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Aviation News May 2024

May 2024 issue of Aviation News in page-turning format headlines with Little Jets in the East End and finds out why London City and Embraer are a perfect match

Vast RCAF gallery on show as book launch beckons

An art exhibition has been launched as a special book celebrating the centenary of the RCAF is due for publication by CANAV books later this year

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Aeroplane May 2024

May 2024 issue of Aeroplane in page-turning format features UK Aviation Museums 2024 - your complete, updated guide to the UK's aviation collections

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Meet the ex-Shuttleworth pilot who became Scotland's first astronaut

In Aeroplane’s monthly interview series, we recount the extraordinary flying career of Dave Mackay

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The 'Bucc' stops here: inside stories of the RAF's last Buccaneer days

Thirty years on, we recall the final service days of the ‘last British bomber’

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Military

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RNZAF Orion back together at Wigram

At Wigram, near Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand’s Lockheed P-3K2 Orion, NZ4203, has been reassembled following its 283-mile move by road from RNZAF Base Woodbourne during September 2023.

Major UK exercise: Will Pantomime put on a good show for enthusiasts?

A major military exercise is due to take place off the North-West of Scotland in June this year according to an open source air traffic advisory UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) supplement.

RDAF cancels 2024 Danish Air Show

The Royal Danish Air Force has cancelled its airshow this year.

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Commercial

Record Stansted Airport passenger numbers

London Stansted Airport registered its busiest-ever year in 2023/24, new figures show.

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First E-Jet Freighter flies

Embraer has flown the first E190F conversion from its São José dos Campos facility in Brazil.

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Airlander 10 starts certification

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has formally begun the process of applying for a type certification for its in-development Airlander 10 aircraft, which it says is “designed to be the world’s most efficient large aircraft”.

Repercussions from Boeing 737 MAX delivery delays

Airlines are having to change fleet plans to cope with delivery delays of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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Royal Jordanian inducts inaugural E2s

Royal Jordanian Airlines’ first two Embraer E195-E2s have joined the fleet. In total, eight examples are expected to operate on RJ’s short and medium-range routes.

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Flight Simulation

Aerofly FS 4 development update

IPACS has announced the 737 MAX for Aerofly FS 4 is now available. The aircraft follows the 737NG, released in November last year.

P-47D Razorback ready for take-off

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Republic P-47D Razorback for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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PC Pilot Issue 151

Issue 151 of PC Pilot in page-turning format features VSKYLABS’ SR-71 Blackbird - a Spyplane for X-Plane 12 - as its cover star

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Upcoming Events

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

International Sanicole Airshow

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Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Established in 1977, the airshow returns in 2024 for its 44th edition.

Abbotsford International Airshow

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Abbotsford, Canada

The airshow website says: "The Abbotsford Airshow was born in 1962 as a partnership between the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Rotary Club to promote aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the Fraser Valley’s largest and most exciting annual events."

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days

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Mošnov, Czechia

The event website states: "The main programme, taking place at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport, features heavy military hardware, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of special forces’ training, flying displays and presentations of armaments, equipment and gear of individual units."