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Category: Flying Machines

Planes without Engines…

Planes without Engines…

...The Art of Gliding. Often described as the closest you can get to being a bird (...without actually being one), gliding is a great way to get involved in air sports and an absolutely fantastic way to see if being up in the air is for you. Gliders are generally sleek, long-winged aircraft with a tandem seat ...

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

The de Havilland Tiger Moth

The de Havilland Tiger Moth - Easy to fly, Hard to fly well One look at a Tiger Moth and you can tell it’s truly one of the legends. There is an air of mystique that surrounds every one of these machines. Pilots never forget the Moth and always speak fondly of it. The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth was designed ...

Aerobatics: The Art of Aerial Gymnastics

Aerobatics: The Art of Aerial Gymnastics

Acrobatics – performed on a bouncy floor by a gymnast, sometimes with a ball or trailing a streamer. Aerobatics, on the other hand, is best described as pushing the boundaries of yourself as a pilot and those of your aeroplane… And it can be a lot of fun that will only improve your flying! So why and how did ...

Top 5 Videos that Prove Gyrocopters are Awesome!

Top 5 Videos that Prove Gyrocopters are Awesome!

Although you’ve probably heard the word ‘gyrocopter’ before, many of us have no idea what one looks like, let alone how they work. They may be familiar to some as the aircraft-of-choice for Dwarves or Gnomes in various popular fantasy role-playing games, but gyrocopters (also known as ‘gyroplanes’, ‘autogyros’ or ...

How does a Helicopter Hover?

How does a Helicopter Hover?

Helicopters are amazing, versatile inventions. Thanks to years of hard work and investment by serious men and women in lab coats, we have the technology to make thousands of kilograms of metal, fuel, people and luggage travel forward at speeds of up to two hundred miles per hour, and then stop and hover, supported ...

Light Aeroplanes

Light aeroplanes are by far the most popular flying machines for aspiring aviators looking to earn their wings. As the first successful powered aircraft (not counting balloons), the invention of the aeroplane marked the first time mankind could practically take to the skies in a controllable way, and the technology of ...

Helicopters

The helicopter is really an astounding aircraft when you think about it. While all other aircraft make use of either forward thrust and broad wings (like a plane) or lighter-than-air gas (hot-air balloons and airships) to make their way into the skies, the helicopter employs a unique mechanism to gain lift. ...

Microlights

In the world of powered flight, microlighting offers the last word in value for money, being not only inexpensive (lessons start from as little as £45), but also a unique and exhilarating flight experience. The microlight experience is also super-flexible, as these small but powerful aircraft come in two very ...

Gyroplanes

Gyroplane, gyrocopter, autogyro or rotaplane… whatever you call them, there’s no getting away from the fact that these hybrid flying machines are just plain weird. Looking like the love-child of a helicopter and a microlight, the gyroplane is one of the lesser-known light aircraft, and although they’ve been around for ...

Vintage Biplanes

If your idea of the ultimate flying experience begins with the phrase ‘Chocks away old boy!’ then a flight in a vintage biplane might just be what you’re after. For an authentic adventure from the golden age of aviation, nothing else comes close to a lesson (complete with goggles and bomber jacket, naturally) in a ...

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