Flight International, April 2021

We report on the long-awaited publication of the UK’s defence review for the period until 2025, with type retirements affecting the Royal Air Force’s C-130J, E-3D Sentry and Puma fleets, and uncertainty over London’s 138-aircraft commitment to the F-35 fighter.

Environmental topics are another key theme running through our new issue – from increased interest in the use of sustainable aviation fuels for long-haul flight to electrification projects which are gathering speed in Norway and the UK, and the strengthened fight against illegal wildlife trafficking.

In our training and development report, we look at the strong demand being seen by ab initio training providers, and look at the changing face of the simulator market.

Also this issue, we have exclusive interviews with Bell chief executive Mitch Snyder, and the boss of UK military training start-up Aeralis.

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Special report

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Is the UK funding a green revolution?

Government-backed research and technology schemes are numerous, but are they sufficiently focussed on the enviromental agenda?


How airlines stepped up to tackle wildlife trafficking

An increasing number of airlines are joining the international effort to clamp down on illegal wildlife smuggling, as the Covid-19 crisis brings the danger of zoonotic pandemics sharply into focus.

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How sustainable fuel will help power aviation’s green revolution

The pace of sustainable aviation fuel’s development is speeding up as airlines, producers and regulators see it as a critical tool enabling aviation to make progress with cutting its carbon emissions.



An unlikely revolutionary: how Mitch Snyder is shaking up Bell

The rotorcraft manufacturer’s chief executive explains his philosophy for the company, why recapturing a spirit of innovation is vital, and how he is looking beyond helicopers. 

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UK’s modular trainer ready to soar, says Aeralis boss

Buoyed by a recent high-profile investment from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), and with additional backing now being sought via its latest funding drive, modular training aircraft developer Aeralis is aiming to take its concept to pre-production flying status before the middle of the decade.


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CAE drives consolidation in simulator training market

A spate of acquisitions by the Canadian firm, including the commercial business of number three player Tru, has tightened its grip on the sector after a year in which many devices stood silent.

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Civil Simulator Census 2021

In association with CAE

FlightGlobal’s latest Civil Simulator Census covers data for over 1,500 in-service devices, predominantly full-flight simulators.

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There are no jobs, so why would now be the perfect time to train as a pilot?

Despite the industry crisis, many flight schools say they are continuing to recruit students to their ab intitio courses as they anticipate a recovery in the recruitment market. But not all share such an upbeat view.

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How simulator training could be transformed in EASA update

Europe’s aviation regulator believes pilot instruction and operational safety could be improved by using devices less sophisticated than a full-flight simulator.

Women in aviation

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How Nadia Bastaki is protecting Etihad through the pandemic

As senior executive in charge of medical services and corporate social responsibility, Nadia Bastaki has led the UAE flag carrier’s response to Covid-19, ensuring the safety of passengers.