Flight Simulation

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Orbx releases dual airports pack

Orbx has released two airports in one pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator, S43 Harvey Field and W16 Monroe Firstair airports.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Montréal

MK-Studios has announced CYUL Montréal–Trudeau International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

F-4 Phantom takes flight in MSFS

DC Designs has announced the F-4E, F-4J and FGR2 F4 Phantom for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Local Legends 11: Aero Vodochody Ae-45 released

Microsoft has announced Local Legends 11: Aero Vodochody Ae-45 and Ae-145 for MSFS is now available.

World Update XIV: Central Eastern Europe out now

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update XIV: Central Eastern Europe covers several countries in Eastern Europe: including Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

East Midlands Airport for MSFS now available

Pyreegue Dev Co has announced EGNX - East Midlands Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Red Bull Bullseye landing challenge released

In 2023, Red Bull aerobatic pilot Luke Czepiela successfully landed a Carbon Cub on the helipad of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel at an altitude of 689ft.

Microsoft Flight Simulator lands in Jeju

Developed by SamScene, the scenery is an authentic rendition of the second-largest airport in South Korea, sporting a detailed terminal with interior modelling.

DA20 Eclipse takes flight in X-Plane 12

Aircraft developer, SimSolutions has released the DA20-C1 Eclipse for X-Plane 12.

Penang Airport for MSFS out now

Developed by SHADESCENE, Penang International Airport in northern Malaysia is recreated in detail.

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.


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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