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PC Pilot Issue 131 Downloads

Specially selected freeware and videos of flight sims reviewed in the January/February 2021 issue.

Sudan, Egypt hold first aerial combat exercise

The Egyptian and Sudanese air forces held their first joint aerial combat exercise during November

Quiz: How well do you know your defunct airlines?

The list of defunct airlines is extremely long but how well do you know these ones? This is a quiz dedicated entirely to carriers that didn't stand the test of time

Rheinmetall wins German CH-53G maintenance contract

Rheinmetall announced on December 9 that the German Armed Forces has contracted it to inspect, maintain and repair the air force’s fleet of Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallions

They didn't know what was a V1 attack and what wasn't...

This week, MyPast spoke to Brian, a keen aviator with a lengthy past dating back to his mothers' war days

BA officially ends 747 ops with three-mile flight!

After nearly five decades of distinguished service with British Airways, this afternoon (December 11) the flag carrier has flown its final Boeing 747

MQ-25 completes first flight with aerial refuelling store

Boeing and the US Navy passed a significant milestone in the MQ-25 Stingray’s development programme on December 9, when the test asset flew with Cobham’s aerial refuelling store for the first time

FlyPast Podcast Episode 1

In Episode 1, FlyPast Editor Chris, Key.Aero editor Hans and Assistant Editor Tara discuss their aviation heroes, favourite historic aeroplanes, and what it's like to fly in a Spitfire...

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Black Sea Bombers

Tensions are rising as NATO and Russia both flex their muscles in the skies above Ukraine and Crimea

USMC’s first F-35C unit declares IOC

The USMC revealed on December 1 that VMFA-314 'Black Knights' has become the first Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II unit to declare initial operational capability (IOC)

How one airline changed the way all airliners take-off

In a bid to find cost savings, bosses at one carrier in the 1970s stumbled upon a revolutionary idea that would alter the way most future commercial jet aircraft would take to the sky

Virgin sells two 787s for a surprisingly small sum, here’s why

In a bid to raise cash to help it through its COVID-19 recovery, the Crawley-based carrier has agreed to the sale of a pair of Dreamliners

BA reveals Southampton summer schedule

Holiday destinations include Spain, Italy and Portugal and will begin from next May

Air Hauler 2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Air Hauler 2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator puts you in complete control of your own freight and passenger company, both in the boardroom and in the cockpit. From landings to leases, flight plans to finances and repairs to recruitment, the success of your operation is down to you.

Ten airlines we really miss

Whether it’s the livery, passenger experience or the aircraft types used, everyone has a soft spot for an airline that didn’t stand the test of time…

Drzewiecki Enters Partnership with Orbx

Orbx and Drzewiecki Design have announced a new partnership, enabling customers to purchase Drzewiecki products on OrbxDirect.

USAF selects new base locations for C-130J

The USAF announced on November 25 that it has selected four air bases as its preferred locations for basing future Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transports

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The woman who helped make the Hurricane

Meet Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ MacGill, the woman who battled sexism and polio in order to become an engineer, businesswoman… and the first female aviation engineer in the world

GA-ASI tests CODE autonomy engine on Avenger UAS

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on December 4 that it had recently flown an Avenger UAS, equipped with a government-supplied Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) autonomy engine

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AirForces Monthly January 2021

Welcome to AirForces Monthly January 2021

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The Brandenburg wait

Berlin’s brand new, multi-billion-euro Brandenburg airport is finally handling flights, but seemingly endless setbacks threatened the entire plan. Chris Croot examines the complex story of a project that ran nearly a decade late and €5bn over budget

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The ‘other’ low-cost airlines

Charles Woodley recounts some of the upstarts that tried to squeeze in on the low-cost revolution that swept through the UK in the mid-1990s and early 2000s

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SET UP TO FAIL?

In its initial guise, the Trident was a world beater set to steal Boeing’s thunder and rob the US manufacturer of 727 sales. Sent back to the drawing board by British European Airways, the world’s first trijet airliner was deprived of performance and passengers making it a financial flop. Stephen Skinner details its development and early variants in the first of two instalments

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No time Toulouse: The rapid rise of Airbus

Half a century since the Airbus consortium was founded in December...

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Picking up the pieces

The domestic aviation market in the UK experienced seismic shocks in 2020. Tom Batchelor reviews the events of the last 12 months and speaks to executives of the country’s major airlines to find out how they weathered the storm created by the collapse of Flybe and the COVID-19 pandemic

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