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.

Much like the bird of prey in the foreground, the Boeing 757 approaches Toncontín with leading edge slats and flaps extended as it swoops down the hillside on short final. Feature Premium

Challenging Airports - Toncontín International Airport (MHTG)

A flight that combines all of the normal challenges with high elevation, mountains and a short runway is guaranteed to pique the interest of those of us who enjoy a challenge. Such a place exists in the mountainous interior of Honduras, Toncontín International Airport.

ICAO Codes

An ICAO code is a four-character alphanumeric sequence used to identify airports around the world and is defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation...

Flying by the numbers

Many would assume the ‘V’ in V-speeds is derived from ‘velocity’ but the term is actually from the French word ‘vitesse’ French for ‘speed’.

Cessna 140 Ready for Take-Off

Aeroplane Heaven has released the Cessna 140 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

New Norwegian Destination for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced ENSG Sogndal Haukåsen Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Halifax Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Released

FSimStudios has announced CYHZ Halifax Stanfield International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

DCS: Marianas Map Released

Eagle Dynamics has announced The Marianas Islands, a free map for DCS World is out.

Big Radials P-40 Tomahawk Available on OrbxDirect

Orbx and Big Radials have announced a new partnership agreement, enabling customers to purchase Big Radials Products on OrbxDirect.

Civilian UH-1 Lifts Off in X-Plane

Nimbus Simulation has announced the civilian version of the UH-1 helicopter for X-Plane 11 is out now.

Cityscape Sydney Updated

Available now on Orbx Central is the much-anticipated update to Cityscape Sydney.

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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