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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.

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A History of Military Flight Simulation - Part 1

We trace the history of early combat flight simulators from the 1980s to the early 90s and discover how they paved the way for the next generation in simulation technology.

Ontario for MSFS out now

Scenery developer Verticalsim has released KONT – Ontario International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 announced

In a surprise announcement, Asobo Studio has revealed details of a new addition to the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise, dubbed Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024.

MicroProse reacquires the Falcon series

Flight simulation developer, MicroProse has announced it has re-acquired the copyright to the popular F-16 Falcon series.

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Honeycomb Aeronautical’s Charlie Rudder Pedals review

The latest product in Honeycomb’s portfolio, the Charlie Rudder Pedals, has sparked a great deal of interest in the flight sim community. So, when Honeycomb’s CEO, Nicki Repenning, approached us with the news that the new pedals were nearing release, we jumped at the opportunity to find out more.

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Aerosoft’s Antwerp International Airport

Antwerp is one of Belgium’s best-kept secrets, with great architecture, fantastic beer and a small airport southeast of the city. We take a closer look at Aerosoft’s rendition of this popular destination.

DCS: Sinai Map enters Early Access

Eagle Dynamics has announced the Early Access version of DCS: Sinai Map is now available.

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Toliss’Airbus A320 NEO review

The A320 NEO is the latest improvement of the original A320. The NEO offers airlines the same A320 experience and the same type rating but also comes with increased range and superb fuel economy. In this review, we test fly Toliss' rendition of this popular airliner in X-Plane.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update XIII review

In this review, we explore the vast area of Oceania and discover what the latest World Update from Microsoft has to offer.

X-Plane lands in Jacksonville

FSDesigns has released KJAX Jacksonville International Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12.

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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