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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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Covering all the points when briefing non-flying onlookers is essential; how they receive that information is variable... By Tony Dring

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Air-brained quiz V

Friday, June 15, 2018

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

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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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A round-up of historic aircraft display and restoration news compiled by Peter R March and Paul Fiddian

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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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Thanks to the ingenuity of designers and entrepreneurs, we now have the widest choice in light aircraft engines for years – and the options are growing. Part one of our survey covers engines up to around 150hp | By Philip Whiteman

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American pilot and aerial photographer Garrett relocates his 1949 Piper PA-11 to Spain, where he finds new rules – but new freedom. Words & photos: Garrett Fisher

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Air-brained quiz IV

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

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Winter weather and deadline pressures conspire to turn an interesting ferry trip into a potentially unhealthy outcome. By Anon

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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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An ATC cadet’s sedate Chipmunk air experience flight unexpectedly turns into something entirely more lively

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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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With a newly-won PPL in his pocket, Steven Lambert and friend Mark Delfosse set out on an ambitious circular European flying tour, visiting six countries in nine days. Words Steven Lambert, photos Steven Lambert & Mark Delfosse

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Air-brained quiz III

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How air-brained are you? Test your general aviation knowledge on matters including safety, history, training or anything related to flying! Compiled by James Allan

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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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An enjoyable day out helping a friend turned into a dash for home before full dark, with avoidable consequences. By James Allan

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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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Seeking to become a commercial pilot can be a calculated risk – especially if you take the modular route – so what are the current employment prospects like? We asked some of the leading professional flight training providers for their views and tips. Compiled by Judith Austin

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Signing up to learn all the get-out-of-trouble tricks they don’t teach in flying school. Words Kat Thurston Tiefenthal

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Owner report: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Custodian and enthusiastic pilot Peter Teichman paints the picture of acquiring, operating and restoring Hangar 11’s Curtiss P-40, now with a new owner in the USA

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Consultations launched by Osprey CSL on behalf of RAF Brize Norton and London-Oxford Airport outline what could represent one of the most devastating blows to light aviation ever seen in the already congested airspace of southern England

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Advice for inhibiting and storing an aircraft that remains inactive during the winter months. Words Bob Grimstead

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Fighting fires from the air is an extreme form of aviation – and not for the faint-hearted. By F George Johnson CS

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