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Below is a selection of the categories we cover, the latest 3 articles from each section are included but if you would like to read more on each topic, click the "View more posts..." link.  A selection of categories have now been archived because the news is either very old and there is no current news for the topic or the category is now obsolete.  You can still view them at the foot of the page here.

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We feature news, reviews, and editorials for many of the major simulators such as FSW, FSX, FS2004 and of course X-Plane.  Our news is always unique, insightful and usually, opinion based.  We try to feature rich media where we can such as screenshots, images, and videos.

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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.

Nantucket Scenery SP1 for FSX/P3D Released by iBlueYonder

Posted on Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT (206 reads)

Do you own the original Nantucket Island 1.0 mod? Then you should definitely pick up the new Service Pack 1 Update that has been released. With this add-on, you can provide an excellent touch of detail and improvement. The original had some annoying errors that stuck around and caused some problems with the overall product. Now, these have been improved but also some new additions have been introduced. 

FSDreamTeam Ground Services for FSX (GSX) Updated

Posted on Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT (851 reads)

One of the major complaints over the years about flight simulation has been the lack of quality ground service teams that you see operating and working around the place. This has always been a major gripe for many simulation fans – it really does ruin the overall atmosphere. To help get around that problem, though, you need only consider the importance of using FSDreamTeams’ Ground Service X feature. Now, with a new 1.9.11 version released, you can enjoy a much more comprehensive experience than you were able to in the past.

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

Posted on Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:49:20 GMT (291 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!

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X-Plane

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 Review

Posted on Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:32:37 GMT (10295 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 Released

Posted on Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:17:56 GMT (196 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 v4.1

Posted on Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:39:14 GMT (141 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. 

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Flight Sim World

News and updates regarding the latest release from Dovetail Games called, "Flight Sim World" or as it has become know, FSW.  Here you can find the latest news, reviews and releases covered for FSW.  Stay tuned for further updates as this next generation flight simulator has only just been announced.

Confirmed: (Some) Freeware FSX Add-ons Work in FSW

Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017 10:28:40 GMT (4035 reads)

Dovetail Games' new flight simulator, Flight Sim World (FSW) was released on Steam Early Access last week and many of our users have been wondering if existing FSX add-ons will work with this new release.  While Dovetail hasn't mentioned a lot on this topic, we thought we'd have a look ourselves and see what we could find.  The results are interesting.

The Feedback From Users So Far: Flight Sim World (FSW)

Posted on Sun, 21 May 2017 09:39:57 GMT (1302 reads)

Well, it’s been nearly a week now since Dovetail Games Flight Sim World hit Early Access. As the easiest way to let people fly before the full release, the Early Access edition has been, on the main, well-received. While there’s always critical comments – and some criticisms are very much worth keeping an eye on – the overall view is a positive one. What to remember as well is that, at this stage, it is still in early development. Problems that exist just now will be removed, and features will be improved or taken out if they aren’t up to the standard needed.

Exclusive Live Preview of Flight Sim World by DTG (VIDEO)

Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017 19:32:24 GMT (850 reads)

Having been the talk of the community for some time, Flight Sim World has been getting a lot of hype. New footage has been released recently courtesy of Jordan King, a regular in the flight simulation community. He’s been lucky enough to get the opportunity to showcase some of the best features that Flight Sim World is going to be bringing to the party. Dubbed a “Next Gen Flight Simulator” it’s easy to see from the video just how much promise exists around this new release.

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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 SimFlight3D

Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT (13207 reads)

A new product from SimFlight3D is 1947 C140 for FS2004. 

Flight Planning Made Easy With Virtual Dispatch

Posted on Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT (17697 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 Flying

Posted on Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT (9614 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.  

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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.

FSXWX Flight Simulator Weather Engine Review

Posted on Mon, 22 May 2017 10:20:22 GMT (542 reads)

For years, one of the most common complaints that people have had about Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D has been the lack of weather quality. While only a part of the overall feature and the atmosphere of flying an aircraft, it’s something that completes the look. Indeed, the quality and detail of the weather should matter a great deal more than it has in the past. Well, with the help of the latest release of FSXWX, users of both simulators can enjoy a far more realistic and progressive weather effect when flying in a simulator.

C-17A Globemaster III for FSX by Virtavia Review

Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:35:33 GMT (4231 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)

Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:00 GMT (1453 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.

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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 SimShack.net. SimShack.net 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 10

Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (3388 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 & FS2004

Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:38:10 GMT (19619 reads)

The CLS Piper Arrow for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and 2004 has now been released as freeware and is available on the SimShack.net 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 FS2004

Posted on Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT (19414 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.

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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

Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT (273 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 v3.1

Posted on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:00:00 GMT (388 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 iOS

Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:25:38 GMT (847 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.

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Professional Flight Simulation

Flight1 New G750 Simulator Released

Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (3387 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 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 Rating

Posted on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:50:59 GMT (8755 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.

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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 Positions

Posted on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 13:00:00 GMT (261 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 Status

Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:06:18 GMT (337 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 P4

Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:39:08 GMT (313 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. 

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Editorial

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 2013

Posted on Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:53:38 GMT (44666 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 Use

Posted on Tue, 07 May 2013 16:24:08 GMT (254696 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 Airline

Posted on Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:21:01 GMT (47435 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.

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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 23

Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:32:57 GMT (30957 reads)

Chatham, UK--July 14, 2011--Railsimulator.com 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 (33978 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 (14776 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.

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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 On

Posted on Mon, 07 Sep 2015 15:36:11 GMT (3758 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 Shape

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:04:41 GMT (3385 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?

Posted on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:03:56 GMT (4720 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.

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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 Artwork

Posted on Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT (129687 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 coast

Posted on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:42:09 GMT (15521 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 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.

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