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Caernarfon Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Orbx has announced EGCK Caernarfon Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

USMC receives first APG-79(V)4 AESA radar prototype

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has delivered the first APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array radar prototype to the USMC for testing on the Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet multi-role fighter

USAF deploys six B-52Hs to Qatar

Six USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have been deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan

Final AC-130W training flight for 551st SOS

As part of the drawdown of US Air Force Special Operations Command’s 551st Special Operations Squadron at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, the unit has ceased training with its Lockheed AC-130W Stinger II gunships

India’s purchase of six more P-8Is gains US approval

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and related equipment to India for an estimated cost of US$2.42bn

Italian F-35As deploy to the Baltic

Italy has become the first NATO member to deploy its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters to Ämari Air Base, Estonia, in support of the alliance's Baltic Air Policing mission

Airbus test pilot explains high-risk flight manoeuvres

Before any new airliner can begin flying passengers, manufacturers are required to put them through their paces to ensure that they’re up to regulatory standards. Speaking to Key.Aero, Airbus experimental test pilot Frank Chapman reveals the riskier manoeuvres in the flight test programme

L3Harris and Bye to develop all-electric multi-mission aircraft

L3Harris Technologies and Bye Aerospace have signed an agreement to develop an all-electric, multi-mission aircraft, which will provide ISR capabilities for domestic and international operators

First F-35A for Lakenheath enters production

Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, has started manufacturing the first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the UK-based 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk

Historic Aviation Quiz

We're back this week with yet another brain teasing historic aviation quiz!

Airbus demos ground-based operation of C295 FITS mission system

Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a new capability for the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS), which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews

Miami City for X-Plane Available for Free

The X-Plane 11 add-on Miami City XP by Drzewiecki Design is now available for free on Aerosoft’s online shop.

Egypt orders 30 more Rafales

The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has ordered a further 30 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters to supplement the 24 aircraft previously ordered

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth departs on historic first deployment

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed from HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, on May 1 for a final test of its Carrier Strike Group, before continuing with the commencement of its historic maiden deployment

How rock climbers help to keep museum aeroplanes clean

With museums set to reopen on May 17, the aircraft on display need to look their best. But how do you dust a plane that’s suspended from the ceiling? Watch this video to find out…

New Norwegian Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Aerosoft has announced Airport Ørsta-Volda for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

US approves sale of additional CH-47Fs to Australia

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of four Boeing CH-47F Chinooks and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of US$259m

Lufthansa expands 787 Dreamliner order

The German giant has bolstered its Boeing commitment as it continues its fleet simplification and modernisation programme

Happy 40th Birthday, FlyPast!

A few people from the historic aviation industry sent some birthday wishes to congratulate FlyPast on four decades of publishing!

Malta’s sole Islander to be upgraded

Britten-Norman has been contracted to provide a mid-life update for the Armed Forces of Malta’s sole BN-2T Turbine Islander light utility aircraft

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 41

Welcome to the 41st Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

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This aircraft was nearly the world’s first jetliner

The Avro Canada C102 Jetliner could well have been the world’s first jet-powered airliner but it was beaten to the skies by the Comet. Key Aero presents a selection of incredible pictures showing this rare aircraft

London City rolls out remote digital ATC tower

After months of testing, the system has been introduced into service for the first time

Quiz: How well do you know your airline identifiers?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz tests your knowledge of airline identifiers. Whether it's a callsign or IATA code, let's see how well you really know them. Let us know what score you get!

QinetiQ adds three new helicopters to its fleet

UK-based QinetiQ has invested in three more helicopters as part of the continuing modernisation of its fleet

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