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.

Just Flight's 146 Professional Review Review Premium

Just Flight's 146 Professional Review

Just Flight is no stranger to the British Aerospace 146, having previously released excellent renditions of this classic British airliner for Prepar3D and X-Plane. This time, we take a look at the latest rendition of the 146 for Microsoft Flight Simulator and see how it measures up.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update X: USA Now Available

In the latest World Update, Asobo Studio and Microsoft return to the US, adding even more unique landscapes, cityscapes and breathtaking vistas to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

DCS Interview - Props and Jets Feature Premium

Props and Jets - Interview with Eagle Dynamics

To accompany our review of the groundbreaking DCS: AH-64D, we invited Eagle Dynamics’ Senior Producer, Matt Wagner along with Project Manager and Team Leader for World War Two projects, Sergey Gerasev, to give us an update on their current projects.

iniBuilds announces partnership with Microsoft

iniBuilds has partnered with the Microsoft Flight Simulator team to develop the Airbus A310, which will be available for free for owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

MilViz C310R Review Premium

MilViz C310R Review

This time, we take the MilViz 310R, developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator, for a spin and see how it measures up.

Meet the Author - Jessica Bannister-Pearce Feature Premium

PC Pilot - Meet the Author

Welcome to the second instalment of our new series in which we introduce you to the individual members of the PC Pilot team. For this issue, we meet our only female writer, Jessica Bannister-Pearce. Jess is a multi-talented writer and over the years has built up knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the hobby.

Eagle Dynamics DCS: AH-64D Review Premium

Eagle Dynamics' DCS: AH-64D Review

After more than four years in development, Eagle Dynamics (ED) has finally released the highly anticipated AH-64D in Early Access.

Australia Discovery Tour Feature Premium

Australia Discovery Tour - Part 2

We pick up where we left off in the last issue, showcasing some of our favourite VFR scenic flight routes around the Great Southern Land of Australia. The three tours in this article showcase diverse geographical areas and are best flown low and slow in a single-engine piston aircraft.

A2A Simulations Interview Feature Premium

A2A Simulations Interview

We reached out to Scott Gentile from A2A Simulations to find out what the company has been working on recently, as well as discuss future projects in the pipeline. In part 1, we focus on A2A's flight simulation work in the commercial world of aviation.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Marks 40th Anniversary

Asobo Studio has announced a special 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator to celebrate the longest-running game franchise at Microsoft.

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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