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.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator - Interview with Asobo Studio and Microsoft

An exclusive interview with Microsoft and Asobo Studio.

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DC Designs' Concorde

Able to cruise at Mach 2, the Concorde crossed the Atlantic daily, cutting journey times from seven-plus hours to near three. It flew 20,000ft higher than regular jets and could fly so fast, the sun would rise in the west as it did so. The new DC Designs Concorde is now available for FSX and all versions of Prepar3D. So, fasten your seat belts as we take a look at the world of supersonic passenger flight.

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Virtual Fly Interview

Based in Barcelona, Virtual Fly has become a big name in the flight simulation industry over the last decade. PC Pilot sat down with Oscar Mateos, the firm’s sales and marketing manager, to find out more about the company.

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TorqueSim’s BN-2 Islander

Need a reliable X-Plane twin that can land and take-off on a postage stamp? TorqueSim has released their BN-2 Islander which offers a well-priced entry for anyone looking to expand their hangar…

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Microsoft’s Japan update

We take a look at the world update for MF that includes the whole island nation of Japan, now rendered at a level of detail we’ve never seen before.

Aerofly FS 2’s Eurocopter EC135

Following the release of the Eurocopter EC135 for Aerofly FS 2, we asked IPACS CEO Dr Torsten Hans to give us an insight into this exciting project.

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Baron's Combat Corner: Flying and fighting in the Messerschmitt Bf 109

In this edition, we take a look at the handling qualities and dogfighting abilities of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and find out why it earned a reputation for being one of the deadliest fighters of World War Two.

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Aerofly FS 2’S A320

We recently learned that IPACS, maker of Aerofly FS 2 had significantly upgraded its default A320. We interviewed Dr Torsten Hans, co-founder and co-owner of IPACS to find out more.

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Aeroplane Heaven’s Tecnam P2010

A country known for some of the most iconic and recognisable brands including Ferrari and Lamborghini, Italy is synonymous with style, and in the aviation world this attribute prevails. Based in Naples, Tecnam is renowned for its range of light aircraft. Welcome the P2010.

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Cirrus SR22 Flight Adventure

In this flight adventure, we take a look at one of the most popular general aviation aircraft of all time, the single piston-engined Cirrus SR22…

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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