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Asturias Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Orbx has announced LEAS Asturias Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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MicroProse B-17 Flying Fortress

We invited MicroProse's CEO, David Lagettie, to provide us with an update on two major titles currently in development: 'The Mighty Eighth VR' and 'B-17 Flying Fortress 3: The Bloody 100th'. As well as the upcoming B-17 projects, David also told us about the remake of two other products that were also being developed.

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Exploring Orbx’s Melbourne City Pack

Australian-based flight simulator scenery powerhouse group Orbx has released a city enhancement pack for its home city of Melbourne. We pay it a visit and discover why it is such a great flight simulation destination.

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Flight Adventure: The Pilatus PC-6 Porter

This time, our Flight Adventure highlights one of the most popular short take-off and landing utility aircraft of the past 60 years: the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter.

PC Pilot - Issue 142 Downloads

Online content for the November/December 2022 issue of PC Pilot.

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ButtKicker Gamer Plus review

The latest product from ButtKicker Haptics adds more power and upgraded cabling, clamping and mounting options. Along with the new HaptiConnect interface, it's said to provide deeper in-game integration for greater immersion. So, let's get to unpacking this beast!

SeaRey Elite for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Aerosoft has announced the SeaRey Elite Advanced amphibian for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now.

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IPACS’ Aerofly FS 4 review

Unlike the previous versions, Aerofly FS 4 features many more scenery areas as standard, covering the US and the whole of Europe as well as a generous selection of aircraft. We take a closer look at the latest version of this innovative flight simulator.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update X: USA

In this review, we go back to the USA and discover what the latest World Update from Microsoft has to offer.

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FlyTampa Corfu for Microsoft Flight Simulator review

We explore FlyTampa’s latest airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, featuring Corfu Island and the airport.

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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