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Dave Unwin test flies the latest version of the popular microlight - Comco Ikarus C42C. It’s faster, and nicer to fly!

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Dave Unwin: “I thought the Nynja a great little aircraft that offers outstanding value for money”

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Dave Unwin only managed a few minutes of his test flight in the Sea Fury, but it was long enough to confirm his love for this fighter

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

An extra special flight test of a Vampire T.11 built in 1952; the last T.11 flying in the world & the last RAF Vampire still flying

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Refurbished, retrimmed and kitted out with 21st century avionics, Cessna’s classic two-seater 152 remains a contender in the training market

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

If it had claws, you could land it on a fence post! Originally designed with safety as the primary goal, the Helio H-295 Super Courier offers fabled STOL performance

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

With refurbished RAF Air Cadet Vigilant T1s coming to the civilian market, Grob’s touring motor glider should become even more popular

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Velis Electro has an electrical “fuel” cost of £1 per hour; Pilot’s Assistant Editor Eugenio Facci flies the world’s first certified electric aircraft!

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Made in tiny numbers by Piper and Aeronca standards, the beautifully-engineered Rearwin Skyranger proves to be a delight waiting to be discovered

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Dependable, robust, and able to take full fuel with all six seats occupied, the Piper PA-23-250 Aztec is a landmark of the golden era of GA and a pleasure to fly

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

A flight in the UK’s most successful jetliner as it nears the end of its passenger carrying service (but lives on as a firefighting airtanker) | Words: Bob Davy Photos: via/by Keith Wilson

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Friday, October 2, 2020

It has an unfortunate reputation but it’s fast, aerobatic and looks like a fighter. It’s time to reconsider the Globe Swift | Words & photos: Keith Wilson

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Friday, September 4, 2020

The Yale was originally meant to train scores of French pilots - but ended up in German hands. Flying the only airworthy example in Europe | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Making the first flights in an immaculately restored historic aircraft, notorious for its handling peculiarities | Words: Elliot Marsh - Photos: George Romain

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Coming from a line of aerobatic aircraft designed to challenge the West, this aggressive looking Russian is more ballet dancer than bear | Words: Bob Davy - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

A memorable experience of flying a highly original Grumman Goose − tricky to taxi and somewhat laborious on the water but a benign and fun-to-fly machine in the air | Words & Photos: Nick Lee

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Adapted as an agplane, now enjoying a second life as a glider tug, the only airworthy Mk 23 is a fine flying machine | Words: Dave Unwin - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Friday, May 29, 2020

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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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Whether training budding pilots, ferrying airmen to where they’re required or engaging Axis fighters, these warbirds all played a vital role in bringing about ultimate victory in World War Two

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The best of both worlds: neatly designed, and constructed using a blend of traditional and modern techniques, Spacek’s top performing two-seater is most definitely not ‘just another’ Rotax-powered European ultralight | Words and photos: Marino Boric

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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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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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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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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Predictable and vice-free − although very thirsty − the dependable Alouette’s handling would suit a low-time pilot | Words: Pat Malone - Photos: Keith Wilson

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Monday, February 17, 2020

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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Thursday, January 30, 2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Friday, July 26, 2019

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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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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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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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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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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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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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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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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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