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CowanSim’s 222B review

CowanSim has produced an expanding range of helos for both X-Plane and MSFS platforms. In this review, we take a closer look at its rendition of the Bell 222 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Integrating add-ons in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Sim Update 12 for Microsoft Flight Simulator improved how third-party add-ons interacted within the simulator. In this feature, we look at how to integrate Flybywire’s A320 with Navigraph Charts while using GSX and FS LTL for an enhanced flight sim experience.

MSFS lands in Romania

MLD Scenery has announced Timisoara International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Niagara District Airport released

Scenery developer CanadianFlightSimStudios has released Niagara District Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Orbx’s London City Airport v2 & London City Pack review

In its commitment to improving the Microsoft Flight Simulator world, Orbx has just released version 2 of London City Airport. In this review, we see how the new airport works with its Landmarks London City Pack to enhance the centre of London.

Omaha-Eppley Airfield for MSFS released

The latest destination from Verticalsim is Omaha-Eppley Airfield for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 9

We continue to turn in circles but this time, we look at some useful tips to help keep you in the holding pattern and understand why new IFR pilots hate them so much.

Gulfstream GLF550 upgraded to v2

AKD Studio has released version 2 of the Gulfstream GLF550 for X-Plane 11 and 12.

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Flight Adventure: Daher Kodiak

Most aircraft in this series have enjoyed a long production life and evolved from many earlier models. However, not all aircraft become classics this way. In this issue, we explore one that has become synonymous with Short Take-Off and Landing operations from small and rugged airstrips – the Daher Kodiak.

PC Pilot - Issue 147 Downloads

Online content for the September/October 2023 issue of PC Pilot.

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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