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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Building a 737 Home Cockpit - The Beginning

In this new series, Joe Lavery shows us how he built his full-size home-built 737 cockpit and will be offering some invaluable tips along the way.

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VSKYLABS' Robinson R44 Raven II

VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations specialises in producing add-on aircraft for X-Plane. We see how their R44 Raven measures up.

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Tiger Moth Flight Adventure

The de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth still graces our skies almost 90 years after it first flew in 1931. While initially produced as a military trainer, it has gone on to be used in almost every conceivable facet of aviation. In this issue, we'll learn about its history as we replicate the pilot training procedures used in the 1930s.

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Baron’s Combat Corner - A Combat Report

In this instalment of Baron's Combat Corner, Derek Davis puts some of the theory that has been discussed over the past few issues into practice by using one of his memorable missions as a case study.

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FSim Studios’ CYVR Vancouver International Airport

FSim Studios' CYVR Vancouver International Airport has been released via the Orbx Simulations platform and proves to be much more than a mere airport add-on…

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AEROFLY FS 2’S AIRBUS A320

Recently, the Aerofly FS 2 A320 received a major upgrade and is now a quality payware-level aircraft for both the casual simmer and ‘grizzled’ veteran to enjoy.

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Latin VFR’s Barcelona El-Prat & city Landmarks

We take a closer look at LatinVFR's Barcelona–El Prat Airport (LEBL) and some of the famous landmarks to be found in and around this beautiful city.

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Orbx’s Newcastle International Airport

In this review, we visit one of the busiest destinations in the north of England, the weird and wonderful Newcastle International Airport.

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Drzewiecki Design's Seattle Landmarks

In this new release from Drzewiecki Design, we visit the city that hosts some of the largest tech giants in the world, is the birthplace of Bill Gates and home to the huge Boeing factories.

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Just Flight's 146 Professional

We have seen several classic British airliners from Just Flight during the last few years and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling back in time and getting behind the wheel of an old jetliner. This time, the company has released what is arguably the most popular British airliner ever built: the BAe 146.

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

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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