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Retro snapshot: A vantage of Venezuela

Regular contributor, Ron Mak, delves into his personal archive to share some of his most fascinating shots from across several Venezuelan gateways between 1979 and 1983

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Heathrow at 75

It may not have been London’s first airport, but over 75 fascinating years, Heathrow has become synonymous with air travel to and from the UK. To mark the milestone, Tara Craig examines the hub’s wider impact both at home and abroad 

De Havilland Canada to pause Dash 8 production

The turboprop manufacturer says the “prevailing industry circumstances” have hindered its ability to land new orders

Befriending a Mustang pilot and ace

In this week's MyPast, Kevin Korterud tells his story of a friendship with Bob
“Punchy” Powell, a World War 2 pilot and ace...

Quiz: How well do you know your airlines?

Welcome to this week's commercial aviation quiz! This time we're asking you to identify a wide range of carriers with no discernable link to each other. Let us know what score you get!

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Interview - Digital Aviation’s CRJ 550/700

The CRJ 550/700, currently being developed by Digital Aviation and published by Aerosoft, is the first complex third-party aircraft expansion to be released for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We sat down with Hans Hartmann to find out more about the project.

New Ground Services in North America

LatinVFR has released AREX: Airport Regional Environment X North America for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

No 77 Squadron RAAF: Legacy Hornet Walkaround and Pilot Interview

Key.Aero speaks with Flt Lt Em, a junior legacy Hornet pilot with No 77 Squadron RAAF, who gives us an exclusive tour of an F/A-18A and discusses what its like to fly the matured fighter and how it continues to impress the aviators who fly it

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Carenado's PA44 Seminole

With three quick offerings in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace, Carenado is seizing the opportunity to plant its flag on the shores of the fledgeling MFS ecosystem. With the PA44 Seminole, Carenado introduces the wildly popular multi-engine trainer that has been in production for over 40 years.

Loganair chief executive on APD and future of PSO routes

Speaking exclusively to Key.Aero, Jonathan Hinkles – the chief executive of Loganair – weighs in on the UK government's approach to domestic air travel taxation and the future of public service obligation routes

X-Plane Touches Down in the Capital of Dalmatia

Aerosoft has announced Split in Croatia is now available for X-Plane 11.

Air Canada reveals world’s first retro Airbus A220 livery

The narrowbody is the first example of the type to receive the retrojet treatment

FlyPast Podcast Episode 9

In Episode 9 of the FlyPast Podcast, the team chat about the history of commercial aviation, and the early advancements that paved the way for modern flight.

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Flight Sim Controllers - Part 1

Introduction to joysticks, yokes and rudder pedals.

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An Introduction to Flight Simulation

A brief history and overview.

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Setting up your Controls - Part 2

A guide to installing and setting up your flight controls.

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An Introduction to Flight Simulation - Computer Hardware

In this section, we will outline the hardware items you’ll need to get started in flight simulation and the different components that make up a PC System.

PC Pilot Issue 132 Out Now

The new March/April issue of PC Pilot has finally touched down and as always, it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

Cathay Pacific reveals sobering January traffic stats

The flag carrier’s load factor dropped to just 13% during the month as it continues to deal with travel restrictions and quarantine requirements

Airbus reports €1.1 billion loss for 2020

The aerospace giant expects to deliver the same number of aircraft this year as it did in 2020

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A look back at USAFE's C-23A Sherpa operations

From the mid-1980s, C-23A Sherpas could regularly be seen shuttling between USAFE air bases. We spoke to former members of the 10th Military Airlift Squadron to hear how this unit functioned and its importance should tensions with the Eastern Bloc have spilled over into conflict during the Cold War

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Inside Europe's leading Mil helicopter MRO facility

We visit LOM Praha in the Czech Republic, which serves as Europe’s leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for Mil helicopters

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Has France's Mirage 2000C fleet become obsolete?

Thirty-six years after the first example touched down in Dijon with the Escadron de Chasse 1/2 'Cigognes', we detail what remains of France's Dassault Mirage 2000C fleet and explore whether or not the platform is now obsolete

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A behind-the-scenes look at Exercise Baccarat 2020

We report on the French Army's Baccarat helicopter exercise, which took to the Alps for its 2020 excursion and successfully integrated air and ground forces in challenging conditions

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Russia's evolving Halo: Enter the Mi-26T2V

Always a jewel in the Soviet rotary-wing crown, we take a look at the the Mil Mi-26, which looks set to receive new Russian military orders as the latest evolution of the 'Halo' emerges

 

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