Flight Simulation

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Richmond for MSFS released

The latest US destination from scenery developer Axonos is KRIC Richmond International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

PC Pilot - Issue 151 Downloads

Online contents for the May/June 2024 issue of PC Pilot.

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PILOT’S de Havilland Canada Dash 7

In this review, we take the de Havilland four-engine Dash 7 turboprop for a spin and see how it measures up.

146 Professional upgraded to v2.0

Just Flight has released a major update for the 146 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

UK2000 releases Aberdeen Airport

Scenery developer UK2000 has announced Aberdeen Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Tobii Eye Tracker 5

In this review, we look at the latest generation of head and eye-tracking technology.

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DCS: Spitfire LF Mk. IX

Welcome to the start of a new mini-series in which we take a look at the DCS: Spitfire LF Mk. IX - using a compilation of previous articles. The aim is to help you get the most out of this superb DCS module in one convenient series.

London Control update

An updated version of the London Control air traffic control simulator, produced by Dale McLoughlin at DM Aviation, is now available.

Aerofly FS 4 development update

IPACS has announced the 737 MAX for Aerofly FS 4 is now available. The aircraft follows the 737NG, released in November last year.

P-47D Razorback ready for take-off

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Republic P-47D Razorback 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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