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The award winning Arabian Aerospace magazine is now in its fifth year of publishing, having rapidly achieved its target of becoming the premier title for the entire aerospace industry across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Our mission is to provide news and features about the whole industry and its activities in the region for those people in the industry whether they are based in the region or have an interest in the business in the region.
We also set out to report on global aerospace developments that could have an impact on operators, airlines or air forces in the MENA region.
ARABIAN AEROSPACE magazine is published quarterly and features a top-rate editorial team from the Middle East, Europe and the United States supported by specialist contributors worldwide.
In addition we publish a Daily Online News Service at, a weekly Radio Programme available to download every Sunday via the iTunes store and our site, a weekly Newsletter for all subscribers, Arabian Aerospace TV, our SHOW BUSINESS Airshow dailies for events such as the Dubai Airshow, Bahrain International Airshow, Aero Expo Marrakech, MEBA 2012 and others.
In 2012, the Arabian Aerospace team won the coveted best multi media title in the Global Aviation Media Awards against major publishers from across the world.

The Team:

Alan Peaford
 Alan Peaford is a former senior editor of the Arab Times in Kuwait and the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain. He edited Flight International’s Flight Daily News for 17 years and has won an Aerospace Journalist of the Year award on five occasions. He is the author of a best selling guide to business aircraft and has written for many newspapers, trade magazines and corporate publications around the world. He is currently president of the British Association of Communicators in Business, a winner of a diploma of honour by the Federation of European Editors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He is also a private pilot.
Mark Brown
 Mark Brown is a director of the TIMES Group with a passion for aerospace and a great love of the Middle East which  has seen him take a hands-on role as publisher of the magazine and the other services that run alongside the title.
Assistant Editor & Travel Editor 
Marcelle Nethersole                         
Marcelle Nethersole is a travel writer who has worked in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East and Asia with book and magazine publishers. 

Air Transport Editor  
Alan Dron                
Alan Dron wrote on aviation matters for Scotland's national daily newspaper and has been a member of the team producing Flight Daily News at international airshows for 25 years 

Cargo Editor
Tom Pleasant

Tom has been an industry journalist for over 12 years writing on healthcare, education and innovation. Until recently he was the editor of both Air Cargo News and Freighters World. He is now editor of Aircraft Cabin Management and freelances for a variety of aviation publications around the world.  

Defence Editor
Jon Lake
Jon Lake has been a full time aviation writer since 1984, and has twice won the coveted Defence Journalist of the Year in the global Aviation Journalist of the Year Awards.
Business Aviation Editor
Liz Moscrop 
Liz Moscrop writes about many aspects of the industry, but specialises in business and general aviation. Along with Sanjay Rampal, she is co-author of the 100 Greatest Women in Aviation.  She is also a private pilot.

North America Correspondent
James Wynbrandt
James Wynbrandt is a  multiengine instrument-rated pilot and aircraft owner, James Wynbrandt writes for aviation publications including Smithsonian Air & Space, Aviation International News, Business Jet Traveler, Plane & Pilot and Sport Aviation, and has written about aviation for The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune and Barron’s, among other publications. Television writing credits include Speedvision’s Wonderful World of Flying series. He is the author of A Brief History of Saudi Arabia (now in its second edition), a Brief History of Pakistan, and Flying High, an account of the launch of JetBlue, among other books. He studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history and culture at New York University’s Hagop Kavorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and lives in New York City. 


Business & Finance Editor

Ian Sheppard
Ian Sheppard has worked for Flight International, Aviation International News and various other aviation publications. He is now based in Wimbledon, south London. Ian has degrees in aeronautical engineering and law and has held a PPL since 1991.
MRO & Propulsion editor       
Geoff Thomas                  
Geoff Thomas
Geoff Thomas is a freelance aviation editor/journalist.  He spends much of his time acting as CFM International’s UK media consultant and the remainder writing about a variety of business-related subjects.










Technology and Space editor

Steve Nichols
Steve Nichols is a journalist specialising in space and technology. He has covered space shuttle launches in Florida and regularly writes about both European manned and unmanned space missions.













Airports & ATM Editor

Keith Mwanalushi

Keith grew up along the flight path of Heathrow Airport in West London and being the son of an airline manager he developed an interest in aviation from a very young age.

After several years in airline public relations he became an independent freelance journalist in 2005, focusing on airport development, airline operations and cargo management, with particular interest in the Middle East and African markets.

He writes regularly for a number of aviation publications including Low Cost & Regional Airline Business , and is the Airline Operations correspondent for South African based FlightCom magazine.


Picture Editor
Ian Billinghurst
Ian Billinghurst has worked for UK national titles including the Daily Express, Mirror and Mail as well as the BBC before venturing into the corporate communications market – and the aviation media. He now heads the BillyPix agency with its team of associate photographers all over the world and is responsible for many of the pictures in daily papers at the Middle East industry events and exhibitions.







Chief Sub Editor

Steve Knight

Steve Knight has worked for more than 40 years as a journalist in local, regional and national newspapers. He was acting deputy chief sub-editor of the Bristol Evening Post until 1989, when he became editor of Railnews – the British Rail staff newspaper. He was later part of the team that launched the Police Guardian newspaper in the mid 1990s. He also worked for many years with British Transport Police in Bristol, Avon & Somerset Police and in the defence sector with, among others, Qinetiq, Airbus and Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace. He is a fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication.






Show Business Editor & rotorcraft

Paul Derby
Paul Derby is an aerospace writer who has spent the past 14 years covering the sector. He has devoted much of that time to being a specialist rotary wing correspondent for some of the world’s most respected aerospace titles.
He was Deputy Editor of Flight Daily News and has edited a number of show daily publications around the world.
He is the editor of the Arabian Aerospace daily product Show Business



Advertising Manager
Nick Hutchins
David Evans
Mark Brown
Kevin Sammon


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