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.

This is not a game - what is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game - what is flight simulation?

In this instalment of our two-part series, we again get a cross-section of opinions from people representing different parts of the industry to discuss that ongoing question: what is flight simulation? We have expert views from Emanuel Hagen, a current Boeing 737 pilot, Lockheed Martin and Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, plus more comments from our PC Pilot readers.

NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport Review Premium

NZA Simulations’ Nelson Airport

NZA Simulations is a relative newcomer to flight simulation but has certainly arrived on the scene with a bang. The core developer group is made up of four collaborating members, spread across New Zealand and Australia, who combine their 3D modelling expertise and love of aviation to produce airport scenery add-ons for the Microsoft Flight Simulator platform.

Setting up controllers and peripherals in Microsoft Flight Simulator Feature Premium

Controllers and peripherals

If you’re completely new to flight simulation, particularly with Microsoft Flight Simulator, it’s easy to become swamped with the complexity of the interface. In this tutorial, we explain how to configure the controls for your aircraft to get the maximum level of immersion and enjoyment.

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central Review Premium

Orbx’s EU Great Britain Central

We take a look at Orbx EU Great Britain Central, a landmark package, which coverage area spans two countries (England and Wales) in both rural and urban locations.

Microsoft’s World Update VI Review Premium

Microsoft’s World Update VI

This latest world update to the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition Out Now

Thrustmaster has announced the TCA Captain Pack Airbus Edition is released.

Auckland for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Orbx has announced Landmarks Auckland City Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available.

aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0 Review Premium

aeroG Aviation's aG-4 eVTOL Liberty v3.0

aeroG Aviation is working on an eVTOL concept called the aG-4, which is available on the X-Plane 11 platform. PC Pilot was given the opportunity to test-fly the prerelease version aG-4 v3.0 and to find out more about the project.

Retro flight simming Feature Premium

Retro flight simming

We sat down with Damian Kadziela to find out more about the man behind a YouTube channel showcasing vintage combat flight sim missions and campaigns and discusses his passion for
‘retro flight simming’.

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5 Review Premium

JARDesign's Airbus A340-5

Step forward X-Plane developer JARDesign with its new A340-500. Perhaps the weirdest and most unpopular A340 of them all. Still, an A340 is an A340, so let's dive in.

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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