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Military

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What it takes to fly the Rafale in the French Air and Space Force

With the latest group of pilots ready to train for the multi-role combat jet, Babak Taghvaee looks at what it takes to fly on the front line

USAF bids farewell to final Combat Coyotes

USAF personnel assigned to the 711th Special Operations Squadron at Duke Field, Florida, bid a fond farewell to the PZL-Mielec C-145A Combat Coyote for the final time after a decade of serving Air Force Special Operations Command

New fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter for Ireland’s Garda Air Support Unit

Ireland's Minister for Justice Simon Harris announced on January 3 that €21.5m will be invested into the Garda Air Support Unit (GASU) for an additional helicopter and new fixed-wing aircraft

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Ejection seat latest developments

Ejection seats are a vital asset in today’s fast jets, saving the lives of countless aircrew when they get into trouble. Tim Fish looks at the latest technological developments and the bumps along the way as the fifth generation evolves.

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Countering China - Australia and New Zealand ponder future forces

As China’s influence expands across the Indo-Pacific region and its military forces are modernised at an ever-increasing rate, Australia and New Zealand have tough decisions to make about the future force structure of their military, writes Tim Fish

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Commercial

The Ultimate Commercial Aviation Quiz of 2022 (Part Four)

It’s been a remarkable year for the aviation industry, with highs, lows and no shortage of drama. To reflect on an incredible 12 months, Key Aero presents the last of a special four-part quiz designed to test your knowledge of the big stories that have shaped the sector.

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Aviation News February 2023

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Corsair A330 bound for Caribbean makes emergency landing in Paris

A Corsair Airbus A330-300 bound for the Caribbean made an emergency landing in Paris this afternoon.

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Historic

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How Fokker built one of the most delightful post-war trainers

It’s a beautiful afternoon in December 1947, and Gerben Sonderman — wartime resistance fighter and one of the most famous Dutch pilots — takes the Fokker S11  prototype into the skies for the first time. Just over 75 years on, the trainer continues to delight

Last ‘trap’ Rockwell Buckeye refurbished

A North American T-2C Buckeye has been restored for museum display in Florida

War colours for restored Spanish Jungmann

After lengthy refurbishment, the newest aircraft of the Fundación Aeronáutica Antonio Quintana took to the air again in the expert hands of the organisation’s boss, José Luis Olías

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Flight Simulation

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VelocityOne Flight Stick & Rudder Pedals review

In Issue 137 of PC Pilot, we introduced the new VelocityOne flight yoke and throttle combo from the San Diego-based Turtle Beach Corporation. They have now produced two more flight-related products: the VelocityOne Flight Stick and Rudder Pedals.

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iniBuild’s Los Angeles Airport review

We explore iniBuild’s rendition of one of the more famous destinations in the US, Los Angeles Airport. 

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Carenado’s PC12 review

In this review, we take Carenado’s rendition of one of the more popular single-engine turboprop aircraft on the market for a spin – the Pilatus PC-12.

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Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.

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