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.

PMDG DC-6 Takes Flight in Microsoft Flight Simulator

PMDG's debut product for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Douglas DC-6, is out now.

DCS: Mi-24P Hind Enters Early Access

After more than 50,000 man-hours of dedicated work, the Mi-24P Hind team has introduced the iconic DCS: Mi-24P Hind attack helicopter into Early Access.

IndiaFoxtEcho and MilViz Goshawk T-45C Review Premium

IndiaFoxtEcho and MilViz's Goshawk T-45C

March 2021 saw Italian developer IndiaFoxtEcho publish its second combat jet for Microsoft Flight Simulator in the form of the T-45C Goshawk. The release follows hot on the heels of its highly popular Aermacchi MB-339 that landed in the marketplace back in October 2020...

Nemeth Design Aero-works Aerolite 103 Review Premium

Nemeth Design’s Aero-works Aerolite 103

One of the attractions of Microsoft Flight Simulator is the potentially stunning visual scenery that creates a rich and interesting landscape to explore. Nemeth Designs has released the perfect machine for exploring ‘low and slow’ to take it all in.

PMDG Boeing 777-200ER Review Premium

PMDG's 777-200ER

After eight years of ploughing the virtual airways, PMDG has released an updated version of the legendary Boeing 777 exclusively for Prepar3D version 4 and 5.

Orbx Landmarks: Brisbane City Pack Review Premium

Orbx’s Landmarks: Brisbane City Pack

The product under review here was developed by the team responsible for Landmarks Singapore and London. This time their talents have been focused on one of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane.

Free Icelandic Mesh

Orbx has released Iceland Mesh for Microsoft Flight Simulator for free.

Van Nuys Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

The latest US destination to be released by Orbx is KVNY Van Nuys Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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The Human Element – IndiaFoxtEcho Interview

In the second instalment of our Human Element series, PC Pilot meets Dino Cattaneo, the mastermind behind military aircraft add-on company IndiaFoxtEcho. In this interview, we find out how he became involved in aviation and what his flight simulation interests are, as well as his thoughts on developing add-ons for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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

Last time, we explained how to set up the Software Development Kit (SDK), prepare the folder structures and add a single building to a small airport in South Wales. In this instalment, we continue to make improvements to our little airport.

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

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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