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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: 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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Useless things in an emergency: airspace above, fuel in the bowser, runway behind… and handheld still on the bar | By Roger Haverson

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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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Flying adventures have taken this renowned de Havilland Moth specialist and pilot across several continents in numerous aircraft, and made him many friends around the world | Words: Colin Goodwin Photos: Philip Whiteman

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We round up the latest historic aircraft displays and restoration news. This month features Duxford Air Festival, Abingdon Air & Country Show, Chino Planes of Fame, Le Temps des Hélices and more. Compiled by Peter R March and Paul Fiddian

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Air-brained quiz VI

Wednesday, July 25, 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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Nick Bloom gets his second homebuild Currie Super Wot project off to a slow start – just the way he likes it | Words and photos by Nick Bloom

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To mark certification of the 915, BRP-Rotax invited Pilot to visit its production facility in Austria and fly a selection of aircraft powered by the new 141hp engine | Words Dave Unwin | Photos: Dave Unwin & BRP-Rotax

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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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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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