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Military

OPINION: What is going on with the RAF's Hawk T2 fleet?

With the RAF now suffering a crisis in its advanced jet training capability following the grounding of its Hawk T2 fleet due to engine woes, Alan Warnes asks why the UK MOD appears to be in disarray and whether or not this will be exacerbated in the upcoming Integrated Defence Review Refresh

Airbus: A400M Atlas C1 a boost for UK Special Forces

Airbus Defence and Space has said the RAF’s fleet of A400M Atlas C1 tactical transports are outperforming the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules C4/C5 airlifters they are replacing, increasing the effectiveness of UK Special Forces operations

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RAF Hawk T2 issues see just two fast-jet pilots graduate in six months

Only two RAF fast-jet student pilots graduated in the first half of the current financial year because the number of flying hours on the Hawk T2 training aircraft at RAF Valley has been significantly curtailed due to a fault with its Rolls-Royce turbofan engine, an influential group of MPs has been told

German CH-53G fleet suffers two emergency landings in one week

Two aircraft from the German Air Force’s ageing fleet of CH-53G Sea Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopters have been forced to perform emergency landings in Germany on two separate occasions in the past week

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Inside the first year of Qatari Hawk operations at RAF Leeming

The Qatar Emiri Air Force is operating Hawks in its new training establishment at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire. Derek Bower explains why

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Commercial

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What aircraft are driving the post-pandemic regional aviation recovery?

Regional aviation bounced back quickly post pandemic. Tom Batchelor looks at the aircraft driving the recovery

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How a fatigue crack caused a fire on Ryanair 737

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published new insights following an incident involving a Ryanair jet at Manchester Airport.

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Qatar Airways and Airbus settle A350 dispute

Airbus and Qatar Airways have settled a legal dispute over the “degradation of surface and paint” and the grounding of the airline’s A350 aircraft.

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Historic

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Doug Matthews: Meet the warbird pilot with 120 world records

Success in the aviation business has allowed this Vietnam veteran and serial record-setter to make a huge contribution to the US warbird scene

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How Willy Messerschmitt sabotaged the Me 262

With its shattering performance and heavy armament, Messerschmitt’s Me 262 was a deadly opponent for any Allied aircraft, yet its impact was only felt during the last few months of the Second World War. Its development had begun in 1938, so what really happened?

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Europe's only flying Cessna T-50 Bobcat - and how it got to Germany

Following an epic trans-Atlantic ferry, Europe has an airworthy Cessna T-50 Bobcat once again

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft Flight Simulator Aircraft and Avionics Update 1 released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator development team has announced Aircraft and Avionics Update I is now available to download.

Palm Beach for X-Plane out now

Orbx has announced KPBI Palm Beach International Airport for X-Plane 11 & 12 is now available.

Cessna 337F Skymaster takes flight in X-Plane

Thranda Design has announced the next aircraft in the Dynamic Generation Series, the Cessna 337F Skymaster, is now available for X-Plane 11 and 12.

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