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.

First Aerosoft DLC for Microsoft Flight Simulator for Free

Aerosoft has released Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator for free.

Vienna for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced LOWW Vienna International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out.

Los Angeles for X-Plane Upgraded

ShortFinal Design has updated KLAX - Los Angeles International HD to version 1.1.

Hollywood Burbank for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

The latest airport to be released by Orbx is Hollywood Burbank for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has released KSBA Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Barcelona Airport for X-Plane Released

Aerosoft has announced Airport Barcelona XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

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Aeroplane Heaven’s Douglas DC-3 Dakota & C-47 Skytrain

There hasn’t been a flight sim platform where pilots haven’t pleaded for a mighty DC-3 to fly. Australian developer Aeroplane Heaven has met the challenge with the Prepar3D release of not only its updated ‘Dakota’ but also its military incarnation, the C-47 Skytrain.

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Back to Basics - Series 2, Lesson 13

In the previous lesson, we realised that we were not where we should be. The visual fixes we were expecting to mark our location simply didn’t appear. We wrap up Stage 2 of Back to Basics by learning how we might get ourselves out of this very fine mess.

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The Mighty Eighth - Return of a Classic

We invited MicroProse’s CEO, David Lagettie, to talk about his highly anticipated B-17 simulation and his plans for ‘The Mighty Eighth’.

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Baron’s Combat Corner: The art of aerial gunnery

Aerial gunnery is one of the most difficult aspects of air combat to master. We discuss how attaining any level of gunnery efficiency not only requires constant and regular practice, but also an appreciation of the factors which determine whether you hit your target or not.

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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