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An aviation obituary of Hrissa Chouridis-Pellissier on AeroVFR (local copy in English)

Youngest pilot in France, with only 100 hours and a PPL, she became a journalist with Aviation Magazine and ferry pilot for Wassmer; they were sued by the pilots’ trade union. She regularly delivered D.112s and D.120s to France and colonial Africa (a considerable market for French aircraft) as far as Chad. The Super-IV flights have already been mentioned (South Atlantic crossing, global circumnavigation). All VFR of course

EGHO-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

Thankyou for posting that Capitaine. I had heard of her but knew little about her. Quite extraordinary. I doubt if those adventures could be repeated today.


Thanks for sharing this @Capitaine!

LSZH(work) LSZF (GA base), Switzerland

A WA4/21 (the one I really like) on planecheck (pdf). The width of the cabin is apparent from the spacing of the instruments, and I’ve just noticed the engine controls have the propeller on the left and throttle in the middle.

EGHO-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

A German CE43 on planecheck (pdf)

EGHO-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

A WA52 on planecheck (pdf) and a WA40 on the RSA (pdf)

EGHO-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

WA54 on planecheck; pdf

EGHO-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

A couple of corrections on the CE43:

CE43 Guépard(leopard)

A guépard is a cheetah
A léopard is a leopard 🤦

‘French Bonanza.’

The June Info-Pilote magazine disagrees with this analogy, saying the CE43 is slower due to a thick wing and smaller engine, but has greater range and payload. A PA32 is a better comparison, or maybe a 6-seat TB20. It’s a shame Wassmer ceased manufacturing, because with a bigger engine, club seating, and maybe de-ice, it would have been a very capable machine. Even so, there probably wasn’t a market in Europe to support volume production.

EGHO-LFQF-KCLW, United Kingdom

Not strictly correct Wassmer are now Issoire Aviation manufacturers of the Lionceau, Lion and Simba. Nice aeroplanes with low.running costs. The clubs operating.them seem very happy, bit I don’t know of one owned by an individual.


It’s now Issoire Aviation but some (if not all) wassmer planes CDN have been dropped, and so they are orphaned planes. I met a guy who had (has) a CE43 and was really enjoying it, performance were close to TB20.

LFMD, France
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