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FlightSimCon 2015

FlightSimCon 2015 was the most successful flight simulation show in the US in recent years. Richard Benedikz travelled to the event to find out more.


Dealing with Disruption

Sainsbury's Bank has released a guide that offers practical advice if a flight is delayed or cancelled. It details a traveller’s legal rights, and the responsibilities of the airline in case of flight disruptions such as delays and cancellations. Download your copy below or from


First Turkish C-130 with Upgraded Avionics Delivered

The first Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK – Turkish Air Force) Hercules to be modernised with new avionics under the Erciyes programme, C-130E 13188, seen during its hand-over ceremony at TAI’s facilities in Ankara on August 8.


Saving Lives and Seizing Drugs

The Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles covers a wide and very busy area in Southern California. Alan Kenny found out more.


Hosting the Testers

Naval Base Ventura County has the sound of afterburners again while they play host to two squadrons from NAWS China Lake. All images copyright of the author.


Flight Sim 2013: It’s Show Time! (As featured in the new issue of PC Pilot)

Something rather special happened on October 19, 2013 at the RAF Museum Cosford. A group of more than 1700 like-minded people came together to celebrate and share their interest in aviation and fight simulation.


Military Master!

AFM’s Alan Kenny had the opportunity to briefly chat with the BBC’s history expert, Dan Snow, about aviation


48th Fighter Wing in action

USAFE aircraft based at RAF Lakenheath train all year round in all weathers. Alan Kenny was there on December 3rd.



Shayne Meder has been painting military aircraft for 14 years. Alan Kenny travelled to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California to see her latest work


Nellis Air Force Base - A Hive of Activity

Nellis Air Force Base, just north of Las Vegas is one of the biggest and noisiest bases in the United States Air Force. Alan Kenny was there to photograph the busy base in action.


Iceland Preview

Orbx has released screenshots of FTX Global Iceland.


Jubliant Jersey's Magic

With unfortunate cancellations due to the weather, the air display still went ahead. Bob Franklin attending the 2013 Jersey International Air Display. All images by the author.


Air France

Celebrating 70 Years of Service


Army National Guard Flying Units 2013

Below is a list of all US Army National Guard Flying Units as detailed in October's issue of AirForces Monthly (see page 96). Compiled by Tom Kaminski.


Aircraft profile: Short Brothers’ C-23 Sherpa

Far from being the most glamorous aircraft on the US inventory, the C-23 Sherpa has received several less than complimentary nicknames including ‘Boxcar with Wings’ and ‘Flying Winnebago’. Despite this, Tom Kaminski tells us it has proven itself to be a utilitarian workhorse and an important asset that has served both the US Army and the USAF during its career.


Farnborough’s Tribute

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Farnborough when it comes to Britain’s aviation history. Samuel Cody made the first ever powered flight from the north east Hampshire town in 1908, and Farnborough’s airshows over the years are the stuff of legends. Today, the airfield is still very much alive with aviation development work and commercial flying.


Tomcat X Preview Shots

Aerosoft has released preview images of the F-14 Tomcat for FSX.


Pirates of Culdrose

Lewis Gaylard reports from England's most Westerly air show, the RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2013. All images by the author.


Somerset's Finest

Lewis Gaylard attended Somerset's RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2013. Images by Mike Kerr and Bob Franklin.


I predict a RIAT

Alan Kenny attended the 2013 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. All images by Gary Parsons unless stated.


MiG-21B for DCS World - in Development

The MiG-21Bis Fishbed is an independent 3rd party module within DCS:World series and is being developed by beczl Studios in association with The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics.


Preview - Austria Professional HD from Aerosoft

The package will come in two parts, East and West, and will cover the whole country with high definition imagery and all important objects.


One helo of a day

Naval Air Facility El Centro is famed for its large detachments of fixed wing jet aircraft and busy flight line, but when Alan Kenny visited, he found it to be very different to the norm.


Last Flight of Final Royal Air Force VC10 K4

Arriving at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Leiceistershire, today from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, one day later than originally planned, was BAC VC10 K4 ZD241 ‘N’, the last remaining example of this variant in Royal Air Force service.


Keeping it in the family

Rod Dean. Pilot, parent, passenger. AFM witnessed a historic event of 50 years of flying.


Another RAF VC10 Flies into Retirement

An additional Royal Air Force/101 Squadron VC10 K3 made its final flight today, when ZA149 ‘H’ departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, for the final time.


Avalon airshow 2013

Norman Long attended the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport in Victoria to capture the action for AirForces Monthly and


Duxford’s Autumn Airshow tops poll

Mick Britton evaluates why Duxford's end-of-season airshow is the favourite amongst readers.


Challenging Airports! - Saint Barthelemy's Gustav III Airport

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect."- Captain A. G. Lamplugh


Spotlight - The Handley Page Hampden

Here’s a free five-page sample feature from our Spotlight Series.


Sample Feature - Aces Series

Here’s a free five-page sample feature from our new Aces of World War Two series.


Eznis Airways

Although it is barely five years old, Eznis Airways has emerged as the leading domestic airline in Mongolia. Sebastian Schmitz travels to the carrier’s base in Ulaanbaatar to discover the secret to its success.


From the Flightdeck : Boeing 757

Marco Finelli joins the crew of an Air Italy flight from Italy to Brazil.


Duxford Bomber Revival

IWM Duxford is conserving Boeing B-17G ‘Mary Alice’ for future generations. Steve Beebee got a progress report


Boeing Finally Delivers...

US MANUFACTURER Boeing delivered its first B787 to launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) on September 26. Dubbed the Dreamliner, the jet was presented to airline executives by over 500 Boeing employees in a ceremony at its Everett plant in Seattle.


Over and out!

After three years on the display circuit, Belgian F-16 pilot Commandant Aviator Michel ‘Mitch’ Beulen is moving on to pastures new. Mick Britton caught up with him at his final display at Duxford in October.


Thailand’s ROYAL ORCHID - Airliner World, August 2009

2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the formation of Thai Airways International (THAI). Barry Woods-Turner takes a look at how the Asian carrier has evolved over this period and how the current economic downturn will affect its future prospects.


Shoreham Shines!

Alan Key reviews Shoreham Airport’s 2011 event. Images by Gary Parsons


A Grand Day Out!

Mick Britton reports on another American Air Day at IWM Duxford


Talking point: RIAT 2011 – how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, held at RAF Fairford over the weekend of July 16/17.


Florida One Construction

Southwest Airlines shows how its logojet ‘Florida One’ was produced from parts to flying.


It was always less bovver in the hover…

Mick Britton mourns the passing of the Harrier from RAF service.


From FIMA to A400M

AIR International reviews the history of Europe’s new transport aircraft, the Airbus Military A400M one year on from its first flight.


Workhorse still going strong

The DC-3 first flew 75 years ago, but still flies across the globe. Airliner Classics reports.


Boeing’s Big Year

Boeing’s test fleet has been an incredibly busy since December 2009 with the first flights of both the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 updated Jumbo Jet. AIR International and Airliner World magazines have been covering the action.


VSTOL flight celebrated at Dunsfold

It was 50 years ago that test pilot Bill Bedford lifted off in the prototype Hawker P.1127 at Dunsfold. Two Harriers recently paid a return visit, just weeks before the type is retired from service with British forces.


Lightning shock

AIR International’s Editor Mark Ayton and’s Editor Gary Parsons report on the F-35’s flight test programme.


Talking point – SDSR: Harrier axed

This week's UK Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) has announced the end of the Harrier in RAF and RN service. Tell us what you think about this!


The legend of 'Bravo November'

With the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross to Flt Lt Ian Fortune of the Royal Air Force, it also marks the fourth time a pilot of Chinook HC2 ZA718/BN, otherwise known as ‘Bravo November’, has received decoration for bravery while piloting this helicopter that still serves on the front line.


Postcard from Italy

The Italian Air Force’s Frecce Tricolori aerobatic display team celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 11/12 with a major airshow at Rivolto, near Udine.


Jersey fends off the wind was in Jersey for the Channel Island’s annual airshow, held each year to raise funds for the Royal Air Forces Association.


Duxford’s American Air Day paid a visit to Duxford for its recent American Air Day, held on August 20.


airBaltic - The big airline from the small country

Airliner World magazine reports on the airline’s plans to be a force in European skies following Latvia’s entry into the European Union.


Elvington’s Wings & Wheels

Despite the Great Yorkshire Airshow’s demise, Elvington Airfield still hosts some flying events. visited the ‘Wings & Wheels’ event held over July 31/August 1.


Newcastle International Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Newcastle International Airport in the North East of England has celebrated its 75th anniversary - was there.


Talking point: Farnborough - how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, held over the week of July 19 to 25.


Talking point: RIAT – how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, held at RAF Fairford over the weekend of July 17/18.


Harriers and Auriga

Sqn Ldr Paula Willmot, MCO RAF Cottesmore, reports on Joint Force Harrier's biggest deployment since Afghanistan.


Diosdado Macapagal – Living with Mount Pinatubo

In 2008 Airports of the World visited the former Clark Air Base in the Philippines and discovered how it has been revitalised as a commercial airport in the wake of the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.


The Big Stuff! looks at flying airliners for fun in our latest flight sim guide.


BA fires Virgin into Space!

In an exclusive interview with executive business channel, Virgin Galactic’s President Will Whitehorn explains just why innovation goes so much deeper than just being “the next step” in business.


June at Newark Air Museum? It must be Cockpit-Fest!

Howard Heeley/Down to Earth Promotions previews this year’s Cockpit-Fest at the Newark Air Museum in Nottinghamshire.


Nimrods find new homes reports from Yorkshire as the first Nimrod MR2 finds a new home.


Duxford can ‘spring’ a surprise takes a quick review of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford’s season-opening spring airshow, about to celebrate its tenth year.


Beware of a low flying café!

An unusual eating place in New Zealand where enterprising New Zealanders have found a novel use for one retired Douglas DC-3.


Apache reservation takes a brief look at 16 Air Assault Brigade at Wattisham Airfield, home to the Army Air Corps’ fleet of Apache helicopters. For more on the Apache and its operations, see the April issue of AIR International magazine.


Talking point: Airshows – ask the CAA! will be talking to the UK’s Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) in the run-up to this year’s airshow season – only you’ll be asking the questions!


Modelling in Somerset

In the first of an occasional series on aero modelling, visits the Fleet Air Arm Museum's Model Show, held on February 13 at Yeovilton in Somerset.


Getting the gig!

The 2010 Royal Air Force Hawk display pilot, Flt Lt Tom Saunders, writes for about the start of his pre-season display activities.


Invasion of the Body Scanners! takes a brief look at the new body scanners being introduced at UK airports this year. For a fuller feature see the April issue of Airliner World magazine, on sale in early March.


Talking point: Red Arrows: Time to go? poses the question: should the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows be disbanded, given the state of the defence budget?


Maritime times talks to Harrier pilots from the Royal Navy’s Naval Strike Wing at RAF Cottesmore about life aboard an aircraft carrier. For more on the NSW see the February 2010 of AIR International magazine.


Wonderful Westhampnett was at the Goodwood Revival, held over the weekend of September 19/20, 2009. Goodwood’s motor racing heritage is well known, but few realise it started life as a retreat for Hurricanes from nearby RAF Tangmere.


Whither the F3? looks at the Royal Air Force’s fighter force, now a mere shadow of its former self.


Talking point – UK defence: what would you do?

Imagine you are the Secretary of State for Defence and tell us what your UK defence forces would look like.


RAFA Airshows – East Kirkby takes a quick look at the Royal Air Force Association’s first airshow to be staged at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire.


Flying at the speed of sight looks at the good work that the ORBIS ‘Flying Eye’ hospital does around the world in saving the sight of thousands of people.


Poll result: Which one will fly first? 787 or 747-8?

Well, the 787 finally made it into the sky and in doing so beat its sibling 747-8, which is now expected to perform its maiden flight early in January.


Duxford’s ‘dark side’!

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford is well known to many, but its north side, on the other side of the A505 main road, has a history unexplored by most visitors. was invited along on one of the first ‘Unseen Duxford’ tours.


Airliner Classic: Airbus A300 – the beginning for a giant reviews the development of the model that represented Airbus’s first entry into the commercial aviation market.


Best job in the world! talks to Squadron Leader Ian Smith, who has just taken over as the ‘Boss’ of the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.


Right to reply: the CAA speaks

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority generally gets a ‘bad press’ on the Internet – thought it deserved the chance to answer some current burning issues.


RAFA Airshows: Jewel of Jersey

Jersey’s annual free air display has been a feature of the post-war years in the Channel Islands – thinks it should be considered as one of the UK’s premier events.


RAFA Airshows: Shoreham’s 20 years talks to Don Bean MBE, organiser of the Shoreham-by-Sea Airshow, one of a handful staged to raise money for the Royal Air Force Association.


Talking point: Thames Island Airport a step closer?

The notion of developing a new airport in the Thames Estuary has been debated for decades. What do you think?


Night shooting at Newark

Newark Air Museum’s fourth ‘Day Night Photo Shoot’ took place on October 17, 2009


Solo to Red in one easy move

Flt Lt Dave ‘Horse’ Davies has gone straight from solo Hawk display pilot to the Red Arrows in consecutive seasons. spoke with him at RAF Waddington about his jet-set life.


Flying low & slow! looks at the choices available to the private pilot in the flight sim world.


Hardware - Cockpits

In the third and final part of's look at flight simulation hardware, here's the serious enthusiasts’ end of the market.


Hardware - Controllers

In the second part of’s look at flight simulation hardware, we investigate the many different Flight Control systems available on the market.


Hardware - Computers

In this first part looking at flight simulation hardware, looks at what PC requirements may be needed.


Air Combat Simulation - Kick the tires and light the fires!

Getting the best out of your combat sim - a brief guide from


Queen of its time

Although the aviation industry has made dramatic moves forward over the past 40 years, the Boeing 747 has aged gracefully. charts the history of an aircraft that became an icon of the 20th century.


Time machine

Passengers would leave London’s Heathrow Airport at 10:30am aboard Concorde and arrive in New York at 09:30am the same day - business people still had an entire working day ahead of them. looks at the history of one of the most iconic airliners of all time.



As it celebrates its 55th anniversary, looks at Boeing’s 707, the ‘granddaddy’ of the modern airliner.


Amiable Arrow flys the ubiquitous Piper Arrow, familiar to many private pilots.


Spitfire delight

Every boy's dream is to fly a Spitfire...


Grappling a Grob

With the Royal Air Force’s new Military Flying Training System about to come into effect in the next couple of years, tries out the military’s basic trainer, the Grob 115E Tutor, also popular with private pilots.


Flight of the Butcher Bird reports on the highlight of Flying Legends 2009, held over July 11/12.


King of the airshow

Just before the 2009 Royal International Air Tattoo, spoke to Tim Prince, one of the founding fathers of the Air Tattoo about its troubled 2008 and plans for the future.


Moths gather at Mildenhall

As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations at RAF Mildenhall on May 15, the Americans invited a gaggle of veteran aircraft to recreate the start of the historic England-to-Australia air race, held on October 20, 1934.


Bring back ‘Air Fete’!

Mildenhall’s 75th Anniversary event in May brought back memories of the much-missed annual ‘Air Fete’.


Duxford’s new Typhoon reports on the unveiling of the Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) most up-to-date exhibit, the Eurofighter Typhoon.


Fortress fortitude looks at the B-17 Preservation Society's trying time over the last two years.


Defending the Barracuda spoke to Bertie Vigrass OBE about the Fairey Barracuda and its infamous reputation.


Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown flies F-35!

One of the guests of honour aboard HMS Illustrious at Greenwich for the ‘Fly Navy 100’ flypast was legendary test pilot Captain Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, FRAeS, RN.


London's Naval inspection was aboard HMS Illustrious for the Fly Navy 100 flypast over London.


‘Big Tel’ tells it like it is got a chance to speak with Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB at the Fly Navy 100 flypast at Greenwich.


Carry On, Harrier looks at the future of the Royal Air Force's Harrier Force on its withdrawal from operations in Afghanistan.


Waddington evolves looks at the recent changes behind the scenes at one of the UK’s largest military airshows. All images are from the 2009 event, held over the weekend of July 4/5.


Pretend war at Warminster

Press and invited guests had the opportunity to witness the British Army and Royal Air Force in action at the ‘Land Combat Power Display’, held near the Land Warfare Hall, Harman Lines, Warminster in Wiltshire.


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