Flight Simulation

Key.Aero is home to PC Pilot, the world’s favourite flight simulation magazine which brings sense and expert opinion to the exciting and often daunting world of flight simulation. Contributors include many real-world pilots and aviation professionals to ensure what you read is as real as it gets. Articles cater for those interested in both civilian and military aircraft and include news on the latest standalone and add-on software products, news and reviews of flight sim hardware, tutorials, features and interviews.

Kola Peninsula for DCS World Incoming

Eagle Dynamics, in collaboration with Orbx, has announced the development of a new terrain module for DCS: the Kola Peninsula.

Just Flight 757-200/300 Development Update

BlueBird Simulations and Just Flight have released a new development update for the upcoming 757 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

PMDG 737-600 Touches Down in Microsoft Flight Simulator

PMDG has announced the 737-600 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Grand Caravan Steam Gauge Overhaul

Black Square has released a steam gauge overhaul pack for the default Microsoft Flight Simulator Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX, with a new interior, analogue instrumentation and swappable avionics.

Corfu for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FlyTampa’s latest DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator features Corfu Island and the airport, enhanced with photorealistic PBR effects.

F-22A Ready for Take-Off

Developed by Top Mach Studios and published by Just Flight, the F-22A Raptor tactical fighter for Microsoft Flight Simulator sports a detailed 3D model with optional drop tanks, three paint schemes and custom animations.

DCS: Mirage F1 Enters Early Access

After more than three years of active development, Aerges Engineering has announced the DCS: Mirage F1 is now available in Early Access.

South America Mesh Incoming

Orbx has announced its next mesh product for Microsoft Flight Simulator will cover the continent of South America.

Mitsubishi MU-2 v2 Takes Flight in X-Plane

TOGA Simulations has announced the Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise v2 for X-Plane 11 is out now.

Tenerife North and South Airports Released

MK-Studios has released the Tenerife Airports pack 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.

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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