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Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IX out now

Asobo Studio has released Sim Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding new features and fixes to the platform.

Huey 509: The iconic Bell UH-1

Did you know you can fly in Bell UH-1 Huey right here in the UK? FlyPast recently took a spin this Vietnam combat veteran and this is how they got on…

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In photos: Ex Frisian Flag 2022

With many NATO fighter assets taking part at this years Frisian Flag, Key.Aero reports from the exercise

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UK to test drones for perimeter security roles

The UK Ministry of Defence is looking to procure small multi-rotor uncrewed aerial systems for use in security purposes across its Logistic Support Operating Centre sites

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The Expeditionary Sea Bases of the US Navy

Combat Aircraft Journal takes a look at how the US Navy is reconfiguring the design for civilian oil tankers into a mobile, multi-mission base at sea

How many UK departures are expected over the early May bank holiday weekend?

The green shoots of recovery are starting to show as scheduled flight departures from the UK over the early May bank holiday weekend – April 30th to May 2nd – are up 521% compared with the same bank holiday period in 2021. With data supplied from aviation analytics firm, Cirium, find out all the information and more here!

Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team and Carenado have released the second Famous Flyers series of aircraft, the Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2 Super Sportster.

San Luis Obispo Regional Airport now available

This rendition of San Luis Obispo Regional Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is recreated in detail, sporting detailed models of all the buildings and objects at and around the airport.

Final Czech Mi-24/35 Hind gunship leaves LOM Praha

The last Mi-24/35 to be overhauled by LOM Praha in Czech Republic flew from the facility on April 26. It marks the end of nearly 40 years of the Czech Air Force’s gunship helicopter being overhauled at the company’s Kbely factory

Historic Aviation Quiz

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

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The perilous role of air-to-air ramming aircraft

Deliberately flying into an enemy aircraft might seem like desperation, but the tactic dates back to the earliest days of military aviation. Malcolm V Lowe examines this aspect of air combat

Saab and FMV sign contract for new Gripen launch system

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for the development and integration of a new launch system for Gripen C/D and Gripen E

CRJ-900 Ready for Take-Off

Following on from the release of the CRJ-700 for X-Plane, AD Simulations has announced the larger CRJ-900 is out now.

United Airlines boosts European network

The US giant has added links between two US cities and a major European hub

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Lossmaking Heathrow warns of collapse in traffic

The chief executive of Heathrow has revealed that the airport will be unprofitable for the remainder of the year and has issued a stark warning about this winter’s flying programme

Ampaire begins Eco Caravan testing

The hybrid-electric Cessna’s first flight is anticipated for later this year

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Early wartime adventures of No 330 (Norwegian) Squadron RAF

The first Free Norwegian squadron in the RAF found itself thrown in at the deep end – almost literally – flying cumbersome Northrop floatplanes from Iceland. Their early wartime adventures are recounted by Andrew Thomas

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 90

Welcome to the 90th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Red Bull “Plane Swap” stunt goes wrong as aircraft spirals out of control

A stunt sponsored by Red Bull involving two pilots swapping aircraft mid-flight went wrong when one of the planes went out of control and crashed.

Sopwith Triplane for Flying Circus Released

1C Game Studios has announced the long-awaited Sopwith Triplane for Flying Circus – Vol. II is now available.

Boston for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

The latest US destination from FlyTampa is Boston Logan International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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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

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RAF Canberras and a 24,000-mile Latin American tour

In 1952, four Royal Air Force Canberras performed a goodwill tour of Latin America – becoming the first jets to fly over most of the continent, reveals Santiago Rivas

Which airline recently celebrated 50 years of flying to the USA?

50th anniversary inbound! Find out which international airline has just recently celebrated half a century of flying to the USA – back in 1972, its first US services consisted of just two routes flown by the iconic Boeing 707. Can you guess? No need, just find out here…

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Latest BBMF boss Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden Interview – Part 2

In the second part of our interview with Squadron Leader Mark ‘Suggs’ Sugden, James Peene asks the current officer in charge of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight about what lies in store for 2022

 

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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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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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