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AIRLINER HISTORY: Brabazon Committee Part One

Subject to hesitation, repetition and deviation from the outset, even the most generous soul would shy from claiming that the Brabazon Committee — experts tasked to recommend the best way forward for the development of British commercial aircraft after World War Two — had proven a success. On the 75th anniversary of its final report, we examine the reasons why

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Aeroplane November 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

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DATABASE: HISPANO BUCHÓN - DEVELOPMENT

How Spain came to fit a German fighter with a British engine...

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WORKSHOP: Nursed back to health

With the addition of Spitfire IXT TE308 to its fleet...

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DATABASE: HISPANO BUCHÓN - INSIGHTS

A warbird legend compares the Spanish-built Bf 109 with the German original...

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A Royal Farewell: Reflecting on the BAe 146's RAF service career

Chris Croot sat down with Wg Cdr Delia Chadwick, officer commanding No 32 (The Royal) Squadron, to discuss the life of the RAF’s BAe 146 CC2/C3 fleet and its recent retirement

Angola orders three C295s for multi-role operations

Angola has become the 38th global export customer for the Airbus C295 family of medium-lift tactical airlifters, with the company announcing that the nation has placed a firm order for three aircraft to perform multi-role operations on April 21

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A look at the Dauphin IIs supporting the Royal Navy's FOST mission

A familiar sight in the skies above Cornwall and Devon but less so elsewhere, Ian Harding considers the unique and specialised operations of the Dauphin II helicopter that performs an important Flag Officer Sea Training role on behalf of the Royal Navy

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Commercial

Coronavirus: Airbus Confirms New Cargo Pallet System

European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus is developing a conversion system that will allow freight pallets to be installed on the cabin floor of the A330 and A350 widebody passenger aircraft. The solution will enable airlines to mount cargo shipments to the seat tracks following the removal of the economy-class seats.

Wizz Air’s First Abu Dhabi Destinations Revealed

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced five new routes connecting Europe with Abu Dhabi, the first of its new UAE subsidiary. The airline is planning to launch services to Budapest and Bucharest from June and Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia in September.

Coronavirus: Heathrow Shuts Terminal 4 to Passengers

In a bid to further consolidate operations, Heathrow has completed the temporary relocation of flights out of Terminal 4. The process saw ten airlines switch to Terminal 2 over the weekend.

Wizz Air Resumes Luton Operations

Wizz Air has today (May 1) restarted operations at its London/Luton base despite ongoing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The low-cost carrier has resumed services to 22 destinations from the gateway for passengers whose journeys are deemed necessary.

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Virgin Australia – The Rise and Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip on the commercial aviation industry, Virgin Australia became its next casualty after entering voluntary administration on April 21. Thomas Haynes examines the airline’s history and analyses what went wrong for Australia’s second largest carrier.

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Flight Simulation

TerraFlora for X-Plane 11 Released

Orbx has announced TerraFlora XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Episode 2 – Weather

The Microsoft development team has released the second episode of the Feature Discovery Series covering the atmospheric modelling in the upcoming flight simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator – First look!

In the new issue of PC Pilot, we get hands-on experience for the first time with the upcoming and highly anticipated Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."

AIRPOWER24

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Zeltweg, Austria

The airshow website states AIRPOWER24 will have demonstrations by the Austrian Air Force and international military aerobatic squadrons and participants from civil aviation.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life."

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."

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US Navy airshow

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