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Military

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Ejection seat latest developments

Ejection seats are a vital asset in today’s fast jets, saving the lives of countless aircrew when they get into trouble. Tim Fish looks at the latest technological developments and the bumps along the way as the fifth generation evolves.

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Countering China - Australia and New Zealand ponder future forces

As China’s influence expands across the Indo-Pacific region and its military forces are modernised at an ever-increasing rate, Australia and New Zealand have tough decisions to make about the future force structure of their military, writes Tim Fish

Italy retires its MQ-1C Predator A+ fleet after 18 years of service

After 18 years of service, 3,800 sorties and over 31,000 flight hours logged, the Italian Air Force retired its fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Predator A+ remotely piloted aircraft systems on December 19

Boeing contracted to produce new CH-47F Chinooks for Egypt

The US Army has contracted Boeing to produce 12 new CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters for the Egyptian Air Force

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Talking to the Canadian CC-130 crews delivering aid to Ukraine

The Royal Canadian Air Force at Prestwick, Scotland, is distributing hundreds of tons of cargo to Ukraine and the Middle East. Combat Aircraft Journal recently caught up with the team

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Commercial

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Route planning: what’s new and why

COVID-19 has forced airlines to rethink their route planning and forecasting operations. Tom Batchelor looks into the measures taken

ATR lands in the Maldives

The Franco-Italian manufacturer has delivered its first aircraft to a long-time de Havilland Canada operator

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Commercial aviation predictions for 2023

Aviation has had a turbulent few years, but what might 2023 have in store? Tom Batchelor travels to Las Vegas to hear what industry leaders expect

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Historic

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How Fokker built one of the most delightful post-war trainers

It’s a beautiful afternoon in December 1947, and Gerben Sonderman — wartime resistance fighter and one of the most famous Dutch pilots — takes the Fokker S11  prototype into the skies for the first time. Just over 75 years on, the trainer continues to delight

Last ‘trap’ Rockwell Buckeye refurbished

A North American T-2C Buckeye has been restored for museum display in Florida

War colours for restored Spanish Jungmann

After lengthy refurbishment, the newest aircraft of the Fundación Aeronáutica Antonio Quintana took to the air again in the expert hands of the organisation’s boss, José Luis Olías

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Flight Simulation

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Ant's Airplanes’ Tiger Moth

In this review, we take a detailed look at Ant’s Airplanes  rendition of the de Havilland Tiger Moth.

FlightSimExpo 2023 Registration Begins December 17

Flight Simulation Association’s next annual conference and tradeshow will take place on June 23-25, 2023 in Houston. From December 17, be one of the first to register to secure the best rates!

Bergen for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer RDPresets has announced ENBR - Bergen Flesland for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Now in its 30th year, this popular event always features a stunning display of aircraft-related collectable items, on dozens of stalls and is a must for aviation enthusiasts.