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Malaysia Airlines A330 took off with pitot covers attached

A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 took off from Brisbane Airport with covers still attached to all three of its airspeed sensors, a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found.

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Developing France’s Mirage IV nuclear bomber

The Dassault Mirage IV was designed solely as a nuclear bomber and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reviewed the aircraft’s progress to entering service in its February 3, 1961 issue

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Finnair is issuing diplomas for flying over the North Pole!

Finnair passengers onboard re-routed flights from Helsinki to Japan and South Korea are to receive a very special souvenir to mark the occasion - Key Aero has the story

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was submitted by Paul Webb

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FlyPast May 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Bleak future for 400 leased airliners “potentially lost” to Russia

International lessors could stand to lose more than 400 commercial aircraft to Russia after sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine have made recovering their assets near impossible.

Ukraine crisis: SkyUp appeals for airlines to fly its Boeing 737s

Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp has launched a unique appeal to fellow airlines to wet lease its all-Boeing 737 fleet in economic solidarity as war in Europe enters its fourth week.

Irish Air Corps centenary coverage (March 21-26)

With the Irish Air Corps (IAC) celebrating 100 years of military aviation on March 23, Key.Aero will be marking the occasion throughout next week (March 21-26) with a special series of content.

RAF completes first drone flight using synthetic fuel

The RAF has marked a new milestone in its journey towards a more sustainable future after it successfully completed a drone flight using synthetic aviation fuel under Project Vermeer

RAF's last BAe 146 CC2 completes final flight

The RAF's sole remaining BAe 146 CC2 (serial ZE700) carried out its final flight on March 17, performing flypasts over multiple airfields before arriving in MOD St Athan, where it will be preserved at the nearby South Wales Aviation Museum

Airbus cadet pilots bound for Volotea

Angoulême, in southwest France, is the location of a recently inaugurated campus for Airbus Flight Academy Europe (AFAE) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus.

RAF Red Arrows confirmed for Midlands Air Festival 2022

The RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, will be headlining the 2022 Air Festival, bringing two full sensational displays to the Platinum Jubilee special show this year.

Aero Legends Battle of Britain Air Show tickets on sale

Aero Legends have announced the 2022 Battle of Britain Airshow at Headcorn Aerodrome will be held on 24th - 26th June 2022

Wellesbourne museum suffers break-in

Volunteers at the Wellesbourne Wartime Museum near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, are warning collectors and enthusiasts to be wary if buying any Vampire or Percival Provost parts

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10 facts about the North American B-45 Tornado

The North American B-45 Tornado first flew on March 17th 1947. To mark the occasion, Key Aero brings you 10 interesting facts about the aircraft

Leonardo M-346 crashes

At approximately 1200hrs on March 16, a Leonardo M-346 training aircraft crashed over Colico in Northern Italy

USMC and US Navy perform simultaneous manned and unmanned operations

The USMC’s Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) and the US Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) teamed up to conduct development in integrating manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, on March 10

IWM Duxford announces new opening hours

The popular historic aviation museum has announced its new opening times

Ukraine claims air successes as war enters fourth week

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week following Russia’s invasion on February 24, Ukrainian forces are still claiming to have caused significant casualties in the past 96 hours

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Why has Russia failed to project airpower over Ukraine?

Russia was expecting to dominate the skies over Ukraine early into the conflict. However, while the air arm boasts significant advantages when compared with its Ukrainian counterpart, it has seemingly failed to project airpower effectively in the opening weeks of its invasion, as former fighter pilot turned aviation researcher, Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Fahad Masood (MRAeS) at MCBS, Oman, explains

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Inside France's sophisticated air defence network

We report on the Posture Permanente de Sûreté Aérienne, which mobilises 500 aviators daily to face any potential aerial threat

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The RAF's last search and rescue unit marks 50 years of helicopter ops

We explore the past and present of the RAF’s sole remaining search-and-rescue unit, as it celebrates a momentous milestone this year

'New' Flybe confirms second base airport and on-sale dates

Key Aero has received two significant nuggets of information from the 'new' Flybe today. The first concerns the location of its second base airport. The other is confirmation on when exactly tickets will go on sale!

Diamond DA50 RG Ready for Take-Off

X-Plane developer, Aerobask has released the Diamond DA50 RG for X-Plane 11.

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Dassault Rafale: Greece’s game changer?

With the Hellenic Air Force taking delivery of its first Dassault Rafales in January, Babak Taghvaee reviews all aspects of Greece’s procurement of the type in the country’s ongoing bid for air supremacy over the Aegean

 

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