The new year looms large, and with it comes a brand new print edition of Australian Flying. The January-February 2022 issue covers a very broad spectrum of aviation topics from training to air racing, aircraft design, rotorcraft, LSAs and a lot more. You'll find it in the newsagents underneath a night shot of Tecnam's P2010 TDi running up at Essendon. If you haven't got it, go and get it. Inside, you'll find:
With the new World Championship Air Race firing up in 2022, Australia’s reigning champion Matt Hall is preparing to get back on the track. Angela at Avalon caught up with him to discuss the new future of international air racing.
The Battle of the Big Vs
Some LSAs are built for comfort, some LSAs are built for speed. Two good examples of the category are the Pipistrel Virus SW, which is a speed machine, and the Aeroprakt A32 Vixxen, known more for its comfort. Steve Hitchen sent them head-to-head to find out which one would win.
Developing the Future
Disruptors, game-changers. Revolutionary designs are called many things because they are very different from accepted state of technology. In the UK, Hill Helicopters has stunned the world by embarking on the HX50, a design so radical and new it could change helicopters forever. Paul Southwick reports.
The Night Stuff
Is Night VFR general aviation’s most forgotten rating? Paul Southwick sharpens his night moves and reminds us of the challenges and the delights of flying after the sun has gone down.
Lessons from a Logbook
Jim Davis confesses his love for biplanes and recalls wistfully encounters with his beloved Tiger Moth and his love-hate relationship with perhaps the daddy of all biplanes: the Beechcraft Staggerwing.
Fuel for Thought
In an attempt to curb private accident and incidents related to fuel use, CASA has brought in new rules. Angela at Avalon explores what the rules means and examines ways of ensuring the time in your tanks is sufficient to match your time in the air.
Tails to a Tee
They’re the curious, the exotic and the no-so-exotic. The sight of a T-tail aeroplane on the taxiway often generates debate about the integrity of the design and the reasons for having them. Tony Self looks at T-tails from the Tomahawk to the Beechcraft King Air and all stops in between.
Plus Editorial, AirMail, News, Rotors, Products, A Spot of Recreation, Safety Matters, Down to Business, What Can We Learn, Kreisha of Habit and Short Final.