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.

CowanSim 206 B3 for X-Plane Out Now

X-Plane developer, CowanSim has released the 206 B3 for X-Plane 11.

Mega Airport Ben Gurion Released

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Ben Gurion for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now availa

Asobo’s Junkers Ju 52 Review Premium

Asobo’s Junkers Ju 52

As the availability of new scenery and aircraft add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator via its Marketplace continues to accelerate, we take the opportunity to review an Asobo release of a historic classic of the 1930s, the Junkers Ju 52.

iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600 for X-Plane Review Premium

iniBuilds’ Airbus A300-600

For flight simulation, the A300-600 has been missing, until now. Step up iniBuilds, with its A300-600R add-on for X-Plane 11. Can an A320 pilot like myself fly the old girl? Will I be able to navigate the steam dials and can I cope with the yoke? Let’s find out.

Flight Adventure - The Piper Cheyenne family Feature Premium

Flight Adventure - The Piper Cheyenne family

We head towards Alaska while exploring some of the features and innovations of the remarkable Piper Cheyenne twin-turboprop aircraft.

MilViz PC-6 for Microsoft Flight Simulator Review Premium

MilViz’s PC-6 Turbo Porter

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and never has this saying been more apt than when describing the unusual dimensions of the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter.

The Human Element - A personal journey Feature Premium

The Human Element - A personal journey

Chris Partridge looks back at his flight simulation journey, starting with a Sinclair Spectrum ZX81 in the early 1980s, through to the golden age of combat simulation in the 90s and the VR experience of high-end modern jets and helicopters currently available in DCS World.

FA Simulations’ Helsinki Metropolitan VFR Review Premium

FA Simulations’ Helsinki Metropolitan VFR

We review FA Simulations' Helsinki Metropolitan VFR v3 for X-Plane 11.

Turtle Beach’s VelocityOne Flight Review Premium

Turtle Beach’s VelocityOne Flight

In this review, look at the latest product from a company new to the world of simulation controllers but who have been designing and bringing to market many high-tech and gaming products since 1975 - San Diego-based Turtle Beach Corporation.

Mackay Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced the next Australian destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) is Mackay Airport.

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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