Key Publishing

Key Publishing is a magazine publishing company specialising in aviation titles, based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

Key Publishing, Ltd.
FoundedDecember 1980
FounderRichard Cox
HeadquartersUnits 1-4, Gwash Way Industrial Estate, Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1XP
Area served
Key people
Richard Cox
Chief Executive
Adrian Cox
Managing Director
ProductsAviation, rail, bus and modelling publications
Number of employees
SubsidiariesKey Publishing Spain


Airliner World was launched in 1999.

In 2005 it launched Airports of the World.,[1] and in the same year it bought PC Pilot (originally launched in 1999). PC Pilot is the world's best selling flight simulation magazine.

In December 2006, their offices were burgled, with ten computers being stolen.

In October 2009, it bought Spain's leading aviation magazine Avion Revue, and its Latin American (Mexico and Argentina) editions.,[2] formerly owned by Motor Presse - Ibérica (a division of Europe's largest publishing firm - Gruner + Jahr). This magazine, along with Avion & Piloto, is published by Key Publishing Spain.

In March 2010, it bought the title Aviation News.[3] Aviation News is Britain's longest established monthly aviation journal. Airfix Model World launched on 4 November 2010.,[4] in partnership with Airfix.

In March 2012, Key Publishing acquired several magazines previously published by Ian Allan. Titles included Modern Railways, Railways Illustrated, Vintage Roadscene, Hornby Magazine, Combat Aircraft, Classic Aircraft, and Buses.


As well as its core titles, which are some of the best known in the aviation world, it produces one-off titles for organisations such as the Royal Air Force. It produces the directories for the Society of British Aircraft Companies and the British Aviation Group. It produces the souvenir programme for the Farnborough Airshow.


The following are publications of Key Publishing:[5]



It is sited on the A6121 in the very north of Stamford, not far from the former Stamford branch of the Great Northern Railway and the River Gwash (a tributary of the River Welland).

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