Supermarine Spitfire Mk26B

Parliamentary briefings and Spitfires – not a typical week

Like most journalists, my life revolves around deadlines. Rarely deadlines set by me - more usually by the publication I'm writing for at the...
Cubcrafters Carbon Cub

Toby’s ‘built in 81 days’ wilderness Cub

Building your own aircraft sounds impossible for most people... until you enter the world of the homebuilt. In the UK, the Light Aircraft Association (LAA)...
Lake Como

10 great flying experiences

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are two of the world's A-listers in the movie business. Morgan is also a pilot. The pair starred in...
video

Cirrus Vision SF50 $2m personal jet arrives in Europe

Back in February 2009, I went to the Cirrus Aircraft HQ in Duluth, Minnesota for two reasons. First, to fly the latest version of...
Flying from Lake Como

Flying floatplanes with Aero Club Como

STANDING on the shore of Lake Como, you look around and see mountains. Great big lumps of rock coming right down to the water’s...

1948 Luscombe Silvaire 8E: gone but not forgotten

I've only ever owned one aircraft though I haven't given up on the idea of owning another one soon, probably as part of a...
Air Algeria

Staying safe in the tough Sahara desert

Air Express Algeria is expanding its fleet of Let L-410 as its steps up to increasing demand for aviation in Algeria's oil & gas...
Airvan GA8

GippsAero GA8TC-320 Airvan Turbo

Eight years ago we flew the GippsAero GA8 Airvan in the UK. We took off from Oxfordshire airfield Hinton-in-the-Hedges with eight people on board,...
Erickson Skycrane

Greece on fire

THROWING open the windows and stepping out onto the balcony, it was like walking into a wall of heat. Temperatures in southern Greece were...

Flying is a thrill… but also a bit geeky

Flying is my passion... flying light aircraft, that is. I have my Private Pilot's Licence and a Rating to fly Single-Engine Piston aircraft. That's...

Fill ‘er up!

FILLING up your aeroplane's fuel tank is a bit of a heart-stopping moment these days. Even a run-of-the-mill Cessna 172 will slam-dunk your credit...
New Zealandvideo

‘Trust the instruments!’ Stunning NZ approach

"Sometimes what a pilot sees in a day, people won't see in their lifetimes." That's an all-too true statement by a pilot who filmed...