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Flight Tests

Flight test: Pipistrel Alpha BCAR-S

Monday, November 4, 2019

This slippery Slovenian ultralight trainer/tourer, now built to British airworthiness standards, soon dispels anyone's preconceptions of a microlight | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Sherwood Kub

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

This sporty single-seater microlight is available as a factory-built or in kit form, as a trike or taildragger. It comes with folding wings − and 'attitude' | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: F4U-5NL Corsair

Monday, September 30, 2019

Corsair dream… come true: the wickedly powerful naval night fighter that now belongs to the man who admired it as a boy | Words Maxi Gainza - Photos Matthias Dorst

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Flight test: Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Built in Belgium and aimed at the Approved Training Organisations, the latest iteration of the two-seat Sonaca 200 is equipped for instrument flying | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Sherwood Scout

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The versatile, British-manufactured sport aircraft delivered ready to fly or build yourself, with handy folding wings, various engine options, and nose- or tailwheel as the fancy takes you | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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The world's smallest twin-jet is a proper aeroplane, designed by a professional aeronautical engineer − and the progenitor of a whole family of very efficient designs | Words: Bob Grimstead - Photos: Karen Grimstead

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Flight test: G1000NXi Archer LX

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The addition of a Garmin 1000NXi panel makes the versatile Archer even better to fly, both as a training and touring aircraft | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Robinson R44 Cadet

Friday, July 12, 2019

The four-seater with the best safety record in the industry metamorphoses... into a two-seat training machine | Words: Pat Malone - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Robin DR401

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Diesel v avgas - an aircraft with a fine pedigree just got better | Words & photos: Jean-Sebastien Seytre

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Flight test: Questair Venture

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sunny side up - the 300mph 'egg' is not 'cheep' (geddit?) but it's a lot of fun | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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A bargain-basement eleven-seat piston twin with great load capacity and reasonable running costs | Words Bob Davy - Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Schleicher AS-K14

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A good motor glider offers the best of both worlds, and the AS-K14 is not just a good 'un but arguably one of the finest ever made | Words Dave Unwin Photos Keith Wilson

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Air Cadets used to reach for the sky in the T31/TX Mk.3 - and thousands went on to flying careers | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: 385hp Nanchang CJ-6

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Nanchang CJ-6 M14P engine upgrade − making a trainer into a 'fighter' | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Airplane Factory Sling 4

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A nicely-designed new four-seat kitplane with good handling and an excellent cockpit view | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Avro Anson/19

Friday, January 11, 2019

One of the few remaining airworthy Ansons/Type XIXs of 11,000 built, this solid, single-pilot aircraft benefits from two crew operation and a gentle touch | Words: Dave Unwin Photos: Darren Harbar

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Flight test: Alpi Pioneer 300

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Handsome, well-designed, crisp in its handling and speedy, the Pioneer kitplane returns to the UK market with a new agent and the prospect of being available in ready-to-fly form | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Staaken Z-21A Flitzer

Friday, November 23, 2018

Twins but not identical: Bob Grimstead samples two aerobatic Flitzer homebuilts constructed in different hemispheres | Words: Bob Grimstead - Photos: Karen Grimstead

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Flight test: WT9 Dynamic LSA

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Now certified as an EASA LSA, this former microlight can lift a sensible load while maintaining its great performance and handling. It's also beautifully made... Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Proving very popular on the Continent, the ultralight Belgian-built SV4-RS imitates the original Stampe but is not (officially) aerobatic | Words Stefan Degraef - Photos Edwin Borremans

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