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ANALYSIS: What Russian air assets are currently operating from Belarus?

Belarus has provided Russian Aerospace Forces with a crucial launch pad for operations over Ukraine. Tim Ripley details which Russian air assets are currently operating from various locations across Belarus

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Guardians of Kyiv: Inside Ukraine's 40th brTA

Outgunned and outdated, the Ukrainian Air Force’s 40th brTA has still managed to mount significant resistance following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as Babak Taghvaee reports

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Key players go head-to-head in booming freighter aircraft market

With soaring interest in converted and custom-built cargo aircraft, manufacturers are scrambling to meet enormous demand. Richard Schuurman speaks to some of the key players within this booming sector

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An in-depth look at the Grumman Goose

In this month's Aeroplane Database, James Kightly and Ryan Pemberton take an in-depth look at the development, technical details, service and flying characteristics of the Grumman Goose

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The Spitfire simulator used to train real-world pilots

We travelled to Goodwood Aerodrome to check out the only Spitfire simulator in the world used for training real-world Spitfire pilots.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia

World Updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator continue to be released on a hectic schedule and the most recent is Update VII: Australia. Join us as we race around this vast continent to explore both iconic and some hidden scenic treasures.

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L3Harris Airline Academy

We sat down with Dave Coward, Vice President and General Manager of L3Harris Airline Academy, to learn about its training programme and how the company uses flight simulators to enhance pilot training.

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Aerosoft's Twin Otter

The highly acclaimed Twin Otter Extended from Aerosoft was previously released for FSX and P3D. This time we review the Twin Otter for Microsoft Flight Simulator, available on both PC and Xbox.

Historic Aviation Quiz

Try your hand at this week's Historic Aviation Quiz. Let us know what score you get and share it with your friends to see who really knows the most!

RNLAF set to begin MQ-9A operations later this month

Having received its first three MQ-9A Block 5 RPAS and two mobile ground control stations from GA-ASI, the Royal Netherlands Air Force is now set to launch operations with the Reaper before the end of April

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France VFR Nord-Ouest

A tour-de-force in scenery creation

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X-Aviation’s Challenger 650

X-Aviation is a well-known publisher of high-quality X-Plane add-ons and has released what it claims is the most complex, sophisticated simulation of any aircraft made for any flight simulator to date – the Hot Start Take Command! Challenger 650 bizjet. Can it really live up to this claim?

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Carenado’s C337 Skymaster

We take a look at Carenado's Cessna 337H Skymaster for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Why a Malaysia 737 suffered uncommanded pitch up

A preliminary report issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has determined why a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 unexpectedly pitched up during flight

New Flybe launches maiden service

Flybe mark two – the new Flybe Ltd – officially launched this morning with its inaugural flight departing Birmingham Airport for George Best Belfast City Airport.

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Clean up of huge diesel leak at RAF Odiham begins

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to clean up a fuel spill at RAF Odiham air base, following an equipment failure last year which resulted in up to 31,000 litres of diesel escaping into the local environment

Southend Vulcan to be opened to visitors 

Visit the Vulcan Day returns for the first time in 2022 at London Southend Airport on April 24, giving visitors the chance to see Avro Vulcan XL426 up close.

PC Pilot - Issue 139 Downloads

Downloadable content for the May/June 2022 issue of PC Pilot.

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A day at the show: Vintage Aeroplane Club

January might not seem the most practical time for a gathering of historic open cockpit aircraft, but that month in 1952 a new club’s first major rally proved an outstanding success despite the freezing temperatures

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Australia Discovery Tour

With the release of World Update VII: Australia for Microsoft Flight Simulator, we decided to take you on a series of guided fights around some of the most impressive scenery in the Land Down Under. We start in the Blue Mountains in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales.

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X-Plane 12: Seaplanes and helicopters

X-Plane's creator, Austin Meyer explains how real seaplanes and helicopters work and how they are simulated in X-Plane 12.

Swedish Gripen C/D upgrade aims to keep type relevant until mid-2030s

Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration has contracted Saab to upgrade the Swedish Air Force’s entire JAS 39C/D Gripen fleet in a bid to keep the multi-role fighters operationally relevant until the mid-2030s

Air France-KLM firms A350F order

Commitments for the Airbus A350F have been given a boost after the Air France-KLM Group today (April 12) firmed up a four-strong order for the type, with purchase rights for the same amount.

Original Nieuport biplane flies again in Sweden 

The American Heritage Museum’s Nieuport 28 C-1 made its first post-restoration flight on April 2 from Sebbarp, Sweden, in the hands of Mikael Carlson.

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Ukraine-Russia War: Analysing the First Month

As Vladimir Putin redirects forces to the Russian-controlled Donbas and Crimean regions, evidence of possible war crimes is coming to light. Khalem Chapman charts recent key events in the conflict

 

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