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CURTISS HELLDIVER: Beauty and the Beast

Filipe Silva investigates the forgotten image...

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GLORY DAYS: Star Attractions

Besides operational types, the USAAF flew various British-built ancillary aircraft during
World War Two...

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RESTORATION SCENE: Kriegsmarine Legend

Christian Koenig provides insight into the unique restoration...

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FLYPAST CLASSICS: Arado Ar 234

The Arado Ar 234 has a special place in aviation...

What makes the Spitfire so good?

Antony Parkinson MBE might have done over 1000 hours in both the Eurofighter Typhoon and F4 Phantom, but he rates the Spitfire as one of the greatest aeroplanes he’s ever flown. Here’s why

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Military

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 87

Welcome to the 87th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Unit Report: Portugal's Falcões & Jaguares

As the Portuguese Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, Esquadra 201 and 301, operating the F-16A/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon, continues to be the tip of the spear. Key's Josef Campion visits the two units in Monte Real

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Inside the RCAF's $600m fleet avionics upgrade

Safety and efficiency are at the heart of a major avionics upgrade to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet. Dr Joetey Attariwala takes a closer look

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Commercial

Schiphol Trials ‘TaxiBot’ Semi-Robotic Taxiing System

One of Europe’s busiest airports has used the slowdown in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to test out a new way of getting aircraft from the gate to the runway. TaxiBot, which has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is a pilot-controlled tow vehicle that allows the aircraft’s engines to remain turned off during the taxi, consequently producing fuel savings.

Azul Announces Embraer E2 Deferral

Brazilian carrier Azul Airlines has reached an agreement with Embraer to defer the delivery of 59 E195-E2s until at least 2024. Deliveries of the next generation narrowbodies were expected to start this year and continue through to 2023.

IATA: Two Thirds of Travellers Won’t Fly with Quarantine Rules

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging governments to find alternatives to arrival quarantine measures, after a survey it conducted found that 69% of travellers would not consider flying if it involved a 14-day isolation period.

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Ultimate Airports: São Paulo/Congonhas

São Paulo is Brazil’s largest metropolis...

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Ultimate Airports: The Mega Hubs - Dubai

There are very few cities that warrant mega-airports in their own right...

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Flight Simulation

Zagreb Professional Out Now

Aerosoft has released Zagreb Professional for Prepar3D version 4.

Vitoria-Foronda for X-Plane Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Vitoria-Foronda XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

PC Pilot Issue 125 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the January/February 2020 issue.

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