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.

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.

Orbx’s Skiathos International Airport Review Premium

Orbx’s Skiathos International Airport

We take a look at Skiathos Airport, otherwise known as the ‘St Maarten of the Mediterranean’.

Reno Air Racing Expansion Pack Review Premium

Reno Air Racing Expansion Pack

Flying a souped-up World War Two fighter over a tight circular course against other pilots is not for the faint-hearted.....

The Human Element – Turtle Beach Interview Feature Premium

The Human Element – Turtle Beach Interview

We talk to the company behind the VelocityOne Flight Universal Control System.

Thrustmaster TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition Review Premium

Thrustmaster’s TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition

We will take a look at the new TCA Yoke Pack Boeing Edition from Thrustmaster. Based on the controls of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the line-up consists of two products, the TCA Yoke and TCA Quadrant which are compatible with both PC and the Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S.

War Thunder Interview Feature Premium

War Thunder Interview

In this PC Pilot Exclusive interview, we talk to Gaijin about their premier online combat simulation - War Thunder, the hugely popular multiplayer and multi-vehicle online simulation.

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.


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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