Flight Simulation

Key.Aero is home to PC Pilot, the world’s favourite flight simulation magazine which brings sense and expert opinion to the exciting and often daunting world of flight simulation. Contributors include many real-world pilots and aviation professionals to ensure what you read is as real as it gets. Articles cater for those interested in both civilian and military aircraft and include news on the latest standalone and add-on software products, news and reviews of flight sim hardware, tutorials, features and interviews.

Epic Victory for X-Plane 12

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has announced the Epic Victory has been upgraded to be compatible with X-Plane 12.

New Algerian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, NetDesign has released DAAT Aguenar Tamanrasset Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Flying by the numbers

From light trainers to complex multi-engine types, knowing your V-speeds is crucial for operating an aircraft within its optimum performance envelope and structural limits. Here, we focus on the important ones you should know when flying general aviation aircraft.

Venom takes flight in MSFS

Aircraft developer, SwissMilSim has released the de Havilland Venom DH-112 MK 4 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Airworthy Designs has announced St Barts for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Buffalo Niagara Airport for X-Plane released

Scenery developer, iniScene has announced KBUF Buffalo Niagara Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

Orbx releases Launceston Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Developed by Ken Hall, YMLT Launceston Airport was designed using hundreds of on-site photographs to create realistic textures with Physically Based Rendering effects throughout.

Swansea Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer, Pilot Plus has released EGFH Swansea Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Scheibe SF-25C Falke takes flight in X-Plane 12

VSKYLABS has announced the Scheibe SF-25C Falke has been upgraded to version 5, adding X-Plane 12 compatibility.

Memphis for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Developed by BMWorld and AmSim, the package for Microsoft Flight Simulator is an accurate recreation of the actual airport with high-resolution ground textures and custom ground markings.

All the latest news and updates from the world’s favourite Flight Simulators

Whilst flight simulators have been around for over a century in one form or another, it is only since the advent of the home computer that hobbyists and home users have been able to get a taster of what it’s like to fly the real thing.

Since before World War One, military commanders have been using land-based facilities to train their pilots, these mechanical simulators are now seen as the precursors for modern computer simulators. In the late 1970s, the very first flight simulators using 3-D graphics were launched and they’ve been a staple of the home PC market ever since.

With more than 4 decades of advancements in computer processing power, the flight simulators of today are almost unrecognisable compared to those early versions, but the principles remain the same. Modern flight sims bring photo-realistic graphics, realistic weather conditions and faithful recreations of an enormous range of aircraft including civilian, military and historic aircraft.

Key Aero is the only place you need to go to find out all the latest news, updates and big new releases from the world’s most popular flight simulators including Microsoft, X-Plane and Aerofly FS 2.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator has been around since the early 1980s with multiple versions, making it a popular choice amongst home and pro users. The latest version of the famous flight sim has taken the whole industry to another level, faithfully recreating the entire planet down to an accuracy of a centimetre and delivering this level of data via an online streaming connection. Serving data via a streaming service also opens up more avenues including real-time weather conditions and up-to-date maps and locations.

Discover great articles about all the latest updates and releases from Microsoft Flight Simulator.

X-Plane

Since the mid-90s, X-Plane has separated itself from the competition thanks to its use of real-world physics. This implementation has made it one of the most realistic simulators in terms of weather conditions, aerodynamics and user experience. However, the same algorithms that have made it possible to recreate the physics of the real world also enable users to create their own hypothetical aircraft and environments. In fact, X-Plane has even aided in the design and development of aircraft in the real world.

Read more about X-Plane.

Aerofly FS 2

Aerofly FS 2 has delivered some truly stunning, photo-realistic scenery as well as incredibly detailed cockpits and controls. As a result, the user experience is second to none. Aerofly have also built-in support for Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, allowing the user to fully immerse themselves into the virtual world.

Browse our flight simulation articles to find all the latest news from Aerofly, including new releases, software updates and forthcoming releases.

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