November 14, 2019

The Hawker-Siddley125 range was around for so long that many corporate flight departments tend to overlook it in favour of new and far more expensive biz-jets. And then in 2013 Hawker stopped building it, so now only exceptionally smart operators know how good it is.

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The Walter Extra has become the gold standard for Unlimited Aerobatic aircraft. Many contenders have attempted to dethrone the Extra 300 – but it has just got better and better – and by most estimations, left the others far behind.

The proud owner of the latest Extra in...

Ever since it’s humble beginning the helicopter has inspired and intrigued many; young and old. It has however been an expensive and exclusive contraption in which only a very small percentage of even the aviation fraternity could afford to fly.

With many moving parts r...

Off-road Champion The B-N Islander

There are very few types that remain in production more than fifty years after they first flew. Britten-Norman’s Islander is one of them and it’s not only an iconic machine, it’s also one of the most successful British aircraft ever ma...

November 19, 2018

Pilatus have dubbed their new PC-24 the ‘Super Versatile Jet’. Just how closely does the reality match their promise?

The PC-24 is the logical outcome from Pilatus’s phenomenally successful PC-12. With sales of more than 1,600, the PC-12 single engine turboprop broke th...

May 23, 2018

I was invited to Austria by Rotax Aero Engines to sample a variety of planes with their new 915iS engine. The 915 provides a much-needed increase in power that transforms the light aircraft fleet, designed for 100 ponies, into fantastic performers that really put the t...

April 24, 2018


A Grumman American Traveler, was the second aircraft I ever flew – the first was a Tecnam P92 Echo. In comparison, the Traveler sailed smoothly through the air, with light, responsive yet docile handling, but on the ground that free-castoring nosewheel was a little wa...

February 27, 2018

Considered ahead of its time, the Luscombe Silvaire has never been a common sight in SA, perhaps because of its reputed tricky ground handling. But is this reputation deserved, or is the Silvaire a little-known treasure?

Designer Donald Luscombe’s first venture into avi...

Pushing the Envelope

You have to hand it to the Brazilians – they may have a government that is at times even worse than South Africa’s, but it has not stopped them from becoming world leaders in business jets.

Embraer achieved world beating success when its Phenom 300 b...

October 16, 2017

Built for the Bush

South African’s have a knack for taking already good aircraft designs and making them better, paying special attention to the demands of flying in Africa. Take the Ravin, modelled on the Comanche, and the Bat Hawk which came from the Bantam, for examp...

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