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FlyPast November 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

Veteran Albatross being refurbished while another arrives in UK

The restoration of Grumman HU-16B Albatross 51-7144 is under way at the Museum of Aviation in Georgia, US

Historic Aviation Quiz: September 15

Test your general historic aviation knowledge with this week's quiz from Key.Aero...

New home confirmed for 1920s flying boat

A Curtiss Model F Seagull, currently at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, has been acquired by a museum in Montreal

New owners sought for US classics

A pair of American classics have been listed for sale

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Military

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South Africa eyes C-390 to replace ageing C-130BZ fleet?

At the request of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Embraer Defense & Security will deploy a multi-mission C-390 Millennium to AFB Waterkloof in Pretoria on November 24, where the medium-lift strategic airlifter will demonstrate its capabilities to the air arm, which has long been searching for a successor to its ageing C-130BZ Hercules fleet

USAF receives seventh E-11 BACN from Bombardier

Bombardier Defense has announced that it has delivered another E-11 Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) to the USAF, growing the number of the airborne communications relay and gateway system aircraft in US military service to seven airframes

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Indian Navy bids fond farewell to final Il-38SD Sea Dragons

INAS 315 ‘Winged Stallions’ – which has the unique distinction of operating the same aircraft type throughout its entire 46-year history – finally stood down the Indian Navy’s last Ilyushin Il-38SD Sea Dragon maritime patrol aircraft on October 31. Angad Singh reports from INS Hansa in Goa

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Commercial

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Airlink: the Harrison Ford-backed NGO delivering aid to disaster zones

Getting aid dispatched quickly to remote locations is a logistical upheaval and matching the right aircraft type to the right mission takes experience and industry insight – attributes not all disaster relief charities have at their fingertips. Chris Smith discovers how Airlink uses aviation to save lives

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What now for ITA Airways after historic Lufthansa deal?

It’s been a rather busy spell for Italian flag carrier ITA Airways, which not only took delivery of its first Airbus A330neo but also acquired a major new shareholder. Matteo Legnani brings us the latest from Rome

Ex-A380 production facility inaugurated as A320 final assembly line

Airbus inaugurated its new A320 Family final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse during a ceremony on July 10.

Emergency evacuation slide falls off United 767 in flight

An inflatable emergency evacuation slide from a United Airlines Boeing 767 detached from the aircraft while in flight and fell to the ground.

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Can China's new COMAC C919 truly rival the A320 and 737?

China has succeeded in pressing into service an indigenously built jet airliner – the COMAC C919. Mark Broadbent details its design and development and ponders its prospects

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Flight Simulation

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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.

X-Plane touches down in Muscat

TaiModels has announced OOMS Muscat International Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

Bora Bora Improvement Project now available or OrbxDirect

Scenery developer Cli4D Designs has released the Bora Bora Improvement Project for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Upcoming Events

Selfridge Air Show and Open House

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Harrison Township, United States

US military air show

Sywell 2024

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Northampton, United Kingdom

The event website states: "Sywell 2024 will be a quite remarkable airshow combined with ground attractions including classic cars and much more. Showcasing multiple classic aircraft from across Europe alongside modern jets, the flying line-up will include formation and unique display acts, some of which will be UK firsts. Added to that will be a host of special photographic opportunities for the enthusiasts, stalls, children's fun fair and many more things to do."

Hill AFB Warriors over the Wasatch Air Show

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Hill AFB, United States

US Air Force airshow

EBACE 2024

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Geneva, Switzerland

The event website says: "The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is a premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community."

Northern Ireland International Airshow

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Airshow

Duxford Flying Evening

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "Evening flying featuring warbirds, pyrotechnics and more. Enjoy after-hours entry to IWM Duxford for this very special vintage aircraft flying display. Witness the aircraft that still call Duxford home take to the skies as the sun goes down and dusk turns to dark across this historic Second World War airfield."