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.

Quickie Q200 Takes Flight in MSFS

Lionheart Creations releases the Quickie Q200 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Flight Adventure: A Caribbean Tour

As the northern hemisphere works its way towards winter, we’ll warm our bones by flying regional routes in the northern Caribbean between the US Virgin Islands in the north and Martinique in the south.

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Flight Adventure: Tasmanian Odyssey

Tasmania is as far south as you can go in Australia and is exposed to the sometimes wild weather that sweeps in from the west on the 'Roaring 40s'. Pick the right weather, however, and the clear air will give you views that seem to stretch from one side of Tasmania to the other!

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Split for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced LDSP Split Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Announces Major Updates at gamescom

During the gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream, Asobo announced several updates coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator over the next few months to PC and Xbox Series X|S.

Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

Orbx has announced NA Alaska Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available as a download.

Tutor for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

IRIS Simulations has announced the Tutor T.1 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

F-14 Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

DC Designs has announced the F-14 A/B Tomcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

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FlyByWire Simulations' A32NX

We review A32NX by FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an
improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Building a 737 Home Cockpit – The new shell and more

Joe Lavery shows how his cockpit enclosure evolved from a shell, with a few panels, into a realistic 737 cockpit.

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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