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Flight Tests

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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Can a thirty-year-old airframe refurbished by Cavendish Aviation compete with today’s four-seat tourers?

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