Flight Simulation

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A300-600R lands in Microsoft Flight Simulator

iniBuilds has released the Airbus A300-600R for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

iniBuilds releases Dubai Airport for MSFS

The iniBuilds team has announced Dubai International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Navigraph publishes FlightSim Community Survey 2023 results

Navigraph has published its annual FlightSim Community Survey, aimed at discovering the community's thoughts on upcoming releases, gaining insights into simulation habits, and exploring user priorities to enhance the ultimate flight experience.

Famous Flyer 08: Cessna T207A Turbo Stationair released

Microsoft has released the next aircraft in the Famous Flyer series, the Cessna T207A Turbo Stationair.

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Felis Boeing 747-200 Classic review

With the release of X-Plane 12, developers have scrambled to get their products compatible and into a market eager for some quality aircraft add-ons. In this review, we take the Felis Boeing 747-200 Classic for a spin and see how it measures up.

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​AKD Studio's GLF550 v2 review

In this review, we fly the fully upgraded version 2 of the Gulfstream GLF550 from AKD Studio.

Microsoft Flight Simulator lands in Boeing Field

Drzewiecki Design has announced KBFI Boeing Field for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Black Square’s TBM 850 review

Black Square Simulations arrived on the flight sim scene with a bang. It broke new ground with its Analog Steam Gauge Overhaul series, upgrading the default Microsoft Flight Simulator aircraft with highly realistic interiors and systems. This time, we look at its first aircraft developed from the ground up, the mighty TBM 850.

City Update V: European Cities released

Microsoft, in partnership with Bing Maps and Vexcel, has released European Cities I for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Breezer Sport takes flight in MSFS

Aerosoft and PixelPlanes have released the Breezer Sport ultralight aircraft 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.

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.

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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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