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.

A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to Design Scenery Feature Premium

A guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator: How to Design Scenery, Part 2

In this instalment, Joe Lavery looks at 3D design applications used to create bespoke buildings and objects that look more authentic than using inbuilt assets provided by Asobo Studio.

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Black Box Simulations' Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander

We review Black Box Simulations' second general aviation aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Britten- Norman BN-2 Islander.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Sim Update IV and V - A Developer’s Diary

Since our last status report on Microsoft Flight Simulator, Asobo Studio has released five major updates along with several ‘hot fixes’ as the team continues to work with aircraft manufacturers, the flight sim community and real-world pilots to improve all aspects of the simulator.

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Wings Over Flanders Fields: Between Heaven & Hell II

A truly immersive experience The developer of Wings over Flanders Fields, Old Brown Dog, has released a new version of this popular series called ‘Between Heaven & Hell II’. Derek Davis takes it for a test flight and highlights some of the new features that have been incorporated.

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Back to Basics - Series 3, Lesson 6

In this lesson, we continue to develop our instrument night flying skills and learn how and when to use the flight, engine and navigation instruments when the weather or visibility makes visual flight more difficult.

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Orbx's Split Airport (LDSP)

For this issue, I’m grabbing my bucket and spade and heading off to a popular holiday destination, Split in Croatia.

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Aerosoft’s World of aircraft: Glider Simulator

Some might think that releasing a new concept in flight simulation immediately after the fanfare of Microsoft Flight Simulator is a dubious decision but Aerosoft has successfully done so with World of Aircraft: Glider Simulator. We take a look at the concept and the initial product in the series…

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Orbx's Frankfurt City Pack

Fascinating Frankfurt

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Orbx's EA-7 Edgley Optica

As third-party aircraft add-ons continue to emerge for Microsoft Flight Simulator, scenery developer Orbx has released its first aircraft for this platform, the unique Edgley EA-7 Optica.

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Olbia Costa Smeralda Released

The latest X-Plane destination from Orbx is LIEO Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport in Sardinia.

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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