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The well-known D.H. Hornet Moth (above) which is now in production again, provides exceptionally comfortable transport for two people and their luggage. On the right can be seen the v.p. airscrew version of the five-seater Heston Phoenix which is one of the quietest single-engined machines on the market. (Flight photographs.) monoplane,which should, by now, be in the air. The Mark I I I version is a low-wing cabin monoplane in wood, wdth slots and flaps, accommodating four people seated side by side in pairs, and powered by a Gipsy Six engine. Generally speaking, the structure of both this and the Mark IV modelwhich is similar, but fitted with a Gipsy Major and carrying two people seated side by sideis orthodox, but experiments are being carried out with a new type of flap arrangement in which the flap itself may extend, if necessary, to the wing-tips. It lies ahead of the ailerons and is hinged to the rear spar. When it is lowered there is a gap between the flap and the wing surface to permit the necessary airflow over the ailerons. International Aircraft and Engineering, Ltd., Barton Airport, Barton, Beds.

INCE the Luton Minor and Buzzard S were first introduced various slight modifications and improvements have been made to both, and an enlarged version of the former is now being built. The Minor, which is a conventional tractor monoplane of parasol lay-out, has a redesigned fuselage and tail, and an orthodox undercarriage has been fitted in order t h a t the fuselage may be lifted well clear of the ground. The Luton Anzani engine, which is the standard power unit for both this machine and the Buzzard, has been cleaned u p and is available with dual ignition. A highefficiency pusher type, the Buzzard is interesting particularly because it is fitted with split trailing-edge flaps to

steepen the approach and reduce the landing speed. Meanwhile an enlarged two-seater version of the Minor, to be known as the Major, is in course of development. This will have folding wings and an enclosed cabin. Luton Aircraft, Ltd., Phoenix Works, Gerrards Cross, Bucks.


INCE the long-awaited Miles Whitney Straight made its first official public appearance at the beginning of this year Phillips and Powis Aircraft have been busy catching up with the large number of orders which had already been received and which have come in since. In many ways the " S t r a i g h t " has set a new

O the sponsors of the Drone must go T the credit for the first serious development in recent years of the genuine ultra-light type of machine. Progressing in stages from what was originally only a powered glider t h e present de luxe Drone can be considered as a real aeroplane with a lowpowered engine. The Drone has been produced with various power units-, the most recent example being fitted with an Ava flat-four two-stroke. No particular degree of skill is necessary in flying the Drone, and Mr. Kronfeld has developed an interesting ground training scheme with special machines, the pupil graduating from a plain " P e n g u i n " to a machine which flies, but only just, and thence to the Drone itself. Kronfeld, Ltd., London Air Park, feltham, Middlesex. Something new in private owner types: the Hordern-Richmond twin-engined monoplane shown with the wings folded. Production awaits the appearance of a suitable power unit. (Flight photograph).