Flight Simulation

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MXI Design releases Kaunas Airport

Scenery developer MXI Design has announced EYKA Kaunas Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Flight Simulator Training – Part 6

In this lesson, we look at how scenario-based training can help plan for various failures that can occur during the take-off phase and how planning for all eventualities can result in a successful outcome.

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PMDG’s 737 Universal Flight Tablet review

We take a closer look at PMDG's highly anticipated Universal Flight Tablet for the 737 family and find out if it was worth the wait.

Diamonds in the sky

Aircraft developer COWS has released the DA42 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Leading Edge Simulations’ DC-3 v2 review

Leading Edge Simulations is renowned for creating highly authentic simulations of classic aircraft for X-Plane. This time, we check out its latest incarnation of the DC-3.

Aberdeen for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Scenery developer AuraScenery has released Aberdeen for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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MiniCockpit’s miniFCU review

In this review, we look at the MiniCockpit's rendition of the K217ABM11 Flight Control Unit found on the Airbus A320neo.

El Nido for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developer Cli4D Designs has announced El Nido in the Philippines for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Orbx's EU Great Britain South review

We take a tour of Orbx's Great Britain South for Microsoft Flight Simulator and see if the masters of scenery can once again bring the real world to the desktop.

Heliports Bratislava released

The latest destination from Aerosoft is Heliports Bratislava 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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