A visual celebration of the wide and colorful variety of the world's light aircraft, old and new, organized from A to Z by manufacturer, this book illustrates more than 800 light aircraft types that are likely to be seen when visiting smaller airports and airfields across the globe. The text explains how each type relates to other models from the same manufacturer and describes the differences between sub-variants, giving the numbers built. For some types, an indication is also given as to how many are currently active. The aircraft fall into the following categories: mass production aircraft built in the thousands by major manufacturers such as Beechcraft, Cessna, De Havilland, and Piper; lesser-known but important production and homebuilt aircraft, typically built in reasonable numbers and likely to be seen at the local airfield; and finally, a selection of older aircraft that continue to be flown and cherished.
Ron Smith is a British aeronautical engineer, author, photographer and historian. His has written a five volume history of the British aircraft industry British Built Aircraft, Cessna 172: A Pocket History, and Piper Cherokee: A Family History. A joint aviation memoir Two Up has also been published relating Ron? joint experiences with his twin brother Jim, a number of whose photographs are also included in this work.
Ron has worked on helicopter preliminary design, previously chairing the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Rotorcraft Committee and serving on the American Helicopter Society Technical Council. He is also a Fellow of the RAeS and a member of the Vintage Aircraft Club.
He has a near-fifty year collection of aviation photographs and a UK pilot license. He has owned five different light aircraft and brings a wealth of knowledge to his subject.

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