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Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic plane restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

Japan’s first Global Hawk completes maiden flight

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed this maiden flight of the first RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

How an Alitalia A320 tipped up and struck tail during take-off

The narrowbody was accelerating down the runway when it experienced an uncommanded pitch up

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Building a 737 Home Cockpit

Joe Lavery continues with his home-built 737 cockpit series by explaining how he made the Main Instrument Panel and highlights some of the challenges that he encountered along the way.

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DCS World: 2021 Roadmap

After closing out a highly unusual 2020, Eagle Dynamics, the developer of Digital Combat Simulator World, released a 2021 Roadmap providing an outline of what fans can expect over the coming year as the title continues to evolve.

Elbit to supply M-346s to Greece for new training school

Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract, worth approximately US$1.65bn (€1.38bn), for the establishment and operation of the Hellenic Air Force International Flight Training Centre

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

On April 19, 1951 the first example of the Sea Venom got airborne. Here’s a selection of photos from our archives of this naval variant

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A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator - How to design scenery – Part 1

In this new series, Joe Lavery walks us through the process of creating a custom airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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IRIS Simulations’ Jabiru J160/J170

We take a look at the Jabiru add-on pack, designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator and created by Aussie developer IRIS Simulations.

Finnish Hornets to take part in Exercise Ramstein Alloy 21-1

A pair of Finnish Air Force-operated Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet multi-role fighters will take part in Exercise Ramstein Alloy 21-1, which is set to take place over the Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe from April 20-22

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Cowan Simulation's 222

Chris Frishmuth test flies the Cowan Simulations' Bell 222 in X-Plane 11.

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Drzewiecki Design's Chicago Landmarks

In this review, we return to Chicago and have a look at the area after this latest makeover from the Drzewiecki Design team.

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A selection of great images from yesteryear for your weekend enjoyment!

Stunning pictures of first 777-300ERSF taking part in flypast

Shortly after reaching the halfway mark with the joint GECAS and IAI conversion project, the Israeli firm flew the jet as part of a commemorative flypast

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

On this day in 1934 the Fairey TSR.II took to the air for the first time and would serve with distinction in World War Two, by which time it was known as the Swordfish...

Read a rare report on the Vulcan from 1952!

We’ve unearthed a 69-year-old review from The Aeroplane of 698’s second-ever flight – it was described as both ‘extra-terrestrial’ and like ‘a giant stingray…’

Quiz: How well do you know your airliners? - Part 2

Back by popular demand, this week's Commercial Aviation quiz focuses on identifying the aircraft instead of the airline. Do you know your A330-200 from A330-300 and Boeing 777-200LR from 777-300ER? Let us know what score you get!

The Vulcan’s engine

When you say XH558, for many people one thing immediately springs to mind: the Vulcan howl…

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IndiaFoxtEcho’s  MB-339 

IndiaFoxtrotEcho is one of the first developers to release a military aircraft for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform: the Aermacchi MB-339....

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UK Discovery Tour, Part 1

Welcome to the first of our four-part UK Discovery Tour, in which we visit some of the new hand-built airports and cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In the first leg of our grand tour between Land’s End and Shoreham, we explore some of the famous landmarks in the south and western part of the British Isles.

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Your Historic Aviation 5-a-day

A selection of great aviation images from our archives!

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The Human Element

In this first instalment of our new ‘Human Element’ series, in which we talk to publishers, developers and end-users within the flight sim industry, we met up with Pere Casellas, technical director and co-founder of Virtual Fly and Oscar Mateos, sales and marketing manager of its parent company, Aircatglobal.

Jolly Green II completes developmental testing

The USAF’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II, has completed its developmental test programme at Eglin AFB in Florida

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Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 4

In this lesson, Peter Stark looks at sensory illusions and teaches us some piloting techniques to stay out of trouble.

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Fly Tampa’s Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

We travel to the land down under and explore Australia's largest hub, Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

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PILOT'S Boeing B314 Clipper

One of the most unique and perhaps romantic aircraft ever built in the golden era of aviation – the Boeing 314 Clipper Flying Boat – has a fascinating and rich history. The team at Pilot’s has spent years researching and producing a study-level sim of this remarkable aircraft and we test-fly the ‘Early Bird’ model designed for Prepar3D.

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