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TrueEarth EU Balearic Islands for X-Plane Released

Orbx has announced TrueEarth EU Balearic Islands for X-Plane 11 is out.

Israel’s second F-35I squadron declared operational

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced that its second Lockheed Martin F-35I ‘Adir’ unit – 116th Squadron ‘Lions of the South’ – had been declared officially operational on August 6.

Historic Aviation Quiz No4

It's humpday, so take a break from the midweek rush with our quiz on all things historic...

Frequent flyers key to aviation recovery

Huge survey reveals three-quarters of frequent travellers are ready to fly again and that demand for airport lounges will increase, but clarity is needed on quarantines and border controls

Boeing’s Airborne Aircraft Carrier Concept

An idea that sounds like it was created for a Hollywood movie has actually been explored by the US military on-and-off for nearly a century. Key.Aero explores Boeing’s technical investigation from the early-1970s

HH-60W completes first aerial refuelling test

The USAF’s newest combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II, completed its first air-to-air refuelling sortie over southern Alabama on August 5.

Is this the world’s most pointless airport?

Built at a cost of £200 million, Saint Helena Airport connects a remote British Overseas Territory to the rest of the world – but only when the wind isn’t blowing in a certain direction…

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 3

Welcome to the third Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How good of a military spotter do you consider yourself to be? Test your aircraft recognition skills on our quiz here!

Travellers pay £140 each for return flight to  nowhere

Tickets sell out in minutes for the return journey to Taipei's Taoyuan Airport in a Hello Kitty-branded A330

When 1088 people flew on a 747 at once

Nearly 30 years ago, an El Al Boeing 747 broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of passengers on a single aircraft at one – a record that still stands. Here’s how and why it happened

RAF Posiedon shadows Russian warship for the first time

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has conducted the first operational sortie of its Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 fleet, using the aircraft to shadow a Russian warship in the North Sea on August 3.

The World’s Strangest Airline Liveries

Airline liveries can sometimes be a bit dull - but not this selection. Here are nine eye-catching schemes that turned heads wherever they went.

US Army signs for more MH-47G Block II Chinooks

On July 31, Boeing announced that it had been awarded a US$265m contract to build and deliver nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for the US Army’s Special Operations Aviation Command.

Commercial Aviation General Knowledge Quiz

This next instalment of the Saturday Commercial Aviation quiz follows a general knowledge theme. Test yourself on a wide range of subjects and let us know what score you got!

Decommissioned RAF bases: photographer captures the remains of RAF bases that have been left in the past

A photographer has travelled to the sites of old RAF bases, hoping to capture their intriguing histories from behind the camera

Announcing the next TrueEarth region - Balearic Islands

Orbx has announced its next TrueEarth region for X-Plane - the Balearic Islands on the archipelago off eastern Spain.

Denmark's first F-35A takes shape

The Danish Ministry of Defence announced that the nation’s first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II had passed through the Electronic Mate and Alignment Station (EMAS) in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 6.

Air India Express Jet Crashes on Landing

An Air India Express Boeing 737 has reportedly skidded off the runway after landing at Kozhikode/Calicut airport in southern India.

Boeing completes first QF-16 conversion at Arizona facility

Boeing announced that it had completed the first conversion of a QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) at its modification facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, in June 2020.

Ukrainian Su-27s used as chase planes for missiles

Incredible pictures show pair of Flankers following new R-360 anti-ship missiles at high subsonic speeds during recent tests.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Partnership Update

The latest Partnership Series Update introduced Blackshark.ai and details how it uses artificial intelligence to populate the world in Microsoft Flight Simulator with 3D objects.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Desert Wings – Tobruk is Out Now

IC Entertainment and Team Fusion have announced the IL-2 Sturmovik: Desert Wings – Tobruk expansion for IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover - Blitz Desert War is now available.

Reality Expansion Pack for Just Flight's Piper Arrow III Released

SimCoders have released new Reality Expansion Pack for the X-Plane version of Just Flight's Piper Arrow III.

Russia’s 737 MAX Rival to Fly Before Year-end with Locally Built Engines

The Irkut MC-21-300, Russia’s answer to the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo, is set to make its maiden flight before the end of the year with domestically produced engines, the company’s CEO confirmed.

Shanghai Released

SamScene has announced Shanghai City Times for FSX and Prepar3D is out now.

 

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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