Flight Simulation

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Marseille Provence Airport released

The latest destination from France VFR is LFML Marseille Provence Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Los Angeles for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, iniScene has announced Los Angeles for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Orbx updates Stockholm-Bromma and Malmö

Orbx has released the latest versions of Malmo (ESMS) and Stockholm-Bromma (ESSB) for Microsoft Flight Simulator, sporting several new features.

Local Legend VII: 195 Businessliner out now

In conjunction with World Update XI: Canada, the Microsoft Flight Simulator team has released its latest aircraft in the “Local Legends” series, the Cessna 195 Business liner.

World Update XI: Canada Now Available

Asobo Studio has released World update XI: Canada for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The latest world update improves the scenery for Canada with upgraded urban architecture, accurate coastlines, tundras, glaciers and mountain peaks.

ViperJet eX Released

Aircraft developer, Aerobask has released the ViperJet eX for X-Plane 12.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Vestmannaeyjar

Scenery developer, MM Simulations has announced Vestmannaeyjar Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

FlightSimExpo releases initial 2023 event schedule and travel details

One of the world’s largest flight simulation events, FlightSimExpo, will take place in Houston Texas on June 23-25, 2023. Held across two locations near Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU), the 2023 event will offer flight simulation fans the chance to interact with developers, try out the latest hardware, hear the latest products and meet fellow sim enthusiasts.

Ant's Airplanes Tiger Moth for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Tiger Moth was the first ever aircraft produced by Ant's Airplanes. In 2019 it was rebuilt for FSX and Prepar3D, and now it has been converted for Microsoft Flight Simulator with extra detail added to take full advantage of the new platform.

Vans RV-8 takes flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Terrainy Studios has announced the Vans RV-8 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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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