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.

PMDG 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Enters Beta Testing

Robert Randazzo from PMDG has revealed the 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator has entered beta testing.

iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600 Feature Premium

iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600 tutorial - Part 1

This is the first in a series of tutorials covering a typical day on the line with the A300-600R. We start with the preflight checks and verify our weight and fuel load.

Orbx TrueEarth Spain South Review Premium

Orbx’s TrueEarth Spain South

In this review, we travel to Spain and take a look at Orbx's latest TrueEarth product developed for X-Plane 11.

Just Flight’s HAWK T1/A Advanced Trainer Review Premium

Just Flight’s HAWK T1/A Advanced Trainer

We take a look at Just Flight's version of the BAE Hawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Flightbeam’s Auckland Airport Review Premium

Flightbeam’s Auckland Airport

We review Auckland International (NZAA), located on the southern shores of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland and serves as the country’s primary gateway to the rest of the world.

Flight Adventure - The Boeing 717 family     Feature Premium

Flight Adventure - The Boeing 717 family

In this issue, we take the Boeing 717 airliner on routes used by two of the B717's biggest operators: QANTAS Link and Delta Airlines.

FlyJSim’s Q4XP for X-Plane 11 Review Premium

FlyJSim’s Q4XP

FlyJSim has produced a range of outstanding study-level aircraft for X-Plane including the Boeing 727 and 737-200. This time we review their latest work, the Dash 8 Q400.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 9 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 9

We wind up this part of our Back to Basics series by completing our prepared night flight and deal with some unexpected emergencies.

Prague Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 2 Feature Premium

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 2

In part 2 of this series, X-Plane’s creator, Austin Meyer, discusses the new trees, volumetric clouds, user-controlled weather and real weather systems in his upcoming X-Plane 12.

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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