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The Airbus A350 story

Rising from the ashes of the abandoned A330-200Lite, Airbus’ A350 continues to bring the future for both the manufacturer and air travel. Barry Lloyd outlines its success

How an internet search helped cause dual A321 engine stall

Categorised as a “serious incident” by investigators, the simple mistake by engineers caused the powerplants to begin surging at just 500ft after take-off

What happened when NASA deliberately crashed an airliner?

Nearly 40 years ago, a full-size jetliner was intentionally crashed into the desert by a team of scientists. Key.Aero reveals how and why it was done, and what lessons were learnt

Airbus test pilot explains high-risk flight manoeuvres

Before any new airliner can begin flying passengers, manufacturers are required to put them through their paces to ensure that they’re up to regulatory standards. Speaking to Key.Aero, Airbus experimental test pilot Frank Chapman reveals the riskier manoeuvres in the flight test programme

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Inside the world of passenger-to-freight conversions

As more aircraft are retired from passenger service, the abundance of airframes available for conversion is seen as a cost-effective alternative to new-build examples. Nigel Pittaway explores some of the passenger-to-freighter options on the market from both the manufacturer and third-party providers

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The development of fly-by-wire technology on airliners

Fly-by-wire technology on commercial airliners was a revolution. However, such radical changes prompted some to consider the merits of automation over human control, as we discover in this exclusive extract from a new book

Airbus announces major European aerostructures shake-up

The company plans to consolidate some of its manufacturing activities in a bid to become “leaner and more agile”

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Embraer’s stylish Praetors

Embraer entered the market for midsize business jets in 2007 with two Legacy models. Now, as Rod Simpson reports, the improved Praetor versions are also proving popular with customers

Quiz: How well do you know the Boeing 747-8?

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the first flight of the Boeing 747-8I. To celebrate the occasion, this week's quiz focuses entirely on the latest generation of the iconic jumbo.

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A decade of the 747-8I: Inside the development of Boeing’s final jumbo

Ten years ago today, the latest version of the iconic four-engine aircraft took to the skies for the first time. Key.Aero speaks to the American manufacturer to find out about its development, design and testing and what makes it different from those that came before