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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 (901 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 (1146 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 (3619 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 (15362 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 (4290 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 (22640 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 (518577 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 (18616 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 (24001 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 (20295 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 (29317 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 (15073 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 (11791 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 (10127 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 (9718 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 (42343 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 (147334 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 (36891 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 (132716 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 (38480 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 (13722 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 (22224 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 (19533 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 (28238 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 (23905 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 (13786 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 (11488 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 (8118 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 (21630 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 (16927 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 (17125 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 (17528 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 (12703 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 (13598 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 (10798 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 (20294 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 (158416 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 (16759 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 (19981 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 (88915 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 (12624 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 (16258 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 (9129 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 (8973 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 (8249 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.

RDJ Simulation Extreme Airline Missions for FSXRDJ Simulation Extreme Airline Missions for FSX

Posted on Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:55:35 GMT (1101 reads)

Are you a fan of getting a more developed and enjoyable form of simulation, outside of free roam flying? Then you will love this package. These detailed, intricate missions have bene created from scratch with the aim of providing challenging and realistic flights all across the world. You’ll be taking on various airport journeys to some of the world’s most challenging and dangerous airports, as well as having to deal with unique challenges based around historical incidents that pilots have had to encounter in the past.

Island Sim Taiwan Taoyuan International Released for FSX/P3DIsland Sim Taiwan Taoyuan International Released for FSX/P3D

Posted on Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:12:24 GMT (1333 reads)

Being able to visit various unique parts of the world is, without a doubt, one of the most positive parts of using a flight simulator. It makes travel in general much easier, and also allows you to see parts of the planet that you have never visited before in the past. To avoid this problem and make sure that you can easily find the locations that you want to visit in the world, you will need to rely upon scenery updates and add-ons to get it right. 

Aerosoft Svalbard-Longyear X Released for FSX/P3DAerosoft Svalbard-Longyear X Released for FSX/P3D

Posted on Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:12:29 GMT (1097 reads)

Aerosoft, who have long been producing a fine range of unique and interesting updates and packages for FSX and other flight simulators, have finally decided to tackle the Nordics. This brilliant package, which gives you access to the Svalbard Airport in Norway, as well as adding in a fresh new scenery package for the entire island of Spitzbergen. 

OFX Simulation Rouen Vallée de Seine Released for FSX/P3DOFX Simulation Rouen Vallée de Seine Released for FSX/P3D

Posted on Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:15:04 GMT (903 reads)

For fans of more rural parts of the world, it can be a bit dispiriting to use a flight simulator at times. You will usually find that you are taking on parts of the world that look dull and uninspiring, with a large range of the same things appearing over and over – variety is the spice of life in a simulator, and unfortunately it is found sorely lacking in some departments. However, modifications such as this recreation of the Rouen Vallée de Seine or Rouen Airport allows you to fly a more rural part of France and enjoy the sites and the views a little bit more than you may be used to doing.

Cielosim Palo Alto Airport Released for FSX/P3DCielosim Palo Alto Airport Released for FSX/P3D

Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:09:15 GMT (936 reads)

Having been the brainchild of many years’ worth of planning and development, Cielosim have now finally released their latest product – the Palo Alto Airport. Based in the Santa Clara County, this is a hugely important airport and plays a key role in the aviation of the entire County. If you are interested in seeing how something like this could stack up and be used in a flight simulator, then you need to try out this package.

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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 Dovetail Games Flight Simulator Coming in 2016New Dovetail Games Flight Simulator Coming in 2016

Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (15339 reads)

Given that it has been several years since we have seen the release of a new flight simulator, many fans are beginning to get a bit anxious to try something new! The problem is that, with so many new releases in terms of fan-made modifications, there are lots of people who are still more than happy to use current simulators and this naturally halts development. 

Flight Training Essentials: Rod Machado's eBooksFlight Training Essentials: Rod Machado's eBooks

Posted on Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:05:35 GMT (1545 reads)

As a group who has spent a lot of time dealing with flight simulators ever since they more or less became a thing, we take great pleasure in being able to understand the more advanced side of flight and aviation. A genuine passion for flight has made it much easier for us to learn and understand what makes flight simulation tick and a love for taking in new information and reading about all of the historical and amazing stuff that has occurred since aviation began always keeps us on our toes when flying any aircraft!

Just Flight's Eurofighter Now Supports Prepar3DJust Flight's Eurofighter Now Supports Prepar3D

Posted on Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (1138 reads)

Having long been a celebrated part of the flight simulation family, Prepar3D is beginning to see the massive range of expansions and additions that it needs to rival other flight simulators – starting with the additions of the brilliant Eurofighter Typhoon. 

Announcing Cockpit-Fest USA 2015Announcing Cockpit-Fest USA 2015

Posted on Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (1231 reads)

Simulation fans and enthusiasts, rejoice! The premier event for flight simulation fans and enthusiasts who like to see the different changes and improvements that are being made to flight simulators out there is returning in 2015!

Announcing Combat Air Patrol 2Announcing Combat Air Patrol 2

Posted on Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (1501 reads)

Although flight simulators have been incredibly popular and have collected a huge amount of users and fan over time, it has been something that many people can get involved with due to the fact that the simulation can be so varied. From the typical civilian air patrols that let you take in the world at your own pace to the madness and enjoyment provided by the more high octane combat simulators, you will find that using a flight simulator with the right planning and style for you can be perfect. 

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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 (126066 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 (14967 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 (12800 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 (35102 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 (20114 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 (1868 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 (18198 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 (18624 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 (17200 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 (17587 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 (1436 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 (10114 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 (8173 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 (11581 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 (9418 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.

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

Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:54:58 GMT (979 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 (1135 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. 

Review: USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier for FSX/P3D by Team SDBReview: USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier for FSX/P3D by Team SDB

Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:40:15 GMT (10610 reads)

For many years, aircraft carriers have played a key role in military aviation. It’s been the stopping point and starting point for many aircrafts over recent decades, giving them an easy place to take off from when they were low on fuel or in need of repairs. Aircraft carriers alone have completely revolutionized the way that we fight and take the battle to other parts of the world, and for that reason it’s become one of the most prominent parts of military planning for quite some time. 

Aerosoft Mega Airport London Heathrow Xtended ReviewAerosoft Mega Airport London Heathrow Xtended Review

Posted on Wed, 06 May 2015 11:53:23 GMT (4280 reads)

As you might imagine, when you first start using a flight simulator you will want to be able to fully understand everything that is has to offer you. It needs to look realistic, authentic and truly responsive to what you are asking for. As you may have noticed yourself, though, this is pretty hard to do. With the entire world effectively being covered by flight simulators today, it can be hard for the developers to find the manpower, resources and technology to make the entire world look as realistic as possible.

Aerosoft's Mega Airport Lisbon v2 Scenery Add-on: A ReviewAerosoft's Mega Airport Lisbon v2 Scenery Add-on: A Review

Posted on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:51:40 GMT (4350 reads)

As one of the most prominent cities in Europe, it’s no surprise that plenty of people want to fly to Lisbon – having been myself in reality, I’ve always wanted to see the stunning Lisbon airport done up to its full grandeur and capacity in a flight simulator. It’s a truly awesome city to be in, and the quality of the airport there is absolutely awesome as well. Well, having been a huge fan of this location for many years you can imagine that there was plenty of smiles when the Mega Airport Lisbon v2.0 package was released.

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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 (30016 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 (32935 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.


Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2007 16:10:11 GMT (15363 reads) open their online doors as of today.  Part of Fly Away Simulation, aims to provide the latest train simulation news, downloads and discussion forums - a portal for Train Sim.  Click on Read More for the full story.

Microsoft Announce new Train Simulator development

Posted on Sat, 20 Jan 2007 02:15:30 GMT (14479 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 (20904 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.

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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.

Patriot Virtual Airlines Grand OpeningPatriot Virtual Airlines Grand Opening

Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:00:00 GMT (22622 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 (17282 reads)

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

Eastern Airlines Virtual Adds Boeing 747-400 to Fleet Eastern Airlines Virtual Adds Boeing 747-400 to Fleet

Posted on Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:48:53 GMT (13509 reads)

Eastern Airlines Virtual has added Boeing 747-400 to its fleet. Starting with the Boeing 747-400, Eastern Airlines Virtual is rolling out its latest and most up-to-date fleet. The company’s new aircraft will be updated with the most advanced avionics available for both FS9 and FSX, and a newer paint scheme. 

Virtual Airline Consulting Can Help You Run a Successful Virtual AirlineVirtual Airline Consulting Can Help You Run a Successful Virtual Airline

Posted on Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:00:00 GMT (9234 reads)

There are hundreds of virtual airlines on the Internet, but only a few have achieved significant success. This is because there are several factors that need to be considered when setting up a virtual airline, and many people do not know the key success factors for a thriving virtual airline.

Boeing 747-800i Now At Eastern Airlines VirtualBoeing 747-800i Now At Eastern Airlines Virtual

Posted on Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:00:41 GMT (12239 reads)

The Boeing 747-8, a wide-body jet airliner, is the fourth-generation Boeing 747 version. The aircraft, which is the longest passenger aircraft in the world and the biggest commercial aircraft built in the United States, features redesigned wings, lengthened fuselage, and advanced efficiency. The 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8I) is the passenger variant of the 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.

Aerosoft Manchester Airport for X-Plane ReleasedAerosoft Manchester Airport for X-Plane Released

Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:13:23 GMT (1226 reads)

Having long been involved in the creation of high-end and professionally managed add-ons and packages for flight simulators across the board, Aerosoft have captured the attention and the excitement of many. 

Alabeo Diamond DA-40 for X-Plane ReleasedAlabeo Diamond DA-40 for X-Plane Released

Posted on Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (887 reads)

Having long been seen as one of the genuine authorities within flight simulation, Alabeo have recently added another top release to their selection – the Diamond DA-40. Created for exclusive use with X-Plane, this provides users with a chance to finally hop into the cockpit of one of the most beloved aircraft of its era and enjoy a far more realistic and creative representation of what this aircraft is all about. 

X-Plane Direct Digital Download ArrivesX-Plane Direct Digital Download Arrives

Posted on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT (1577 reads)

For those who have been waiting for a digital edition of X-Plane 10 to be released, your wait is over. The creators of X-Plane, Laminar Research, have released the popular flight simulator in a digital format to go along with the boxed DVD release. Now, you can remove postage and delivery times and get the simulator here and now. 

X-Plane 10 Mobile Flight Simulator ReleasedX-Plane 10 Mobile Flight Simulator Released

Posted on Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:13:59 GMT (9422 reads)

Flight simulators might have been around for a while now, but I don’t anyone expected to see such a high quality rendition for a mobile device anytime so soon. Well, Laminar Research have taken that next step to the benefit of the entire flight simulation community. 

X-Plane 10 Airport Scenery Gateway & World Editor v1.3 ReleaseX-Plane 10 Airport Scenery Gateway & World Editor v1.3 Release

Posted on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:55:04 GMT (7341 reads)

The X-Plane series have been immensely popular for many years now, and it has been a source of huge modding and customization from fan websites for many years now. Laminar Research is the team behind the popular X-Plane series, and they have worked regularly on the Airport Scenery Gateway & World Editor that has been released for each edition of the game. The idea behind the editor is to give the users of the series far more control over the game itself, and let them take the engine to new levels in terms of realism and design.

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