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Airbus A380

The double-decker Airbus A380 caught the world’s imagination when it first flew in 2005 and still manages to turn heads. This week on Key.Aero, we’re featuring a fascinating collection of articles exploring a wide range of Super Jumbo topics from its origins, to hearing from the people who work with it to find out what makes it tick, and examining why ultimately the A380 wasn’t the commercial success Airbus had hoped for.

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Finnish Air Force retires L-70 Vinka trainer fleet

After more than 40 years of service, the Finnish Air Force has retired its fleet of Valmet L-70 Vinka primary training aircraft

US Army grounds entire Chinook fleet over engine woes

After suffering an undisclosed number of recent engine fires, the US Army confirmed that it has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters as a precautionary measure on August 30

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Allied aircraft flock to UK for Exercise Cobra Warrior

A number of combat aircraft, along with their associated support assets, from multiple nations have been touching down at various locations across the UK for this year’s second attempt at Exercise Cobra Warrior, after the first was cancelled due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24

Chile inducts ex-RAF E-3Ds into active service

The two former Royal Air Force-operated Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1s acquired by the Chilean Air Force have been formally inducted into operational service

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Investigating the vital role played by the US Navy's logistical support units

At the heart of US Navy operations is its logistical support units. Ted Carlson discovers the vital role it plays in supporting the fleet

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Historic

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Why the BAe 146 Side-Loading Tactical Airlifter failed

It looked the part, but the Side-Loading Tactical Airlifter version of the BAe 146 hardly saw customers beating a path to British Aerospace’s door. Ben Dunnell explains why, despite being an attractive package, the STA lead nowhere

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Bobcat completes long journey to new home in Europe

Cessna T-50 Bobcat N60453 has been acquired by Flieger-Stadl e.V. of Landshut, Germany and recently completed an epic transit from the US to its new home

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Twenty year Tiger Moth project completed

De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth ‘17’ (3619) has been returned to static display condition in Uruguay

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Commercial

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Flight review: KLM’s brand-new Premium Comfort cabin

After years of development and more than a decade of feverish industry speculation, it’s finally here. On August 31, KLM launched Premium Comfort, its first clean-sheet cabin concept since World Business Class arrived on the scene in 1994. 

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Recent 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.

QUIZ: The Ultimate Turboprop Trivia

They play a vital role in commercial aviation, maintaining crucial air bridges in regional markets at a faction of the cost of conventional jet aircraft, and yet they’re often misunderstood and underappreciated. This week we pay homage to the humble turboprop – how much do you know?

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Flight Simulation

Microsoft’s World Update IX: Italy & Malta Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update IX: Italy & Malta Review

We explore World Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which encompasses Italy and the island of Malta. The package adds the usual smattering of hand-built airports, photogrammetry cities, landscape improvements and new challenges to pique your interest.

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iniBuild's Airbus A300-600 Tutorial - Part 4

After what seems like an age, we're almost ready to seal up the Airbus A300 and push back from the gate. The passengers are all on board, the breakfast beers have been flowing in the terminal and there's a party atmosphere on board. So, let's push on, finish up our prep and get moving.

Carenado PC12 for on short final

After several months of development, Carenado has announced the PC12 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is complete, and the aircraft will launch on the MSFS Marketplace in early September.

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