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.

Boston for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

The latest US destination from FlyTampa is Boston Logan International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Wellington for Microsoft Flight Simulator Now Available

Scenery developer Flightbeam Studio has released NZWN Wellington Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Mega Airport Brussels Out Now

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Brussels for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been released.

Yeager Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced KCRW West Virginia International Yeager Airport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Flight Sim Coach

Flight Simulation's link to training is as old as the hobby itself. With more advanced simulators being released, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to use our simulators to replicate what we can do in the real world. Enter Flight Sim Coach, a new organisation that offers assistance from certified instructors to real and virtual pilots.

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Orbx's Mackay and Adelaide Airports

In this article, we review two of its latest additions from Orbx: Mackay Airport (YBMK), located within the city that bears its name and Adelaide Airport (YPAD) on Australia’s southern coast.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update VII: Australia

World Updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator continue to be released on a hectic schedule and the most recent is Update VII: Australia. Join us as we race around this vast continent to explore both iconic and some hidden scenic treasures.

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L3Harris Airline Academy

We sat down with Dave Coward, Vice President and General Manager of L3Harris Airline Academy, to learn about its training programme and how the company uses flight simulators to enhance pilot training.

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Aerosoft's Twin Otter

The highly acclaimed Twin Otter Extended from Aerosoft was previously released for FSX and P3D. This time we review the Twin Otter for Microsoft Flight Simulator, available on both PC and Xbox.

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The Spitfire simulator used to train real-world pilots

We travelled to Goodwood Aerodrome to check out the only Spitfire simulator in the world used for training real-world Spitfire pilots.

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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