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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DCS: Mosquito FB Mk.VI

In this comprehensive interview, we sat down with Sergey Gerasev, the project manager and team leader for the World War Two projects at Eagle Dynamics, to discuss the upcoming de Havilland Mosquito for DCS World.

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Building a 737 Home Cockpit

Joe Lavery continues with his home-built 737 cockpit series by explaining how he made the Main Instrument Panel and highlights some of the challenges that he encountered along the way.

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DCS World: 2021 Roadmap

After closing out a highly unusual 2020, Eagle Dynamics, the developer of Digital Combat Simulator World, released a 2021 Roadmap providing an outline of what fans can expect over the coming year as the title continues to evolve.

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A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator - How to design scenery – Part 1

In this new series, Joe Lavery walks us through the process of creating a custom airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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IRIS Simulations’ Jabiru J160/J170

We take a look at the Jabiru add-on pack, designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator and created by Aussie developer IRIS Simulations.

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Cowan Simulation's 222

Chris Frishmuth test flies the Cowan Simulations' Bell 222 in X-Plane 11.

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Drzewiecki Design's Chicago Landmarks

In this review, we return to Chicago and have a look at the area after this latest makeover from the Drzewiecki Design team.

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IndiaFoxtEcho’s  MB-339 

IndiaFoxtrotEcho is one of the first developers to release a military aircraft for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator platform: the Aermacchi MB-339....

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UK Discovery Tour, Part 1

Welcome to the first of our four-part UK Discovery Tour, in which we visit some of the new hand-built airports and cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator. In the first leg of our grand tour between Land’s End and Shoreham, we explore some of the famous landmarks in the south and western part of the British Isles.

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The Human Element

In this first instalment of our new ‘Human Element’ series, in which we talk to publishers, developers and end-users within the flight sim industry, we met up with Pere Casellas, technical director and co-founder of Virtual Fly and Oscar Mateos, sales and marketing manager of its parent company, Aircatglobal.

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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