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To celebrate the release of the long-awaited film Top Gun: Maverick, Key.Aero is marking the occasion with special coverage of the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school and the movies with material on the original and the sequel.

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TRISTAR 50TH ANNIVERSARY: LTU’s TriStars

German charter operator LTU expanded rapidly in the 1970s...

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TRISTAR 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Pan Am TriStars

Lockheed’s TriStar flew for the first time on November 16, 1970...

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Pilot Report: North American NA-64 Yale

The NA-64 Yale is a close relative of the more famous Harvard...

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Twin Otter Part 2 – The Viking Years

Malcolm Ginsberg concludes the story of the Twin Otter...

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Room with a View: Heathrow

Richard Vandervord visits a hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport...

WestJet suspends services to four cities and cuts capacity

Carrier cuts more than 100 weekly flights or nearly 80% of seat capacity across Atlantic Canada

Communications, mission system upgrade for RAAF KC-30A MRTTs

Airbus announced on October 12 that it has been selected to develop a communications and mission system upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A MRTT fleet

Delta to retire nearly 400 aircraft over next five years

The US carrier also plans to restructure its order books to better match deliveries with network demand

10,000 Airbus A320s? Close, but no cigar – here’s why

We’ve all seen the pictures of Middle East Airlines’ shiny new A321neo, but Airbus hasn’t delivered 10,000 A320 Family aircraft. Not even close. So what are they playing at?

Yorkshire Air Museum Receives DCMS Culture Recovery Grant

The historic WWII site of the Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial has been awarded £312,531 under the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Hartford-Bradley for Microsoft Flight Simulator

LatinVFR has announced Hartford-Bradley International Airport (KBDL) for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out.

USMC F-35Bs receive ODIN hardware

The F-35 Joint Program Office announced on October 9 that the Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) support system has been loaded onto US Marine Corps (USMC)-operated F-35B Lightning IIs for the first time

Italian government reveals Alitalia replacement

After months of failed negotiations, the Italian government has signed a decree to establish a successor to the country’s embattled national carrier

Airbus A380 variants that were never produced

The world’s largest passenger aircraft has only ever been manufactured in a single model, but here are the four derivatives that were proposed but never made

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 12

Welcome to the 12th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz here!

You won’t believe how many airlines China has

China has experienced an aviation boom over the last two decades and now has more airlines than the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain combined. Key.Aero reveals the true extent of the county’s air transport revolution

British Airways Boss Steps Down

Spanish businessman Alex Cruz to be replaced at the flag carrier by Aer Lingus chief executive Sean Doyle

Textron to deliver 12 T-6C Texan IIs to Thailand

Textron Aviation Defense announced on September 28 that it will supply 12 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), with deliveries scheduled to begin in late 2022

PC Pilot Issue 130 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the November/December 2020 issue.

The aircraft that really started the jet age

While not the first jetliner to enter service, the Boeing 707 is often credited with being the aircraft that truly got the jet age going. Key.Aero examines the history of the jet that ended up dominating air travel in the 1960s and ’70s and even continues to fly today

Quiz: Commercial Aviation General Knowledge

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz will test your general knowledge of the industry. Ranging from airlines to airports and everything in between, how much of an avgeek are you?

EasyJet to make first annual loss in 25-year history

The low-cost carrier predicts a gloomy outlook for 2021 saying it expects to fly around 25% of its planned capacity in the first quarter

Leonardo, RAF demonstrate drone swarming capability

Leonardo announced on October 7 that it had successfully conducted a live trial of a ‘drone swarming’ capability with the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) at the end of July

The evolution of airline logos

An airline’s logo forms an integral part of its overall identity, with some even achieving iconic status. Key.Aero examines the development of some of the biggest names in the business

SoFly Weather Preset Pro Out Now

Orbx Launch confirmation - SoFly brings you Weather Preset Pro for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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London, United Kingdom

The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

ILA Berlin 2022

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Schönefeld, Germany

Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!