilities

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In a sleek, economical microlight that performs more like a thoroughbred certified aeroplane

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The elegant Piper Comanche still impresses today, especially after a splendid refurbishment. Words by Dave Unwin. Photos Keith Wilson

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Flying this iconic aircraft is a challenge, in terms of preparation, operation and landing — but what a joy!

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Flight Test: G5 Cirrus SR22T

Monday, January 23, 2017

Increased load capacity, enhanced performance, fantastic handling and advanced navigation aids make the ‘fifth-generation’ SR22 the best SEP tourer we’ve seen — full stop. Dave Unwin explains why (Photos by Keith Wilson)

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Flight Test: Yak-50

Friday, January 13, 2017

Taming and displaying the Russian bear has been a challenge and a dream come true (but don’t tell my little Pitts!)

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Flight Test: Bell 407GXP

Thursday, January 5, 2017

This refined seven-seater has the load-carrying capacity, speed and comfort to shake up the helicopter market

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Intermediate aerobatic trainer with classic lines

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Flight Test: World War I Bristol F2b Fighter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

At the controls of the type that in WWI rewrote the rules — the original multi-role combat aircraft

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Flight Test: RANS S-20 Raven

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Whether as a taildragger or ‘nosewheeler’, the Raven would be one to look out for if it were accepted by EASA

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Flight Test: Autogyro Cavalon

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

If you fancy the look and feel of a Robinson R22 but at a fraction of the price — and running costs — try the Cavalon

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Flight Test: Cessna 172 amphibian

Friday, December 2, 2016

Flying or fishing, operating from land or water, an amphibian conversion makes the C172 into a flexible, fun machine

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Flight Test: Scottish Aviation Bulldog

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A British classic full of character and a pleasure to fly

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Flight Test: Zenith 750 Cruzer

Friday, November 25, 2016

Zenith transforms its angular and chunky STOL bruiser into a ‘cruzer’ that retains much of the short-field capability of the original

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Flight Test: Pilatus PC-12NG

Friday, November 18, 2016

The New Generation model builds on the PC-12’s established reputation as the bizjet rival that takes unprepared strips in its stride

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Aircraft for hire: historic P-51 Mustang

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A visit to Belgium to see Robin Olds’ historic machine and meet the famous fighter pilot’s daughter, before returning by air to fly the aircraft – an experience you too can enjoy!

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