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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.

PC Pilot - Issue 139 Downloads

Downloadable content for the May/June 2022 issue of PC Pilot.

X-Plane 12: Seaplanes and helicopters Feature Premium

X-Plane 12: Seaplanes and helicopters

X-Plane's creator, Austin Meyer explains how real seaplanes and helicopters work and how they are simulated in X-Plane 12.

Australia Discovery Tour Feature Premium

Australia Discovery Tour

With the release of World Update VII: Australia for Microsoft Flight Simulator, we decided to take you on a series of guided fights around some of the most impressive scenery in the Land Down Under. We start in the Blue Mountains in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales.

PC Pilot - Meet the Author, Joe Lavery Feature Premium

PC Pilot - Meet the Author

Welcome to the start of a new series in which we introduce individual members of the PC Pilot team. To kick off this series, we begin with its longest-serving member, Joe Lavery.

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 1 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 4, Lesson 1

Welcome to the next stage of our Back to Basics series in which we explore basic and intermediate instrument flying and radio navigational techniques.

iniBuild's Airbus A 300-600 tutorial Feature Premium

iniBuild's Airbus A 300-600 Tutorial

In lesson two of our A300 tutorial series, we begin the process of programming the Flight Management Computer and load the route for today's flight.

SIM-X Eagle PC Review Premium

SIM-X Eagle PC

We review a new computer system from Wired2Fire. It’s fully optimised for those wishing to upgrade to a PC capable of running the current range of simulators, including the ever resource-hungry Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Tiny Combat Arena Interview Feature Premium

Tiny Combat Arena Interview

PC Pilot invited developer Brian Hernandez to talk about Tiny Combat Arena – his new and innovative combat simulation, which has been published by MicroProse and was recently released into 'Early Access' on the Steam platform.

Feature Premium

PC Pilot No 139

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Cessna 208 Grand Caravan DGS Series Takes Flight

The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan is part of Thranda's Dynamic Generation Series, featuring two models in one: the C208 Caravan 675 and C208 Grand Caravan.

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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