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UK 747 operations end after more than 50 years

Sanctions imposed against Russia have ended more than five decades of 747 flying in the UK

Canadian company to provide ISR drones to Ukraine

Canada-based uncrewed aerial system platform and service provider Volatus Aerospace has announced it has begun the delivery of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to Ukraine

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Aeroplane meets Jim Beasley

The legal profession ran as a common thread between Jim Beasley father and son — but so did flying warbirds

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USAF releases report into $10m B-2 landing incident

An abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report into the incident on September 14, 2021, involving a B-2A Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Missouri has been released by Air Force Global Strike Command.

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PC Pilot - Meet the Author

Welcome to the start of a new series in which we introduce individual members of the PC Pilot team. To kick off this series, we begin with its longest-serving member, Joe Lavery.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 1

Welcome to the next stage of our Back to Basics series in which we explore basic and intermediate instrument flying and radio navigational techniques.

iniBuild's Airbus A 300-600 tutorial Feature Premium

iniBuild's Airbus A 300-600 Tutorial

In lesson two of our A300 tutorial series, we begin the process of programming the Flight Management Computer and load the route for today's flight.

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SIM-X Eagle PC

We review a new computer system from Wired2Fire. It’s fully optimised for those wishing to upgrade to a PC capable of running the current range of simulators, including the ever resource-hungry Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Tiny Combat Arena Interview

PC Pilot invited developer Brian Hernandez to talk about Tiny Combat Arena – his new and innovative combat simulation, which has been published by MicroProse and was recently released into 'Early Access' on the Steam platform.

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Northern Pacific Airways: Alaskan ambitions

East will meet west via Alaska when Northern Pacific Airways launches soon. Mike Killian explores the inspiration behind the airline and its first aircraft – a monochrome-liveried Boeing 757-200

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EASA blacklists 21 Russian airlines

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has banned more than 20 airlines from flying in EU airspace

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 88

Welcome to the 88th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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BOC Aviation adds 80 A320neos

BOC Aviation has signed a firm order for 80 A320neo Family aircraft.

AERALIS receives further RAF support as development progresses

UK-based start-up military jet developer, AERALIS, announced on April 11 that it has received “significant further investment” from the Royal Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office under the UK MOD’s wider PYRAMID open mission system architecture programme

Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation ceases Hunter F.6A operations

The Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation (DHHF) has sold its single-seat Hunter F.6A, after terminating the jet’s use due to subdued demand for air displays in the Netherlands.

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UK turn to Draken Europe for Red Air Solution

The UK MOD has signed a deal with Draken Europe to provide the RAF and Royal Navy with an Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service (IRAATS)

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The Swiss Dassault Mirage III scandal

Military aircraft procurement is now a highly controversial issue in Switzerland, but this was not always the case. It all started in 1964, when the cost of acquiring the Dassault Mirage III spiralled out of control

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The huge transformation of Los Angeles' LAX hub

Despite serving a city synonymous with beauty and glamour, LAX has been long been considered the ugly sister of the airport world. Tom Batchelor travels to California to learn how the Pacific hub is being transformed beyond recognition

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The tale of the 728JET: Fairchild Dornier’s big bet

Twenty years ago, Fairchild Dornier unveiled the 728JET – the first of four airliners in an innovative regional jet family that could have extinguished Embraer’s E-Jet hopes and killed off the C Series. It never happened, as Andreas Spaeth explains

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Starfighter scandal: Did Germany's Lockheed F-104 deserve its bad name?

Fatal crashes and a bribery affair — the reputation of the Lockheed F-104 in Germany could hardly have been worse. But the Starfighter barely deserved its bad name

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Recent notable UK planespotting highlights

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

The ultimate Boeing 727 Quiz

Once a common sight at airports around the world, air-worthy Boeing 727s are now very rare indeed. Largely gone but not forgotten, we celebrate the pioneering jet in this special 727 quiz!

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The microlight revolution

Will 3-axis microlights take over from GA light aircraft as the sport aircraft of choice? Nick Spall took to the skies to find out what makes them special

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The controversial 1937 Tupolev ANT-25 flight distance record

When the Soviet Union, with the Tupolev ANT-25, set a new world distance record in 1937, The Aeroplane’s editor C. G. Grey felt the whole thing was a fix, said so in print, and nearly caused an international incident. The record stood — but was he right?

Nimrods and Victors sharing a very crowded ramp at Wideawake during Operation Corporate. Crown Copyright Feature Premium

Multi-role Victors of the Falklands War

British success in the Falklands War relied heavily on the vital contribution of the Victor. Glenn Sands detailed the aircraft type’s involvement in the conflict in the July 2012 issue of FlyPast

 

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