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RAF Chinooks return to Estonia and NATO nations announce support for Ukraine

After returning to the UK In August last year, RAF Chinooks from No 18(B) Squadron at RAF Odiham have returned to Amari Air Base in Estonia for operation PELEDA. During the first week they were tasked with transporting defence ministers to a meeting in support of Ukraine.

British Typhoons train with Royal Saudi Air Force 

RAF personnel currently deployed in the Middle East performed a land away and integration with the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) in Saudi Arabia

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

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Commercial

Norwegian signs for even more Boeing 737 MAX

Low-cost carrier Norwegian has agreed provisional terms to acquire more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. On February 6, the Oslo-based company said it had signed a Letter of Intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) in relation to six MAX 8s.

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The secrets to good in-flight meals

It may be plane food, but it’s certainly not plain food, as Tom Batchelor discovers in Delhi, learning about the culinary expertise behind in-flight meals

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Quieter supersonic flight: NASA X-59 chief pilot's insights

Lead pilot David Nils Larson talks to Mark Broadbent about NASA’s latest X-plane, the X-59 Quesst

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Historic

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How the Westland Wasp makes a practical private-owner helicopter

What’s it like for a private owner who’s never operated an historic aeroplane before to take on custodianship of a rotary classic?

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Channel Airways - the story behind the 1960s low-cost trailblazer

The golden livery on its jets wasn’t Channel Airways’ own invention, but a low-fare, maximum-utilisation concept was. Sadly, as the late Bruce Hales-Dutton found out, it wasn’t enough to save this brave British independent carrier 

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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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Flight Simulation

Vulcan for Microsoft Flight Simulator incoming

Just Flight has revealed that the Avro Vulcan for Microsoft Flights Simulator (MSFS) is in development.

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.

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