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DCS: Mi-24P Hind Available on Pre-Order

Eagle Dynamics has announced the DCS: Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship is now available on pre-order.

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An inside look at maintaining NASA's Boeing 747SP

Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg has just completed a maintenance check on a uniquely modified Boeing 747 that provides a window on the solar system and beyond. Ian Harbison reports

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Polar Express: Inside Lufthansa's longest flight

Non-stop from Hamburg to the Falklands...The longest non-stop...

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Turbulence at Technik: How Lufthansa's MRO division is handling the pandemic

After a year bedevilled by uncertainty, Lufthansa Technik is resetting its expectations – and there are green shoots. Ian Harbison discovers more from CEO Johannes Bussmann

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Bolivian Lifelines

Transporte Aéreo Militar (TAM) connected Bolivia’s biggest cities and most remote towns and villages using an eclectic mix of vintage airliners. Bernd Sturm recalls a visit to the South American nation during the carrier’s heyday

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Flying the fifth: Inside Qantas' five-engine 747 ops

For the great majority of endeavours, aviation is the domain of symmetry and streamlining, while weight and drag are the constant enemies of efficient flight. The process of carrying a fifth engine on the Boeing 747 puts these norms to the test while turning heads and creating conversation, as Owen Zupp explains

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Eastern Bloc Party: Part two

Keith Otto continues to peer over Berlin walls and through Iron Curtains as he takes in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Albania and East Germany in this two-part article profiling the airlines of the Eastern Bloc

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Breaking boundaries: Interview with JetBlue's president and COO

As COVID-19 continues to ravage much of the aviation industry, airlines globally have cut plans, deferred orders, and withdrawn aircraft. Chris Sloan reveals how JetBlue Airways has broken from the norm in an exclusive chat with the firm’s president and chief operating officer, Joanna Geraghty

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How a stepladder fell onto runway touch down zone at Birmingham

Three aircraft arriving at the UK’s Birmingham Airport narrowly avoided a stepladder that had fallen off a vehicle onto the runway at the West Midlands gateway, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reports

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Hybrids in Hawaii

Matteo Legnani speaks with the next-generation of aviation pioneers helping make hybrid-powered aircraft a reality in the Pacific

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Seamless skies: The complete story of inflight connectivity

Demand for inflight connectivity has never been higher, with an increasing number of passengers expecting robust inflight internet access, as Tom Batchelor discovers

Why history's biggest helicopter was never more than a prototype

Was it a rare case of quality over quantity? Or was it simply a design that was too big to be realistic? The Mil V-12 never made it past the prototype stage and we want to know why...

Tyndall to host three new F-35A squadrons

A Record of Decision has been issued by the USAF, making Tyndall AFB, Florida, the official location to host three new squadrons of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

SNC unveils AFSOC A-29B in heritage colours

Sierra Nevada Corporation has unveiled the second of three Embraer A-29B Super Tucano aircraft for US Air Force Special Operations Command in a special heritage colour scheme

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Airliner World May 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

How the Vietnam War transformed combat air rescue

Huge advances in helicopter technology saved countless lives

Singapore receives first H225M

Airbus Helicopters confirmed on March 29 that it has handed over its first H225M medium-lift tactical transport helicopter to the Republic of Singapore Air Force

Has JetBlue finally been awarded Heathrow slots?

After previously missing out on take-off and landing positions at the UK’s largest airport, has the carrier finally been given the prized slots?

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 36

Welcome to the 36th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Southwest Airlines places huge order for 737 MAXs

In a big boost for Boeing, the airline has committed to modernising its fleet using the narrowbody

Brisbane Airport V2 Out Now

Orbx has released YBBN Brisbane International Airport V2 for Prepar3D v4 and v5.

Tech and training needed for FVL pilots to navigate congested airspace

Future rotorcraft pilots will need technology and training to operate in airspace filled with drones, the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force Next conference heard in March

WestJet to restore suspended regional routes

The Canadian carrier halted the short-haul connections in October last year

First modernised L-39C returned to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Air Defence Force capabilities have been enhanced following the recent return of at least one Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros training/light combat aircraft, after completing a modernisation process

Quiz: How well do you know your defunct airlines - Europe edition

Back by popular demand, this week's Commercial Aviation quiz pays homage to the airlines that sadly didn't stand the test of time - paying particular attention to those based in Europe. How well do you know these defunct carriers? Let us know what score you get!

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