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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.

When the X-15 smashed 350,000ft

It was an aircraft capable of Mach 6.7, and would expand humankind’s reach of the universe by proving that we could fly at unthinkable altitudes. On August 22, 1963, the X-15 reached the unthinkable – and then kept going… 

Quiz: How well do you know your airlines?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz is all about airlines! Let us know what score you got and share this with your friends to see who really knows the most!

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UBSoft’s Condor 2 - Discover the quiet beauty of flying like a hawk.

We review the soaring simulator, Condor 2 from Slovenian developer UBSoft.

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Lionheart Creations Bellanca Super Viking

Every so often you find a product that perhaps doesn’t quite fit the usual mould. Even less often, it turns out to be a really pleasant surprise and you wonder where it has been hiding. Here we review the Bellanca Super Viking 17 SV-300A from Lionheart Creations.

Celebrating the C-5 Galaxy: Part One

In the first of a two part interview, Key.Aero speaks with Col Brian Trumble, the commander of the 22nd AS 'Mulies', about the current operations of the USAF's C-5 Galaxy force, 50 years after the platform first entered operational service.

The evolution of autopilot

In 1914, autopilot was demonstrated for the first time. This year, Airbus achieved the first ever automatic take-off. One of historic aviation’s greatest inventions has come a long way in the last century…

Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Series - Welcome Bing

In the latest update to the Partnership Series, Jessie Levine, Program Manager of Bing Maps discusses some of the technologies Bing Maps brings to the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Next Regulator to Test 737 MAX Revealed

After the FAA’s string of flight tests in June, the next regulator to put the grounded jet through its paces has been revealed

The world’s 'other' aircraft manufacturers

Boeing and Airbus have become so of powerful in the commercial aircraft industry that it’s easy to forget that other options exist. Here’s a selection that you may have forgotten about…

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Just Flight’s Fokker F28 Fellowship

As part of our special focus on Just Flight for this issue, we invited the company to talk about a project the team currently has in development - the Fokker F28 Fellowship.

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Twin Comanche PA-30 Flight Adventure

This issue Peter Stark explores a GA gem, that, if not for the vagaries of nature, might have had an even more pronounced impact on the sector - the Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche.

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Just Flight’s Tornado F3 Interview

Following their Tornado GR1, Just Flight is now developing the Tornado F3 - Air Defence Variant (ADV). To learn more about this product, we got in touch with Just Flight’s Development Manager, Martyn Northall.

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DC Designs’ F-15C, D, E, & I Eagle

Published by Just Flight, the Eagle depicted in this review is designed and produced by experienced flight sim developer, Dean Crawford of DC Designs.

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Taxi2Gate’s Hong Kong International Airport v2

Hong Kong International Airport v2 reviewed here is a major update to Taxi2Gate’s original version released in 2014. It includes new HD textures, lots of new buildings, animations, hand-placed autogen tiles and much more.

The Best Sixth Generation Fighter Concepts

From robot-built fighters with virtual cockpits to the Mach 6 ‘Son of Blackbird’, the coming years will see the introduction of the most advanced military aircraft ever made.

Ultimate historic aviation accommodation!

A former RAF tower overlooking a bombing range that the Dambusters used has become a luxury getaway. We went to have a look…

Qantas reveals when its A380s could return

Australian flag carrier reveals plan for its 12 Airbus A380s as it reports losses of £1.5 billion

PC Pilot Issue 129 Out Now

The new Sept/Oct issue of PC Pilot has finally touched down, and as always it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

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