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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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Military

FIA 2022: Embraer and BAE Systems to market C-390 to Saudi Arabia

BAE Systems and Embraer signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 19 to collaborate in Middle Eastern markets for the C-390, with an initial focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Cyprus National Guard orders six H145Ms

Airbus Helicopters has been contracted by the Government of Cyprus to supply six H145Ms for operation by the Cypriot National Guard/Air Force

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FIA 2022: Kratos sees success in XQ-58A Skyborg flights and eyes future milestones

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced the completion of a successful series of test flights for the USAF’s Skyborg programme – an AI-enabled autonomous system that is being developed to control uncrewed aircraft in future MUM-T operations

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FIA 2022: Aero outlines first delivery dates for initial L-39NG operators

Aero Vodochody has outlined when it expects to deliver the first serial production examples of its new-generation L-39NG advanced jet trainer to the Vietnam People’s Air Force and the Hungarian Air Force

First international air force confirmed for RAF’s Exercise Cobra Warrior

NATO Air Command has officially confirmed the first international air arm set to participate in the upcoming Exercise Cobra Warrior.

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Historic

Pembroke Dock museum wins heritage award

The Pembroke Dock Heritage Trust has become the first Welsh recipient of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Heritage Award.

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Caproni WW1 bombers: your ultimate guide

Luigino Caliaro examines the Italian pioneer’s 1914-18 biplane and triplane giants – and untangles their destinations

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Scotland’s Strutter due to make debut flight 

The Aviation Preservation Society of Scotland has completed its potentially airworthy reproduction of a Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 

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Commercial

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Ethiopian Airlines’ A350-1000 order: What we know

Following a recent announcement that Ethiopian Airlines is set to become Africa’s maiden Airbus A350-1000 operator, we look closely at some of the all-important details released so far…

QUIZ: Freighter giants

Better freight than never... This week's quiz missed its slot, unfortunately, but it's now ready and waiting for you to test your knowledge of all things cargo

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Airliner World September 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Flight Simulation

Gran Canaria for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Scenery developer sim-wings has announced Gran Canaria for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Prague Airport for X-Plane Released

Orbx has announced that LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Fenix A320 Takes Flight

Fenix Simulations has announced the long-awaited A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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