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.

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A History of Military Flight Simulation – Part 5

This time, we trace the advances in hardware development at the start of the millennium and look at how 3D graphics cards furthered the evolution of combat flight sims. We also discuss how the dawn of online multiplayer gaming took combat flight simulation to the next level.

Carlisle Airport for MSFS out now

Scenery developer UK2000 has released Carlisle Airport EGNC for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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FlightSim Studio’s Tecnam P2012 Traveller reviewed

In this review, we take FlightSim Studio's Tecnam P2012 Traveller for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a spin.

Abu Dhabi Yas Island for MSFS released

iniBuilds has released Abu Dhabi Yas Island for Microsoft Flight Simulator for free.

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Air Combat Simulation – Part 6

In this instalment, we explore the ‘art’ of aerial gunnery and discuss why hitting a target while moving within a three-dimensional environment is one of the most challenging aspects of dogfighting.

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Airports of the  Pacific Northwest

With the recent release by Roman Design of CYYJ Victoria International Airport, four major destinations in the Pacific Northwest are now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator. In this feature, we travel to the region and explore all four airports.

East Midlands Airport for X-Plane 12

Orbx has announced EGNX East Midlands Airport for X-Plane 12 is out now.

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Heatblur and IndiaFoxtEcho’s F-14 Tomcat review

The aircraft under review evolved from the popular DCS: F-14, designed by Heatblur Simulations. This time, they have joined forces with developer IndiaFoxtEcho to bring the F-14 to the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

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Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 12

After learning about and practising key IFR flying skills, we now focus on one of the most commonly used and yet often poorly flown navigation aids – the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

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Flight Adventure: The Antonov An-225 Mriya

Who would have expected that an aircraft where only one single example was ever built would cause aviation enthusiasts to gather by the thousands wherever it flew, to simply watch it land and take off? This time, our Flight Adventure examines the gargantuan Antonov An-225 Mriya.

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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