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737 MAX8 takes flight in Prepar3D

The iFly development team, in partnership with Flight One Software, has released the 737 MAX8 for Prepar3D v5.

ICAO Codes explained

An ICAO code is a four-character alphanumeric sequence used to identify airports around the world and is defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation...

XtremeAIR XA41 for X-Plane released

Vertigo Design has announced the XtremeAIR XA41 (AKA "Sbach 300") for X-Plane 11 and 12 is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator arrives at Solent Airport

Solent Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator has been faithfully recreated by Burning Blue Design, based on a 2022 ground layout with accurate runways, taxiways and custom signage.

DCS: Black Shark 3 released

Eagle Dynamics has released the Early Access version of Black Shark for DCS.

Bolzano Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest Italian destination from Burning Blue Design is LIPB Bolzano Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

X-Plane 12 now in full release

Laminar Research has announced the full release of X-Plane 12 is now available.

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Flight sim airports - Part 3

This time, we travel to the UK for our first look at a British airport. EGKK Gatwick is a 'port,' meaning that Origami Studios based this design on an earlier edition of its work. Let's get on the ground and see how it compares with other airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Orbx’s Stockholm-Bromma and Malmo Airports reviewed

Sweden is an oft-forgotten part of the flight sim world, despite having some fantastic airports and locations to visit. Forget Arlanda and let's look at two airports that offer an interesting location or a challenging approach. Let’s check out Malmö and Stockholm Bromma.

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Hype Performance Group’s Hot Air Balloon

While we’re used to seeing most genres represented across major simulation platforms, occasionally a new area is opened up that grabs your attention. Here we review the HPG Hot Air Balloon for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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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