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Today's Pilot April Issue - Available Now News G-News All the latest news from the CAA Register. Farewell 'Fletch' Dave Unwin pays tribute to his friend and colleague, Today's Pilot photographer Steve Fletcher, who was tragically killed in an aircraft accident at the 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo. Flight Test - LoPrestiFury Some aeroplanes excel as tourers, others as fun machines - usually it's one or the other, and very few can do both well. Dave Unwin flies an aircraft that does both brilliantly - the LoPrestiFury Six FREE Landings Yet another six free landings! The featured airfields this month are: Bagby (Thirsk), Campbeltown, Eshott, Old Buckenham, Sandtoft and Tiree Ask The Experts Deliberating about descending or perplexed about parking? Our team of experts can help! Letters How To Become a Commercial Pilot Helen Krasner describes the routes and hurdles along the way to becoming a commercial pilot. Sport Aviation Expo Dave Unwin and the late Steve Fletcher report from Sebring, Florida on the 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo. Reviews Valkyrie's Warhawk Frank Mormillo profiles the Planes of Fame Curtiss P-40 which was featured in the latest Tom Cruise movie. Pilot Portrait - Nancy-Bird Walton In November 2008, in what may have been her last ever interview before her death early this year, the famous Australian aviatrix told Helen Krasner about her remarkable life. Flight Safety Accidents from this month's AAIB bulletin. Going Places - Lelystad Lelystad has a modern general aviation airport, which can be a convenient starting point for anyone touring the Netherlands or as a gateway for longer journeys into Continental Europe. For Mike Naylor, a British pilot based in the Netherlands, it is his home base. Flying the Mil Mi-8 Hip For most rotary-wing pilots, opportunities to fly heavy helicopters in the West are extremely limited. 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