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This is not a game - what is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game - what is flight simulation?

In this instalment of our two-part series, we again get a cross-section of opinions from people representing different parts of the industry to discuss that ongoing question: what is flight simulation? We have expert views from Emanuel Hagen, a current Boeing 737 pilot, Lockheed Martin and Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, plus more comments from our PC Pilot readers.

NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport Review Premium

NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport

NZA Simulations is a relative newcomer to flight simulation but has certainly arrived on the scene with a bang. The core developer group is made up of four collaborating members, spread across New Zealand and Australia, who combine their 3D modelling expertise and love of aviation to produce airport scenery add-ons for the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

Setting up controllers and peripherals in Microsoft Flight Simulator Feature Premium

Controllers and peripherals

If you’re completely new to flight simulation, particularly with Microsoft Flight Simulator, it’s easy to become swamped with the complexity of the interface. In this tutorial, we explain how to configure the controls for your aircraft to get the maximum level of immersion and enjoyment.

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central Review Premium

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central

We take a look at Orbx EU Great Britain Central, a landmark package, which coverage area spans two countries (England and Wales) in both rural and urban locations.

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AIR International November 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Microsoft’s World Update VI Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update VI

This latest world update to the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition Out Now

Thrustmaster has announced the TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition is released.

USAF contracts Exosonic to develop ‘Red Air’ supersonic UAV

Exosonic has been awarded a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract by the USAF to develop a low boom supersonic UAV demonstrator that could be used to support adversary air training operations

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Aegean Vipers: An overview of Greece's major F-16 upgrade

Greece’s F-16 fleet is undergoing a major upgrade backed up by a robust investment. What will it mean for its air force capability? We look at the the details

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IN PICTURES: Rare colour photos of propliners at London airports in 1949

A selection of colour photos of airliners visiting London airports was published in the May 27, 1949 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

India's third MH-60R completes pre-delivery testing

Lockheed Martin India announced on October 13 that the third Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk for the Indian Navy - serial IN753 - has completed pre-delivery testing ahead of schedule

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 65

Welcome to the 65th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Feature Premium

The simple mistake that caused Etihad 787 to be 300ft low on approach

Investigators in the UAE have identified what caused an Etihad Airways Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to be 300ft below the correct vertical profile while on approach to Abu Dhabi in 2020

Auckland for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced Landmarks Auckland City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Israel kicks off its largest ever multinational exercise

Israel kicked off its largest ever aerial exercise on October 17, after aircraft from the UK; France; Germany; Greece; Italy; India and the US arrived at Ovda Air Base in Eilat to participate in Exercise Blue Flag 21

aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0 Review Premium

aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0

aeroG Aviation is working on an eVTOL concept called the aG-4, which is available on the X-Plane 11 platform. PC Pilot was given the opportunity to test-fly the prerelease version aG-4 v3.0 and to find out more about the project.

Retro flight simming Feature Premium

Retro flight simming

We sat down with Damian Kadziela to find out more about the man behind a YouTube channel showcasing vintage combat flight sim missions and campaigns and discusses his passion for
‘retro flight simming’.

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5 Review Premium

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5

Step forward X-Plane developer JARDesign with its new A340-500. Perhaps the weirdest and most unpopular A340 of them all. Still, an A340 is an A340, so let's dive in.

SimWorks Studios’ Africa Okavango Delta Review Premium

SimWorks Studios’ Africa Okavango Delta

The arrival of Microsoft Flight Simulator changed the flight sim world and with it has come innovation. There’s a huge swell of new developers who supply content for the new sim and these new guys bring fresh eyes and new ideas. I’m looking at just such an idea in this article, Simworks Studios’ Okavango Delta.

Microprose - he Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth Feature Premium

Microprose - The Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth

We sat down with MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie, to discuss two projects in development in their popular B-17 bomber franchise: The Mighty Eighth and B-17 Flying Fortress 3: The Bloody 100th.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 7 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 7

In this lesson, Peter Stark talks about how to safely fly circuits and landings at night, which is one of the key skills learnt by any pilot as it combines a variety of manoeuvres in a compact physical area in a short space of time.

Building a Cessna/ Piper panel Feature Premium

Building a Cessna/ Piper panel

In this new cockpit building series, Joe Lavery explains the process of creating simple and inexpensive panels like those you would find in a typical general aviation aircraft, such as the Cessna 152, C172 or the Piper PA-28.

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An in-depth look at the Boeing E-3D Sentry in RAF service

When the Boeing E-3D Sentry entered British service in 1991, it was the end of a long saga, and the start of an even longer career. Here, Dr Kevin Wright takes a closer look at the recently retired aircraft

Quiz: Airliner Recognition

Can you identify these airliners from their photo? Let us know what score you get!

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Inside Britain's U-2 operations during the 1950s

In the 1950s, the UK collaborated with US intelligence to conduct U-2 missions over the Soviet Union. Until recently, the details have remained secret. In this edited extract from his latest book, We Were Never There, Dr Kevin Wright investigates the cover story that enabled it to happen

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