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US green lights Nigerian AH-1Z purchase

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced government approval for a potential foreign military sale to Nigeria of a dozen AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters

Hungary orders 12 L-39NG jet trainers

Czech aerospace company, Aero Vodochody has just announced a contract with the Hungarian MOD to supply 12 L-39NGs to the Hungarian Air Force, with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in 2024

US $800m Ukraine military aid package includes 11 more Mi-17s

As part of $800m-worth of additional security assistance, the US is to supply an additional 11 Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine along with a range of other military equipment. This supplementary military aid was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on April 13.

Investigators complete preliminary report into China Eastern 737 crash

Chinese investigators have completed a preliminary report into the March 21 crash of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800.

Wellington for Microsoft Flight Simulator Now Available

Scenery developer Flightbeam Studio has released NZWN Wellington Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Reflecting on CSG21 with the USMC's F-35B-equipped VMFA-211

Equipped with British and American F-35Bs, HMS Queen Elizabeth successfully completed her first operational deployment in December 2021. US Navy Lt Cdr Rick Burgess (Ret) details the mission through the eyes of VMFA-211 – the USMC F-35B unit that embarked on the carrier – and how it further strengthened the UK-US alliance

Canada's first 737-800BCF prepares for action

A new specialist freight division at one of Canada’s largest carriers has accepted its first aircraft. WestJet Cargo welcomed the 737-800BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter) on lease from BBAM, making the Calgary-based firm the first in Canada to operate the type.

Embraer delivers final modernised AF-1B Skyhawk to Brazilian Navy

The modernisation of Brazil’s McDonnell Douglas AF-1B/C Skyhawk fighter-interceptor/ground attack aircraft fleet has been completed by Embraer, with the final example being handed back to the Brazilian Navy during a ceremony on April 20

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Argentine and German museums collaborate on Ju 52 project

Argentina’s Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica (MNA) has received a boost in its bid to restore Junkers Ju 52/3mge 4043, an aircraft that once served the Argentine Air Force (FAA) as T-158. 

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Restoration report: Curtiss Kittyhawk pulled from Russian lake

Pulled from a Russian lake in 1997, a Curtiss Kittyhawk has returned to the sky over New Zealand. Gavin Conroy reports on the lengthy restoration of this combat veteran

Which UK start-up is to gain its maiden widebody this summer?

A long-term lease placement of a single, used Airbus A330-200 from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) is billed for a summer arrival. But to which airline you ask? Find out here, plus see what its initial plans are…

Mega Airport Brussels Out Now

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Brussels for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released.

Historic Aviation Quiz

Test your knowledge of Historic Aviation with this week's quiz! Let us know what score you get!

Yeager Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced KCRW West Virginia International Yeager Airport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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D-Day Douglas C-47A for Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

In mid-March 2022, the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) at Old Sarum in Salisbury took delivery of the surviving nose section of Douglas C-47A-25-DK 42-93510.

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Car maker Opel’s 1929 publicity stunt to fly world’s first rocket-powered aircraft

In 1929 a German car manufacturer, a brilliant aircraft designer and a rocket pioneer together created and flew the world’s first rocket-powered aircraft

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Battle of Antonov Airport: Analysis of the Attack

Babak Taghvee provides analysis on the Battle of Antonov Airport, which resulted in the loss of one of the most iconic aircraft to ever grace the skies, the Antonov An-225 Mriya

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Flight Sim Coach

Flight Simulation's link to training is as old as the hobby itself. With more advanced simulators being released, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to use our simulators to replicate what we can do in the real world. Enter Flight Sim Coach, a new organisation that offers assistance from certified instructors to real and virtual pilots.

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Orbx's Mackay and Adelaide Airports

In this article, we review two of its latest additions from Orbx: Mackay Airport (YBMK), located within the city that bears its name and Adelaide Airport (YPAD) on Australia’s southern coast.

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FlyPast June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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AirX uses bizjet on Ukraine aid mission

From WhatsApp to warzone: Airliner World visited AirX’s Stansted base for anything but your average bizjet charter

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Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

Despite having greater numbers and more technologically advanced platforms, Russia has failed to achieve air superiority over Ukraine after more than four weeks of conflict. We explain where they went wrong

Why this biz jet endured -37c in Canada

The road (or runway) to aircraft certification is a challenging one! Learn why this biz jet had to endure a deep freeze trial in the far north of Canada

TAP A320 thrust reverser deploys during go-around

Danish investigators have opened an inquiry into an inadvertent thrust reverser deployment during a go-around involving a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320.

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The secretive role of USAF's E-11A

Lurking in the shadows of secrecy, the E-11A is perhaps the most vital relay and gateway platform in the USAF’s order of battle. Tom Kaminski examines the role of Bombardier’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

 

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