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Australia Discovery Tour Feature Premium

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.

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

Which new long-haul cities does Qantas plan to fly direct?

Qantas has confirmed intentions to add a pair of non-stop, long-haul services in 2022, with a new Indian city planned first, followed later this year by a destination in South Korea, both on the link from Sydney/Kingsford Smith – to find out more detail, read ahead!

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UK 747 operations end after more than 50 years

Sanctions imposed against Russia have ended more than five decades of 747 flying in the UK

Canadian company to provide ISR drones to Ukraine

Canada-based uncrewed aerial system platform and service provider Volatus Aerospace has announced it has begun the delivery of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to Ukraine

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Aeroplane meets Jim Beasley

The legal profession ran as a common thread between Jim Beasley father and son — but so did flying warbirds

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USAF releases report into $10m B-2 landing incident

An abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report into the incident on September 14, 2021, involving a B-2A Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Missouri has been released by Air Force Global Strike Command.

PC Pilot - Meet the Author, Joe Lavery Feature Premium

PC Pilot - Meet the Author

Welcome to the start of a new series in which we introduce individual members of the PC Pilot team. To kick off this series, we begin with its longest-serving member, Joe Lavery.

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 1 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 1

Welcome to the next stage of our Back to Basics series in which we explore basic and intermediate instrument flying and radio navigational techniques.

iniBuild's Airbus A 300-600 tutorial Feature Premium

iniBuild's Airbus A 300-600 Tutorial

In lesson two of our A300 tutorial series, we begin the process of programming the Flight Management Computer and load the route for today's flight.

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SIM-X Eagle PC

We review a new computer system from Wired2Fire. It’s fully optimised for those wishing to upgrade to a PC capable of running the current range of simulators, including the ever resource-hungry Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Tiny Combat Arena Interview

PC Pilot invited developer Brian Hernandez to talk about Tiny Combat Arena – his new and innovative combat simulation, which has been published by MicroProse and was recently released into 'Early Access' on the Steam platform.

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Northern Pacific Airways: Alaskan ambitions

East will meet west via Alaska when Northern Pacific Airways launches soon. Mike Killian explores the inspiration behind the airline and its first aircraft – a monochrome-liveried Boeing 757-200

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EASA blacklists 21 Russian airlines

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has banned more than 20 airlines from flying in EU airspace

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 88

Welcome to the 88th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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BOC Aviation adds 80 A320neos

BOC Aviation has signed a firm order for 80 A320neo Family aircraft.

AERALIS receives further RAF support as development progresses

UK-based start-up military jet developer, AERALIS, announced on April 11 that it has received “significant further investment” from the Royal Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office under the UK MOD’s wider PYRAMID open mission system architecture programme

Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation ceases Hunter F.6A operations

The Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation (DHHF) has sold its single-seat Hunter F.6A, after terminating the jet’s use due to subdued demand for air displays in the Netherlands.

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UK turn to Draken Europe for Red Air Solution

The UK MOD has signed a deal with Draken Europe to provide the RAF and Royal Navy with an Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service (IRAATS)

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The Swiss Dassault Mirage III scandal

Military aircraft procurement is now a highly controversial issue in Switzerland, but this was not always the case. It all started in 1964, when the cost of acquiring the Dassault Mirage III spiralled out of control

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The huge transformation of Los Angeles' LAX hub

Despite serving a city synonymous with beauty and glamour, LAX has been long been considered the ugly sister of the airport world. Tom Batchelor travels to California to learn how the Pacific hub is being transformed beyond recognition

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The tale of the 728JET: Fairchild Dornier’s big bet

Twenty years ago, Fairchild Dornier unveiled the 728JET – the first of four airliners in an innovative regional jet family that could have extinguished Embraer’s E-Jet hopes and killed off the C Series. It never happened, as Andreas Spaeth explains

 

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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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