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Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics

This latest world update to the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system Review Premium

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system

We look at a new set of controls that faithfully replicated those found in the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, designed by a company called AuthentiKit.

Bell provides update on 360 Invictus progress

Bell Textron has released new data on the build and testing for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype. The programme is rapidly progressing through manufacturing, assembly, components testing and systems integration work

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PC Pilot Issue 135

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Behind-the-scenes with the USAF's famed Hurricane Hunters

Most pilots go out of their way to avoid hazardous weather, but the USAF’s elite 'Hurricane Hunters' tackle it head on. We talk to members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron about their death-defying mission

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Bell unveils design concepts for HSVTOL aircraft

Bell Textron revealed design concepts for military aircraft equipped with the company's High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) technology on August 2

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The role of airpower in the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan

All US and coalition troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11 after two decades. We look at the role of airpower in the evacuation and the possibility of follow-on missions

SOUTHERN TERMINUS. – S.A.A.’s DC-7B “Dromedaris” at Jan Smuts Airport after a 21-hr. run from London. Feature Premium

1957 in-flight review – South African Airways DC-7 service

A first-hand account of a then new SAA DC-7 route from the May 10, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane

Norway's first P-8A Poseidon takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) performed its maiden flight on August 9. Taking off from Renton Municipal Airport, Washington with a destination of King County International Airport, Washington commonly known as Boeing Field

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The part of a Boeing 737 MAX made by Airbus

The two aerospace giants are arch-rivals and fiercely compete for orders. But as Key.Aero discovers, there’s one piece of the American airframer’s most popular airliner that’s actually made by its adversary

85th TES F-15C fires first IRST-cued AMRAAM

The USAF’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, has conducted the first-ever live fire of an AIM-120 AMRAAM from a Boeing F-15C Eagle using an IRST system

US to develop Mjolnir as follow-on to THOR ‘drone killer’ system

The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate is seeking partners to develop and build a new counter electronics weapon system – dubbed ‘Mjolnir’ – which will be used to further defend against the increasing threat of adversarial drone activities

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The Tuesday when everything changed

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the September 11 atrocities, Tom Batchelor reflects on how the attacks have influenced the aviation industry

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Completing the set

Gordon Smith catches up with some of the key players from Embraer and Helvetic Airways, as the Swiss carrier adds the E195-E2 to its fleet

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Ice cold in old Yaks

Russia’s Sakha Republic is battered by some of the harshest weather on the planet, yet commercial aviation continues almost without disruption. Bernd Sturm puts on his big coat and heads east to find out how

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Aviation News September 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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AirForces Monthly September 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Argentine Trackers: The world's last Grumman S-2s

The Argentine Navy is the world’s last military operator of the turbine equipped Grumman S-2 Tracker, with a single example still being used for ASW and SAR missions over the South Atlantic. We investigate

Historic aviation quiz

What will you score this week?

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The incredible life of Sarla Thakral 

August 10 marks the 107th anniversary of the birth of India’s first female pilot 

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First operational deployment for US Navy F-35Cs, CMV-22Bs

US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning IIs assigned to VFA-147 ‘Argonauts’ and Bell Boeing CMV-22B Ospreys from VRM-30 ‘Titans’ have embarked on their first operational deployment as part of a Carrier Air Wing

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What new UK sanctions mean for Belarus president’s private jets

Alexander Lukashenko has access to at least five luxury aircraft all of which are affected by the new sanctions imposed by Britain. Key.Aero details the complex story of each and reveals where they all are now

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Visual Extension Package for Majestic Dash 8 Released

Majestic Software has announced the Visual Extension Package for Majestic Dash 8 Pilot and Pro editions is now available.

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 13

In episode 13 of the Air Warrior Podcast, with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Assistant Editor Josef Campion speaks with a former US Air Force pilot on his experiences of that fateful day and his role in policing US airspace in the days that followed.

Fenix A320 – Development Update

Fenix Simulations has released a brief status update of its upcoming A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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