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.

Diamond DA50 RG Ready for Take-Off

X-Plane developer, Aerobask has released the Diamond DA50 RG for X-Plane 11.

Prague for Prepar3D Released

Orbx has announced LKPR Václav Havel Airport Prague for Prepar3D v4/v5 is out now.

Keflavik Airport for X-Plane

Scenery developer, Xometry has released Keflavik International Airport (BIKF) for X-Plane 11.

Washington Dulles International Airport Released

Nimbus Studios has announced the highly anticipated Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD) for X-Plane 11 is now available.

Staggerwing for Flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Developed in partnership with Carenado, the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing is the first release in the Famous Flyers aircraft series from the Microsoft Flight Simulator team.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Released on Xbox Cloud Gaming

Asobo Studio has announced that Microsoft Flight Simulator can now be played via Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox One and other supported devices.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update VIII Released

Asobo Studio has released Sim Update VIII for Microsoft Flight Simulator, adding a host of new features and fixes to the simulator platform.

New Turkish Destination for MSFS

ST Simulations has released Adana Sakirpasa Airport (LTAF) for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Panama for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

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

Tiny Combat Arena Enters Early Access

MicroProse's new flight combat simulator, Tiny Combat Arena, sports a stylised retro look and various game modes. Dogfight your way in the arena in quick action or create scenarios and take part in a vast war with objectives and armies.

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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