Photo File – One Engine For Short Haul

One of only three aircraft on the Pula Airport (PUY/LDPL) apron greets a calm - and slightly foggy - morning. If you had a feeling that this is a bit too elegant to be a Cessna, you'd be entirely right... for despite the name, this is actually a Lancair LC-42-550RG Columbia, a speedy carbon fiber design that Cessna bought some years ago and started selling under its own brand. Like all Lancairs, the LC-42 is notable for its sleek aerodynamics, as well as an enviable power-to-weight ratio, with 310 HP being "responsible" for only 1500 kg of all-up mass. Coupled with a modern propeller, this ratio gives the Corvalis cruise speeds in the 340 km/h range - which puts this little "toy" in the same league with some turboprops...

By me All photos me too While the met office tended to respond with much doom and gloom every time the summer of 2016 came up, out in the (air)field we had mostly been treated to beautiful flying weather all throughout the season, with gorgeous conditions from dawn all the way until the last dusk. …

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