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.

The Human Element – Turtle Beach Interview Feature Premium

The Human Element – Turtle Beach Interview

We talk to the company behind the VelocityOne Flight Universal Control System.

Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition Review Premium

Thrustmaster’s TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition

We will take a look at the new TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition from Thrustmaster. Based on the controls of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the line-up consists of two products, the TCA Yoke and TCA Quadrant which are compatible with both PC and the Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S.

War Thunder Interview Feature Premium

War Thunder Interview

In this PC Pilot Exclusive interview, we talk to Gaijin about their premier online combat simulation - War Thunder, the hugely popular multiplayer and multi-vehicle online simulation.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Review Review Premium

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition

The Game of the Year Edition was released as the latest free update to Microsoft Flight Simulator. It is said to celebrate all the positive feedback, reviews and awards garnered, also as a thank you to the fans (new and old) who have made it such a phenomenon.

Building a Cessna/Piper Panel - Part 3, Software Feature Premium

Building a Cessna/Piper Panel - Part 3, Software

In this instalment on building a Cessna/Piper panel, Joe Lavery describes how to integrate switches and levers into the simulator, followed by the installation of the Air Manager software that will provide the instrumentation.

 DCS: AH-64D Apache Feature Premium

DCS: AH-64D Apache

We invited Eagle Dynamics’ Senior Producer, Matt Wagner, to talk to us about their highly anticipated DCS: AH-64D Apache module.

Prague for Microsoft Flight Simulator In Development

Orbx has announced LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for Microsoft Flight Simulator is in development.

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PC Pilot Issue 138

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Piper Cherokee Touches Down in X-Plane

AeroSphere has released the Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C for X-Plane 11.

Fun with Friends with Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has released a new range of products for Microsoft Flight Simulator that will get your heart - and plane – racing.

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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