Twenty years ago
A plethora of aircraft was covered in this issue. Two rather different ones were the subjects of the flight tests: the B-17 Flying Fortress Yankee Lady was actually delivered after the end of WWII but nevertheless represents the type’s contribution to it, and, at the other end of the scale, the Cessna
Citation X bizjet, with a Mach .91 cruise at 51,000 feet.
The first UK flight of the Czech Jora microlight pronounced it an “elegant and futuristic little tourer”. Not dissimilar to the Jabiru, the fast-build kit cost around £7,000, minus engine and instruments. An Australian-built DH94
Moth Minor, a monoplane, was put through its paces in New Zealand, while a flying instructor described training Kenyan locals on Italian Magni M-61 autogyros.
On the practical side were articles about landing on skis on glaciers in the Swiss Alps, a glossary of ATC terms in French – still very useful – and an ILAFFT essentially saying ignore that nagging feeling that something isn’t right (even when it all looks OK) at your peril.