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vSkyLabs’ C-47 Skytrain/DC-3 Review Premium

vSkyLabs’ C-47 Skytrain/DC-3

vSkyLabs Aerospace Simulations has been producing X-Plane aircraft since version 9. This time around we fly the most recent incarnation from its C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project.

Just Flight Mallorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Review Premium

Just Flight’s Mallorca Airport

This is the latest release from Just Flight is developed by a small team of airline pilots who are based at the actual airport.

Orbx’s Landmarks Auckland City Pack Review Premium

Orbx’s Landmarks Auckland City Pack

In this review, we travel to Auckland in New Zealand and take a look at Orbx's latest City Landscape product developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 8 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 8

In this lesson, we wind up our night flying training by preparing for a cross-country navigation exercise while learning how to handle any surprises that may occur along the way.

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Top Secret 'Operation Jiu Jitsu'

In early 1952, preparations were well advanced for an audacious Cold War operation, as Sqn Ldr John Crampton and his colleagues from the RAF Special Duty Flight got ready to fly their US-loaned North American RB-45Cs on deep penetration missions over the Soviet Union. Highly secret at the time, Operation ‘Jiu Jitsu’ can today be seen as the start of a new period in aerial reconnaissance

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1952: The Dawn of a New Era

The start of the new Elizabethan age brought with it one of Britain’s greatest aeronautical achievements: the inauguration of jet-powered airliner travel. Alas, the Comet’s lead soon evaporated

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Vixen Versus Javelin

The de Havilland Vixen might have been the RAF’s primary night fighter from the mid-1950s, rather than the Gloster Javelin, but 1952 would prove critical for the DH110

HISTORY MAKER. – The first aeroplane of post-war Russian design to land in England, C.S.A.’s Ilyushin IL-12, is seen here at Northolt a few minutes after its historic arrival. “Aeroplane” photograph Feature Premium

A historic UK visitor – CSA Ilyushin Il-12

The CSA Ilyushin Il-12 which touched down at Northolt on September 12, 1949 was the first post-war Soviet-built aircraft to visit England. The visit was covered by ‘The Aeroplane’ in its September 23 issue

FlyPast's 40th Birthday Spitfire Flight Winner!

For our 40th birthday, FlyPast teamed up with Aero Legends to offer one lucky winner the flight of a lifetime. Tara Leggett recalls the day from start to finish

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 73

Welcome to the 73rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

GA-ASI unveils heavily armed Mojave STOL UAV

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has unveiled a new unmanned aircraft system called Mojave

Thrustmaster’s TCA Captains Pack Airbus Edition Review Premium

Thrustmaster’s TCA Captains Pack Airbus Edition

After more than 30 years of developing high-quality controllers for military flight simulation, Thrustmaster announced its entry into the civil flight simulation market with the Thrustmaster TCA Airbus Edition product range. The product line-up is designed to replicate the controls of Airbus airliners.

Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: Mosquito FB VI Review Premium

Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: Mosquito FB VI

Back in Issue 133, we ran an in-depth interview with Sergey Gerasev - the project manager and team leader for the Mosquito FB VI project at Eagle Dynamics. Now that the aircraft has finally landed, does this eagerly awaited DCS Mosquito live up to expectations? Let's find out!

Interfacing a 737 home cockpit Review Premium

Pro Sim 737 - Interfacing a 737 home cockpit

We take a look at ProSim737 from ProSim Aviation Research in The Netherlands. The 737 software is suitable for home-built and commercial flight simulators, including pilot training.

Building a Cessna/ Piper Panel Feature Premium

Building a Cessna/ Piper Panel - Part 2, Assembly

In this instalment, Joe Lavery describes how to assemble the cockpit components and the process of interfacing the encoders.

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Eastern promise: Asia-Pacific aviation

The Asia-Pacific region has been badly impacted by the pandemic. Tom Batchelor looks at measures being taken by aviation stakeholders to ensure its recovery

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Strike action: laser attacks on aircraft

Incidents of laser strikes on aircraft are serious threats to those on board. Mark Broadbent looks at how the problem is being tackled

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Braking good: the latest in brake systems

Mark Broadbent looks at the latest in brake systems, from new technologies and materials to how specialist suppliers are positioning themselves for recovery

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Embraer's E2 makes London City debut

The launch of scheduled services by the Brazilian Embraer E190-E2...

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COOL under pressure

Even airports not historically affected by heavy snowfall are...

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Breeze and the A220

Breeze Airways has unveiled the first of its 80 Airbus A220s. Chris Sloan looks at the role the type will play for the start-up

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Pipistrel Aircraft's grand designs

Pipistrel Aircraft of Slovenia is determined to take its tech global, not least the ground-breaking Velis Electro two-seater. Tom Batchelor reports

Quiz: Low-cost airline recognition

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your low-cost airline recognition skills! Let us know what score you get!

MT928 in the night News Premium

Duxford in a Different Light: The Spitfire Special

Following previous successful night photography events, Duxford in a Different Light returns on February 19, 2022…

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AIR International January 2022

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