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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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Philippines seeks replacement for S-211 jet trainer fleet

The Philippine Air Force is actively researching replacement options for its ageing fleet of SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers, which entered operational service with the Asian air arm in 1989

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ANALYSIS: How Black Hawk cockpits are entering the digital age

The use of digital cockpit technology in the US military’s UH-60 helicopter has modernised a legacy platform and served as a test case for future rotary platform systems

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What happened to the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A?

Finding a new tanker for the USAF has never been an easy process. David Willis details the highs and lows of the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A in the KC-X programme

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Poland signs contract for KAI FA-50PL

Poland has signed a deal with South Korea to buy 48 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PL light combat jets.

Airbus A400M drops 20 tonnes of water in firefighting tests

Airbus Defence & Space announced on July 26 the success of test flight campaign in Spain with a removable firefighting kit onboard the A400M.

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Historic

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Hawkinge museum unveils new Battle of Britain sculpture

The Kent Battle of Britain Museum has re-created a famous photograph from the summer of 1940

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Combat veteran Spitfire flies in UK

Supermarine Spitfire FRXIVe RM927 has made its first flight for 70 years

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It’s the best glider museum in the world — and it’s in Britain

The superb Gliding Heritage Centre at Lasham traces the story of silent flight in the UK and beyond

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Commercial

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SNAPSHOT: Retro planespotting in Rotterdam

Long-time contributor Ron Mak shares a selection of images from Rotterdam The Hague Airport, taken between 1970 and the late 1990s

Wizz Air to close Cardiff base over winter

Low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced its intention to suspend base operations and dramatically reduce its flight schedule at Cardiff Airport this winter.

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Examining Airbus' game-changing A321XLR

Flying narrowbodies on far-flung missions of up to 11 hours is truly game-changing. Andreas Spaeth travels to Hamburg to learn more about the pioneering Airbus A321XLR

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Flight Simulation

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PC Pilot - Meet the Author

Welcome to the second instalment of our new series in which we introduce you to the individual members of the PC Pilot team. For this issue, we meet our only female writer, Jessica Bannister-Pearce. Jess is a multi-talented writer and over the years has built up knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the hobby.

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Eagle Dynamics' DCS: AH-64D Review

After more than four years in development, Eagle Dynamics (ED) has finally released the highly anticipated AH-64D in Early Access.

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Australia Discovery Tour - Part 2

We pick up where we left off in the last issue, showcasing some of our favourite VFR scenic flight routes around the Great Southern Land of Australia. The three tours in this article showcase diverse geographical areas and are best flown low and slow in a single-engine piston aircraft.

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