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Airbus A380

The double-decker Airbus A380 caught the world’s imagination when it first flew in 2005 and still manages to turn heads. This week on Key.Aero, we’re featuring a fascinating collection of articles exploring a wide range of Super Jumbo topics from its origins, to hearing from the people who work with it to find out what makes it tick, and examining why ultimately the A380 wasn’t the commercial success Airbus had hoped for.

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Singapore starts inducting H225Ms into operational service

The H225M is being inducted into the Republic of Singapore Air Force to replace the Super Puma. We visit Sembawang Air Base to find out more about its capabilities

CV-22B remains trapped in Norway as USAF lifts grounding order

Having been grounded for just over two weeks, AFSOC has cleared its 52-strong fleet of Bell Boeing CV-22B Ospreys to fly again, but one example remains trapped on an island in Norway after the tiltrotor was forced to make an emergency landing there on August 12, 2022

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Is Iran going to buy Su-35SE fighters from Russia?

Having been heavily restricted by international sanctions, Iran has struggled to source replacements for its ageing fighter fleets in recent times, but recent comments have indicated that the nation is currently plotting a move to buy Sukhoi Su-35SE Flanker-E multi-role fighters from Russia

Malawi Air Force takes delivery of two MA600s

Although little reported at the time, it is now known that the Malawi Air Force took delivery of two Xian MA600 twin-turboprop passenger aircraft earlier this year from China

Chinese Y-20 in Western airshow first

PLAAF airlifter makes European public debut in Austria

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Historic

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What it takes to restore a de Havilland Dragon Rapide

There’s been the odd setback along the way, but the de Havilland Aircraft Museum’s Dragon Rapide is approaching the day when it will become a prized exhibit.

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When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

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GALLERY: Elizabeth II - the real Queen of the Skies

During her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II flew further, faster and more often than any other British monarch. Key.Aero presents a selection of images depicting her relationship with aviation over the decades

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Commercial

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Embraer exclusive: Fit for growth

Jorge Penalba reflects on Francisco Gomes Neto’s turbulent first years with Embraer, and how the CEO and his team intend to steer the company into calmer waters

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Maeve Aerospace: Leading the charge

Dutch developer Maeve Aerospace is working on a zero-emissions electric passenger aircraft. Mark Broadbent heard more from its CEO, Jan Willem Heinen

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Digital twinning - how can it help aerospace?

What does the digital twin have to offer aerospace manufacturers and their customers? Mark Broadbent finds out

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Flight Simulation

Avro RJ Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator in development

Following the release of the 146 Professional earlier in the year, the Just Flight development team has announced it is working on its successor, the Avro RJ series for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FS Academy – Jetliner review

The product under review here is designed for those who are competent with the rudiments of flying but who would like to progress to something a bit more challenging, which in this case is an Airbus A320.

Airbus H125 for X-Plane released

Cowan Simulation has announced the H125 (previously named the AS350 B3e) is now available for X-Plane 11.

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