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.

X-Aviation’s Challenger 650 Review Premium

In-depth look at the Challenger 650 for X-Plane

X-Aviation is a well-known publisher of high-quality X-Plane add-ons and has released what it claims is the most complex, sophisticated simulation of any aircraft made for any flight simulator to date – the Hot Start Take Command! Challenger 650 business jet. Can it really live up to this claim?

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer: The F-4 Phantom Feature Premium

X-Plane 12: by Austin Meyer – Modelling the F-4 Phantom

X-Plane's creator, Austin Meyer, discusses how he managed to create a high-fidelity F-4 Phantom in X-Plane 12 that is accurate enough to be used for actual F-4 flight instruction.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VIII: Iberia Review Premium

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VIII: Iberia Review

We review Update VIII: Australia for Microsoft Flight Simulator, featuring the Iberian Peninsula. It primarily covers Spain and Portugal, although it also includes a small area of Southern France, Andorra and Gibraltar.

LatinVFR Madrid-Barajas Airport and City Review Review Premium

Madrid-Barajas Airport and City Review

We review LatinVFR's Madrid-Barajas Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The airport is the primary hub for Iberia and Air Europa, with more than 80 other scheduled airline and charter companies flying routes to destinations all over the globe.

Honeycomb Alpha Flight Controls XPC available on pre-order

Honeycomb Aeronautical has announced the new and upgraded Alpha Flight Controls XPC and Honeycomb Xbox Hub are now available for pre-order.

Just Flight's 146 Professional Review Review Premium

Just Flight's 146 Professional Review

Just Flight is no stranger to the British Aerospace 146, having previously released excellent renditions of this classic British airliner for Prepar3D and X-Plane. This time, we take a look at the latest rendition of the 146 for Microsoft Flight Simulator and see how it measures up.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update X: USA Now Available

In the latest World Update, Asobo Studio and Microsoft return to the US, adding even more unique landscapes, cityscapes and breathtaking vistas to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

DCS Interview - Props and Jets Feature Premium

Props and Jets - Interview with Eagle Dynamics

To accompany our review of the groundbreaking DCS: AH-64D, we invited Eagle Dynamics’ Senior Producer, Matt Wagner along with Project Manager and Team Leader for World War Two projects, Sergey Gerasev, to give us an update on their current projects.

iniBuilds announces partnership with Microsoft

iniBuilds has partnered with the Microsoft Flight Simulator team to develop the Airbus A310, which will be available for free for owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

MilViz C310R Review Premium

MilViz C310R Review

This time, we take the MilViz 310R, developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator, for a spin and see how it measures up.

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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