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Tucano Farewell Part II - Last days of the Tucano

For the Royal Air Force, 2019 has seen the retirement of the Tornado GR4 in March and now the Tucano T1 – a stalwart of pilot training – is bowing out.

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BAP’s hot summer

INTEL REPORT: Having no dedicated fighters of their own, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been protected by NATO air policing assets since 2004. Alan Warnes spoke to those involved in a busy few months for the latest fighter rotations.

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End of the Epsilon

An official ceremony on September 24 marked the end of the Aérospatiale TB30 Epsilon’s tenure with the flying school of the Armée de l’Air.

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Cypriot Gunships

The Cypriot National Guard’s Mi-35 Hind and SA342 Gazelle attack helicopters are very rarely reported on. Dirk Jan de Ridder and Menso van Westrhenen visited what may well be the European Union’s most exotic attack helicopter squadron.

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The strength of the wolf is the pack

Only a single frontline unit within the Italian Air Force flies the C-27J Spartan multi-mission airlifter. Thomas Newdick and Joe Campion visited Tuscany to find out more about a transport squadron that styles itself as a family of wolves.

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Alaskan War Games

The biennial Northern Edge exercise took place in the wilds of Alaska this summer. Hans Antonissen and Patrick Roegies joined around 10,000 military personnel and 200 aircraft from the US Air Force, navy and marines as the latest technologies were put to the test.

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OPERATION Black Shield

This summer, Gian Carlo Vecchi had the chance to visit the Italian Typhoon air policing detachment on Romania’s Black Sea coast and interview Colonel Andrea Fazi, commander of the Task Force Air 4° Stormo.

Heraklion XP now Available

Scenery developer, FlyTampa has released Heraklion for X-Plane 11.

Audio for VATSIM Released

Audio for VATSIM is a new technology for voice communication featuring....

Inverness for X-Plane Out Now

UK2000 has announced the X-Plane version of Inverness 2019 is now available.

CT182T Skylane G1000 for X-Plane Out Now

Carenado has announced the CT182T Skylane G1000 version is now available for X-Plane 11.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator

Following the release of the trailer for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, PC Pilot was invited to the global launch for the product in Seattle.

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PC Pilot Issue 124 Flight Sim Q&A

You’ve got the questions? We’ve got the answers! Here's a round up of what PC Pilot has been asked lately!

DCS Viper and Hornet Update

Following the early access release of the Viper, Eagle Dynamics (ED) is now focusing on the most pressing bugs and new features for the Hornet and Viper.

Bahrain for X-Plane

Scenery developer JustAsia has released OBBI – Bahrain Intl Airport & City for X-Plane 11.

Linz V2 Out Now

JustSim has announced Linz Airport version 2 is out now.

Indian Air Force receives first Dassault Rafale

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has officially received its first Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters, which were handed over during a ceremony held on October 8, a date that neatly coincided with the 87th anniversary of the air arm's formation.

Chania for Prepar3D

Aerosoft has announced Chania – Ioannis Daskalogiannis Airport is now available....

DCS: F-16C Viper Early Access Ready for Take-Off

Eagle Dynamics (ED) has announced the DCS: F-16C Viper is now available in Early Access.

RAF receives final Eurofighter Typhoon

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has taken delivery of its final Eurofighter Typhoon, with the last aircraft being handed over during a ceremony on September 27.

UK Lightning Force departs for HMS Queen Elizabeth

THE FIRST UK F-35B Lightnings have departed their home base of RAF Marham, Norfolk, to return to the US for operational testing with the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

RAF Museum concludes Lysander restoration

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum at RAF Cosford, Shropshire, has restored a Westland Lysander III (S.D.), the only surviving special duties variant.

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Flying light aircraft, A Beginner’s Guide – Part 1

Flight simulation offers us a variety of operations which can range from flying huge airliners to ultralight sports aircraft and everything in between. So, let’s look at a good place to start, and more importantly, why…

146 Professional takes shape

Just Flight has released work-in-progress screenshots of its 146 Professional.

V-22 Osprey surpasses 500,000 flight hours

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey family has surpassed a major operational milestone, having logged more than 500,000 flight hours.

 

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