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USAF contracts Exosonic to develop ‘Red Air’ supersonic UAV

Exosonic has been awarded a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract by the USAF to develop a low boom supersonic UAV demonstrator that could be used to support adversary air training operations

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Aegean Vipers: An overview of Greece's major F-16 upgrade

Greece’s F-16 fleet is undergoing a major upgrade backed up by a robust investment. What will it mean for its air force capability? We look at the the details

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IN PICTURES: Rare colour photos of propliners at London airports in 1949

A selection of colour photos of airliners visiting London airports was published in the May 27, 1949 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

India's third MH-60R completes pre-delivery testing

Lockheed Martin India announced on October 13 that the third Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk for the Indian Navy - serial IN753 - has completed pre-delivery testing ahead of schedule

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 65

Welcome to the 65th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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The simple mistake that caused Etihad 787 to be 300ft low on approach

Investigators in the UAE have identified what caused an Etihad Airways Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to be 300ft below the correct vertical profile while on approach to Abu Dhabi in 2020

Auckland for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced Landmarks Auckland City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Israel kicks off its largest ever multinational exercise

Israel kicked off its largest ever aerial exercise on October 17, after aircraft from the UK; France; Germany; Greece; Italy; India and the US arrived at Ovda Air Base in Eilat to participate in Exercise Blue Flag 21

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Microprose - The Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth

We sat down with MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie, to discuss two projects in development in their popular B-17 bomber franchise: The Mighty Eighth and B-17 Flying Fortress 3: The Bloody 100th.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 7 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 7

In this lesson, Peter Stark talks about how to safely fly circuits and landings at night, which is one of the key skills learnt by any pilot as it combines a variety of manoeuvres in a compact physical area in a short space of time.

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Building a Cessna/ Piper panel

In this new cockpit building series, Joe Lavery explains the process of creating simple and inexpensive panels like those you would find in a typical general aviation aircraft, such as the Cessna 152, C172 or the Piper PA-28.

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aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0

aeroG Aviation is working on an eVTOL concept called the aG-4, which is available on the X-Plane 11 platform. PC Pilot was given the opportunity to test-fly the prerelease version aG-4 v3.0 and to find out more about the project.

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Retro flight simming

We sat down with Damian Kadziela to find out more about the man behind a YouTube channel showcasing vintage combat flight sim missions and campaigns and discusses his passion for
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JARDesign's Airbus A340-5 Review Premium

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5

Step forward X-Plane developer JARDesign with its new A340-500. Perhaps the weirdest and most unpopular A340 of them all. Still, an A340 is an A340, so let's dive in.

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SimWorks Studios’ Africa Okavango Delta

The arrival of Microsoft Flight Simulator changed the flight sim world and with it has come innovation. There’s a huge swell of new developers who supply content for the new sim and these new guys bring fresh eyes and new ideas. I’m looking at just such an idea in this article, Simworks Studios’ Okavango Delta.

Quiz: Airliner Recognition

Can you identify these airliners from their photo? Let us know what score you get!

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Italy’s new flag carrier ITA takes off: Here’s what you need to know

Pitched as a fresh start for the country, Alitalia’s replacement began operations today. Key.Aero explains the context surrounding the new airline and details what the future has in store for the fledgeling carrier

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Taiwan validates highway airstrips amid growing tensions with China

Amid ever-growing tensions with China, Taiwan's Republic of China Air Force has validated the utility of all five of its highway airstrips in its latest annual drill, as we report

FlyPast Picture of the Week

This week's Picture of the Week was captured by Joseph Evans

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A Valiant start to the V-Force

The Valiant nuclear bomber was the first aircraft used by the RAF as an in-flight refuelling tanker. The details of this and other developments with this V-bomber were detailed in the July 29, 1960 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’

Italian Air Force Tornado IDS, MM7036/6-06, touching down at RAF Coningsby to undertake trials work. All images Jamie Ewan News Premium

IN PICTURES: Italian Tornados whip up storm at Coningsby

Aviation enthusiasts flocked to RAF Coningsby this week to see two Italian Air Force Tornados that were operating from the Lincolnshire base on trials using the RAF Donna Nook air weapons range

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RAND report warns of threat to UK air mobility

A report written by the RAND think tank has revealed that the UK’s military mobility could “have to do more with less” as tactical and strategic platforms are gradually retired over the next two decades

Sculpture memorialises Stirling crews

A new sculpture has been unveiled during a memorial service for the crews of Short Stirling bombers BK710 and BK716

FlyPast Podcast Episode 43

For this episode, we're joined by Dave Gibson for a fascinating chat about World War Two airfields of Lincolnshire.

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Airports of the World Issue 98 - November-December 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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