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.

Auckland for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced Landmarks Auckland City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0 Review Premium

aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0

aeroG Aviation is working on an eVTOL concept called the aG-4, which is available on the X-Plane 11 platform. PC Pilot was given the opportunity to test-fly the prerelease version aG-4 v3.0 and to find out more about the project.

Retro flight simming Feature Premium

Retro flight simming

We sat down with Damian Kadziela to find out more about the man behind a YouTube channel showcasing vintage combat flight sim missions and campaigns and discusses his passion for
‘retro flight simming’.

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5 Review Premium

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5

Step forward X-Plane developer JARDesign with its new A340-500. Perhaps the weirdest and most unpopular A340 of them all. Still, an A340 is an A340, so let's dive in.

SimWorks Studios’ Africa Okavango Delta Review Premium

SimWorks Studios’ Africa Okavango Delta

The arrival of Microsoft Flight Simulator changed the flight sim world and with it has come innovation. There’s a huge swell of new developers who supply content for the new sim and these new guys bring fresh eyes and new ideas. I’m looking at just such an idea in this article, Simworks Studios’ Okavango Delta.

Microprose - he Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth Feature Premium

Microprose - The Bloody 100th and The Mighty Eighth

We sat down with MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie, to discuss two projects in development in their popular B-17 bomber franchise: The Mighty Eighth and B-17 Flying Fortress 3: The Bloody 100th.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 7 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 7

In this lesson, Peter Stark talks about how to safely fly circuits and landings at night, which is one of the key skills learnt by any pilot as it combines a variety of manoeuvres in a compact physical area in a short space of time.

Building a Cessna/ Piper panel Feature Premium

Building a Cessna/ Piper panel

In this new cockpit building series, Joe Lavery explains the process of creating simple and inexpensive panels like those you would find in a typical general aviation aircraft, such as the Cessna 152, C172 or the Piper PA-28.

UK Discovery Tour, Part 4 Feature Premium

UK Discovery Tour, Part 4

Welcome to the fourth and final leg of our United Kingdom discovery tour, departing from Inverness to explore Scotland’s rugged highlands and remote island chains. On our journey, we’ll also visit two more bespoke airports from Asobo: first the famous beach runway at Barra and the lesser-known small community airstrip of Out Skerries in the far-flung Shetland Islands.

FR-TEC’s Raptor Mach 1 HOTAS and Raptor Mach 2 Review Premium

FR-TEC’s Raptor Mach 1 HOTAS and Raptor Mach 2

If you’re an aspiring jet jockey, then HOTAS controls are important and need to be top-notch, particularly on long missions. We take a look at the Raptor Mach 1 HOTAS and Mach 2 from Far Eastern company FR-TECH.

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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