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Quiz: 80 Years of the North American B-25 Mitchell

To commemorate 80 years of the B-25 Mitchell, we've put together a special quiz to test your knowledge on the historic aircraft.

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Top 10 fighter jets from movies

From Top Gun and Iron Man to True Lies and Independence Day, the world’s most advanced fighters have had starring roles in many a film…

First BA 747 Leaves Heathrow For Retirement

UK flag carrier begins the process of retiring its 31 Boeing 747s after announcing the end of the aircraft’s operations last month

Orbx products now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator

A range of Orbx products are now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Israeli Air Force jets land in Germany

Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets have landed in Germany for the first time, kickstarting two weeks worth of exercises between the two nations.

Why do turboprop airliners still exist?

In a world dominated by jet-powered airliners only two turboprop manufacturers remain. But what are turbine-driven propeller aircraft good at and why do they continue to survive in today’s commercial aviation industry?

The history of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine

It is, quite simply, one of the most recognisable sounds of the last century. Tara Leggett delves into the history of the second most-produced engine of World War II to understand its adored status

Denver for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Flightbeam Studios has announced its debut airport for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio have released the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 4

Welcome to the fourth 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!

EasyJet Confirms Closure of 3 UK Bases

European low-cost carrier easyJet has confirmed it will shut three of its UK bases as it continues to battle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PIA to Resume UK Flying Before Ban Ends, Here’s How

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has approved a request by Pakistan International Airlines to recommence services connecting Islamabad to Birmingham and Manchester

FS-FlightControl Announces Support for Microsoft Flight Simulator

FS-FlightControl has released an update to support the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

The airline that only existed for 24 hours

The commercial aviation business is notoriously difficult to succeed at. There’s no better example of how not to do it than the Florida-based carrier Sunair which lasted only 24 hours and flew just a single flight.

Microsoft Flight Simulator - JFK Landing Challenge with Bravo 747 Configuration

Testing the upcoming Bravo Throttle Quadrant in Boeing 747 configuration on Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator, together with the Alpha Yoke.

Next Generation Jammer takes flight on Growler

The US Navy completed the first mission systems flight of its Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pod aboard a Boeing EA-18G Growler from NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on August 7.

PC Pilot Issue 129 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the September/October 2020 issue.

Saturday Quiz: Can you identify these airports?

They come in all shapes and sizes and none are ever the same. But how well do you know your airports? Let us know what score you got!

An in-depth look at Icarus’ Tactical Air Vehicle

Canadian-based start-up, Icarus Aerospace, recently introduced the world to its Tactical Air Vehicle. Key.Aero takes an in-depth look at this new multi-mission concept

France accepts first King Air 350 ISR aircraft

The General Directorate of Armaments – France’s military procurement agency – accepted the first intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Beechcraft King Air 350ER on behalf of the French Air Force on July 31.

The 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

After six years of fighting, with three of those against Japan, VJ Day would finally mark the end of World War II

Allied Aces and their aircraft

One flew for four different air forces, another flew so low he blew a lady’s washing off her line. Here are three of the most distinguished flying aces of World War 2...

F-117A stealth fighter joins Hill Aerospace Museum

Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah took delivery of a retired US Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter on August 5

Wizz Air unveils second UK base

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced the location of the second base for its Wizz Air UK subsidiary, the group’s British-registered and based carrier.

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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London, United Kingdom

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.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

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Fairford, United Kingdom

The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

ILA Berlin 2022

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Schönefeld, Germany

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

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom

The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!