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.

FS Academy – Jetliner Review Review Premium

FS Academy – Jetliner review

The product under review here is designed for those who are competent with the rudiments of flying but who would like to progress to something a bit more challenging, which in this case is an Airbus A320.

Airbus H125 for X-Plane released

Cowan Simulation has announced the H125 (previously named the AS350 B3e) is now available for X-Plane 11.

Orbx EU Great Britain North Review Premium

Orbx's EU Great Britain North reviewed

Great Britain is one of the best-represented corners of the world when it comes to Microsoft Flight Simulator scenery. Not only have the isles been treated to their very own world update from Asobo but Orbx has now released its second add-on in a series of ‘off airport’ scenery packs that brings hundreds of missing landmarks to the United Kingdom.

iniBuilds announces new partnership with iBlueYonder

iniBuilds and iBlueYonder have announced a partnership for the development of Dallas Love Field for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Introducing DCS: Sinai

Eagle Dynamics has announced the development of the upcoming DCS: Sinai map by third-party developer OnReTech.

PC Pilot - Meet the Author Feature Premium

PC Pilot - Meet the Author

We meet our man from the 'Land Down Under': Peter Stark. Peter has been writing for PC Pilot since Issue 45 and has extensive experience as a pilot, in the real as well as the virtual world and is best known for his popular and long-running ‘Back to Basics’ and ‘Flight Adventure’ series.

Fenix Simulations’ A320 review Review Premium

Fenix Simulations’ A320 review

When industry newcomer Fenix Simulations announced a sub £50 A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the anticipation was high. The burning question is though, can a brand-new team really pull off a fully realised A320 for such a low price? Let's find out.

A2A Simulations Interview Feature Premium

A2A Simulations Interview

In part two of our interview with A2A Simulations' CEO, Scott Gentile, we focus on the hobby side of their business. Scott kindly agreed to talk to us about their upcoming Piper Comanche 250 and we also get his thoughts on the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Rotate Simulations MD-11 Review Premium

Rotate Simulations’ MD-11

In this review, we take Rotate Simulation's MD-11 for X-Plane for a spin and see how it measures up.

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 3 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 3

For this issue, we continue our in-depth look at the humble NDB and discover some useful techniques that breathe life into this often overlooked navigation aid.

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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