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.

DCS Dynamic Weather coming soon

After extensive testing of new moving clouds and effects, Eagle Dynamics is ready to update DCS World weather in the upcoming 2.8 version.

Aerosoft releases new destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer, Aviation-Sim-Design has released Airfield Kyritz for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Kodiak 100 for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

The latest aircraft from SimWorks Studios is the Amphibian Kodiak 100 Series III for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

C172 NG DIGITAL for X-Plane 12 released

Aircraft developer, Airfoillabs has announced the C172 NG DIGITAL Beta is now available for X-Plane 12.

HPG Hot Air Balloon lifts off

Hype Performance Group has released the first professionally developed hot air balloon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Flight sim airports - Part I

In this new series, we will explore default Asobo airports and set out a standardised way of measuring prominent design features and compare them to the real airport. So, let’s taxi to the runway at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport and see how it measures up.

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iniBuilds’ KSAT San Antonio Airport review

iniBuilds has been known to the X-Plane community for a few years now, having recently released its much-acclaimed A300. With a highly anticipated A310 in development for Microsoft Flight Simulator in the pipeline, as well as a raft of new scenery packages, we test out its newly landed San Antonio Airport in this review.

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Top Mach Studios’ F-22A review

Like the vast majority of folk who read PC Pilot, (surprisingly) I’ve never been offered a flight in a jet fighter. However, over the years there has been a steady stream of aircraft that piqued my interest, including the subject of this review, which is of course the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor.

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FSDreamTeam’s GSX Pro review

Flight simulation has always been about more than just flight. It's about capturing that feeling that an eight-year-old me had the first time I went to an airport, saw my first airliner and took my first flight. While it's difficult to recreate the smell of kerosene in the air as you get off the bus, I’ve always loved trying to get things ‘as real as it gets!’

H145 helicopter upgraded

Hype Performance Group has released version 0.96 of the H145 helicopter for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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.

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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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