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Malta’s sole Islander to be upgraded

Britten-Norman has been contracted to provide a mid-life update for the Armed Forces of Malta’s sole BN-2T Turbine Islander light utility aircraft

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 41

Welcome to the 41st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

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This aircraft was nearly the world’s first jetliner

The Avro Canada C102 Jetliner could well have been the world’s first jet-powered airliner but it was beaten to the skies by the Comet. Key Aero presents a selection of incredible pictures showing this rare aircraft

London City rolls out remote digital ATC tower

After months of testing, the system has been introduced into service for the first time

Quiz: How well do you know your airline identifiers?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz tests your knowledge of airline identifiers. Whether it's a callsign or IATA code, let's see how well you really know them. Let us know what score you get!

QinetiQ adds three new helicopters to its fleet

UK-based QinetiQ has invested in three more helicopters as part of the continuing modernisation of its fleet

America's newest airline makes first flight - and we were on it!

It’s not very often that an airline launches, especially during a pandemic. But the US has gained its first new mainline carrier in 15 years and Key.Aero was onboard to experience its very first flight

Saab makes final offer for Finland’s HX fighter programme

Swedish defence company Saab has presented its best and final offer for Finland’s HX fighter programme, the last of the five industrial participants to do so, outlining a package of 66 aircraft across two types

VMFA-211 F-35Bs arrive in the UK ahead of carrier deployment

Ten USMC-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs have arrived in the UK prior to joining the Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), for its 28-week maiden deployment, which will begin in May

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Aeroplane meets Carl Scholl

Becoming one of the warbird industry’s great specialists on the B-25 Mitchell has led to many colourful exploits...

Germany’s first Eurofighter receives P2Eb software upgrade

For the first time, a Luftwaffe-operated Eurofighter EF-2000 multi-role fighter has been integrated with new PE2b software – an innovative package which includes a number of capability upgrades

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How pilots are helping each other during the pandemic

While few areas of the economy have been left untouched by the pandemic, aviators have perhaps had it tougher than most. Tom Batchelor learns more about a pioneering charity that is helping those with clipped wings

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Spotting in the good ol' days

Passionate aviation photographer and enthusiast, Dirk Grothe, shares some of his most stunning images from the observation deck at Frankfurt Airport during the mid-1980s –a time filled with colourful airlines and a rich variety of aircraft

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Presidented access: Inside the development of the next Air Force One

It is possibly the world’s most famous aircraft, but relatively little is known about it. A new documentary with rare access to Air Force One changes all that. Tom Batchelor spoke to professional pilot and documentary producer Scott Bateman to learn more...

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Interview with boss of Wizz Air UK

Founded as a Brexit contingency plan, in just three years Wizz Air UK has grown into its own fully-fledged airline. Thomas Haynes caught up with Owain Jones, the carrier’s managing director, to find out how it has handled the pandemic and what its plans are for future expansion

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How helicopter airlines work

It’s not often that we feature rotary aircraft in Airliner World, but as Howard Slutsken reports, there’s something a little different going on in Vancouver...

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Why the Britten-Norman Islander is big in Germany

One of Britain’s smallest yet most successful airliners, the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, is big in Germany, as Andreas Rohde discovers

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Inside the world of passenger-to-freight conversions

As more aircraft are retired from passenger service, the abundance of airframes available for conversion is seen as a cost-effective alternative to new-build examples. Nigel Pittaway explores some of the passenger-to-freighter options on the market from both the manufacturer and third-party providers

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The development of fly-by-wire technology on airliners

Fly-by-wire technology on commercial airliners was a revolution. However, such radical changes prompted some to consider the merits of automation over human control, as we discover in this exclusive extract from a new book

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Airliner World RecoveryWatch May 2021

In the very first of our new RecoveryWatch series, the Cirium team assesses how many aircraft are still in storage at locations around the world

FlyPast Podcast Episode 19

With museums set to reopen on May 17 (fingers crossed!), we chat to Darren Priday at the RAF Museum at Cosford...

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Aeroplane June 2021

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Airliner World June 2021

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Top Aces gains German adversary training contract

Germany has contracted Canada-based Top Aces to provide fast-jet adversary air training services for the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces)

146 Professional Takes Flight in X-Plane 11

Just Flight, in partnership with Thranda Design, has released the 146 Professional for X-Plane 11.

 

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!