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.

Mackay Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

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

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 1 Feature Premium

X-Plane 12 by Austin Meyer – Part 1

Since 1995, a major version of X-Plane has been released every few years. While updates have been coming fast and furious, the user interface has barely been good enough and the testing has been at a minimum. But with X-Plane 12 on the horizon, everything is different. X-Plane’s creator Austin Meyer explains why.

vSkyLabs’ C-47 Skytrain/DC-3 Review Premium

vSkyLabs’ C-47 Skytrain/DC-3

vSkyLabs Aerospace Simulations has been producing X-Plane aircraft since version 9. This time around we fly the most recent incarnation from its C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project.

Just Flight Mallorca Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Review Premium

Just Flight’s Mallorca Airport

This is the latest release from Just Flight is developed by a small team of airline pilots who are based at the actual airport.

Orbx’s Landmarks Auckland City Pack Review Premium

Orbx’s Landmarks Auckland City Pack

In this review, we travel to Auckland in New Zealand and take a look at Orbx's latest City Landscape product developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 8 Feature Premium

Back to Basics - Series 3 Lesson 8

In this lesson, we wind up our night flying training by preparing for a cross-country navigation exercise while learning how to handle any surprises that may occur along the way.

Thrustmaster’s TCA Captains Pack Airbus Edition Review Premium

Thrustmaster’s TCA Captains Pack Airbus Edition

After more than 30 years of developing high-quality controllers for military flight simulation, Thrustmaster announced its entry into the civil flight simulation market with the Thrustmaster TCA Airbus Edition product range. The product line-up is designed to replicate the controls of Airbus airliners.

Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: Mosquito FB VI Review Premium

Eagle Dynamics’ DCS: Mosquito FB VI

Back in Issue 133, we ran an in-depth interview with Sergey Gerasev - the project manager and team leader for the Mosquito FB VI project at Eagle Dynamics. Now that the aircraft has finally landed, does this eagerly awaited DCS Mosquito live up to expectations? Let's find out!

Interfacing a 737 home cockpit Review Premium

Pro Sim 737 - Interfacing a 737 home cockpit

We take a look at ProSim737 from ProSim Aviation Research in The Netherlands. The 737 software is suitable for home-built and commercial flight simulators, including pilot training.

Building a Cessna/ Piper Panel Feature Premium

Building a Cessna/ Piper Panel - Part 2, Assembly

In this instalment, Joe Lavery describes how to assemble the cockpit components and the process of interfacing the encoders.

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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