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.

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Just Flight’s Tornado F3 Interview

Following their Tornado GR1, Just Flight is now developing the Tornado F3 - Air Defence Variant (ADV). To learn more about this product, we got in touch with Just Flight’s Development Manager, Martyn Northall.

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DC Designs’ F-15C, D, E, & I Eagle

Published by Just Flight, the Eagle depicted in this review is designed and produced by experienced flight sim developer, Dean Crawford of DC Designs.

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Taxi2Gate’s Hong Kong International Airport v2

Hong Kong International Airport v2 reviewed here is a major update to Taxi2Gate’s original version released in 2014. It includes new HD textures, lots of new buildings, animations, hand-placed autogen tiles and much more.

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Just Flight’s Fokker F28 Fellowship

As part of our special focus on Just Flight for this issue, we invited the company to talk about a project the team currently has in development - the Fokker F28 Fellowship.

PC Pilot Issue 129 Out Now

The new Sept/Oct issue of PC Pilot has finally touched down, and as always it is loaded with exciting reviews, features and tutorials.

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Just Flight’s 146 Professional - Airliners in development

Interview with Just Flight’s Head of Development, Martyn Northall.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator - Exclusive Interview

We sat down with Jorg Neumann, Head of 'Microsoft Flight Simulator' and Sebastian Wloch, Chief Executive Officer of Asobo Studio for an in-depth discussion on the new simulator platform.

Flight Simulators Limited merges with RC Simulations

Flight Simulators Limited has announced the purchase/merger with RC Simulations.

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Just Hight’s Air Hauler2

Air Hauler has existed in various incarnations since Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and had an initial release for X-Plane 9 in 2011. With version 2 now available, the large community of X-Plane 11 users are now able to explore the Air Hauler world. Read the full review here.

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Thrustmaster’s TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition

We take a look at the TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition, the first controller in the TCA product line that marked Thrustmaster's entry into the civil flight simulation market.

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 I, 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 airplanes.

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 flight simulators.

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 Flight Simulator

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 Flight Simulator.

Aerofly FS Flight Simulator

Aerofly FS 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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