Flight Simulation

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F-15E lands in DCS World

Eagle Dynamics has announced the Early Access release of the much anticipated DCS: F-15E by RAZBAM is out now.

Svalbard updated to X-Plane 12

Aerosoft has released Update 1.1 for Svalbard XP, adding X-Plane 12 compatibility for the terrain mesh, optimized LODs and other improvements.

Aircraft & Avionics Update 2 released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator development team has released Aircraft & Avionics Update 2.

Faro Airport now available

RDPresets has released a detailed version of Faro International Airport and the surrounding area for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Melbourne Airport out now

The latest destination from Orbx is YMML Melbourne International Airport for Microsoft for Flight Simulator.

Local Legends 9: Latécoère 631 released

The Microsoft Flight Simulator development team has released the ninth aircraft in the Local Legends Series, the Latécoère Model 631 flying boat.

Orbx releases Stockholm Arlanda Airport 

Orbx developer Marcus Nyberg, in collaboration with Jetstream Designs, has released ESSA Stockholm Arlanda Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Cessna 182RG takes flight in MSFS

Aircraft developer, Carenado has released the C182 RG II for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Flight Simulator City Update II: France out now

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released its second City Update, this time covering France.

Isles Of Scilly for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Real VFR releases the Isles Of Scilly 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.


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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