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F28 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Developed by the Just Flight in-house team, the F28 regional jet is based on a real-world aircraft, ex-PH-CHN, located at the Aircraft Maintenance & Training School, Woensdrecht in the Netherlands.

Skyscenders 76' takes flight in X-Plane

VSKYLABS has announced a new experimental Sci-Fi project called Skyscenders 76' is now available for X-Plane 12.

Orbx releases Sacramento for MSFS

Developed by Matteo Veneziani, KSMF Sacramento International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is an accurate rendition of the actual destination, featuring custom ortho imagery with ground markings and taxiway signs.

Colorado Springs for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Scenery developers BMWorld and AmSim have teamed up again, this time releasing Colorado Springs Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Salt Lake City Airport released

Pacific Islands Simulation has announced Salt Lake City International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Boeing Stratoliner takes flight in MSFS

The Microsoft Flight Simulator Team, in partnership with Airplane Heaven, has released the latest aircraft in the Local Legends series, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner.

MSFS touches down in Stansted

iniBuilds has announced London Stansted Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

City Update III: Texas out now

Microsoft announced City Update III: Texas for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Gdańsk for MSFS released

Drzewiecki Design has announced EPGD Gdansk Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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Just Flight 146 Professional for MSFS - Is it any good?

With an authentic flight model backed up by high-quality visual detail and superb systems simulation, Just Flight raised the bar with its BAe 146. Richard Benedikz and Craig West run the rule over the latest version to see how it measures up

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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