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Historic

Long serving Helicopter Museum boss set to retire

Elfan Ap Rees, the Chairman of Trustees for the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare, has announced he is to stand down from the role

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Cold War jets roar at Bruntingthorpe – full report

On Saturday, 16th September, Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection once again opened its doors to the general public, for a day of close-quarters aviation action

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Walking with history - a trip to Bottisham

Bottisham Airfield Museum may not have a long list of aircraft exhibits, but that doesn’t mean it’s not rich in history, as Richard Foster found out

Falklands veteran Skyhawk restored to wartime configuration

Newly refurbished A-4 goes on show in Buenos Aires museum

Bournemouth museum to get famed Sea Vixen

Last flying example of de Havilland naval fighter acquired for static display

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Military

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Combat Aircraft Journal January 2024

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Indian Navy uses Sea King to progress NASM-SR missile trials

In partnership with India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Indian Navy carried out guided flight trials of its indigenously developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile-Short Range (NASM-SR) on November 21, when the weapon was fired from a Sea King Mk 42B ASW/ASuW helicopter for the second time

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USMC’s legacy Hornet-equipped ‘Silver Eagles’ stand down

The USMC moved another step closer to phasing out its legacy Hornet fleet on November 9, when Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) was deactivated at MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina

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Commercial

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United 777’s plunge towards ocean caused by ‘miscommunication’, NTSB say

The NTSB has concluded its investigation into an incident which saw a United Airlines Boeing 777 dive towards the Pacific Ocean shortly after departing Kahului Airport, Hawaii in December last year.

Wizz Air adds flights to new Egyptian destination from Luton

European low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced that it is adding a third Egyptian destination to its roster from London Luton.

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Boeing bosses on the aerospace giant's 'new beginning'

Certification issues, quality problems, delivery delays and a lack of visionary designs – Boeing has a full agenda to tackle, writes Andreas Spaeth from Charleston

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AIR International September 2023

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The disastrous mid-air collision of a Boeing 727 and Cessna 172

Some aviation accidents seem inexplicable. How could a Boeing 727 collide with a Cessna 172, both flown by experienced crews, in excellent visibility, on approach to an airport with apparently good ATC and even a collision alert system? Stephen Skinner investigates

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Flight Simulation

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Flight Adventure: de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk

This series is spoilt for choice as we explore classic aircraft available to flight simulation pilots. This time, we fly one that has happily transcended the centuries and still manages to turn heads – the de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk.

New Caribbean destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

TropicalSim has announced Antigua VC Bird International Airport version 2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 10

In previous lessons, we became familiar with the basic navigation aids and some elementary holding techniques. This time, we continue to up the ante by moving into the dark and mysterious world of SIDs and STARs.

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Upcoming Events

Shuttleworth Race Day Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "our Race Day Air Show celebrates the passion Richard Shuttleworth had for racing, both on the ground and in the air...
[and] brings together icons of the aviation and the motor vehicle industry for a dramatic day of full action both on our grass runway and the Bedfordshire skies."

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Interactive ground activities on Saturday 10th, followed by a stunning air show on Sunday 11th. Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including a thrilling air display, outdoor cinema, flight simulators, funfair with carousel and Ferris wheel, playground, children’s activities, and more!"

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".

Duxford VE Day Flying Day

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: Enjoy our first event of the 2024 Duxford Flying Season! Flying Days: VE Day celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two." Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Duxford Flying Day: 19 Squadron

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

Shuttleworth Best of British Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says the "Best of British Air Show commemorates the history of aviation and automotive technology in Great Britain, as well as the influence it has had across the whole world." Plus: "The day will feature thrilling air displays from both the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft, as well as dramatic performances from a host of visitors that will be joining us across the UK."