Flight Tests

By the end of the 1920s most of Britain's light aeroplanes were de Havilland Moths of one kind or another. Today BAE Systems' Heritage Flight operates the oldest DH60 Cirrus Moth still flying | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Darren Harbar

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Flight test: Extra 330LX

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Ultimate Extra... well not quite - we have yet to test the all carbon composite NG - but the LX represents Extra's original steel-tube 300 series in its most highly developed form | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Aeronca 11AC Chief

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Possessing many benign qualities, the Aeronca Chief earns our respect | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Refurbished Cessna F172N

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

With more power and a glass panel, this refurbished and uprated 1970s Cessna offers almost all the advantages of a new aeroplane at a very attractive price | Words & photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: SZD-45A Ogar

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Noisy and ungainly on the ground, the elderly Ogar's element is the sky where it performs gracefully | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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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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