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Airbus A380

The double-decker Airbus A380 caught the world’s imagination when it first flew in 2005 and still manages to turn heads. This week on Key.Aero, we’re featuring a fascinating collection of articles exploring a wide range of Super Jumbo topics from its origins, to hearing from the people who work with it to find out what makes it tick, and examining why ultimately the A380 wasn’t the commercial success Airbus had hoped for.

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CV-22B remains trapped in Norway as USAF lifts grounding order

Having been grounded for just over two weeks, AFSOC has cleared its 52-strong fleet of Bell Boeing CV-22B Ospreys to fly again, but one example remains trapped on an island in Norway after the tiltrotor was forced to make an emergency landing there on August 12, 2022

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Is Iran going to buy Su-35SE fighters from Russia?

Having been heavily restricted by international sanctions, Iran has struggled to source replacements for its ageing fighter fleets in recent times, but recent comments have indicated that the nation is currently plotting a move to buy Sukhoi Su-35SE Flanker-E multi-role fighters from Russia

Malawi Air Force takes delivery of two MA600s

Although little reported at the time, it is now known that the Malawi Air Force took delivery of two Xian MA600 twin-turboprop passenger aircraft earlier this year from China

Chinese Y-20 in Western airshow first

PLAAF airlifter makes European public debut in Austria

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ANALYSIS: Tensions between China and Taiwan reach new high after Pelosi visit

Tension between Taiwan and China reached a new high after a controversial visit by one of the United States’ most senior politicians. We examine the fallout

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Skyhawk removed from pole for preservation

Classic jet being refurbished behind the scenes – Lutterworth Whittle memorial also receiving attention

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Hurel-Dubois aircraft and their pioneering long wings

Commonly dubbed the 'flying letter-opener', Hurel-Dubois aircraft designs were best known for their high-aspect ratio wings. Jean-Christophe Carbonel takes an in-depth look at this short-lived French airframer

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What it takes to restore a de Havilland Dragon Rapide

There’s been the odd setback along the way, but the de Havilland Aircraft Museum’s Dragon Rapide is approaching the day when it will become a prized exhibit.

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Commercial

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GALLERY: Elizabeth II - the real Queen of the Skies

During her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II flew further, faster and more often than any other British monarch. Key.Aero presents a selection of images depicting her relationship with aviation over the decades

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AIR International October 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Air Canada donates Lockheed Electra for permanent display

The flag carrier has donated its Lockheed L-10A Electra to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg.

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Flight Simulation

Aerosoft Mega Airport Brussels Review Premium

We explore Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels

Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Brussels has often been described as the best third-party airport yet produced for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We take a closer look at one of Europe’s busiest aviation hubs and see how it measures up.

Avro RJ Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator in development

Following the release of the 146 Professional earlier in the year, the Just Flight development team has announced it is working on its successor, the Avro RJ series for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FS Academy – Jetliner review

The product under review here is designed for those who are competent with the rudiments of flying but who would like to progress to something a bit more challenging, which in this case is an Airbus A320.

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