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US Navy pilot carrier ops training: behind the scenes

Patrick Roegies and Jurgen van Toor were onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) to discover what it takes for US Navy pilots to gain their vital carrier qualifications

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Saudi F-15 Eagles exercise with Hellenic Air Force

The Royal Saudi Air Force deployed six F-15 fighters to Souda Air Base on the Greek island of Crete to take part in Falcon Eye-3, a joint exercise with the Hellenic Air Force. George Karavantos reports.

US Navy selects Textron to deliver new T-54A multi-engine trainers

US-based aircraft manufacturer, Textron Aviation, has been awarded a single, firm-fixed-price contract to develop the T-54A multi-engine training system (METS) aircraft for the US Navy, with the service seeking to procure up to 64 examples of the type to replace its ageing Beechcraft T-44C Pegasus fleet

RAF grounds entire Hawk T2 fleet after engine fault

The RAF has grounded its BAE Systems Hawk T2 fast-jet training aircraft as a precaution after one aircraft suffered an engine failure on the runway at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales

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Taiwan's final F-16A Block 20 begins Viper conversion

The ROCAF’s last Lockheed Martin F-16A Block 20 Fighting Falcon recently arrived at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation’s Shalu facility at Taichung International Airport in central Taiwan for its mid-life upgrade and conversion to the latest, most advanced variant of the Fighting Falcon family: the F-16V

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Commercial

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Lufthansa to ramp up A340-600 operations

German flag carrier Lufthansa is reported to be returning five more parked Airbus A340-600s to regular service in time for its summer schedule.

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UK planespotting highlights for January 2023

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK.

The Ultimate NOTAM Quiz! (Part One)

With space often tight and time at a premium, a series of abbreviations are used within NOTAMs to disseminate information efficiently. This week on the Key.Aero commercial aviation quiz, we’re putting your knowledge of some of these official ‘contractions’ to the test. Good luck!

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Historic

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Want to buy a Gnat in Red Arrows colours?

A Folland Gnat and a full size replica Hawk, plus a range of aircraft parts are being offered for sale in an online auction.

Devotion: have you seen it?

FlyPast’s Jamie Ewan reviews one of the most anticipated war films of recent years – Devotion

Experimental jets get an airing at Cosford

TSR2 among test airframes to come outside — briefly — during hangar reshuffle

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Flight Simulation

Epic Victory for X-Plane 12

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has announced the Epic Victory has been upgraded to be compatible with X-Plane 12.

New Algerian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, NetDesign has released DAAT Aguenar Tamanrasset Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Flying by the numbers

From light trainers to complex multi-engine types, knowing your V-speeds is crucial for operating an aircraft within its optimum performance envelope and structural limits. Here, we focus on the important ones you should know when flying general aviation aircraft.

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