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Swiss Hornets arrive at RAF Leeming for Yorknite 2021

Multiple Schweizer Luftwaffe/ Swiss Air Force Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets touched down at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire on November 15 with a four-week air-to-air and night operations training deployment ahead

RPAS to potentially deliver critical supplies to the frontline

The UK Ministry of Defence has initiated an agile procurement approach undertaken via a collaboration between DE&S FCG, the Royal Navy's OCTO, and the Royal Navy’s 700X Squadron with an objective to identify a RPAS to be used to transport critical cargo to the front line

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Boeing bags $9bn 737 MAX order from start-up Akasa Air

In a boost for Boeing, on day three of the Dubai Airshow, the airframer received a large order for 737 MAXs from Indian start-up carrier Akasa Air.

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Super Mushshak bonanza fleet size upgrades for multiple nations

While the Sino-Pak JF-17 Thunder might not be at Dubai Airshow, the evergreen MFI-17 Super Mushshak is once again present, being exhibited by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra with many nations eyeing up fleet quantity upgrades

Jazeera Airways signs for 28 Airbus A320neos

On day three of the Dubai Airshow, Kuwait-based carrier Jazeera Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to 28 A320neo family aircraft.

Orbx Releases TrueEarth Spain South for X-Plane 11

This massive 98,000 sq. mile region has a coverage area from Costa-Del-Sol and cities such as Malaga to the Sierra Nevada mountains and the historic city of Granada.

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Saab hails GlobalEye progress, eyes South Korea as next potential customer

Saab has had some successful Dubai Airshows (DAS) in the past. There was the announcement by the UAEAF&AD for two GlobalEyes airborne early warning and control aircraft in DAS 2015, with two more coming at DAS 2019

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How Colombian start-up Ultra Air plans to revive South America's LCC sector

Colombian start-up Ultra Air is hoping to capitalise on Avianca’s pandemic-prompted problems when it launches services later this year. Chris Smith speaks to its CEO, William Shaw

CRJ 900/1000 Released

Aerosoft has announced the CRJ 900/1000 expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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USAF makes rare showing of E-11A at Dubai

One of the most surprising exhibits in the static display at Dubai is the US Air Force’s Bombardier E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) aircraft.

Senior RAF squadron reformed at Brize Norton

One of the RAF’s most senior squadrons was reformed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on September 28 when 30 Squadron became the second operational Airbus Atlas C.1 unit. It had been disbanded on December 8, 2016 as part of the gradual rundown of the Hercules force

Classic Boeings being returned to flight in Nevada

Willow Aircraft is heading up a long-term project in Gardnerville, Nevada, to restore several historic Boeing aircraft, a mix of reproductions and originals. The latter include a pair of civilianised P-12s, built with some modifications and without armament

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 69

Welcome to the 69th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Photographs of the new Russian airliner, the Ilyushin 62, show the similarity of the layout to the VC10. These photographs show the four rear-mounted turbojets and the high tailplane position. Abandoned in favour of a nose radome is the “bomb-aimer’s window” of Tupolev designs. In this respect the new aircraft follows Ilyushin practice and is reminiscent of the earlier Il-18. Feature Premium

First sighting of a Russian Classic

The Ilyushin Il-62, which NATO assigned the reporting name of ‘Classic’, has had a lengthy career and some examples are still flying. ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ in its October 4, 1962 issue published the first photos of the jetliner to be publicly seen in the West

AN-124 to provide NATO strategic airlift for next five years

A contract between NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPSA) and Antonov has been signed for AN-124-100 Ruslans to be utilised within the Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme for the next five years

Airbus announces first A350F customer

The Dubai Airshow has continued to bear fruit for Airbus as it announces the signing of a letter of intent (LoI) with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for 111 aircraft, the second largest order of this year’s event for the European airframer.

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New Joint Aviation Command Cessna 208 on display

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX (serial number 2245) in the static display at Dubai Air Show is a recent acquisition by the Joint Aviation Command (JAC).

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Dufour Aerospace and the tilt-wing

Inspired by work carried out 50 years ago, Switzerland’s Dufour Aerospace stands out from other air transport types. Mark Broadbent reports

Emirates unveils order for two Boeing 777Fs

Emirates SkyCargo will induct two new Boeing 777Fs into its fleet and convert four of its 777-300ER passenger aircraft into freighters

‘OPERATION MC.72’: Record-winning seaplane is reborn in Italy

In Italy, the passion for aviation has had a fresh start on the shores of Lake Garda. The new work is taking place at Desenzano, formerly a seaplane base that bound its fame to the Regia Aeronautica’s Reparto Alta Velocità, a high-speed aircraft unit formed by seaplanes designed to participate in the 1920s-30s Schneider Trophy.

A UAEAF&AD Boeing C-17A Globemaster III lets rip with a spectacular volley of flares as it flies over Dubai Air Show, during the opening ceremony. Alan WarnesA UAEAF&AD Boeing C-17A Globemaster III lets rip with a spectacular volley of flares as it flies over Dubai Air Show, during the opening ceremony. Alan Warnes News Premium

Opening day extravaganza at Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday, November 14, with an impressive flypast of United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAF&AD) aircraft.

Indigo Partners places huge order for A321neos

The Dubai Airshow got off to a good start yesterday (November 14) when Indigo Partners – an American private equity firm with controlling interests in low-cost carriers Wizz Air, Frontier, Volaris and JetSMART – announced an order for 255 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft.

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The story of how Boeing builds the 787 Dreamliner

Ambitious. No single word better describes the outset of the 787 Dreamliner programme as Boeing sought to turf manufacturing out to contractors worldwide, while creating a second production line thousands of miles from home

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Two more A330 MRTTs ordered by the UAE

Airbus Defence and Space announced on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, November 14, that the United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence (UAEAF&AD) has formally ordered two additional Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

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Pilatus launches PC-7 MKX at Dubai

Pilatus Aircraft announced a new variant of its PC-7, the PC-7 MKX, at the Dubai Air Show on November 14 and unveiled the aircraft in the static display area at the show the following day.

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