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Freeware Landmarks Taipei Xinyi District Released

Orbx, in partnership with NVIDIA, has released the Taipei Xinyi District Freeware pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Brazil green lights tanker transport acquisition

Brazil’s Ministry of Defence has approved the purchase of two multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft, which will supplement the Brazilian Air Force’s existing air-to-air refuelling fleet

FlyPast Podcast Episode 24

This week, the entire FlyPast team chat through some of their personal favourite aircraft. There are some well known favourites, and some slightly more left-field answers...

Veteran airline captain recounts best battles with ATC

While air traffic control is generally there to help, in certain situations – for Captain James McBride at least – it has been a battle to get them to do just that. In a chat with Key.Aero, he reveals two occasions that put his negotiation skills to the test…

CSG21: RAF F-35Bs take part in Atlantic Trident

RAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs currently embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) have participated in their first international air exercise as the aircraft carrier continues on its seven-month maiden deployment to the Indo-Pacific region

Historic aviation quiz: AIRSHOW EDITION!

This weekend, we're excited to be going along to the Midlands Air Festival. What better way to celebrate air shows being back in our lives than to quiz you on their histories..?

US Navy to receive two more E-2Ds with upgraded software

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to procure two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System/Software Configuration Build IV (DSSC-4) developmental test aircraft

BREAKING: United goes supersonic with Overture order

The US carrier’s order is the largest to date for the high-speed jet

Nigeria receives special mission Citation CJ3s, AW109s

Two Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3s, which have been modified for maritime security missions, are ready to enter Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) service as part of the Deep Blue Project

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Sim Update IV released

Asobo Studio has announced Sim Update IV (1.16.2.0) for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS) is now available.

Laminar Previews Next Generation X-Plane Lighting Model

Laminar Research has released a preview of the lighting model for X-Plane 11.

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Airliner World RecoveryWatch July 2021

China’s domestic aviation market is leading the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but it has been a bumpy ride

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Orange origins: Inside easyJet's early years

Joining a start-up can be a risky career move, especially when the company happens to be an airline. Thomas Haynes speaks to Tony Anderson about the time he made the leap from his job at Thomas Cook to become employee number three at a fledgling carrier called easyJet

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Cosmic carrier: Inside Virgin Orbit's Boeing 747

Is this the most unusual use for the Boeing 747 yet? Robin Evans speaks to Virgin Orbit chief test pilot and seasoned jumbo jockey Kelly Latimer about using the Queen of the Skies to get to space

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Plane talking: A chat with a Qatar Airways executive

Amid the pandemic, one airline has been bucking the capacity trend. Gordon Smith spoke to Thierry de Bailleul, Qatar Airways’ VP of sales for Europe, about the carrier’s bold approach

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CEDARJET GOES TO WAR

Within a decade, civil war had transformed Lebanon from being ‘the Switzerland of the Middle East’ to one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Yet the nation’s flag carrier, Middle East Airlines, flew on undeterred, as Charles Kennedy details

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The ‘swift bird’ takes flight

There’s a new kid on the American low-cost block. Chris Sloan meets Andrew Levy, Avelo Airlines’ chairman and CEO, before jumping on board for the first flight

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Travolta's hot rod heads home

Once John Travolta’s personal transport, Boeing 707-138B, N707JT, is being readied for a return to Australia. Chris Frame speaks to HARS’ president Bob De La Hunty to learn whether the jet will dash down under like grease lightning or if its arrival in Oz will be a work of (pulp) fiction

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Power progression: The evolution of airliner powerplants

Recent incidents have put the safety of airliner engines into focus but, as expert Professor Pericles Pilidis tells Tom Batchelor, new developments point to a cleaner, greener future

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Shattered propellers puncture fuselage after Metro snowbank collision

A crew’s failure to complete a checklist led to their Swearingen SA-227 Metro colliding with a snowbank, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB Canada) has found

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Shims: The thin end of Boeing’s wedge

Boeing turned to the 787 Dreamliner for stability while its 737 MAX and 777X programmes weathered high-profile storms amid the global pandemic. But the 787 has since found itself on shaky ground, says Richard Schuurman

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Snapshot: Going spare

Qantas may have been the last airline to transport a spare engine using an underwing pod, but the Australian flag carrier and its Boeing 747s were by no means the first to employ the turbojet or turbofan transportation tactic

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Airliner World July 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

USAF orders six more BACN Global 6000s

Six additional Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN)-configured Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft have been ordered by the USAF

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Revealing Herald Service Entry Report from 1961

A fascinating article on the then-new Handley Page Herald joining Jersey Airlines from The Aeroplane and Astronautics, 60 years ago.

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