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Why the AW169 is so popular with HEMS operators

Several UK HEMS operators now use the Leonardo AW169, but why is it a popular choice? Mark Broadbent finds out from some of those pilots flying it

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Space tourism - flight or fancy?

Business and even tourism could be in lower orbit soon, if all goes according to plan for space’s most ambitious developers

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Spinning and shapeshifting

When it comes to improving quadcopter drone performance, no technology is too ‘out there’ or too ancient

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Scaled Composites Stratolaunch: how it works and why it exists

Six engines. Twin fuselages. A launch platform for hypersonic vehicles. Mark Broadbent reports on the unique Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft

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Boeing 777-8F vs Airbus A350F: Comparing the next-gen freighters

New twin-engine cargo airliners are on their way, as the recently launched A350F and 777-8F freighters go head-to-head for orders. Mark Broadbent reports

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Emergency services and drones

The emergency services are increasingly turning to drones for help. Mark Broadbent looks at the ‘blue light’ applications for unmanned aircraft

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Commercial avionics: the latest key trends

From improving connectivity to AI and machine learning technologies, what are the latest key trends in commercial avionics? Mark Broadbent reports

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Spirit of Innovation: How Rolls-Royce built the fastest all-electric aircraft

Spirit of Innovation is now the fastest all-electric aircraft ever built. Mark Broadbent spoke with Phill O’Dell, director of flight operations at Rolls-Royce, to find out more about the aircraft and flying it

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Hill Helicopters and its revolutionary HX50

UK start-up Hill Helicopters is taking big steps towards its goal of ‘disrupting’ the general aviation market with its revolutionary HX50. Will it succeed? Mark Broadbent investigates

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James Webb Space Telescope tech update

The James Webb Space Telescope is about to start unlocking the secrets of the universe. Mark Broadbent hears from NASA project participant Lee Feinberg