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Flight test: Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Friday, August 10, 2018

The long-awaited 505 does what it says on the tin – more simply, quicker and better than the much-loved JetRanger. What’s not to like? | Words Pat Malone - Photos Philip Whiteman

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Flight test: Blackburn B2

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Operated from Old Warden, BAE Systems Heritage Flight’s B2 is the only remaining example of Blackburn’s unusual side-by-side trainer, the launch pad for many an RAF pilot’s flying career | Words: Dave Unwin – Photos: Darren Harbar

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Once a commercial workhorse, the DH83 may look like a ‘fat Tiger Moth’ but the many differences include brakes, more speed, folding wings and a passenger cabin

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Still sprightly at fifty-years-old, the Twin Comanche can give younger pretenders a run for their money | Words Bob Davy | Photos Keith Wilson

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Owner report: FK14 B2 Le Mans

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Funk’s flying 550 - the little green speedster in the sky. By Bernard Chabbert

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Living with the legendary 450hp radial-engined biplane cruiser, which delivers great performance but demands to be flown hands-on. Words: Paul McConnel | Photos Peter R March

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Duxford-based Classic Wings has a new Harvard on its fleet – we sample the flying experience on offer to pilots and enthusiasts. Words Colin Goodwin | Photos Philip Whiteman

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Ripping through an English autumn sky at 125 knots while burning just 22 litres of fuel per hour, or reefing around in a very tight turn the same question keeps bugging us – why aren’t there more of these in the UK? | Words: Dave Unwin | Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Letov LF-107 Lunak

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Making its first flight shortly after WWII, the lively LF-107 aerobatic glider showed great promise until production was curtailed by Cold War machinations and politics. Words Dave Unwin | Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Christen Eagle II

Friday, May 18, 2018

Forty years ago a revolutionary kit-build aerobatic biplane took to the Californian skies on rainbow-coloured wings — the Christen Eagle had landed. Words Lauren Richardson Photos by Lee Howard

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A huge, military-influenced four-seater with comfort, fine handling and what has to be the world’s fastest-extending undercarriage. Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Piper Meridian

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The dream of touring in a turboprop of one’s own is not so far-fetched as it may seem. Words Colin Goodwin and photos Philip Whiteman

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Flight test: Cessna 170

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cessna’s first four-seater model — a taildragger, of course — is now seventy years old. We see how the 172’s grandaddy is bearing up. Words Peter Turner, photos Peter March

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Flight test: Eurofly Minifox

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Eurofly Minifox is an inexpensive single-seat aircraft that puts the pleasure back into flying — What’s not to like? Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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It might look like a PA-28 but is still offers all the fine handling and performance that you would expect from such a distinguished Italian manufacturer. Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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Flight Test: Cirrus SR-22 GTS G6

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Generation 6: Your generation? Onwards and upwards! How does the new SR-22 ‘Generation 6’ compare to the very recent G5? Words Keith Wilson, Photos Keith Wilson & Cirrus Aircraft

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Flight test: Spacek SD-1 Minisport

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Whether you build it or buy it ready to fly, this Czech designed SSDR will put a big grin on your face. Words Dave Unwin, photos Keith Wilson

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The infinitely versatile ‘flying Land Rover’ handles more like a light single than a feeder-liner and freight-hauler. Words by Dave Unwin and photos from Jamie Hunter via Britten-Norman

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Flight test: the versatile Taylor Titch

Thursday, November 16, 2017

To go with our feature on the Taylor Titch’s creation 50 years ago, Trevor Jarvis describes what it’s like to fly

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Flight test: Cessna TTx

Friday, October 20, 2017

Descended from Lancair’s Columbia, and previously known as the Cessna 400, there’s no confusion about the handling and range capabilities of this speedy machine. Words Dave Unwin, Photos Cessna

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