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New Aspen airline with a difference unveiled

A new Colorado-based airline which hopes to operate services to the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado from airports across the US has been launched.

Historic Humpday Quiz

We're back again to wet your appetites with this week's Historic Aviation Quiz!

USAF deploys six B-52s to RAF Fairford

Six US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress bombers – belonging to the 5th Bomb Wing (BW) at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota – deployed to RAF Fairford, UK, on August 22.

Los Angeles for X-Plane Upgraded

ShortFinal Design has updated KLAX - Los Angeles International HD to version 1.1.

USAF bases cover more area than Scotland and Wales combined

Eglin AFB in Florida alone is bigger than Greater London: these are the incredible stats that illustrate the military aviation might of America

Italian F-35As surpass 5,000 flight hours

The Italian Air Force announced that its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet – operated by the service’s 32nd Wing – had passed the 5,000 flight hour milestone on August 12.

The top five most heroic flights of all time…

Aviators often know the risks they face with their chosen occupation. But these pilots took on that risk, while bravely ensuring the safety of their dependants…

NASA Achieves Engine Milestone in Quiet SST Project

Nearly 13ft (4m) long, 3ft (1m) in diameter and packing 22,000lbs of afterburner enhanced jet thrust, NASA has taken delivery of the engine it will use to power its X-59 QueSST aircraft

Hollywood Burbank for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

The latest airport to be released by Orbx is Hollywood Burbank for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has released KSBA Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

NATO AWACS takes part in Polish training exercise

A NATO-operated Boeing E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) has deployed to Krakow, Poland, to take part in a binational training event with alliance members from August 21 to 28.

The 31-year-old airline that’s never flown a flight

On August 24, 1989, an airline was founded with the aim of flying from New York City to Russia – 31 years later, USGlobal Airways still hasn’t managed to fly a single commercial flight. Key.Aero details the fascinating backstory to this unique carrier

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 5

Welcome to the fifth Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz here!

Brussels Airlines Bailout Gets Green Light

European regulators have approved a €290m (£261m) rescue package for Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines in a bid to stabilise its finances as it deals with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wind tunnel tests reveal Tempest’s digital design

BAE Systems released images of digitally-designed 3D printed models of the UK’s next-generation combat air system, Tempest, undergoing wind tunnel testing at its Warton facility in Lancashire on August 24.

Barcelona Airport for X-Plane Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Barcelona XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

New F-35A, F-15EX Air National Guard bases announced

On August 14, the US Air Force (USAF) announced plans to equip Air National Guard (ANG) bases in Florida and Oregon – which operate F-15C/D Eagle fighters – with F-35As and F-15EXs from 2022.

Air Legend 2020 airshow: Cancelled

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the local authorities have prohibited the Paris Villaroche AIR LEGEND 2020 airshow to take place

A400M conducts first 'wet' refuelling test with H225M

France’s Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) announced that an Airbus A400M tactical tanker/transport had completed the first ‘wet’ air-to-air (AAR) refuelling contact with a H225M Caracal helicopter on August 19.

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The Mighty Eighth - Return of a Classic

We invited MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie, to talk about his highly anticipated B-17 simulation and his plans for ‘The Mighty Eighth’.

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Aeroplane Heaven’s Douglas DC-3 Dakota & C-47 Skytrain

There hasn’t been a flight sim platform where pilots haven’t pleaded for a mighty DC-3 to fly. Australian developer Aeroplane Heaven has met the challenge with the Prepar3D release of not only its updated ‘Dakota’ but also its military incarnation, the C-47 Skytrain.

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Back to Basics - Series 2, Lesson 13

In the previous lesson, we realised that we were not where we should be. The visual fixes we were expecting to mark our location simply didn’t appear. We wrap up Stage 2 of Back to Basics by learning how we might get ourselves out of this very fine mess.

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Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: Supercarrier

Naval aviation fans rejoice – the Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) Supercarrier is here – and it is awesome! Let’s skip the flowy introduction and get right down to business.

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Challenging Airports - Reggio di Calabria, Italy (LICR)

This Challenging Airport episode takes us to the seaside airport of Reggio Calabria. Squeezed between the Strait of Messina and the mountains of the Aspromonte massif, the airport presents somewhat unorthodox approaches.

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Baron’s Combat Corner: The art of aerial gunnery

Aerial gunnery is one of the most difficult aspects of air combat to master. We discuss how attaining any level of gunnery efficiency not only requires constant and regular practice, but also an appreciation of the factors which determine whether you hit your target or not.

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