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This EASA-approved Slovenian Light Sport Aircraft comes well equipped, handles nicely, is speedy and will carry a decent load over a long distance with great efficiency | Words Dave Unwin - Photos Keith Wilson

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There’s light at the end of the tunnel, at least as far as owner-pilots are concerned – however, it’ll be a while yet before we will see normal club hire and training resume. Meanwhile, even those who have managed to get back in the air might still want to track down one of the handful of movies that truly capture the thrill and romance of flying. Pilot Editor Philip Whiteman makes his selection of the top ten flying films

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Struggling to work out what to get your dad this Father’s Day? Here are 5 great places providing experiences and gifts perfect for any pilot or aviation enthusiast

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Having a Walter Minor engine overhauled in its country of birth encourages a visit – and initiates a voyage of engineering discovery | Words & Photos Tim Cooper

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A tour through the Musée de l’Air et de l’Aerospace’s newly refurbished exhibition halls, based in Paris-Le Bourget’s historic airport terminal building | Words & photos: Philip Whiteman

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This week Pilot magazine Editor Philip Whiteman offers a personal selection of classic books for the (still) isolated aviator – the stuff that will have you twitching to dance the skies again!

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A big ol’ beast with a bit of a reputation, does the Harvard still make sense as a trainer for would-be warbird pilots in 2020? Words: Bob Davey - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Pushing on into challenging conditions is rarely the sensible option | Words: Sam Capie

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For all those frustrated pilots in coronavirus captivity, in a new mini-series Pilot magazine’s Editor presents his pick of the movies and books to while away the hours – and keep the aviation flame burning. This time he has been watching Netflix documentary A Year in Space

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Air-brained quiz XIV

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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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For all those frustrated pilots in coronavirus captivity, in a new mini-series Pilot magazine’s Editor presents his pick of the movies and books to while away the hours – and keep the aviation flame burning

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Flight test: SAAB 91D Safir

Thursday, March 19, 2020

This jewel of an aircraft effortlessly fulfils its triple design role of trainer, tourer and aerobatic machine – and its easy handling will enchant any pilot | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Flight test: ACA 7EC Champ

Thursday, March 12, 2020

It could have been a contender: while ACA’s much improved 7EC was the best Champ of all – and popular with owners – it only saw limited production | Words: Bob Davy - Photos:Keith Wilson

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Flight test: Extra 330LX

Monday, March 9, 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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Tech log: Garmin G3X Touch air test

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Touch to navigate... see ADS-B traffic, monitor CHTs for optimal mixture leaning, set the autopilot or call up many other features. Putting Garmin’s retrofit-friendly G3X Touch and associated avionics through their paces elicits a severe case of ‘panel envy’ | Words: Colin Goodwin - Photos: Philip Whiteman

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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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Only the pilot in command makes the decisions, no-one else | By Shaun Richards

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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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Pilot profile: Captain Jeremy Tweedie

Thursday, January 23, 2020

From pounding the beat to ferrying ostriches, Jeremy Tweedie’s path into aviation and the 747 has taken a few interesting turns | Words: Colin Goodwin - Photos: Jeremy Tweedie

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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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Is the undercarriage really down? Or… get a proper diagnosis before you depart! Words by Richard Pratt

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Are you in the market for a new instructing job or fancy a completely different change of pace? These 8 aviation schools, clubs and centres are looking for candidates now

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Pilot’s Assistant Editor gets ‘upset’ in one of Ultimate High’s Firefly trainers and learns how to recover the situation | Words: Judith Austin

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Operating alone means it’s all down to you, whatever is thrown at you | Words by Douglas Baillie

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