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Historic

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Aviation News December 2020

The full issue in page-turning format

Historic Aviation Quiz

This week's historic quiz is a bit different... can you identify who said all of these famous quotes from aviation history? Be careful - some may just catch you out!

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The first pressurised airliner in widespread use

With a wingspan longer than the total distance of Orville Wright’s first flight, the Lockheed Constellation was an important step in the evolution of commercial aviation

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100th Anniversary of Hawker

November 15, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Hawker Aircraft Limited. Here's a timeline of the celebrated company and its achievements...

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What were flights like in the 1950s? 

Complimentary postcards when boarding, acres of legroom, and personal porters at baggage reclaim: early commercial air travel was a long way from Ryanair… 

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Military

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Humble beginnings: Rise of the quadcopter

Amid guided this and high-tech that, might the humble quadcopter be the real force multiplier on the battlefield?

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Private sector satellite services “game changer” for Ukraine

The provision of satellite imaging capabilities to Ukraine has significantly aided the country in shaping the strategic military response to Russia’s February 24 invasion, according to a former chairman of the State Space Agency of Ukraine

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The MBDA missiles set to make the F-35 and Rafale even deadlier

Hard-hitting missiles are being developed by MBDA to make the F-35 and Rafale much deadlier in the battlespace, following the types’ upgrades later this decade

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Commercial

World’s Largest All-Electric Aircraft Makes Maiden Flight

An all-electric version of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan took to the skies yesterday (May 28), marking a major milestone in the pursuit to bring electric propulsion to the commercial aviation market.

EasyJet Job Cuts: Just How Big is the Airline?

Following easyJet’s announcement that it plans to cut up to 30% of its workforce - around 4,500 jobs – we are examining just how big the low-cost carrier is. Data provided by travel industry analytics firm, Cirium shows that the airline operated flights to more than 120 airports before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to ground its entire fleet.

Ever Wondered What a Q400 Would Look Like as a Freighter?

Indian low-cost airline, SpiceJet has converted three of its Bombardier Q400 passenger aircraft into freighters. The turboprops, which usually have space for 78 passengers in a single-class configuration, had their seats removed and now each have a cargo capacity of 8.5 tons.

Boeing Resumes 737 MAX Production

US aerospace manufacturer Boeing has restarted production of its 737 MAX at its Renton facility in Washington after halting construction in January following two fatal crashes involving the jet in the previous 14 months.

Air New Zealand Extends Network Reductions

Air New Zealand is extending its “minimal international operations” period through to August 31 in response to government travel restrictions and low demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Flight Simulation

New Albanian Destination Out Now

TropicalSim has released Tirana LATI 2020 for FSX and Prepar3D.

Seychelles Preview

Aerosoft has released new preview screenshots of Seychelles XP.

Quatam River Airport Available

Orbx has announced PS01 Quatam River Airport for X-Plane 11 is now available.

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Upcoming Events

NAS Jacksonville - NAS Jax Air Show

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Jacksonville, United States

US Navy airshow

Airshow London, Canada

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London, Canada

Major airshow

Athens Flying Week 2024 - Tanagra International Air Show

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Tanagra, Greece

International air show.

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

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Pensacola, United States

The airshow website states: "NAS Pensacola is pleased to announce the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show on November 1-2, 2024. The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is one of Pensacola's largest events, attracting 150,000-180,000 spectators during this two-day event. There is an incredible lineup of aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels."

Shuttleworth Flying Proms

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "We are thrilled to announce that the spectacular Flying Proms will return for another exciting evening of entertainment, both in the air and on ground. Enjoy a full symphony orchestra, accompanied by a gracefully choreographed air display and the unique climax of a firework display and airborne pyrotechnics to music."

Duxford Flying Finale

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

The event webpage states: "In our grand send off for the 2024 Flying Season, Duxford Flying Finale will celebrate the highs of all our flying events from the year".