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Historic

Remains of lost Argentine P-2 Neptune found in Antarctica

A ceremony has been held alongside the newly discovered aircraft remains to pay tribute to the personnel that lost their lives

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FlyPast April 2024

The full issue in page-turning format

Historic Aviation Quiz: The Avro Arrow

With February 20 marking the 65th anniversary of the cancellation of Avro Canada’s still incredible delta-wing CF-105 Arrow, we dedicate this week’s quiz to “Canada’s greatest plane that never was…”

Save the Skymaster folds its wings

The team were attempting to return a Douglas C-54 Skymaster to flying status

Tuskegee Fairchild PT-19A returns to the sky

A trainer, once used by the famed Tuskegee Airmen, has flown again after two years of work by Commemorative Air Force Airbase Georgia

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Military

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How the RNLAF’s C-130 unit is transitioning to the MC-390

Joe Campion discovers how 336 Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) plans to provide combat support while preparing for a brand-new aircraft type

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VIDEO: US Marine Corps F-35s arrive in Norway for Exercise Nordic Response

US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs of VMFA-542 ‘Tigers’ have landed in Norway to take part in Exercise Nordic Response 24.

US to accelerate UH-60M deliveries to Australia

When the decision was made to expedite the withdrawal of its MRH-90 Taipan helicopters, the Australian Army Aviation Corps (AAAC) was left with a significant capability gap, which was partly filled through expedited UH-60M deliveries, including the accelerated delivery of nine additional Black Hawks by March 2024

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Commercial

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Bombardier bags Challenger 3500 order

Bombardier announced on December 22, 2023, that an undisclosed customer had placed a firm order for 12 of its Challenger 3500 super mid-size business jet, with the first deliveries expected in the second half of 2025.

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UK planespotting highlights for January 2024

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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EasyJet reopens ‘Runway’

Low-cost airline easyJet reopened its ‘Runway’ university graduate training initiative in January.

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Red Wings Tupolev Tu-214 restoration

Moscow-based Red Wings Airlines has received a Tupolev Tu-214 as it looks to expand its fleet.

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Air Samarkand takes flight

New Uzbekistan carrier Air Samarkand has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Ministry of Transport's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after conducting its maiden demonstration flight from Samarkand to Tashkent on December 28.

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Flight Simulation

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A beginner’s guide to flight simulation

Taking flight simulation up as a hobby can be a daunting experience. In this article, we tackle some of the challenges newcomers are likely to face by looking at the different flight simulator platforms, the hardware requirements and the controllers needed to get off the ground.

Dune expansion pack for MSFS released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has announced the Dune expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a free download.

Nice Cote D'azur Airport - NG Series for MSFS

JustSim has released a new product line dubbed the NG Series, offering highly realistic and detailed models of airports and the surrounding areas.

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Upcoming Events

Southport Air Show

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Southport, United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "The annual Air Show takes place on Southport beach and is a weekend packed with entertainment! If you looking for a fun and exhilarating day out with the kids, as well as the flying programme, there is plenty of things to do on the ground. From flight simulators, static aircraft to explore, climbing walls, assault courses and plenty more!"

Shuttleworth Festival of Flight

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Biggleswade , United Kingdom

The event webpage says: "International Fly-In Friday 28th / Air Show Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th"..."Join us as we celebrate 60 years of Shuttleworth air shows at our first Festival of Flight! We will have three days of entertainment, activities, and displays to celebrate the wonderful achievements of aviation; from the very first flight, to the astonishing technology we see today."

Shuttleworth Summer Evening Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The event's webpage says: "Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies...".

Farnborough International Airshow 2024

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Farnborough, United Kingdom

The famous Farnborough International Airshow trade event will feature a wide variety of aircraft.

Royal International Air Tattoo

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The themes this year for RIAT are '50 Years F-16', 'NATO 75th Anniversary', '100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force' and 'Pushing the boundaries in Air and Space'. Regarding the final one in the list the RIAT website states: "Our main theme will highlight the important work of Flight Test & Evaluation in modern aviation, looking back at 100 years of British military test flying. We hope to display specialised, modified and instrumented test flight aircraft from organisations from around the world dedicated to Flight Test, Evaluation and Scientific Research."

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."