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Portugal’s SAR AW101 Merlin lifesavers

Covering an area of more than two million square miles, Portugal’s Merlin rescue helicopters have a huge task on their hands. Davide Daverio looks at their vital search and rescue role

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What it takes to fly the Rafale in the French Air and Space Force

With the latest group of pilots ready to train for the multi-role combat jet, Babak Taghvaee looks at what it takes to fly on the front line

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AeroSHARK: Lufthansa’s new airflow technology

AeroSHARK is an innovative new airflow technology that could make a real difference to cash-strapped airlines. Chris Smith takes a closer look

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Space, weather and aviation

Technological innovations in space are driving dramatic advancements in weather forecasting on Earth, improving safety and reliability within aviation, reports Tom Batchelor

DCS: A-7 Corsair II · development update 

FlyingIron Simulations has released a new status report highlighting the progress of the upcoming A-7 Corsair II for DCS World.

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Ejection seat latest developments

Ejection seats are a vital asset in today’s fast jets, saving the lives of countless aircrew when they get into trouble. Tim Fish looks at the latest technological developments and the bumps along the way as the fifth generation evolves.

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Route planning: what’s new and why

COVID-19 has forced airlines to rethink their route planning and forecasting operations. Tom Batchelor looks into the measures taken

ICAO Codes explained

An ICAO code is a four-character alphanumeric sequence used to identify airports around the world and is defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation...

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Aeroplane February 2023

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Countering China - Australia and New Zealand ponder future forces

As China’s influence expands across the Indo-Pacific region and its military forces are modernised at an ever-increasing rate, Australia and New Zealand have tough decisions to make about the future force structure of their military, writes Tim Fish