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Here you can browse the latest flight simulator and aviation news; topic by topic. You may select a category to view more news, however the latest 10 posts from each topic are listed here. All of our flight sim news is written and compiled by our team of in-house editors and covers updates, releases and latest free downloads for the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. We also have an aviation news section, where you can view the latest aviation industry updates.

Aviation News

Aviation News

Aviation news from the editors at Fly Away Simulation. Featuring the latest aviation and aerospace updates and press releases. We feature content about the latest airplane news and any topics related to real world aircraft, not flight simulation. International airports and general airport news are also included here.

JSTARS Called To Improve Scheduling Speed as the E-8D Marches OnJSTARS Called To Improve Scheduling Speed as the E-8D Marches On

Posted on Mon, 07 Sep 2015 15:36:11 GMT (3735 reads)

Shots were fired recently as Northrop Grumman says that it should not be taking sixteen years for the US Air Force to re-capitalize the Boeing 707 E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System. In the same interview, they released a barrage at the USAF as they also stated it should not take an eleven month “risk reduction” period to get the party started. The storm comes from the recent selection by the USAF for Northrop, Boeing and Lockheed Martin to all have access to the next-generation contracts for JSTARS designs. 

Germany's Hypersonic SpaceLiner Starts Taking ShapeGermany's Hypersonic SpaceLiner Starts Taking Shape

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:04:41 GMT (3362 reads)

You have no doubt heard of stories of this in the past; the space cruiser that could take a group of people from anywhere in Europe to Australia in an hour and a half. This was concept laughed down and “dreamed up” by German Aerospace experts in the past decade, but it looks like we might finally have something that would provide the cynic and the doubters wrong. Indeed, in the last few days the German Aerospace Center’s SpaceLiner could be entering a deeply exciting design phase, further than it has ever been able to reach in the past. 

Do You Recognize This Aviation Pioneer?Do You Recognize This Aviation Pioneer?

Posted on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:03:56 GMT (4697 reads)

This British aviation pioneer was born near Manchester, England, in 1877, the son of a doctor.  After quitting school at age 14, he travelled to western Canada for a year. Upon returning to England, he worked in railway locomotive shops. He became interested in aviation while observing albatrosses during a stint in the British Merchant Navy.

Germanwings Alps Plane Crash: Possible CausesGermanwings Alps Plane Crash: Possible Causes

Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:13:53 GMT (17148 reads)

Unless you have totally managed to avoid the media for the last two days, you will no doubt have witnessed the atrocious scenes that have taken place nearby Nice, towards the French Alps. An Airbus A320-200 aircraft flying under Germanwings, Flight 9525, was taking 150 people (including 6 crew) across from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany. The aircraft, however, never made it to Germany as it crashed 100 km to the north-west of Nice. 

Do You Recognize This Pioneer Who Dominated Early 20th Century Aviation?Do You Recognize This Pioneer Who Dominated Early 20th Century Aviation?

Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:55:03 GMT (5588 reads)

Born in 1882 to a clergy family in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, this aviation pioneer formed a long-standing aircraft manufacturing company that designed and produced legendary military and civilian aircraft.

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Combat Flight Simulator

Combat Flight Simulator

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator has now been discontinued by Microsoft, however there are news updates now and then featuring add-ons and downloads for CFS. The downloads are usually from developers that are still creating add-ons for Combat Flight Simulator. News is not often updated for this section.

AlphaSim Releases Fairey SwordfishAlphaSim Releases Fairey Swordfish

Posted on Fri, 19 Mar 2004 02:15:46 GMT (23735 reads)

Now available from Alpha Simulations is their version of the Fairey Swordfish biplane. Included are three variants with a variety of liveries and appropriate scenery. For details, click on Read More.

CFS3 Downloads

Posted on Sun, 16 Nov 2003 10:37:29 GMT (521524 reads)

We have now opened our new CFS3, Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3 download sections.  These sections include quality addons and downloads for CFS3.  We have lots of aircraft to download, Mustangs, P-47's, BF109's; all for download for CFS3.  Our library will be updated often, in order to deliver to you the very best CFS experience.  Click on Read More for the download links and other related CFS3 Links.

Icarus Releases Junkers EF125

Posted on Fri, 18 Jul 2003 17:29:15 GMT (19090 reads)

Now available from Icarus is their CFS2/FS2002 version of the Junkers EF125, a twin engine bomber featuring virtual cockpit, animations, two skins and more. For full details, click on Read More.

GMX Media Releases Firepower Mini Documentary

Posted on Wed, 16 Jul 2003 18:48:21 GMT (24305 reads)

GMX Media has released a downloadable mini documentary for its upcoming CFS3 add-on FirePower. FirePower includes a wide variety of WWII era combat aircraft that were created with the participation of over thirty real warbird pilots. For full details, click on Read More.

First add on releases for CFS3, inc. free Me109.

Posted on Thu, 28 Nov 2002 07:23:08 GMT (20648 reads)

In what is believed to be the first complete aircraft add-on release for CFS3,  Aeroplane Heaven has upgraded its Battle of Britain MegaPack, previously for FS 2002 and CFS2, to be fully compatible with CFS3.

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Computer Industry News

Computer Industry News

News related to computers and computer hardware will be posted here. We feature the latest news on processor developers such as Intel and AMD. Also, graphics cards from NVidia and ATI. Also included here are bug fixes or tutorials for fixing errors on your computer.

Saitek Releases Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight StickSaitek Releases Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick

Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2013 02:20:30 GMT (31637 reads)

Flight Simulator flight stick expert, Saitek have released a new product, F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick – a high-end flight stick for every simmer who wants to be in control in a cockpit of any civilian and military aircraft.

Two New VRinsight ModulesTwo New VRinsight Modules

Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT (16479 reads)

VRinsight and Wilco Publishing released two new modules of cockpit hardware compatible with FS2004 and FSX, namely GPS-5 and Prop Cockpit Trainer. 

Saitek Releases Pro Flight X-65F Combat Control SystemSaitek Releases Pro Flight X-65F Combat Control System

Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT (12818 reads)

Saitek has released Pro Flight X-65F Combat Control System. 

Announcing GameGuard Anti-Virus ProtectionAnnouncing GameGuard Anti-Virus Protection

Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:14:45 GMT (10563 reads)

Your flight simulator’s performance can be affected by your anti-virus software. But, if you don’t install an anti-virus software on your computer, you expose yourself to possible attacks. If you want to maintain the performance of your flight simulator while also protecting your computer, GameGuard might be just what you need.

Matrox Announced Multiple Graphics eXpansion Module SupportMatrox Announced Multiple Graphics eXpansion Module Support

Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:00:00 GMT (10491 reads)

In a press release in January 2010, Matrox announced the upgrade of its Multiple Graphics eXpansion Module Support. Matrox Graphics Inc., a major manufacturer of specialized graphics solutions headquartered in Montreal, Canada, announced its release of multiple DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) which are designed to drive up to four or six monitors, respectively, from a single system.

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Our editorial section is one of our most interesting. Editors write about their opinions regarding flight simulators and add-ons, however we have several writers who write about real-life aviation and their flying experiences. Most of the editorials are opinion based, you should read them through and make your own mind up about the content.

10 Flight Simulator Christmas Gift Ideas for 201310 Flight Simulator Christmas Gift Ideas for 2013

Posted on Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:53:38 GMT (44633 reads)

With Christmas approaching us fast and everyone already thinking of gift ideas and budgets, we thought we'd share some fun flight simulator products that could bring the gift of flight to somebody you know this Christmas.

5 Of The Best Joysticks For Flight Simulator Use5 Of The Best Joysticks For Flight Simulator Use

Posted on Tue, 07 May 2013 16:24:08 GMT (250422 reads)

It wasn’t too long ago that flight simulation joysticks were simple: Right, Left. Forward, Backward. But just like the advances in flight simulation software, joysticks have come a long way.

Braniff International Airways: The History of an Amazing AirlineBraniff International Airways: The History of an Amazing Airline

Posted on Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:21:01 GMT (47075 reads)

Braniff International Airways was an innovative, forward-thinking, iconic American airline that started many trends in the airline industry, several of which are still being utilized today.

Running Microsoft Flight Simulator X on a MacRunning Microsoft Flight Simulator X on a Mac

Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:45:26 GMT (186860 reads)

Under Steve Jobs leadership, Apple reversed its slide into mediocrity and now is one of the most profitable companies on the planet. Many PC owners have made the switch to the Mac platform. But what about all the great Windows-based programs like Microsoft Flight Simulator X? You love FSX, and you are a Mac owner. What do you do now? Don’t worry, captain! The good news is there are several ways to run FSX on Mac OS X.

How to Join and Fly For a Virtual AirlineHow to Join and Fly For a Virtual Airline

Posted on Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:33:23 GMT (45689 reads)

Cruising at 30,000 feet, you look out the window of the cockpit to see the sun slowly rising as it gradually lets go of the horizon. You feel exhausted but happy. As a senior pilot for British Airways, you’ve just completed a long tour of the Far East with stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Now you are finally heading home. 

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Flight Simulator 2002

Flight Simulator 2002

Flight Simulator 2000 and 2002 were the start of the next generation of flight simulators produced by Microsoft. The graphics were greatly improved from past versions and included many more aircraft as standard. The life of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 has come to an end, but we still feature articles related to 2002 sometimes. They will be posted in this section.

vasFMC 2.0a7 Test Version Available for FS2002/FS2004

Posted on Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:01:22 GMT (14342 reads)

The VAS team released yet another public test version (2.0 alpha 7) of vasFMC.  As many people were hoping, this release also contains the MS FS2004 gauge version plus customized versions of the Project Airbus A319 and A320 models including the vasFMC gauge integrated into the Ken Mitchel Airbus panel.

AlphaSim Releases Lockheed U-2S

Posted on Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:00:00 GMT (22613 reads)

Now available from AlphaSim for FS2004 and FS2002 is the Lockheed U-2S, the most modern version of the famous Cold War "Dragon Lady" spy plane. For more information, click on Read More.

Razor Publications Releases Boeing 737-400 Manual With Cats Exam

Posted on Wed, 28 Apr 2004 01:05:48 GMT (19850 reads)

Now available from Ray Porteous/Razor Publications is a Boeing 737-400 manual with Cats Exam (Computer Analysing Testing System). Virtual airlines can use this to test pilots, with the exam software automatically submitting an email to the CEO on successful completion. For more information, click on Read More.

Samuli's FS2002 MD-80 Panel Now Available

Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2003 22:21:31 GMT (28627 reads)

Now available for download is Samuli's McDonnell Douglas MD-80 panel for FS2002. The panel features real cockpit procedures, all important instruments, all aircraft systems and more. For full details, click on Read More.

The Ultimate Handley Page Victor K2

Posted on Tue, 30 Sep 2003 17:50:30 GMT (24308 reads)

FS2002 pilots interested in acquiring the ultimate flightsim version of the Handley Page Victor K2 are asked to contact Graeme Rodgers who can provide instructions on setting it up, based on the Alpha Simulations latest release. For more information, click on Read More.

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Fly Away Simulation

Fly Away Simulation

Site updates and news topics related to the Internet's largest flight simulator website; Fly Away Simulation. Here you can find news related to the Fly Away Simulation site in general, notices and updates.

Fly Away Simulation Launch "Free-to-Download" Access to FilesFly Away Simulation Launch "Free-to-Download" Access to Files

Posted on Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:20:29 GMT (14357 reads)

For over 5 years, the access to the file library here at Fly Away Simulation has been restricted to only registered members of the website.  We have now opened up access to the file library for everyone, in fact - you don't even have to register for a "free" account; you don't need to register at all.

Fly Away Simulation Visit Microsoft Game Studios to Discuss Microsoft FlightFly Away Simulation Visit Microsoft Game Studios to Discuss Microsoft Flight

Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT (12344 reads)

Microsoft held a press event at their Game Studios at Redmond, Washington in December 2011, to enable members of the community and press to discuss "Flight" in detail and have any questions answered. With Fly Away Simulation being one of the attendees at the event, they have covered the event and discussed the topics raised in detail on their website.

Help Design Your Fly Away SimulationHelp Design Your Fly Away Simulation

Posted on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:15:08 GMT (8444 reads)

We have recently made some big changes to the website, with more features, a new design and much improved home page.  However, we would like to do more for our users so we are asking for your help in providing suggestions for elements you would like to see on the home page, or even the whole site for that matter.

Advertise with Fly Away SimulationAdvertise with Fly Away Simulation

Posted on Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:30:28 GMT (22318 reads)

You can now advertise your flight simulator, aviation or any other website or product with Fly Away Simulation. Use our flight simulator portal to advertise your flight simulator or aviation related website or product and receive clicks and customers from users that are already interested in flight simulation, computers and aviation.

Fly Away Simulation Flight Simulator iPhone app on its wayFly Away Simulation Flight Simulator iPhone app on its way

Posted on Wed, 08 Sep 2010 14:57:16 GMT (17549 reads)

Today we announce the upcoming release of our flight simulator iPhone app.  Users of the iPhone will be pleased to know that the Fly Away Simulation app will be made available on the Apple app store and iTunes in the coming weeks.  The app will include many features for checking the latest flight simulator news, discussion forums, latest screenshots and images and more.

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This section features news related to Microsoft in general, it does not have to be flight simulator specific. If there are any industry related press releases or updates about Microsoft that are somewhat related to flight simulator, they can be found here. Microsoft are the developers and publishers of the world's best selling flight simulator; Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Microsoft Closes ACES StudiosMicrosoft Closes ACES Studios

Posted on Sun, 13 Sep 2009 06:19:25 GMT (17547 reads)

Redmond, Washington-based ACES Studio, the Microsoft-owned internal group behind the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator series, has been heavily affected by Microsoft's ongoing job cuts.  Development sources have told Gamasutra that a large portion of the dev house's staff has been let go - with multiple reports indicating that the entire Flight Simulator team has been axed.

Official announcement regarding the future of Flight Simulator

Posted on Tue, 27 Jan 2009 07:52:38 GMT (17874 reads)

Microsoft, or the team at have made a post regarding the closure of the ACES studio - read it first here. They write, "By now, many of you have heard that Microsoft has closed Aces Studio, the publisher of Microsoft Flight Simulator. This was not a reflection of the quality of the products Aces has developed, the sales performance of the games, or the quality of the team at Aces.

Microsoft Flight Simulator gone for now, perhaps for good

Posted on Tue, 27 Jan 2009 03:21:00 GMT (13006 reads)

After more than 25 years of flying high near the top of Microsoft’s PC game portfolio, the venerable Flight Simulator franchise has quietly expired.  Perhaps making way for younger, flashier — and far better-selling — productions such as the gargantuan “Halo” series on the Xbox, Microsoft is shutting down ACES studio as part of its biggest-ever wave of layoffs, effectively killing off Flight Simulator for now and perhaps for good.

Flight Simulator will Continue Despite Microsoft Layoffs

Posted on Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:04:44 GMT (14009 reads)

Microsoft Friday confirmed swirling rumors that  Thursday's layoffs  claimed the developer team behind its venerable Flight Simulator game.  The software maker declined to confirm whether the 27-year-old "FlightSim" product was being permanently grounded, but it hinted that FlightSim or technology from the game would re-appear in an Internet version for Windows and Xbox users.

ACES Studio responsible for Flight Simulator has been shut down

Posted on Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:03:17 GMT (11196 reads)

US, January 23, 2009 - Microsoft has confirmed the closure of Aces Game Studio, the internal development studio responsible for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Flight Simulator is one of the company's oldest product lines, stretching back more than 20 years. The closure came amidst the company's first major layoffs in its history, announced on Thursday. Approximately 5,000 Microsoft employees will be laid off; around 1,400 were cut immediately, with the remainder to but cut over the next 18 months.

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Microsoft Flight

Microsoft Flight

Microsoft Cancels "Flight", Staff Laid OffMicrosoft Cancels "Flight", Staff Laid Off

Posted on Sun, 05 Aug 2012 14:14:52 GMT (20828 reads)

After ACES studio was closed in 2009, nearly three decades of Microsoft supplying players with a means of flight simulation came to an end. So when Microsoft Flight® and it's free-to-play model came to the table in February of this year, there was a faint light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a current generation flight simulator, with constant support from Microsoft.

Microsoft Flight ReviewMicrosoft Flight Review

Posted on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:14:32 GMT (164989 reads)

Microsoft Flight is a brand new franchise, set to appeal to a much wider audience than previous flight simulators. It is available as a free download and can be played for free. Although more content is unlocked if you choose to sign in to GFWL (Games For Windows Live), and more content can be bought and downloaded from the GFWL Marketplace.

Microsoft Flight Launches February 29 2012Microsoft Flight Launches February 29 2012

Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT (17523 reads)

Microsoft has announced the official launch date for Microsoft Flight: February 29th, 2012.

Microsoft Flight Release Date and 5 New ScreenshotsMicrosoft Flight Release Date and 5 New Screenshots

Posted on Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:49:23 GMT (20860 reads)

It's official, the release date for Microsoft's "Flight" simulation package for PC will be February 29th, 2012.  Along with this announcement, they have also released 5 additional screenshots demonstrating some more features you can expect from Flight.

Microsoft Flight: Behind the Scenes at the Microsoft StudiosMicrosoft Flight: Behind the Scenes at the Microsoft Studios

Posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:00:00 GMT (92840 reads)

On December 13th 2011, the team at Fly Away Simulation were invited to an event demonstrating and discussing Microsoft's next flight simulator release, Microsoft Flight.  Many facts, information and topics were discussed at this event.  William Luxton, a member of our editorial team was at the event and has the following report for your reading pleasure.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Flight Simulator 2004 was the flight simulator that changed it all for Microsoft. This product was the best selling flight simulator on the market and produced record sales. With many advanced features and improvements in the weather engine and graphics; aircraft and downloads being produced by freeware developers, this was one of the most customizable flight simulators for Windows. Some fans still think that this is a better simulator than later releases by Microsoft. While slowing down, FS2004 is still a very active topic.

1947 C140 for FS2004 Released by SimFlight3D1947 C140 for FS2004 Released by SimFlight3D

Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT (13201 reads)

A new product from SimFlight3D is 1947 C140 for FS2004. 

Flight Planning Made Easy With Virtual DispatchFlight Planning Made Easy With Virtual Dispatch

Posted on Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT (17669 reads)

If you want an advanced tool for planning your flights in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, you can’t look past Virtual Dispatch. 

A Runway in Your Own Backyard with Fun-Air Farmhouse FlyingA Runway in Your Own Backyard with Fun-Air Farmhouse Flying

Posted on Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT (9608 reads)

MikeMax Aviation has released Fun-Air Farmhouse Flying, an add-on that allows you to have a runway in your own backyard. If you want to take a break from landing at large airports and runways, you will enjoy this add-on.  

New From MikeMix Aviation: Salina-Gunnison Airport Add-onNew From MikeMix Aviation: Salina-Gunnison Airport Add-on

Posted on Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT (9352 reads)

MikeMax Aviation has announced a new product a FS2004 scenery add-on for Salina-Gunnison Airport.

Final Pack of the BAC/English Electric Canberra ReleasedFinal Pack of the BAC/English Electric Canberra Released

Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT (8670 reads)

Flying Stations has released the final pack of the BAC/English Electric Canberra series for FS2004. 

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Microsoft Flight Simulator X

The most advanced and highly detailed flight simulator for the PC; Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Flight Simulator X or as it's know in the community FSX is the latest flight simulator developer by Microsoft and is currently the last flight simulator being produced by Microsoft and the ACES studio. The ACES team were cut from Microsoft's budget leaving no development team to work on the next flight simulator release. It's possible that Microsoft will sell the Flight Simulator franchise to an external company for them to develop a new release, however nothing has been confirmed. This topic features news related to the latest add-ons, software and downloads for FSX.

Carenado's Piper PA-46 500TP Malibu Meridian for FSX/P3D ReleasedCarenado's Piper PA-46 500TP Malibu Meridian for FSX/P3D Released

Posted on Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:49:20 GMT (57 reads)

An aircraft that many people have a deep love and affection for, the PA46 500TP Malibu Meridian G1000 is worth owning. Released by the excellent Carenado, this takes an authentic and engaging style of aircraft and makes it stand out. Known for their excellent attention to detail and informative stance when it comes to adding detail to any model, this latest take is exceptional. If you have ever been in the cockpit of a G1000 before, then try this out!

PacSim Release Salt Lake City International Scenery for FSX/P3DPacSim Release Salt Lake City International Scenery for FSX/P3D

Posted on Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:37:11 GMT (287 reads)

When talking about proper simulation, one of the most important parts of realism. Airports are a major factor in what makes using a simulator so much fun, so if you are looking for added authenticity you can find it with this new Salt Lake City International Airport add-on.

Flysimware's Learjet 35A for FSX & P3D Updated to v2.8Flysimware's Learjet 35A for FSX & P3D Updated to v2.8

Posted on Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:42:29 GMT (236 reads)

If you have ever used the excellent Learjet 35A by FlySimWare, then an update has been released. The latest version of the mod, version 2.8, brings a wealth of awesome new changes to the previously excellent jet. 

FS2Crew Updates PMDG 777 Edition To v3.1FS2Crew Updates PMDG 777 Edition To v3.1

Posted on Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:39:02 GMT (154 reads)

Do you currently use FS2Crew? Then you should look to pick up the new update they have released for the PMDG 777. Version 3.1 is a new and comprehensive update over version 3, helping to add some extra padding to improve the overall product offering. If you are using FS2Crew 777 then you should almost certainly look to make the most of this new update. 

MegaSceneryEarth Tennessee (Complete State) v3 ReleasedMegaSceneryEarth Tennessee (Complete State) v3 Released

Posted on Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:56:09 GMT (130 reads)

Have you been in ownership of the older MegaSceneryEarth Tennessee package? Then now you can easily make it better than before. Thanks to this new update, even more has been crammed into this perfect combination of scenery and style. 

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Other flight sim related news

Other flight sim related news

Flight simulator news that does not belong to a specific topic can be found here, or news that spans multiple topics. For example, an add-on for FSX and FS2004 will be included in this category. This topic also features other flight sim related news such as community updates, competitions and payware developer press releases.

New Version of FS Navigation Map for Android Released by drubware New Version of FS Navigation Map for Android Released by drubware

Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT (254 reads)

For many flight simulation fans, one of the most challenging parts of setting and steering a course comes from navigation. In fact, most people are using simulators to try and improve their navigation skills to stay on-course. 

FS2Crew Update PMDG 737 NGX Reboot to v3.1FS2Crew Update PMDG 737 NGX Reboot to v3.1

Posted on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:00:00 GMT (344 reads)

In any mod worth using in flight simulation, updates are provided to help further improve the features it provides. One mod that has made a really impressive run of updates and improvements over the year has been the PMDG 737 NGX Reboot by FS2Crew. Worked on time and time again, this mod always keeps finding new ways to add more to the reboot to help improve your aviation experience. 

Radio Navigation Simulator Basic Free App for iOSRadio Navigation Simulator Basic Free App for iOS

Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:25:38 GMT (823 reads)

Apple device users, rejoice! Digital Aviation has completed a v1.0 release of its latest product, Radio Navigation Simulator. This free app has been released on the Apple App Store at present, and is now available for usage for anyone who finds the idea of using this cool little simulator useful.

FenceBuilder Pro Upgrade Now Available for FSX/FS2004FenceBuilder Pro Upgrade Now Available for FSX/FS2004

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:08:43 GMT (872 reads)

For FSX and FS2004 users, one problem that has consistently existed is fencing. Although a minor part of airfields and air bases, all the little things tend to come together in simulation. When one thing falls down, it brings the rest with it. fencing is one of those particular fall-downs; always dull and dour, hard to manage and even harder to implement yourself. 

NL2000 v4.09 Freeware Scenery UpdatesNL2000 v4.09 Freeware Scenery Updates

Posted on Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:04:35 GMT (340 reads)

Having been a major part of the Netherlands-specific scene for some time, NL2000 have contributed many great works to simulation. Recently, they have spent major time working and improving the NL2000 scenery package, adding some new improvements and changes that go a long way to optimizing performance. 

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Other Interesting News

Other Interesting News

Viral videos, images and other interesting articles are posted here. News articles in this topic are not necessarily related to flight simulator, but are more articles that users find funny or interesting. One of the hottest articles here is the "Sewer alien" video.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2014 Leaked ArtworkMicrosoft Flight Simulator 2014 Leaked Artwork

Posted on Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT (129649 reads)

Just in from a leaked source is a shock from Microsoft: the box artwork of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2014.  While we can't find much information on this new simulator as of yet, we have been given early leaked box artwork.

Mystery Missile Off the California coastMystery Missile Off the California coast

Posted on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:42:09 GMT (15519 reads)

I have seen many Shuttles launches, here In Florida at dusk and dawn. The Mystery object seen moving 30 mile off the California coast was, to me a rocket launch. Regardless of What The U.S Government and Military says.

Laser Will Shoot Mortar Shells Out Of The SkyLaser Will Shoot Mortar Shells Out Of The Sky

Posted on Sat, 20 Mar 2010 03:25:29 GMT (13121 reads)

Star Trek may have used lasers set to stun, but in a few years lasers set to kill will be available. At least that's the plan at the U.S. Defense Department's High-Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at the White Sands Missile range in New Mexico.

Coconut Crabs: The World's BiggestCoconut Crabs: The World's Biggest

Posted on Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:22:06 GMT (36249 reads)

It seems that the World's largest land-living crab is the Coconut Crab, which is also the World's biggest land-going arthropod (which means it is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton). The largest sea based crab is the Japanese Spider Crab, however this creature does not leave the ocean unlike the Coconut.

Michael Jackson's coffin to appear on the stage at Staples Center MemorialMichael Jackson's coffin to appear on the stage at Staples Center Memorial

Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2009 16:37:55 GMT (20652 reads)

The tribute concert will go ahead after a private funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in LA, the cemetery is a resting place for many of the most legendary stars.

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Payware Flight Sim Products

Payware Flight Sim Products

This topic covers all the latest payware add-on releases for all of the flight simulators featured on this website. The payware releases are delivered from our on-line flight sim store are stockists of hundreds of payware flight sim add-ons for purchase. They deliver physical media (CD versions) and have now started stocking digital downloads for immediate delivery to your desktop with no wait. There are many payware add-ons for FSX, FS2004 and X-Plane.

FSX Fiber Accelerator Now Supports Windows 10FSX Fiber Accelerator Now Supports Windows 10

Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (3372 reads)

For those who had decided to go with the Windows 10 update in recent weeks, you may have noticed that – like any new OS – it struggles to run things quite as well as you may have expected. 

CLS Piper Arrow Now Released as Freeware for Users of FSX & FS2004CLS Piper Arrow Now Released as Freeware for Users of FSX & FS2004

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:38:10 GMT (19579 reads)

The CLS Piper Arrow for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and 2004 has now been released as freeware and is available on the flight sim store.  There is no charge to purchase, download or install this previously payware aircraft add-on for Microsoft's Flight Simulator package.  Before it was released as freeware, CLS sold this product as payware - but because it has become somewhat dates and the quality isn't as good as their latest payware products, they have released it to the public for free.

TSS Cessna 172 Sound Pack for FS2004TSS Cessna 172 Sound Pack for FS2004

Posted on Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT (19402 reads)

The TSS Cessna 172 Sound Pack is very cool add-on. This particular one is Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 compatible. It is a fairly small download with a filesize of 20MB. Individuals will find that they will be able to access this add-on, immediately after purchasing it.  The soundpack for the Cessna 172 has been created by Turbine Sound Studios.

Munich Airport Scenery for FSX & FS2004Munich Airport Scenery for FSX & FS2004

Posted on Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT (18458 reads)

The Mega Airport Munich Scenery Add-on is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Flight Simulator 2004. This is another affordable simulator add-on designed by Aerosoft, a respected name in the flight simulator industry. It can be purchased in CD-ROM media format.

TSS A-10 TF-34 Sound PackTSS A-10 TF-34 Sound Pack

Posted on Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT (18145 reads)

The TSS (Turbine Sound Studios) A-10 TF-34 Sound Pack is another affordable simulation add-on. This one can be used with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and is also available for immediate download. Turbine Sound Studios have compiled this sound pack and have managed to come up with 50 B of sound perfect for the simulator aficionado.

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Professional Flight Simulation

Professional Flight Simulation

Flight1 New G750 Simulator ReleasedFlight1 New G750 Simulator Released

Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (3368 reads)

For flight simulation fans who like to take things to the next level, there are various tools and downloads available to you at the moment which will make it far easier for you to create the kind of effective and balanced level of performance and realism that you would have been hoping for. One of the most reliable products on the market for this at the moment is the brilliant G750 Simulator by Flight1. It’s a side software package that runs in conjunction with our simulator, and offers an incredible level of detail and realism within the package and ensuring that you have access to one of the most comprehensive pieces of flight support technology out there at the moment.

Redbird Media Advances Flight TrainingRedbird Media Advances Flight Training

Posted on Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:00:00 GMT (10494 reads)

A newly established company, Redbird Media, is set to advance the role of flight simulation in flight training. The company plans to revolutionize how flight instructors and pilots think about simulation. 

Introducing The Virtual Type RatingIntroducing The Virtual Type Rating

Posted on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:50:59 GMT (8747 reads)

According to a Press Release issued in March 2010, Virtual Aviation's new Virtual Type Rating enables you to train like a professional pilot in either their Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 simulator. This makes new Virtual Type Rating the closest thing to becoming an airline pilot.

CAE Sells Four Flight SimulatorsCAE Sells Four Flight Simulators

Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 09:51:56 GMT (12416 reads)

CAE today announced that it has sold four Level D full-flight simulators (FFS) to customers in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Australia. The four FFSs include: an Airbus A380 to Thai Airways International, an Airbus A330 to Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), an Airbus A320 to Russian aviation equipment company NITA (New Information Technologies in Aviation) on behalf of the Ministry of Transport of Russia, and an Embraer Phenom 100 to CAE Global Academy Perth, a joint venture flight school with China Southern Airlines located in Australia. CAE also signed contracts with various customers for updates of CAE-built simulators.

John Frasca Named CEO of Frasca International Flight Simulator FirmJohn Frasca Named CEO of Frasca International Flight Simulator Firm

Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:41:37 GMT (9860 reads)

Sep 19, 2011 (The News-Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- After more than a quarter-century at Frasca International, John Frasca has been named president and chief executive officer of the company.

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Software Reviews

Software Reviews

Reviews of flight simulator software and add-ons from the review team here at Fly Away. We review many payware aircraft, scenery and enhancement products. Reviews are highly detailed with honest opinions and high quality screenshots. Some of our reviews include 737 Pilot in Command, PMDG 747, PMDG MD-11 and many more.

C-17A Globemaster III for FSX by Virtavia ReviewC-17A Globemaster III for FSX by Virtavia Review

Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:35:33 GMT (4186 reads)

Every now and then, an aircraft comes along that you’ve been dying to fly again. Having always had a love for Boeing aircraft, I was excited to try out this Virtavia take on the Boeing C-17A GlobeMaster III. So, when I got the chance to give it a go, I just had to let you guys know what I thought of it.

de Havilland DH.104 'Dove' and 'Devon' Review (FSX/P3D)de Havilland DH.104 'Dove' and 'Devon' Review (FSX/P3D)

Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:00 GMT (1343 reads)

Although no longer in significant service today, a part of the charm of simulation is revisiting the past. Today, we’re going to take a look at the de Havilland Dove. The aircraft has an interesting history, and was an aircraft that took place in many different activities and engagements. However, it’s an aircraft that has been created in the past to great effect.

Orbx Victa Airtourer Review (FSX/FSX:SE/P3D)Orbx Victa Airtourer Review (FSX/FSX:SE/P3D)

Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:12:05 GMT (717 reads)

In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Victa Airtourer, an aircraft with a huge amount of history and prestige. The information and opinion gathered in this guide came as a result of both research of the real aircraft, comparisons with the specifications provided by the developers, and personal opinion over several hours of usage. So, after more than enough flying to get used to the aircraft, what did we make of the Airtourer?

A2A Piper PA-24 Comanche 250 ReviewA2A Piper PA-24 Comanche 250 Review

Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:54:58 GMT (5948 reads)

A2A Simulations have been around for some time, creating engaging and exciting aircraft modifications that manage to really capture the little things that make simulation such a fun thing to be a part of. Having been built between 1957 and 1972 regularly, this aircraft carries a lot of history and a lot of nostalgia for older pilots, but also remains an interesting choice for those of a newer generation who want to try out a real classic of the skies. The low wings and the monocoque construction ensures that the aircraft flies quite different to smaller aircraft you may be more used to.

Review: Alabeo's Diamond DA42 'Twin Star' for FSX/P3DReview: Alabeo's Diamond DA42 'Twin Star' for FSX/P3D

Posted on Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:13:23 GMT (4078 reads)

As you will no doubt have heard in the past, Alabeo are one of the most well respected members of the flight simulation community due to their overall quality and their class as a team of modelers, skinners and developers. 

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Train Simulator

Train Simulator

From time to time we feature news related to train simulation. This is a flight simulator website that focuses heavily on simulated flight, however many of our users are train sim enthusiasts too. One of the popular train simulator packages we cover is Microsoft Train Simulator (which has now been discontinued), Trainz and RailWorks. Included are press releases, industry updates and payware product releases.

RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Announced for September 23RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 Announced for September 23

Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:32:57 GMT (30930 reads)

Chatham, UK--July 14, Ltd., the leading innovator of rail simulation and modelling tools, announced today that the sequel to the best-selling and award-winning RailWorks 2 will launch worldwide on September 23. RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012.

Microsoft Train Simulator 2 - MSTS2 coming in 2009

Posted on Sun, 18 Jan 2009 04:24:13 GMT (33943 reads)

Microsoft Game Studios has announced Train Simulator 2, the sequel to Microsoft's realistic railroading simulation from 2001, Train Simulator. The new game adds five new highly detailed routes and will let players control a variety of trains, from 200-ton modern diesel locomotives to historical steam engines. The new routes will let players turn back the clock and control trains on the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve in 1946 or go for high-speed runs through Germany on the Deutsche Bahn AG. Train Simulator 2 also adds dynamic weather and richer environments filled with people, vehicles, and roaming animals.

Microsoft Announce new Train Simulator development

Posted on Sat, 20 Jan 2007 02:15:30 GMT (14775 reads)

Redmond, WA, January 19, 2007 – Following the successful release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, the Aces Studio is using the same technology to develop a new version of Microsoft Train Simulator. Unrelated to our previous Train Simulator development efforts, this version will be an all-new product built on the Flight Simulator X platform, the culmination of 25 years of product development and technology.

RailDriver Software For Trainz 2004

Posted on Mon, 21 Jun 2004 00:45:17 GMT (21253 reads)

Beta RailDriver software to support Trainz 2004 is now available for download. You can also now purchase Trainz 2004 and a variety of MSTS add-ons directly from the RailDriver web site. For more information, click on Read More.

Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway Train-Sim VersionRheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway Train-Sim Version

Posted on Mon, 21 Jun 2004 00:44:14 GMT (15939 reads)

The real world Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway in Wales, the oldest independent railway company in the world, has an extensive collection of MSTS wagons available for download from their web site as well as an early alpha version of their actual route. 

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Virtual Airlines

Virtual Airlines

Joining a virtual airline is a great way to add another element of fun to your flight simulator experience. When you join a virtual airline you can build up your virtual flying hours for an actual virtual airline company who will provide you with flights, routes and flight plans to follow. They usually have a roster to show who has accumulated the most flying hours. Joining a virtual airline will open up your flight simulation world. You can also get payware aircraft from VAs at lower prices than standard retail shops.

Application Process Opened for VATGOV4 VP Region PositionsApplication Process Opened for VATGOV4 VP Region Positions

Posted on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 13:00:00 GMT (239 reads)

VATSIM has long been a part of the community, well-respected for their quality and consistency. Under the stewardship of Peter Nielsen, VATSIM has seen an incredibly diverse range of growth over the years. However, all good things must come to an end. Peter has retired from his position – if you wish to send him well wishes, you can do so on the VATSIM forums.

BAVirtual Has Reached VATSIM ATO StatusBAVirtual Has Reached VATSIM ATO Status

Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:06:18 GMT (331 reads)

For some time now, virtual aviation training has become a major part of simulation itself. Many people are learning the ropes to this wonderful system by playing through an online course. This means that those who wish to improve their skills as pilots can do so with relative ease. However, choosing the right course can be problematic and usually needs very careful consideration.

VATSTAR Now Certifies With VATSIM P4VATSTAR Now Certifies With VATSIM P4

Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:39:08 GMT (309 reads)

For flight simulation fans who enjoy using various mods and add-ons together, compatibility is vital. A major issue with using flight simulation mods is finding conflicts in the way that the modifications will operate together. Another issue was trying to learn one mod, whilst another offered different conclusions. 

Patriot Virtual Airlines Grand OpeningPatriot Virtual Airlines Grand Opening

Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:00:00 GMT (22982 reads)

Patriot Virtual Airlines is a new virtual organization located at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX). The company has three other hubs, namely Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Miami International Airport (KMIA) and Honolulu International Airport (PHNL).

Introducing Wings of Man Virtual AirlinesIntroducing Wings of Man Virtual Airlines

Posted on Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:00:00 GMT (17951 reads)

Flight simulation enthusiasts expect virtual airlines to provide realistic and compelling experiences that match operations inside a real aircraft. 

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X-Plane is one of the most advanced and sophisticated flight simulator packages available. They have released versions for PC, Mac and Linux and now even iPhone. X-Plane provides the end user with a sophisticated flight environment with ultra realistic flight dynamics. While X-Plane isn't the most popular flight simulator, it is growing its user base because of the demise of Microsoft Flight Simulator. X-Plane is destined to become the next biggest flight simulator package for a mix of platforms.

X-Plane 11 ReviewX-Plane 11 Review

Posted on Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:32:37 GMT (8131 reads)

For simulation fans, it’s time to rejoice. The latest edition of X-Plane has finally arrived on our desks. X-Plane 11 is a newly released product that many users have already have the pleasure of using thanks to the highly successful BETA. However, with the full release out now, we wanted to let people know what it’s like. If you have yet to try it out yourself, then this guide should hopefully help you understand and appreciate that numerous new checks, changes and improvements which have been put in place. So, what’s the latest and greatest new additions?

X-Plane WorldEditor v1.6 ReleasedX-Plane WorldEditor v1.6 Released

Posted on Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:17:56 GMT (126 reads)

For some time now, the X-Plane World Editor or as it's styled, "WorldEditor" has seen some pretty impressive changes and additions. As one of the most comfortable and easy to use editors out there, people love working with its simple management style. However, with new updates being released semi-regularly, it’s vital that you stay on track. The latest version of the World Editor, version 1.6, was just released by the development team.

vFlyteAir's Grumman Tiger Add-On for X-Plane Updated to v4.1vFlyteAir's Grumman Tiger Add-On for X-Plane Updated to v4.1

Posted on Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:39:14 GMT (95 reads)

As part of the vFlyteAir collection, this remake of the Grumman Tiger is worth installing. If you’ve got the original then you should definitely grab the new, updated version 4.1 edition. If you have never had the pleasure of flying this before then you would do well to make the time. Out of all the aviation experiences that you could enjoy, version 4 provides such a deep, engrossing experience. 

Taburet's Night XP UK & Ireland for X-Plane 11/10 ReleasedTaburet's Night XP UK & Ireland for X-Plane 11/10 Released

Posted on Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT (126 reads)

A simple and easy to use new modification has been released for X-Plane users. This mod is a fine night experience mod that helps to improve flying at night. Otherwise known as Night XP, this works to help improve night-time scenery drastically. Sick of flying around at night and feeling like everything just vanishes? Then this can help with that regard.

vFlyteAir Cherokee 140 G With Aspen E1000 Glass Panel Released for X-PlanevFlyteAir Cherokee 140 G With Aspen E1000 Glass Panel Released for X-Plane

Posted on Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:18:07 GMT (254 reads)

For any flight simulation fans today, realism has become the norm and the expected demand. With the scope of how detailed we can be in the cockpit and beyond, nothing other than realism should be the aim. With this vFlyteAir take on the excellent Cherokee 140G, you get just what you are looking for and expect.

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