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.

Orbx Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Review Premium

Orbx's Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Belgrade was originally home to the Vinca Culture, one of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe. The modern city was designed by Serbian professor of architecture, Emilijan Josimović. His grid-style plan was quite symmetrical, with parks and tree-lined avenues that are reminiscent of the ancient Roman city it once was. While these facts are really interesting, this product is not about Belgrade the city, it is based on the airport that serves it.

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The Human Element – FlyByWire Simulations

In the third edition of our Human Element series, we sat down with Will Pine, founder of FlyByWire Simulations, the development group behind creating an improved version of the default Airbus A320neo for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This is not a game! What is flight simulation? Feature Premium

This is not a game

Now that Microsoft Flight Simulator has become fairly well established, we’re beginning to see a growing number of differing opinions as to whether this program is a game or a simulator. So, we posed a series of questions to experienced pilots and representatives of the retail side of flight simulation to get their views on the subject.

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Microsoft’s World Update V: Nordics

This latest world update to the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight Simulator encompasses the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system Review Premium

AuthentiKit - An innovative modular flight control system

We look at a new set of controls that faithfully replicated those found in the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, designed by a company called AuthentiKit.

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PC Pilot Issue 135

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Visual Extension Package for Majestic Dash 8 Released

Majestic Software has announced the Visual Extension Package for Majestic Dash 8 Pilot and Pro editions is now available.

Fenix A320 – Development Update

Fenix Simulations has released a brief status update of its upcoming A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

New Raptor Hotas Controllers Incoming

Contact Sales and FR-Tec have collaborated in a partnership agreement to launch a new range of Raptor Hotas controllers, aimed at flight simulation.

Salzburg for X-Plane Released

The latest destination from Digital Design is LOWS Salzburg for X-Plane 11.

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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