Flight Simulation

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Arrives at Southend Airport

Scenery developer, Pilot Plus has released EGMC London Southend Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Sydney for Microsoft Flight Simulator Out Now

FlyTampa has released Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Canary Islands for X-Plane

Orbx has announced TrueEarth EU Canary Islands for X-Plane 11 is out now.

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Eagle Dynamics' DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer

This summer we learned that a major upgrade to the A-10C would be released this winter. Strap into your titanium bathtub and let’s take a look at what Eagle Dynamics has brought us!

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Gaya Simulation's Zell am See Airport

Gaya Simulations released the first ever Microsoft Flight Simulator exclusive airport, Zell am See. Published via Orbx, Zell am See became the first DLC available for the new sim and ushered in a brave new virtual world.

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Thranda's Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter + PC-6 Adventure Pack

Thranda Design has finally released its awesome Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter. Load up your most challenging airport and come along for a look at one of the most fully-featured add-ons ever made for X-Plane.

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Orbx's Cityscape Sydney

This is the first Australian product from Orbx for Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator (MFS). It’s a product that in some ways is a return to their roots depicting the whole City of Sydney and the surrounding area.

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Challenging Airports, Chambéry, France (LFLB)

In this Challenging Airports episode, we dip into the southeast of France, this time to Chambéry and the subalpine mountain ranges that precede entry into the higher French Alps further to the east.

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Gaya Simulations - Interview

Founded in 2014, Gaya Simulations is a small developer for Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D and X-Plane. Its aim is to create high-quality scenery with emphasis on attention to detail. We spoke to its founder and CEO Raz Goeta to find out more about the company.

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FSDreamTeam’s O’Hare International Airport

This latest offering from the FSDreamTeam depicts Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, located 14 miles northwest of Chicago and roughly 12 miles from the eastern shores of Lake Michigan.

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.

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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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