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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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Normandy Tutorial - part 2

In this instalment of our new series dedicated to exploring 1C Games Studios’ Battle of Normandy, we will be removing the panels and exploring the ‘Settings’ section to discover how much control and flexibility the developers have given the end-user with every aspect of this simulation.

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Flight Simulator Training - Part 1

This new series will push your flying skills and knowledge of the aircraft to the limit. You will have the opportunity to experience the situations that pilots face during simulator sessions in normal and emergency conditions and in all types of geographic areas. So are you ready for the challenge?

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Exploring London Heathrow

This time, we fly to London Heathrow Airport and take a closer look at iniScene’s rendition of the primary gateway to the UK.

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Just Flight’s FS Traffic review

We take a look at FS Traffic from Just Flight, a package that provides high-quality replacement aircraft models for the default AI traffic in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Hong Kong for X-Plane out now

Scenery developer, TaiModels has announced Hong Kong International Airport for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

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Exploring Buffalo Niagara Airport

In this review, we travel to Buffalo Niagara Airport and explore iniBuilds rendition of this popular tourist hotspot in X-Plane.  So, join us as we shuffle off to Buffalo.

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Carenado’s Piper PA-28 Archer II review

The Piper PA-28 Archer II cuts an iconic figure when looking at the spectrum of light aircraft. In this review, we take Carendado’s rendition of this popular general aviation trainer for a spin.

MSFS touches down in Belgium

Scenery developer, MM Simulations has released EBLG Liège Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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PMDG 737-900 and 900ER reviewed

The 737-900 is the last iteration of the popular baby Boeing from PMDG. We take a closer look at this long-range single-aisle airliner for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Back to Basics – Series 4, Lesson 7

Having successfully completed a simple VOR approach, in this lesson, we take it a level higher while introducing a nifty invention from Australia – the DME.

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.

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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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