IT'S ONLY got one engine and looks not unlike an overgrown 172, yet it will fly higher, cruise faster and carry more weight a greater distance than the majority of light twins. It's Cessna's top-of-the-line single, the Turbo Centurion.
OVER the phone, Rex Air Charter's Ardmore manager, Brian Sutherland, sounded persuasive. "When are you going to fly our new Texas Taildragger?" "Your what, Brian?" "Oh, I see — that is different." After all, when for years manufacturers have been busting a gut to make their aircraft easier to fly, and then along comes some character from Texas who'll spend more of your money to change your docile old trainer back into a cantankerous little sod that will keep you on your toes every time you climb into it, then that's got to be different. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
"We pilots," laments Western Airline's Flight Operations manager, Captain James LeBel, "can consider ourselves as the fuel flushers of the industry, through whose hands pass the largest daily expenditure of fossil fuel in the world. Every gallon wasted shortens the life of aviation as we enjoy it today." A grim reminder indeed that when all is said and done, even the finest advances in new technology are only as effective as that link at the other end of the chain — the pilot.
With safe energy conservation the theme of the Flight Safety Foundation's 33rd annual seminar, the papers at Christchurch were fairly evenly divided into the "what new technology can do" camp and the "what the pilot can do" side. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
DUE LATE last month on delivery to Eagle Airlines of Hamilton was New Zealand's first example of Embraer's Bandeirante ("Pioneer"). The 21 seat commuter aircraft will initiate a new era for NZ third level airlines — being reared specially for the task and proven on Brazilian third level routes.
In the accompanying article WINGS Associate editor Chris Barlow backgrounds the twin turbine's origins and its present day role as a success symbol of Embraer — the relatively new Brazilian aerospace industry.
CAN THE WORLD'S most desirable executive jet find success and happiness in the unglamorous world of coastal surveillance? The clever folk at Gates Learjet think so, and they are travelling the world to show everyone just why. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
In the October 1979 WINGS associate editor Chris Barlow took a look at Air New Zealand's F27 simulator. In this month's report he turns to it's smaller kin — the Royal New Zealand Aero Club's Vista F207 flight trainer. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
RNZAF basic trainer for more than three decades the North American Harvard is an affectionately remembered aircraft by many an ex-military pilot. In this article Chris Barlow, WINGS associate editor and Air New Zealand Boeing 737 co-pilot, samples the Harvard's appeal. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
PROBABLY MORE US pilots have been initiated into the mysteries of flight by Cessna's ubiquitous 150 than any other aircraft, so it's perhaps not surprising that when the time came for a change, it's successor followed fairly closely the already well proven formula. It's now two decades since, the first 150's emerged, straight-tailed and razor-backed, from the Wichita works, but the intervening years have seen the jaunty little two-seater progressively refined and upgraded to keep pace with the increasingly sophisticated demands of the burgeoning primary training market. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
AT LAST, it's arrived —the aircraft which Piper assures us that 10,000 flight instructors have helped to design: the new technology purpose-built trainer that's going to show Cessna and Grumman the way such affairs should be handled. Does it succeed? Will Piper's new two-seater become the standard by which training aircraft are judged? WINGS report pilot (and Boeing 737 aviator) Chris Barlow recently flew the Tomahawk with these questions in mind. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |