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Flight Tests

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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Flight test: Ultralight Concept SV4-RS

Monday, October 22, 2018

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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Flight test: Percival Provost T1

Friday, October 19, 2018

That’s the Provost, the fine-handling 1950s RAF trainer cleverly configured to lead into fast jets | Words: Peter Turner - Photos: Peter March

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Sharing Goodwood (formerly RAF Westhampnett) with another aircraft famed for its elegant shape and sonorous engine note, Bob, Tim and Emma go out to play | Words Bob Grimstead and Tim Cooper – Photos: Tim Cooper

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Flight test: Robin DR400-180

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tourer and tug − just two of the many uses to which the remarkable and long-lived DR400 design has been put | Words: Dave Unwin – Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Funk B-85

Monday, September 3, 2018

It may not be funky but this almost completely original small aircraft is agile and offers a glimpse into the past | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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First Look: PAL-V Liberty flying car

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Well-funded Dutch company PAL-V has come up with a new concept for a carefully targeted kind of customer – the car that converts into an autogyro | Words: Colin Goodwin - Photos: Philip Whiteman

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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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