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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.

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FlyingIron Simulations’ P-38L Lightning

FlyingIron Simulations has rapidly acquired a reputation for producing exceptionally high-quality add-ons for both X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator. This time we take their P-38L Lightning for a spin and see how it measures up.

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Laminar Research’s X-Plane 12 review

In this review, we take a look at X-Plane 12, arguably one of the more significant developments for the platform.

Microsoft Flight Simulator arrives in Prague

The latest destination from Tailstrike Designs is Prague Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Doha Hamad Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

MXI Design has announced OTHH Doha Hamad International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator touches down in Juneau

Northern Sky Studio has announced PAJN Juneau International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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Hype Performance Group’s H145 helicopter review

Newcomer Hype Performance Group has set the flight simulation rotary world alight with its Airbus H145 helicopter. Following its early access versions, now it is available as a fully functioning product.

McCall Municipal Airport released

Orbx has announced KMYL McCall Municipal Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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FSWeekend - the primary Dutch flight sim show

After a three-year hiatus, one of the more popular flight simulation events in Europe has returned. Our roving reporter, Jessica Bannister-Pearce, travelled to the Netherlands to find out more.

Custom UNS-1 for the 146 Professional incoming

Following the release of the 146 Professional for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Just Flight development team has revealed they are working on major updates for the aircraft, including a custom UNS-1 Flight Management Computer.

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Thranda's Cessna U206G Stationair review

The U206G belongs to Thranda’s Dynamic Generation Series, which is designed to take full advantage of the physics and flight dynamics in X-Plane. Find out more in this review...

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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